Is Grain Free Pet Food a better option for your dog?
Dogs Ancestral Diet
Before the advent of dog food kibble, dogs would would hunt and capture raw, protein-rich meals.
Just like the theory behind the Paleo Diet for humans, protein-based, grain-free dog foods more closely mimics a canine’s natural or “ancestral” diet as a carnivore.
When dogs became household pets, there was an explosion of mass-produced dog kibble made available. Great News? No, not really, because inexpensive fillers like corn, wheat and barley were added to dog food to create bulk and keep costs down. Today, most commercial dog foods still list corn or wheat as one of the main ingredients.
Dogs have , of course evolved since pre World War II. But, the canine digestive system is still pretty primitive.
Dogs have little natural digestive support for breaking down and metabolizing complex carbohydrates and cereal grains.
These difficult-to-digest fibers and grains remain undigested, within the body, relying mainly on fermentation to break them down.
Over a long period of time, this can damage the lining of the digestive system, resulting in bowel inflammation disorders, food sensitivities, food allergies, leaky gut and obesity.
Most vets today recommend that carbohydrates and grains make up only a small portion of a dog’s diet (according to Dogster: 50% vegetables/40% meat protein/10% grains). Many grain-free dog foods contain more protein and animal fats and fewer carbohydrates than their grain-based counterparts and are therefore more easily digested.
Whats so good about Grain Free Pet Food?
Grain Free Pet Food, in many cases helps substantially with:
- Helping to keep your dog fuller for longer resulting in eating less frequently
- May reduce canine food allergies
- Generally provides more energy
- Better formed, firmer smaller stools
- Healthier skin
- Shinier coat
- Less shedding
- Fresher breath
- Reduced flatulence
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