A diet without cereals may be the best choice to feed your dog. We explain three obvious reasons why you should try it.
Grain Free Food could be the best option for feeding your dog. Here are three obvious reasons why you should try it.
What is grain-free dog food?
Grain-free dog food is a type of kibble that doesn’t contain any sort of grain (corn, rice, wheat, etc.). It therefore doesn’t contain gluten either, which is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, oats and rye and can sometimes trigger an allergy.
Reducing the risk of allergies is one of the main reasons why grain-free cereals for dogs were devised. Although coeliac disease is much less common in dogs than it is in humans, it’s worth knowing the main symptoms of an allergy or intolerance to gluten so they can be picked up on quickly:
- Skin redness
- Long periods of itchiness: your dog is scratching a lot
- Bald patches
- Vomiting, diarrhoea, flatulence and other digestive problems
Three reasons why your dog should try grain-free food
- It reduces the risks of food allergies and intolerances: We mentioned earlier that gluten is a protein found in lots of grains which can trigger food allergies or intolerances in your dog. Lots of owners take a while to realise that their dog is allergic to gluten, along with the health problems that come with the condition. So if a gluten-free option exists for your dog, why wouldn’t you want to try it?
It respects their natural evolution: Some owners believe that dogs need a grain-free diet because they are evolved from wolves, whose diet is meat-based and does not include rice, corn, wheat or oats. Dogs have a greater genetic capacity than wolves to break down grains in their digestive systems. This phenomenon is linked to the process of domestication.
That’s why we can’t say for sure that dog food that does contain grains is bad for dogs. In fact, it is a dietary option which is valid and recommended in many cases. However, grain-free dog food is ideal because as well as its complete and balanced composition (found in other premium dog foods too), it may reduce the risk of food allergies and intolerances.
- They are more digestible: Digesting certain types of grain can be difficult for some dogs. Grain-free dog foods guarantee a greater degree of digestibility. This can be easily checked by looking at your dog’s faeces.
In summary Grain-free dog foods are designed to reduce the risk of food allergies or intolerances in dogs, as well as respecting their natural evolution. If your dog eats a normal premium-range dog food, he may well be healthy and well-nourished. However, there may be additional benefits in giving him a grain-free dog food.