The hype around dog food and nutrition gets people REALLY fired up. In this episode of Cone of Shame, let’s debunk some dog food myths.


Myth #1: Grain is behind food allergies


There’s a common myth that the #1 cause of food allergies in dogs is grain. Not the case!


The truth is that food allergies are all about proteins. Your dog is more likely to be allergic to meat and eggs than grains.




Most common food allergies in dogs:

  • Beef
  • Dairy
  • Wheat
  • Eggs
  • Chicken


Yes, dogs can sometimes be allergic to grains such as wheat. However, if your dog is allergic to beef, and you are feeding a beef-based food, you’re still going to have an itchy, miserable dog.


Grains get a bad rap as “fillers,” but veterinary nutritionists point out that they are an excellent source of carbohydrates and other nutrients and is well tolerated by the vast majority of dogs.



No, you shouldn’t feed your dog a bowl of corn. It is important that your pet gets a well-balanced diet!


Myth #2: All you need is expensive food


Will an expensive food solve all of the problems? No.




Even if you’re feeding your pet a high-quality, expensive dog food, you can cause a lot of problems if you’re “supplementing” by adding in extra food or giving treats on the side.


For example, if your pet is allergic to peanut butter, don’t use it to occasionally give pills!


Not only that, but you need to think about what kinds of treats you’re giving. You don’t want to undo the balance that a good dog food can provide.



Myth #3: There is a best diet


Some dogs can eat a huge variety of diets, and they do wonderfully on all of them. Other dogs have allergies, sensitive stomachs or special needs.


There is a best diet for your dog, but it’s not the same as what works for every other dog. Not only that, but your pet’s needs can change throughout their life.




If your dog looks good, feels good, and does great at vet check-ups – keep doing what you’re doing!


Find out the truth about dog food!


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This episode of Cone of Shame was made possible thanks to a grant from Royal Canin.


Danielle K. Lambert Archer headshotDanielle is a veterinary practice manager and the founder of, a website dedicated to teaching veterinary hospitals to use social media effectively. You can get her 5 favorite social media tools here, or follow her on social media to see excessive photos of her Brussels Griffon. She’s @DanielleSnout on Twitter & Instagram!