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Featured in The Guardian - lots of wholegrains for a real dog’s dinner

by Burns Team Writer

Our founder was delighted to have his advice aired in the Guardian on how dogs are now omnivores and don’t need high protein diets.

The piece focuses on how dogs are not carnivorous and built for protein and fat, that they may have been 15,000 years ago but they have adapted as they have become domesticated and eating human like diets. John says:

They are now well attuned to similar food to humans’ food and are omnivores to the extent that they can be vegetarian.

They do supremely well on (cooked) wholegrains such as brown rice, maize and oats. Buckwheat is also an excellent food for dogs. Complex carbohydrate does not pass through them completely. In fact they digest more than 90%, which is higher than for some meats.

I’ve been seeing spectacular health improvements in pets fed on wholegrains, both homecooked and commercially, for more than 40 years so I do know a bit about the subject. The realm of pet food is as bedevilled as other areas of society by misinformation, so a bit of care is needed on the subject.


John Burns
Burns Pet Nutrition, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire

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