I know the “Dogs do not have the enzymes needed to digest grains!!!!!!!!!111!!!11” camp had to be hatin’ this study which found that dogs’ digestive systems evolved over time to better allow them to digest starchy food. Now there’s more bad news: another study has found the same thing:
The team then compared corresponding genes in dogs and humans. They found both species underwent similar changes in genes responsible for digestion and metabolism, such as genes that code for cholesterol transport. Those changes could be due to a dramatic change in the proportion of animal versus plant-based foods that occurred in both at around the same time, the researchers said.
Basically, as humans evolved and their diet included more plants, so did dogs who were hanging around humans, eating their “table scraps”. I know this does not fit the “Your dog is a wolf” narrative that has gained such a vocal following among food wonks but there it is.
I don’t intend to advise anyone who is satisfied with their feeding plan to alter it. If it works for you and your dog, paws up. I do consider it ignorant bullying when people of the OhNozGrainz persuasion drop in on every food discussion thread they come across and decry the feeding choices of others with no acknowledgement of the emerging science. Please don’t engage in that type of behavior here. (Not that this will slow anyone down, since they won’t even read it because they are too busy typing ALL GRAINS ALL BAD in the comments, but it seemed like a polite word of warning.)