Is pea flour bad for dogs? Here’s What to Do Next

Why are people seemingly scared of peas?

There is A LOT of misinformation on the internet right now. Bloggers and journalists without nutritional knowledge or training took what the FDA article stated above and ran with it. As a result, much of the information in the article was misinterpreted and portrayed in a way that is simply incorrect. Peas are neither toxic or harmful to dogs but you may find incorrect articles claiming online that they are.Â

Not everyone is a nutritionist or familiar with dog nutrition and that is absolutely okay! Where the problem arises, is that most owners get their information from articles they read online or through a quick google search. When they read something like “peas are toxic!”, it can become problematic as this misinformation spreads very quickly.Â

When it comes to doing research online, make sure you are gathering information from credible, scientific sources or at the very least articles that reference credible sources. It is the best way to keep harmful information from spreading and ensure that dogs are always getting the best nutrition! Click here if you would like to learn more about the implications of the FDA article and why it was retracted.


Are Pea Protein, Fiber, Flour or Starch on Your Dog’s Food Label?

Take a look at your dog’s food and treats. Do you see pea protein, pea fiber, pea flour or pea starch listed as an ingredient? Chances are very high that it’s listed near the top of the ingredient list especially if the food or treats are “grain-free”

First of all, we’re not talking about sweet green peas. We’re referring to field peas similar to split peas. Pea protein, starch and fiber are all concentrated derivatives of the whole peas. Pea flour is a meal made from dried whole peas

Why does my dog like peas?

Peas also contain lutein, which is an antioxidant that helps keep their heart, eyes and skin healthy, while the peas’ polyphenol can even help prevent cancer. Dogs usually love their flavor, too.

Why are peas bad for dogs?

But why are peas so high up in dog food that claims to be grain-free? And is it a good thing?

Keep reading to find out what pea protein is, why it plays a role in dog nutrition, and how much is too much?