Every year there are new trends in dog-food diets. While in most cases they involve adding ingredients, the latest trend is about removing an ingredient-grain.
Dogs don’t need grains to be healthy and most will thrive on a grain-free diet. Their wild ancestors didn’t eat a lot of grains, so why should our modern canine friends? If you’re considering going grain free with your dog’s diet, keep reading for more information.
The benefits of a grain-free diet for dogs
Switching to a grain-free dog food can be very beneficial to your dog. It can provide him with more energy, a healthier coat, clearer eyes, improved muscle development and a better temperament. Dogs who suffer from allergies will also benefit, since many of the allergens in commercial dog food are found in grains like wheat.
Grain free and carb free aren’t the same
It’s natural to assume that if you remove grains, you’re only left with protein, but even grain-free dog food can have carbs. Alternate carbohydrates like potato, sweet potato or rice may be included in a grain-free formula.
This isn’t necessarily a drawback, but you might want to read the ingredients if you’re concerned about carbs in your dog’s diet.
Are you thinking of going grain free? Tell us your concerns by posting a comment on our pet blog. If you’re already buying grain-free dog food, we’d love to hear your story!