Recently we have noticed an alarming trend in our patients. The current fad in nutrition is the high protein, no grain formulas touted by big companies with even bigger marketing budgets. While limited grains may be appropriate for dogs and cats with food allergies or other medical issues, there is no scientific proof that grains are bad for animals in general. In the past year we have had multiple patients that are on such diets develop urinary problems, including kidney and bladder stones. A balanced diet is the key to good nutrition for your pets as well as yourself. There are plenty of diets available to support your pet’s nutritional needs without resorting to the latest “fad diet”. Please feel free to discuss your pet’s nutritional needs with one of our veterinarians on your next visit.