If your pooch could stand to lose a few pounds could the Atkins diet be the answer? We went to "Dog Beach" to see what folks thought of the idea.
"I think it's ridiculous."
"I don't do it for myself, why would I do it for my dogs.
But the concept may not be as crazy as it sounds.
"I think there's definitely a case for decreased carbs in the diets for companion animals.
Lucy Postins of Pacific Beach is a canine nutritionist who created a line of low-carb, high-protein dog foods. "The Honest Kitchen" foods are meant to resemble the meat-based diet eaten by wolves. They provide an alternative to regular dog foods which are loaded with carbs.
"If you read the ingredient panel you'll see thing like corn meal, corn flour, corn starch mentioned several times in the ingredient list. If you add up all the components, corn is the number one ingredient in the product."
Alternative foods are less likely to cause allergies in dogs but weight loss could be another benefit.
"We are seeing a lot of instances of dogs with increased energy levels from increasing fat and protein and that can lean to increased stamina and exercise and trimming down."
Postins says some of the Atkins principals make sense for dogs but it's not a magic bullet.
"Really and truly it's control of total calories versus controlling carbs."
Which means if your dog really needs to lose weight what he eats is less important than how much.
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