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A proven nutrionally balanced diet

For many years I have worked with one of the leading UK manufacturers to develop a unique dry dog food that is top quality, but with a realistic price tag.

I trialled this food for a year with my own dogs. I fed my in-whelp and lactating bitches the higher protein puppy food and successfully reared my own puppies fed exclusively on my grain free puppy food. My new puppy owners continued to feed my food and the pups grew steadily with good, straight bone, excellent muscle tone and beautiful coats.

My grain free food provides exactly what I need for my "AMIRENEs" to compete and win at Championship Show level. The puppy "scurf" or dandruff that was evident with my "premium" breeder products disappeared when changed over to my grain free.

My new customers were delighted that their dogs with "sensitive" tummies and digestion problems were so much better when changed to my grain free products.

I love that this is gentle on my dog's delicate stomach and have also noticed how healthy and shiny my dog's coat has become.

Jenny Kane
Owner

My golden retriever used to get an upset stomach quite often And just when we thought it had all settled down and we found a good food that suited and spent a fortune on it would start up again … leaving us baffled …since making the swop I can’t believe the difference and she has not one had an upset stomach in nearly a year .. I’d never use anything else .. LOVE IT and so does my Harley

Lindsey

Frankel wolfs his food and is loving it, and my partner and I feel safe that we’re giving him high quality food and the best possible start

Bethan

About Amirene

Margaret Woods

Owner, Dog Breeder, Exhibitor & Crufts Winner

My name is Margaret Woods and I have been breeding, showing and judging Golden Retrievers for more years than I care to remember. I am an absolute perfectionist when it comes to my dogs. I need my dogs in perfect health, with the exact amount of body weight without excess fat. I need them muscular but not too lean. I need their coats to gleam and shine with health. To win at top level they need to be in perfect condition!  That's why I worked with top pet food nutrionists to develop our Grain Free food.

IS THERE A LINK BETWEEN GRAIN FREE DOG FOOD AND DCM

The short answer regarding DCM is that the FDA in the US have NOT found any specific causative link between any particular brand or type of diet (e.g. grain-free) or ingredient (e.g. peas, lentils, sweet potatoes) and DCM. Although the concerns have been raised in the US there is no similar issue in the UK or Europe, where grain free diets are also widely consumed by dogs and cats.

The longer more detailed answer from our Nutrition, Food Safety & Innovation Advisor, Dr Adrian Hewson-Hughes is as follows:

FDA

Since the initial alert issued by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2018 regarding an increase in the number of cases of atypical DCM in dogs in the USA, very little progress has seemingly been made into understanding the cause.

The latest ‘information’ released by the FDA (27th June, 2019) merely provided limited details and statistics regarding the dogs and cats that have been affected as well as the types of diets they have been fed, what Brands of food have been fed and what ingredients they contain.

Based on data released by the FDA diets characterised as grain-free were fed in 91% of DCM cases reported.

Unfortunately, data such as this has generated some attention grabbing headlines and stories in various news and social media outlets. However, the fact is that the FDA have NOT found any specific causative link between any particular brand or type of diet (e.g. grain-free) or ingredient (e.g. peas, lentils, sweet potatoes) and DCM.

Facts and Figures

Given that an estimated 22 million dogs in the USA are fed grain free food and grain-free foods have been available for 10 years or more with no problems reported, the number of dogs affected in the last year (560) is a tiny fraction (0.002%) and suggests that there is not a general problem with grain-free diets themselves. Furthermore, there is no similar issue in the UK or Europe, where grain free diets are also widely consumed by dogs and cats.

Causes Unknown

The cause(s) for the increase in cases of atypical DCM remains unknown.

The FDA is continuing its investigation, working with scientists and nutritionists in the Veterinary Laboratory and Investigation Response Network (Vet-LIRN), and also with veterinary cardiologists.

In the meantime, it is important to remember that no causative link between grain-free diets and DCM has been made and analysis of grain-free foods reported in DCM cases for levels of minerals, amino acids and other nutrients as well as contaminants such as metals have not found anything unusual compared to grain-based foods.

Amirene Grain Free diets

Our Grain Free range is, of course, formulated to be nutritionally complete and balanced for the relevant species and life-stage in accordance with FEDIAF Nutritional Guidelines for Complete and Complementary Pet Food for Cats and Dogs. They also undergo analytical testing prior to release to ensure they are compliant with FEDIAF requirements. As such, they therefore provide all the nutrients needed for every day health and well being in normal, healthy dogs and cats.

Taurine

Low blood levels of taurine is linked with DCM in some dogs. Animal protein is a rich source of taurine and the amino acids methionine and cysteine (which dogs can convert into taurine). Our Grain Free range contains high levels of both Freshly Prepared and dried animal protein sources to provide these important nutrients.