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Pea Free and Flax Free Dog Food Brand List – Dog Food and Fertility

Pea Free and Flax Free Dog Food Brand List – Dog Food and Fertility

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DOG FOOD FORMULAS WITHOUT FLAX, SOY OR PEAS

WHY I MADE THIS PAGE:

This page contains a List of Pea & Flax Free Dog Food Formulas. I put this page together for my fellow Dog Breeders who may have fertility concerns with their dogs but I hope it’s also useful for the everyday dog owner who owns a dog with a pea and/or flax allergy OR is just concerned (like me) about the high ratio of Peas in dog food formulas today, obviously to replace the evil grains of yesterday…

After researching all the most popular and not so popular brands and formulas of dog food for this page..

What I found was that almost ALL dog food formulas contain Peas and Flaxseed or at least one of them.. and they’re almost always listed in the top 5-10 on the ingredients list.


WHY THE INGREDIENT LIST ORDER MATTERS SO MUCH:

Dog Food Ingredients List - Pea and Flax Free Dog Food List

JUST A RANDOM INGREDIENTS LIST AS AN EXAMPLE

On a dog food label, each ingredients is listed in order of weight, beginning with the ingredients that weigh the most and ending with the ingredient that weighs the least. This means that a food contains more of the ingredients found at the beginning of the list, and less of the ingredients at the end of the list.

Most nutritionist’s and veterinarian’s posts I’ve read on this topic claim that – ingredients listed past the 10th to 11th spot are in such a small percentage of the overall formula they’re almost insignificant.

If raspberry or blueberries, for example, are 15th and 16th on the ingredient list out of 20 – then the food company may just be attempting to impress (or mislead), when very little of the berries actually exsist in the formula, or at least not enough to make a noticable difference.

I’ve also written more about what “ingredient splitting” is below… it’s basically a sneaky way for dog food companies and human food companies as well…to make people think there’s less of an ingredient then there really is…they do this by listing different ways to list the same ingredient multiple times.

PET ICON PEA AND FLAX FREE DOG FOOD LISTVERY USEFUL TRICK: Look for salt or potassium chloride on the label and if an ingredient is listed after this, then it’s probably 1% or less of the overall constitution of that formula.

SOURCE AND THANK YOU:  PetcareRX.com – Decoding the Ingredients in Your Dog Food Choices


Dog Food Icon Pea and Flax Free Dog Food List

OTHER Ingredients to avoid in dog food formulas:
  • Corn and wheat gluten.
  • Meat and grain meals and by-products.
  • Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), and Ethoxyquin are 3 nasty chemical preservatives.
  • Ethoxyquin.
  • Food Dyes (Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6, 4-MIE)
  • PG (Propylene Glycol)
  • Rendered fat.

LISTS SOURCE LINK AND EXPLANATION WHY FOR EACH INGREDIENT: Pet Food – The Good The Bad And The Healthy

GET MORE INFO: 17 Harmful Ingredients in Dog Food to Avoid

Me at Petsmart picking out dog food

Me at Petsmart checking out dog food…

POSSIBLY UNNECESSARY DISCLAIMER:

I AM NOT a veterinarian, a scientist, or an expert in canine nutrition or how peas and flax can effect fertility. All that’s pretty obvious so, who I am is a dog breeder who just likes to dive deep into random but hopefully helpful topics that I think might interest other people as well and I’ve found a lot of interesting info on peas and flax online and I share  it all below. All my sources are linked.

If you find anything here that’s factually wrong on.. Please contact me so I can look into it and update it if needed. 

Please, do your own research and get your vets advice as well. Resources are linked throughout and at the bottom of the page.

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PEAS — A NATURAL BIRTH CONTROL? SAY WHAT?

Peas and Fertility

I READ that at one point the natural chemical “m-xylohydroquinone” which is found in peas was studied as a possible natural contraceptive for humans. 

The natural chemical called m-xylohydroquinone (found in PEAS) was tested on humans as a possible birth control option… it turned out it to be 60% effective in preventing pregnancy in females and sperm counts in men was diminished by 30%! 

BUT…..

These results were not RELIABLE enough to consider marketing it as a natural birth control for HUMANS but…what about for our BREEDING DOGS?

Mama Mouse and her babies

During a study on mice the results were very similar..  when mice were fed a diet of 20% peas, litter sizes dropped in half. When fed 30% peas, the mice FAILED to reproduce at all!

Sperm counts did return to normal after 3 days off the pea rich diet.  


Sport dog! A True Unicorn of Dog Food Brands…

Sport Dog is the only dog food brand I found that really makes a point to promote the fact they’re  pea and flax free not to mention.. I think the only brand I found where ALL of their formulas are!

Sport Dog Food does not contain Flax, Soy, Corn, Wheat, Peas, Pea Protein, or Pea Fiber and is also Grain Free and Gluten Free!

You won’t find any of the following ingredients in Sport Dogs K9 hero formula: alfalfa, apples, Barley, beans, beef, beet pulp, Bok choy, brewer yeast, brown rice, Buckwheat, Buffalo, by-product, canola oil, catfish, Citric acid, Clover, Cod, corn, egg, FLAX, garbanzo, garlic, gluten, haddock, herring, kelp, krill, Lamb, lentil, mackerel, Feeding Oats, parsley, PEAS, Pollock, pomace, potato, quinoa, safflower, sage, salmon, Sardine, seaweed, sesame, soy, soybean, spelt, sprouts, squash, sunflower, tomato, turkey, wheat, White rice, zucchini (that’s a crazy long list)

Buy it on Amazon!

View More Info and the Full List of ALL the Sport Dog Pea and Flax Free Formulas on Amazon Prime! 


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HOW THIS RESEARCH ALL STARTED FOR ME PERSONALLY…

In 2018, I had 2 young healthy female Labradoodles who were both bred, both via natural ties but either girl got pregnant..this was not a first for me, but it was rare and it actually

was the first time two girls didnt get pregnant at the same time.. I kinda just chalked it up to coincidence, bad luck, bad timing or both…

But…I also run a Doodle Breeders group on Facebook and I was seeing more and more posts about fertility issues.. like delayed puberty, delayed cycles, inconsistent cycles, no cycles, low sperm counts etc. 

So, I really started to wonder if something in our dog’s diets could be effecting their reproduction health as a whole… like maybe these fertility issues had become so common over the past 10 years that it’s becoming somewhat of the “norm” and that’s when I came across all this speculation along with some actual studies on peas, flax and soy and how they have might effect fertility.

That’s when I made this dog food list and it’s been a year now since me and my breeding partner took all our dogs off at least peas (sometimes both peas and flax) and I like to think.. we’ve seen results! Bigger litters then we’ve ever had for sure and no more failed pregnancies, missed or delayed heat cycles. Is it because we changed their diet? We’ll never know for sure but I am NOT gonna test it. 

Blue Merle Aussiedoodle Puppy and Chocolate and White Parti Phantom Siblings

MY BREEDING DOGS DON’T MISS THE PEAS..AND BELIEVE ME… EITHER WILL YOURS.

AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE MERLE MALE

AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE MERLE MALE

Smiling Aussiedoodle Puppy Kona

OK, SO WHATS THE PROBLEM WITH FLAXSEED AND FERTILITY?

Flaxseed has been shown to possibly cause hormonal imbalances,  delayed puberty,  abnormal cycles and decrease egg and sperm production in both humans and animals. 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT FLAXSEED AND FERTILITY BELOW!

I put most the info on flax and peas under the dog food lists because there’s just SO MUCH and most people just want to see the dog food list!


PHYTOESTROGENS – PLANTS THAT CAN STOP ANIMALS FROM EATING THEM AND ALSO REPRODUCING!??

One study even proposed that phytoestrogens (flaxseeds are the #1 phytoestrogen) have a phytochemical defense mechanism to stop animals from reproducing and consuming them. (see study linked below) CRAZY interesting. 

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PEA AND FLAX FREE? – THE UNICORNS OF DOG FOOD FORMULAS!?

Is a pea and flax free dog food really that rare? Yes, apparently so… these are the only formulas I could find and I would not call this a huge list especially in comparison to how many dog food formulas are actually available. I guess that tells you just how often peas and flax are being used and their not at the bottom of these ingredient lists! 80-90% of the time they’re in the top 10 ingredients. The higher an ingredient is listed the more of that ingredient the formula has of it. It’s pretty crazy if you ask me. Peas and flax are not essential for dogs.. so what gives? 

I hope you can find a dog food on here that your dogs actually like, that rates good and also fits your dog food budget! This is NOT a list of dog foods I personally recommend… to be honest some are not that good… it’s just the dog food I found.

I recommend you do your own research into how they’re rated, read testimonials and ratings on Amazon, Chewy and DogFoodAdviser.com and also double check the ingredient lists (because I may of missed something)! Check the Dog Food Recall List & Alerts Page!


FEEDING A ROTATION DIET

I personally feed and recommend a “rotation diet” where you feed your dogs 3-4 different formulas throughout the year. This is a much healthier option then feeding them the same ingredients daily and year round. It promotes a better digestive system and eventually they do seem to develop a stomach of steel… if your dog already has some food allergies, you should still be able to find at least a few formulas they can eat. 

Read more about how and why you should feed a rotation diet here.

Good Luck! 🐾

Unicorn Dog Food - Pea and Flax Free Dog Food

Looking for the unicorn of dog food? ME TOO!


PEA & FLAX FREE – DRY DOG FOOD LIST…

The Unicorns of Dog Food Formulas…? 

Listed in alphabetical order….

  • Authority Adult Dog Food – Chicken & Rice 34 lb Bag – $34.99
    Buy at Petsmart.com
  • Authority Large Breed Adult Dog Food – Chicken – 34 lb Bag – $34.99
    Buy at Petsmart.com
  • Authority Large Breed Puppy Food – Chicken & Rice – 34 lb Bag – $36.99
    Buy at Petsmart.com
  • Authority® Small Breed Adult Dog Food – Chicken & Rice – 34 lb Bag – $34.99
    Buy at Petsmart.com
Black Gold Explorer Dog Food on Chewy.com

Black Gold Explorer Dog Food on Chewy.com

 

Blackwood Dog Food on Chewy.com

 

 

  • Canine Caviar Limited Ingredient Diet Open Meadow Holistic Entrée All Life Stages Dry Dog Food, 24-lb bag – $66.84
    Buy On Chewy.com
Diamond Hi-Energy Dog Food Formula on Chewy.com

Diamond Hi-Energy Dog Food Formula on Chewy.com – 50 pounds for $32.99!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • FirstMate High Performance Dry Dog Food, 33-lb bag – $48.29 – Buy on Chewy.com

 

 

  • Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets – Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dry Dog Formula – 26 lbs – $45.79 (and LID Venison formula)
    Compare Prices on Amazon Prime
    Buy on Chewy.com

 

Natures Logic Duck and Salmon Dog Food on Chewy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPORTDOG – A Unicorn of Dog Foods?

Sportdog Elite Puppy Food on Chewy.com (great food)

Sportdog Active Series All Life Stages Dog Food on Amazon.com (great food)

Buy it on Amazon!

ALL OF THE SPORTDOG FORMULAS ARE PEA & FLAX FREE…ALSO HAS A GREAT INGREDIENTS LIST!

SPORTDOG has several more formulas that are not listed below, there are only 3 formulas sold on Chewy.com but just recently they’re back on AMAZON and it looks like they have all of their formulas now too!

Sport Dog Food Marketing Info

This dog food could be one of the ultimate unicorns of dog foods? .. IF your dogs like the taste.

👍I HIGHLY recommend trying Sportdog!

Special diet: Flax free, White potato free, Peas free, Alfalfa Free, Canola free, No corn, wheat, Soy, Gluten, No Beet pulp, No Tomatoe Pomace!!

 

Herding Dog Sport Dog Elite Series

SPORT DOG FOOD Field Dog Peas & Flax Free Chicken Formula Grain Free Dry Dog Food


COMPLETE LIST OF ALL THE SPORT DOG FORMULAS ON AMAZON PRIME

 

Sport Dog Active Series Dog Food Working Dog

 

Sportmix Dog Food on Chewy.com

SportMix Dog Food on Chewy.com

 

  • SPORTMiX Premium Stamina 24/18 Adult Dry Dog Food, 50-lb bag – $32.99
    Buy on Chewy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ziwi Peak Air-Dried Lamb Dog Food, 8.8-lb bag – $138.11 (much smaller portions needed) – Buy on Chewy.com

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JUST PEA,SOY FREE DRY DOG FOOD LIST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Diamond Performance Formula Adult Dry Dog Food, 40-lb bag – $36.99 – Buy on Chewy.com

 

 

  • Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food, 40-lb bag -$44.99
    Buy on Chewy.com

 

  • Dr. Gary’s Best Breed Holistic Puppy Diet Dry Dog Food, 30-lb bag – $53.99
    Buy on Chewy.com

 

  • Dr. Tim’s Athletic Blend Glacier Formula Dry Dog Food, 40-lb bag – $83.70 – Buy on Chewy.com

 

  • Dr. Tim’s Active Dog Pursuit Formula Dry Dog Food, 40-lb bag – $69.99 – Buy on Chewy.com

 

  • Dr. Tim’s Highly Athletic Momentum Formula Dry Dog Food, 40-lb bag – $79.99 – Buy on Chewy.com

 

  • Earthborn Holistic Adult Vantage Natural Dry Dog Food, 28-lb bag – $47.99 
    Buy on Chewy.com
  • Earthborn Holistic Ocean Fusion Natural Dry Dog Food, 28-lb bag – $51.99
    Buy on Chewy.com

 

 

  • Evanger’s Super Premium Chicken with Brown Rice Formula Dry Dog Food, 33-lb bag – $53.22
    Buy on Chewy.com

 

 

 

 

  • Holistic Select Large & Giant Breed Adult Health Chicken Meal & Oatmeal Recipe Dry Dog Food, 30-lb bag – $59.99 – Buy on Chewy.com

 

  • Holistic Select Adult Health Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food, 30-lb bag – $57.99
    Buy on Chewy.com

 

  • Instinct by Nature’s Variety Ultimate Protein Grain-Free Cage-Free Chicken Recipe Dry Dog Food, 20-lb bag -$79.99 –Buy on Chewy.com

 

  • Life’s Abundance All Life Stages Dog Food – 40 lbs – $78.42 (❤THIS IS THE DOG FOOD I SWITCHED TOO) Buy on LifesAbundance.com

 

  • Merrick Grain-Free Large Breed Real Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Dry Dog Food 25 lb bag $59.99 –  Buy on Chewy.com

 

  • Nature’s Recipe Easy-To-Digest Chicken Meal, Rice & Barley Recipe Dry Dog Food, 30-lb bag – $39
    Buy on Chewy.com

 

  • Nature’s Recipe Adult Lamb Meal & Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food, 30-lb bag – $23.99
    Buy on Chewy.com

 

  • Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Fish Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food, 26-lb bag – $59.67 (Flaxseed,  but far down on the list)
    Buy on Chewy.com

 

  • Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Potato & Duck Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food, 26-lb bag – $59.67
    Buy on Chewy.com

 

  • Nulo Freestyle Lamb & Chickpeas Recipe Grain-Free Adult Dry Dog Food, 24-lb bag (does contain chickpeas which is a phytoestrogen containing food/no flax, soy or peas) – $62.99
    Buy on Chewy.com

 

 

 

 

Victor Hi-Pro Plus Dog Food

Victor Hi-Pro Plus on Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

FREEZE DRIED DOG FOOD WITH NO PEAS, FLAXSEED OR SOY

I highly recommend these brands for picky eaters, sensitive tummies, weaning puppies, sickly or runt puppies and nursing Moms.

The Stella and Chewy formulas also have “fenugreek seed” in them… which helps bring in Moms milk

CHECK OUT STELLA AND CHEWY’S MEAL TOPPERS!

Stella & Chewy’s Chicken Meal Mixers Freeze-Dried Raw Dog Food Topper, 18-oz bag – $37.99
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Buy on Chewy

 

Stella & Chewy’s Super Beef Meal Mixers Freeze-Dried Raw Dog Food Topper, 18-oz bag – $37.99
Compare Prices on Amazon Prime

Buy on Chewy

 

Stella & Chewy’s Savory Salmon & Cod Meal Mixers Freeze-Dried Raw Dog Food Topper, 18-oz bag – $38.99
Compare Prices on Amazon Prime
Buy on Chewy

HONEST KITCHEN DEHYDRATED DOG FOOD – POWDER MIX – FEED IT ALONE OR WITH YOUR KIBBLE!

The Honest Kitchen dehydrated formulas have nothing but fruit, veggies and dehydrated meat.

It’s perfect for picky eaters and any dog who can’t stomach gluten, grains or too many calories in one sitting. Moderate in protein and fat, it’s perfect for adult-dog maintenance, senior dogs and even weight loss.

Just mix it in with their kibble and they will lick the bowl clean and quickly! Dogs love this stuff!

The Honest Kitchen FISH FORMULA – is the only one without BOTH peas and flax!

Honest Kitchen Fish Formula Dehydrated dog food

Honest Kitchen Fish Formula Dehydrated dog food on Chewy.com

These are great food toppers AND makes a great puppy mush for weaning puppies.  You can mix it in with their kibble or feed it alone. (A little goes a long way)!!

FISH FORMULA Ten Pound Box – $112.69 on Amazon Prime.  (10 lb box makes 40 lbs of mush but you can easily double that when mixed with their kibble) $117.99 on Buy on Chewy.

WARNING: The other formulas do contain either peas or flax so double check each one individually. 

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JUST PEA FREE – DEHYDRATED AND FROZEN DOG FOODS

THESE FORMULAS DO CONTAIN FLAX BUT ARE STILL PEA FREE…

I HIGHLY recommend all of the HONEST KITCHEN products for picky eaters,  grain allergies,  sensitive tummies,  issues with gluten, weaning puppies, runts and nursing Moms. 

While the Chicken formula w/grains does contain both flaxseed and peas it’s also higher in protein and fat than some of the other Honest Kitchen recipes and its perfect for pregnant and lactating Moms and puppies as well as active adult dogs, especially agility dogs who need high performance quality diets.

So, I still highly recommend the chicken formula for your dogs during and after pregnancy, just not while your trying to get one!

Meanwhile, you can still feed the Turkey or Fish formulas.

HONEST KITCHEN GRAIN FREE TURKEY FORMULA

The Turkey Grain Free Formula is Pea Free but has Flaxseed.

Honest Kitchen Grain Free Turkey

Honest Kitchen Grain Free Turkey on Amazon!

The Honest Kitchen Grain Free Human Grade Dehydrated Dog Food – TURKEY RECIPE (contains Flax seed) Limited Ingredients – 10 lb box $97.99

10 lb box makes 40 lbs of wet food but if you mix it with your kibble, you can make it last forever… it’s well worth the price, just add warm water.

Compare Prices on Amazon Prime
Buy on Chewy.com

 

The Honest Kitchen Grain-Free BEEF Recipe Dehydrated Dog Food, 10-lb box – $99.95 (contains Flaxseed) Limited Ingredients
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Buy on Chewy.com

 

The Honest Kitchen Whole Grain Beef Recipe Dehydrated Dog Food, 10-lb box – $68.59 (contains Flaxseed)
Compare Prices on Amazon Prime
Buy on Chewy.comcom

 

Tylee’s Frozen Human-Grade Beef Recipe Frozen Dog Food, 6-lb bag – $29.99 (contains Flaxseed)
Buy on Chewy.com

RAW BOOST DOG FOOD (Flax Free Only – Has Peas)

RAW BOOST DOG FOOD ON AMAZON

 

I’m including Instincts Raw Boost just because I am so impressed with their ingredients list! JUST Peas BUT not Flaxseed. If you’re not concerned about peas then this is a great dog food! Human Grade! Too bad it has peas in it or I’d give it a try! 

Rated 5 stars on Dog Food Advisor. 

Instinct by Nature’s Variety Raw Boost Grain-Free Recipe with Real Venison Dry Dog Food, 20-lb bag – Buy on ChewyCompare Prices on Amazon 


Now, Tell me more about Flaxseed, Soy and Fertility issues… 

Flax and Soy are high level phytoestrogens and while they do have some positive effects on health.. they MIGHT also cause hormonal imbalances and negative effects in regards to fertility… both in humans and animals but there’s actually no solid proof with dogs… it’s all speculative when it comes to dogs…and there are also alot of health benifits for Flaxseed…and hopefully so because they put it in ALMOST every single dog food formula!!

I’m personally just not as concerned or convinced about Flax as I am about Peas.

Luna - Labradoodle

Luna the Labradoodle… comic relief!

I found ONE study on dogs feed a soy based diet for a year and the results didnt show much of an effect on the dogs. It did say the Dogs fed the high level soy diets had an increase in estradiol levels (hormone) over time whereas dogs fed the low soy diet had a decrease but doesnt explain how that might effect fertility. I’m not a scientist so it’s kinda hard to understand for me anyway. Here is the study….

STUDY TITLE: Evaluation of the effects of dietary soy phytoestrogens on canine health, steroidogenesis, thyroid function, behavior and skin and coat quality in a prospective controlled randomized trial.

THE STUDY LINK


DELAYED PUBERTY MIGHT BE AN ISSUE WITH FLAX SEED… 

It has been speculated that consumption of phytoestrogen-rich diets could influence adrenal/gonadal steroidogenesis and thyroid function as well as delayed puberty. 

However, there’s been no tests, that I could find, on Flaxseed and Fertility done with Dogs.

For more info on pytoestrogens specifically Soy and Flax and their effects on fertility.. you can read this study on cows. 

ALSO READ: Are Phytoestrogens Good or Bad for You? Separating Fact from Fiction


PHYTOESTROGENS LIKE SOY AND FLAX

THIS INFOGRAPHIC IS FOR HUMANS NOT DOGS BUT STILL INTERESTING…

Phytoestrogens Graphic Dog food formulas without Phytoestrogens


What ingredients contain the highest amounts of phytoestrogens?

The main food sources of phytoestrogen are soybean and flaxseed, and their derivatives. 

Flax seeds and Peas in Dog Food Bad or Good?Phytoestrogen is in ALL plant-based foods.

Below is a table with some of the WORST culprits in dog food formulas compared to some of the BETTER ingredients which are listed at the bottom of the list.

So, Pay attention to the actual numbers in comparisons. Like with Flaxseed in comparison to white rice or even sweet potatos is really significant.

      1. Flaxseed (379,380 )
      2. Soy (103,920)
      3. Canola oil (8,923)
      4. Sweet potatoes (8,688)
      5. Chickpeas (3,770)
      6. Brown rice (4.6)
      7. Chicken (4.1)
      8. Potatoes(1.8)
      9. White Rice (1.4)

(Measured in Micrograms per 100 grams) 

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WHATS WRONG WITH PEAS? 

Peas in dog food

The POSSIBLE problem with peas and how it effects fertility with humans and animals is “m-xylohydroquinone” the natural chemical found in peas. 

STUDY WITH PEAS AND HUMANS – RESULTS

Studies done on large groups of women and men, the men who took capsules containing m-xylohydroquinone had a 60% reductions in pregnancies. Male sperm counts diminish by 30% (but returned after 4 days of stopping use). (Sanyal, 1959)

When mice were fed a diet of 20% peas, litter sizes dropped in half. At 30% peas, the mice failed to reproduce at all. (Rensberger, 1994)

AND nowadays with dog food forumlas being CHOCK-FULL of peas…green peas, yellow peas, chickpeas, pea flour, pea protien, pea fiber so much PEAS that in some formulas there ends up being more peas then meat?!!!

I think it’s pretty safe to assume there may be a possibility, that if we’re feeding our dogs both high levels of Peas and Flax everyday…it could start to have an effect and cause fertility issues like smaller litters or failures to reproduce etc!


ARE WE ALL JUST USED TO IT NOW?

I’ve had several discussions about PEAS in our Dog Breeder Resource group and of course not everyone is going to agree.

Some weighed in with things like this.. “Well…we’ve always fed our dogs peas & flax and my female just had 8 healthy puppies!” 

Which of course is a nice size litter..  but this is NOT just about trying to get the biggest litters possible or being greedy!!

This is about all around fertility health and… Why not try? Especially, if you’re seeing other fertility issues (like we were)… like skipped heats, failed pregnancies, late puberty etc.

Have you ever considered the possibility that we’ve all been feeding these high ratio diets of peas and flax for about 6-7 years (since grains were replaced with peas) so, maybe we’re just accustomed to these “fertility issues” popping up? They’ve become somewhat normal? Maybe 8 pups would actually be a small litter for your Female and/or Male... and if they were both off peas before they mated… they would of had 10-11 puppies instead?! Never know.

Just a thought maybe… but that’s exactly what happened to me!

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Peas and “Ingredient Splitting” in Dog Food…

I also saw “ingredient splitting” being done alot with peas during my research for this post and more then anything it just made me mad. 

Dog food companies will list multiple types of “peas” for example:  organic green peas, field peas, pea protein, pea starch, pea fiber and yellow peas in the top 10 ingredients.

While there is a difference in these types of peas… this is also a sly tactic used to artificially raise the desired “meat” item to a higher position on the ingredients list — and lower the inferior ones. 

By breaking them down into different categories, the weight of the peas can be divided into three, leaving the meat ingredient at the top of the list. Pure genius!! (Not really)

The peas can sometimes out number the meat by almost a three to one ratio. So, rather than the bag being called “Peas and Pork”…like it should! Thanks to ingredient splitting… it can now be labeled “Pork and Peas” because of this sneaky trick!

Some other examples where “ingredient splitting” can occur:

Corn: Corn gluten meal, corn flour, and whole ground corn
Rice: whole rice, white rice, brown rice, rice flour and rice bran
Potatoes: dried potatoes, potato starch, potato protein, and potato flour. 

As a dog owner we need to learn how to read labels on pet food, and not just the top-of-the-list items.

Most dog owners know they want the first ingredient to be MEAT but for alot..  that’s about as far as they’ll look and the dog food industry knows that…

A lot of dog owners don’t dive much deeper into the ingredients lists and I don’t blame them.. You almost need a degree in canine health to figure it all out.. or at the very least a lot of research and all these brands are pros at marketing to their customers!!!

We see ingredients that look yummy and healthy to us as humans and the dog food companies use words like “organic” and “natural” and we assume it MUST be healthy… that’s also done on purpose.

Organic Peas, Natural Field Peas,  Green Peas and Yellow Peas,  Chickpeas!  All sounds healthy to me but are they good for dogs?  Everyday and also being such a high percentage of their diets? 

“The FDA has not engaged in any rulemaking to establish a formal definition for the term “natural,” to be used on dog food labels like they do for “natural” on human food labeling. (Source: FDA

So wait,  dog food brands can use the term “Natural” on their lables regardless if its true or not?  Yep.. 

As a dog owner we need to learn how to read labels on pet food, and not just the top-of-the-list items.

Read: Important things to consider when buying your Dogs Food


THE FDA’S HEALTH ALERT…FDA LOGO

Purely coincidental…but while I was in the process of writing this post the FDA also released a Pet Health Alert (on July 12th 2018) concerning a possible link between a  heart disease called Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and dog food formulas that contain a high percentage of PEAS, SEEDS,  potatoes and lentils. 

The summary of the FDA Alert:

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients. These reports are unusual because DCM is occurring in breeds not typically genetically prone to the disease.”

(At first the FDA’s alert mentioned “grain free formulas” as the possible culprit but based on what I found… those ingredients are found in great amounts in most dog food formulas nowadays,  not just “grain free” formulas. Which I believe they also quickly figured out because their wording has since changed on their alert page… above is the most recent wording). 

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TO GRAIN OR NOT TO GRAIN? 

Most vets today recommend that carbohydrates and grains make up a small portion of your dog’s diet (50% vegetables/40% meat protein/10% grains). 

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IN CLOSING… 

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You can do what you’d like with this information.. Share it,  ignore it,  do your own research. I am definitely not in any position to advise you or tell you that you should feed a pea and flax free dog food in order to have fertile dogs.. 

The most frustrating part for me was finding a new pea and flax free dog food my dogs actually liked to eat… instead of just graze and pick at…some of them they just straight up refused to eat only after a couple days…but I do have some picky eaters…

Picky Poodles & Doodles!

Dog food brand shopping

We’ve tried a lot of dog foods… haha!

I will say that my dogs turned up their noses at some of the most expensive brands I tried and then would scarf down the “lower quality” brands (which is not surprising, more artificial flavoring equals more yummy).

During my research I did come to the conclusion..  that price has almost nothing to do with it and expensive and highly rated doesnt always mean it actually tastes good! 

I also noticed that alot of dog food formulas had very similar formulas… but not always with comparable pricing. 

For me… I also supplement my dogs kibble with Honest Kitchen Turkey Formula so as long as the kibble I feed them is rated at least a B… it doesnt have to the absolutely HIGHEST rated dog food available… as long as they’re keeping on their weight and enjoying their food.

My dogs LOVE Purina Pro Plan Focus the best but I try to keep them on a rotation diet so that’s just one of them… and I also feed Lifes Abundance  All life Stages (Pea Free) and Sport Dog especially during the breeding season.

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DOG FOOD RESOURCES:

DOG FOOD SEARCH & COMPARE TOOLS

SPORTDOG’S WEBSITE ACTUALLY HAS A GREAT RESOURCE THAT I WISH I WOULD OF KNOWN ABOUT… BEFORE I MADE MY LIST.. WOULD OF BEEN BEYOND HELPFUL! HAHA!

 

  • DOG FOOD WIZARD: Another great DOG FOOD SEARCH TOOL – search for dog food formuals without specific ingredients: http://www.dogfoodwizard.com

 

 


RESEARCH & SOURCE ARTICLES

The Tricks Pet Food Makers Use to Replace Grains
Read the Article on HealthyPets. Mercola. com
Pet foods without grains have now become mainstream, but just because these foods may not contain grains doesn’t mean they are healthy for your pet.

Grain Free Dog Food Equals Peas, Peas and more Peas  by the Truth about Pet Food

THE PEA PROBLEM IN PET FOOD – BY PLANETPLANETPAWS.CA – Dr Jean Dodd

Diverse Effects of Phytoestrogens on the Reproductive Performance: Cow as a Model

INGREDIENT SPLITTING IS ONE OF THE PET FOOD INDUSTRY’S MOST SCANDALOUS PRACTICES

Pea Protein, Pea Fiber, Pea Flour and Pea Starch in Dog Food? WHY???? (I saw this being done alot in my research)

Canine Nutrition – What your dog really needs

Flaxseeds & Peas – Canine Fertility

Soy food and isoflavone intake in relation to semen quality parameters among men from an infertility clinic.

Flaxseed and its lignan precursor, secoisolariciresinol diglycoside, affect pregnancy outcome and reproductive development in rats.

PLANTS THAT STOP ANIMALS FROM REPRODUCING?

One study even proposed that phytoestrogens are foods/plants that have a phytochemical defense mechanism to stop animals from reproducing and consuming them. (see study link below) Pretty interesting. 

Phytochemical mimicry of reproductive hormones and modulation of herbivore fertility by phytoestrogens. C L Hughes, Jr

CHECK OUT THE DOG FOOD CALCULATOR – INCLUDING COST PER CUP

Complete Guide to Comparing Dog Food Prices

 


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DOG BREEDERS!  VISIT MY WHELPING SUPPLIES LIST AND DOG BREEDING RESOURCES PAGE! 

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR DOG BREEDERS 

Nuvet Plus – Natural Pet Supplements

Attention Breeders: Start your own affiliate business with Nuvet or to Order call 1-800-474-7044 – ext 217

If you do call to get more info ask for Erik – ext 217!

Erik is great!

Nuvet is an all around great company with great products that really sees the value in working with dog breeders. It’s a great supplemental income… which is always helpful as a small at-home dog breeder. 

You can let them know Dreamydoodles sent you but its definitely not nessesary. It’s NOT a multi-marketing type business which is also what I love about it!!

NO NEED TO ANNOY YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT SIGNING UP AS SALES REPS!!? LOVE THAT!

It’s ALSO been super easy for me to get behind and promote Nuvet because I really believe in their ingredients. You basically just recommend it to your puppy families, send them home with some samples and brochure which Nuvet sends you as many as you need for free and it’s really as easy as that and then you get a commission on any bottles your families order. I honestly would never recommend or sell something to my families unless I really believe in the product.

Nuvet isn’t just a vitamin supplement it’s also an immune system builder which is really important for puppies… during an age where they’re getting all their vaccines and their body and brain is still developing.

Read my page on Why I use and recommend Nuvet!

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Life’s Abundance Business Opportunity for Dog Breeders 

Lifes Abundance Dog Food

Another great company is Life’s Abundance!  Click the link below to learn more about the Lifes Abundance business opportunity for Dog breeders and animal lovers alike interested in getting into the pet and health industry!

You basically recommend your favorite LA products to your puppy families and then you make a commission on anything they end up ordering over time, since most families end up putting their food on autoship, you make a commission monthly as long as they’re a customer which adds up. It can either be a nice supplemental income or you can eventually make it into a very successful fulltime business… which a lot of people have done. It’s really up to you and how much time you want to put into it.

Wanna Learn More? Click Here!

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THE AMAZON ASSOCIATE PROGRAM

Amazon associate program for dog breeders!

Amazon Associate is the Amazon affiliate program that you can use to make money through your website or blog. All you do is recommend and link products you already trust and use and you may already be listing product recommendations on your website anyway.

This is just another cool and simple way to monetize your blog or website. If you’ve been looking for a way to monetize your blog or website then the Amazon associate program is another wonderful option for dog breeders who are looking for a secondary source of income.

WE know breeding high quality dogs is expensive and is not the gold mine that other people assume it is, so opportunities like the three I’ve mentioned here can all definitely help you to continue doing what we’re most passionate about… like investing in our dogs.

SIGN UP FOR FREE AS AN AMAZON ASSOCIATE!

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