Over the past few years, humans have been working their way toward healthier diets. Interestingly enough, these household changes have also caused a shift in the types of food pet owners buy for their beloved dogs.
Grain-free has become more than a catch-phrase. It has become a way of life for many pet owners. Here are a few things you should know before going grain-free!
Does your dog really need to go grain-free?
1. Allergies Aren’t Always What They Seem to Be
Many articles reference food allergies as the major source of discomfort for dogs. In all actuality, grain is seldom the reason for allergies in dogs. That’s not to say, however, that grain-free diets can’t help dogs with sensitive tummies. We’re simply saying that sometimes, what you read online isn’t always true.
Dogs have an allergic reaction to grain can be tested for such dietary problems.
The symptoms include:
- Itchy skin
- Hair loss that exceeds regular shedding
- Patches of baldness
- Inflamed Skin
- Scabs and sores
If your dog is not experiencing these symptoms, they likely not allergic to grain and a grain-free diet may not be necessary. However, it is important to consult with your vet if your dog is experiencing any of these problems.
2. Ancestral Traits Aren’t Particularly Relevant
Thanks to domestication, the evolution of dogs’ digestive systems, Fido’s belly is generally completely able to digest grains. Over time, dogs’ genes have modified in a way that allows them to digest carbohydrates (including grains).
In other words, you don’t have to worry about your dog’s inability to digest grains unless they are actually allergic. Evolution has taken care of these digestive needs.
3. Sensitive Bellies Still Do Well with Limited-Ingredient Diets
Although your dog may not be allergic to grain, grain-free options might bode well for your household. Grain-free dog foods often contain fewer additives and chemicals than your typical store-shelf brands. If your pooch is experiencing loose stools, vomiting, excessive gas, or diarrhea, the culprit may be in the food you’re giving him.
Limited ingredient foods not only use special grain-free proteins, but they also eliminate many of the chemicals and unhealthy compounds that can cause a dog’s to have an upset stomach. While the grain may not be the cause of your pup’s problems, the other ingredients in their diet may be to blame.
Sensitive bellies tend to respond poorly to additives in food. Grain-free brands usually limit the amount of extra items they’re putting into the kibble, thus creating a more belly-friendly environment for your Fido.
If you want to get the best dog food for your furry friend, don’t hesitate to contact Community Veterinary Clinic!