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Can dogs eat pea pods

The pea is an edible bean grown by farmers and gardeners for its pods and seeds, which are used as food and livestock feed. There are many different types of the pea, some of which are cultivated, and others of which are wild. The most widely grown commercial pea in the United States is the hulled pea. Pea seeds are not a staple food for dogs, rather they are a primary source of protein for dogs with limited amounts of commercial dry dog foods. This article concerns pea seeds, the pod.

Canine nutritional needs

A study comparing the nutritional needs of dogs to humans concluded that although dogs require significantly fewer calories, they require significantly more protein, fat and essential fatty acids. Dogs require approximately 22.5% protein, 3.9% fat and a high amount of calories (22%) from carbohydrates. A diet containing at least 1.3% vegetable fat is preferable for healthy dogs.

In the United States, pea seed products were not initially considered a food source for dogs. In the mid-1970s, however, two studies demonstrated that pea seeds fed to dogs caused a higher rate of gastrointestinal upsets. After that, many pet food companies began to sell products marketed as "high-protein," "poultry-meat-rich" or "fish-like" formulas with a greater inclusion of pea and peas, and by the mid-1990s, the pea bean was included in most major line pet foods.

At this time, the food safety standards for dog foods were much less stringent than those for human foods. In addition to the human health issues of feeding dogs peas, they also caused gastrointestinal upset and pancreatitis in some dogs, as well as a greater rate of fatal choking. For these reasons, pet foods containing peas were typically sold in non-refrigerated or near-room-temperature ("out of the bag") packaging to avoid product loss.

The first pea-based food used for dogs was the brand-name "Dinner Max," which consisted of dry dog food pellets that were specially blended with peas as an "emergency protein." It was sold in pouches for easy portability and was marketed as being "rich in meat-meat-like flavors." It was sold under various brand names including "Dinner Max," "Max Meal", "Munchy Muds" and "Puppy Max".

In 1980, "Max-Dogs", a brand of dog food and a registered trademark for dry dog food, was introduced. It was originally a grain-free product that contained meat or poultry, and was primarily sold in bag-in-box packages. In 1984, it was discontinued, replaced by a "natural" line of dry dog foods that were fortified with meat, poultry, chicken and fish and that were sold in bag-in-box and dispenser packages. The latter were eventually discontinued and replaced by dry foods in cans and in the early 1990s, the company began selling both dry foods in pouches. In 2001, the brand was sold to the pet food company Royal Canin, which eventually phased out the Max brand, selling its products under several different brand names.

In 1991, a line of canned dog foods using pea protein was introduced in the United States as "NaturEze," using the same formula that was used in dog foods sold in Europe. They were marketed as "an excellent source of protein for active and growing dogs." In 1998, Royal Canin began using pea protein in their "Lite" and "Ultra" dog foods, a line of canned foods targeted towards dogs of lighter and heavier weights, respectively.

In 1996, a line of products called "Treatibles", containing pea protein, was introduced in the United States. Treatibles was a brand name for pet foods in bag-in-box and dispenser packaging, and was originally manufactured and marketed by American Pet Foods, Inc. (APFI), a pet food distributor based in Cleveland, Ohio. The brand was sold by American Pet Foods in 2002.

In 1999, a line of dry foods called "Fusion", primarily aimed at dogs of heavier weights, was launched in the United States. In 2001, the American Pet Food Alliance (APFA) acquired the company that had marketed these foods, APFI. In late 2004, American Pet Foods began marketing a line of dry foods called "Rally".

In 2001, Drs. Foster and Smith acquired the rights to the Tidy-Bid brand, a line of dry foods produced in the United Kingdom.

In 2004, a line of foods, also called "Tidy-Bid", was introduced in the United States. The first dry foods in this line, called "Tidy-Bid Gold", were developed in part by Drs. Foster and Smith's sister company, Procter &, Gamble Pet Care. The line's flagship product, "Tidy-Bid Science" was the first complete and balanced dry diet for dogs.

In 2007, in an effort to simplify its brand name, the American Pet Food Alliance (APFA) officially changed the Tidy-Bid brand to "Tidy-Bids". The dog food brand and its line of pet foods is now manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods.

See also

Dog food

References

External links

Tidy-Bids website

Category:Dog food brands

Category:1999 introductions

Category:Dogs in popular culture



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