Along with protein and fibre, chickpeas contain vitamins A, E, K, B9, B2, B5, and B6. They are a good complementary protein source when added to other ingredients. They are pulses: dry-harvested leguminous crops, including beans, peas, and lentils. Many pet parents want to know more about pulses in pet food, as they are common in grain-free diets. Concerns around grain-free foods started with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) statement in 2018 about dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The FDA told the public that there was an increasing number of reports of DCM in dogs, possibly linked to grain-free dog foods. More studies were needed to understand if there was a risk associated with feeding dogs grain-free foods containing potatoes or pulses like peas and lentils. If you’d like to learn more about pulses, check out this article by our pet nutrition specialist.