Quick Answer: Does My Dog Need Grain Free?

Quick Answer: Does My Dog Need Grain Free?

Dogs still need carbohydrates for energy, though.

Despite the benefits for some dogs, there are downsides to feeding a grain-free dog food.

Many people assume grain free means low carb, but that’s not the case.

In fact, some dog foods without grains are higher in alternative carbohydrate sources like potatoes and peas.

Is it really healthier for a dog to eat grain free?

However, some of the carbs used in grain-free pet foods are better options for your dog’s food, because they’re generally healthier than corn or wheat. Grain- or gluten-free wet dog food can be higher in protein and contain fewer carbohydrates, so that may be a better (but more expensive) option.

Do dogs need grain in their diet?

Our dogs and cats are designed by nature to eat protein from meat sources, not grains. The high grain content of many pet foods is a primary contributor to the growing obesity and allergy problems in pets (this does not mean that all grains are bad for dogs and cats; see myth #7).

Does grain free food cause heart problems in dogs?

Dogs fed “grain free” food based on peas, lentils or potatoes are developing an unusual condition that can cause an enlarged heart, the Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday. “The FDA is investigating the potential link between DCM and these foods.

What grains can dogs eat?

Corn, wheat, soy, rice and barley are not bad or harmful to dogs and cats. These plant sources are simply not good choices (we do get to choose what we feed our pets, don’t we?) for the foundation of a diet to optimally nourish animals what are, have been, and for the foreseeable future will be meat eaters.

Why grain free is bad for dogs?

“The FDA is investigating a potential dietary link between canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and dogs eating certain grain-free pet foods. DCM itself is not considered rare in dogs, but these reports are unusual because the disease occurred in breeds of dogs not typically prone to the disease.”

What dog food do vets recommend?

The Top Ten of Vet Recommended Dog Food Brands

  • Hill’s Science Diet. Topping my list of vet recommended dog food brands is Hill’s Science Diet.
  • Royal Canin.
  • Purina ProPlan.
  • Orijen.
  • Wellness Natural Food for Dogs.
  • Castor & Pollux.
  • Iams/Eukanuba.
  • Nutro Ultra.

What are the benefits of a grain free diet for dogs?

Other benefits include:

  1. Helps keep dogs fuller longer resulting in eating less frequently (good news because grain-free/high-protein foods can be more expensive)
  2. May reduce canine food allergies.
  3. More energy.
  4. Fewer and smaller stools.
  5. Healthier skin.
  6. Shinier coat.
  7. Less shedding.
  8. Better breath.

Is oatmeal OK for dogs?

A great source of soluble fiber, which can be especially beneficial to senior dogs with bowel irregularity issues. It is also a great alternate grain for dogs allergic to wheat. Make sure to cook oatmeal before serving it to your dog. Do not add any sugar or flavor additives.

What is the best grain free dog food on the market?

Here are the top 20 best grain free dry dog food brands for June 2019.

  • Acana Heritage Grain-Free Dog Food.
  • Nulo Freestyle Grain-Free Dog Food.
  • Merrick Grain-Free Dry Dog Food.
  • I and Love and You Nude Super Food.
  • Taste of the Wild Dog Food.
  • Wellness Core Grain-Free Dog Food.
  • Zignature Grain-Free Dog Food.

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