Corn is a poorly digested "filler"
that causes allergies.
You may hear that a plant-based ingredient such as corn is a "filler" that shouldn't
be included in a pet's diet because it is poorly digested and can cause allergies.
Corn is an excellent source of many nutrients.
- "Fillers" may be defined as feed ingredients with little or no nutritional value.
Based on this description, corn is certainly not a filler.
- Corn provides a good source of carbohydrates, protein and essential fatty acids
in the diets of dogs and cats.
- Corn can be found in many forms, all of which can contribute to nutritious diets.
For example, corn gluten meal contains 60% to 70% protein and is an excellent source
of essential amino acids. And whole corn or corn meal provides highly digestible
carbohydrates as an energy source.
- Corn is a good source of linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid required by both
dogs and cats.
- It also contains abundant amounts of antioxidants, such as vitamin E and beta-carotene.
Corn gluten meal is highly digestible.
- Corn gluten meal is easy to digest, making its nutrients readily available to your
- Corn gluten meal contains many essential amino acids, so when it is properly combined
with other protein sources, it can contribute to highly digestible and nutritious
Corn is not a common cause of allergies.
- Dogs and cats can develop allergies to any protein, including meats and grains.
However, it is estimated that only 10% of allergic skin conditions in dogs and cats
are caused by food.1
- Corn does not appear on the list of most common food allergies in dogs or cats.
- The most common food allergies in dogs are beef, dairy products and wheat, followed
by lamb, egg, chicken and soy.2
- In cats, the most common food allergies are beef, dairy products and fish.
Corn is a high-quality ingredient.
- The quality of corn in pet foods can vary greatly.
- There are five grades of corn quality according to the USDA; grades 1 and 2 are
traditionally used in human food products.
- Purina's standard for all of its pet foods is grades 1 and 2.
It's the overall quality of the pet food that makes it a good choice for your pet.
Corn is available in many forms and is used to create digestible and nutritious
diets that deliver all the essential nutrients dogs and cats need.