No grain dog food is the latest fad in town. Almost everyone is hell bent on getting their dog a meal that has no grains.
I have a feeling when humans want to lose weight and keep fit, they imagine their dogs want to keep fit too.
It is not bad to want to have a fit dog but it would be totally wrong to deny your pet some nutrients.
A no grain diet should only be administered if the dog is allergic to some foods. One thing that should be noted is that not all dogs require grains in their diet.
Facts about no grain dog food
- Dogs can actually digest carbohydrates. Dogs have evolved with time and as much as their ancestors did not take in carbohydrates, the current dogs can take in carbohydrates and digest it properly. Their genes have evolved as time has gone by. Therefore, you don’t need to deny your dog some grains because you think they will not be digested.
- Some dogs might suffer from allergies but you will be shocked to know that corn, wheat, and other grains cannot be termed as common sources of allergens found in the dogs’ foods. Research shows that corn is a least likely source of food allergy. You might be surprised to know that beef is a major cause of allergens in dogs’ foods. Therefore, a no grain dog food diet just denies your dog the needed nutrients and doesn’t keep the allergies away.
- Does no grain dog food mean no carbs? You might be surprised to know that these grain free foods actually have the highest amount of calories. When grains are eliminated from the ingredients, potatoes are put in their place and we all know that potatoes have high-calorie content. Therefore, don’t equate no grain foods to low carbohydrates diets. They are not always synonymous.
- Diarrhea and soft stools are not always gluten induced. These two can be caused by many other factors and assuming it is oversimplifying how complex gastrointestinal can be. It is good to understand that pets eat many things during the day and they might be the cause of the stomach upset. Therefore, blaming gluten found in the grains does not make a lot of sense.
- Changing foods means changing the formulations and the ingredients in your dogs’ food. Changing the diet means that the amount and the formulation of the gluten have changed. This results in the dog responding to the new formulations which might be lower in gluten. Thus, the decrease in allergens. Since in the pet owner’s mind, the food is grain free, he concludes it is because the food is gluten free.
The average dog should get 10 percent grains in their diet, 40 percent meat, and 50 percent vegetables.
So, denying your dog grains is denying it some very important nutrients.
Vets might suggest to you to avoid wheat, corn, soy and cornmeal in your dog’s diet. However, they recommend other grains that are healthier and easier to digest like millet and brown rice.
Therefore, no grain dog food denies your dog its much-needed health.
Let your dog get all the nutrients unless your dog is truly allergic to gluten and other allergens.
You should consult your vet on matters regarding diet and not just start on a new diet in a bid to beat the allergy.
It is good to know that grain free doesn’t equate to carbs free.
Some grain free dog diets might have a higher calorie content as compared to the dog foods that have grains. This is in an effort to ensure that no grain dog food doesn’t deprive a dog its needed nutrients.