Grain free dog food has become very popular in recent years. But why does it matter if we feed our dog a grain-free diet? Well, grain-free dog food can be a great option for dog owners looking to feed their pups a more natural, nutritious and easily digestible meal. Most regular dog foods are bulked out with wheat, corn and soy. They contain higher carb levels and lower protein.
A grain-free dog food eliminates all those ingredients and contains more protein, meat and animal fats. So in basic terms, a grain-free diet swaps out all the unnecessary bulk and increases the good stuff.
So what are the benefits of feeding your dog a grain-free diet?
Cheaper dog foods contain high levels of processed grain, such as wheat and other cereals. Grains are used as a cheap but lower source of protein in place of proper meat.
Meat protein provides the raw materials your dog needs to build and replace muscle tissue. By feeding your dog a grain-free diet you’re providing them with higher quality fuel that they need to stay active and healthy.
If your dog suffers from allergies, switching them to a grain-free diet can be beneficial for their health. Many dogs are allergic to wheat, corn and soy, common ingredients found in regular dog food. This can cause itching, excessive licking, dry skin and diarrhoea.
For dogs that are truly allergic to grains, switching to a grain-free diet can help reduce allergies and eliminate those pesky problems related to them.
Healthier Skin and Coat
Grains do not provide your dog with the essentials oil and nutrients they need to maintain a healthy skin and coat. A grain-free diet that is rich in proteins tends to be high in omega 3 fatty acids that are essential for their nutrition.
Another benefit of a grain-free diet is being able to manage and control your dog’s weight. Grains tend to be high in carbohydrates so if your dog isn’t getting enough exercise, it can easily lead to weight gain.
Grain-free diets tend to contain large amounts of meat protein, vegetables and lower carbohydrates such as sweet potato. Sweet potato also contains more vitamins, potassium and fibre than grains, so has a higher nutrition level overall. Dogs that eat a nutrient dense dinner are also fuller for longer which results in less food being eaten overall.
Many dog food brands bulk out their food with large amounts of grains to produce large quantities as cheaply as possible. Which means these products have a low nutritional value as their main ingredient is carb-heavy grain.
As mentioned previously, grain-free dog food tends to be high in protein and vegetables as well as containing good carb sources such as sweet potato which is gentle on a dog’s digestive system and naturally gluten-free. Your dog’s digestive system can easily handle protein and fats but grains take more effort to break down, by switching to a grain-free diet you’re allowing your dog’s digestive system to work more efficiently and effectively.
If you’re beginning to change your dog over to a grain-free food don’t forget to do it slowly by mixing the grain-free with the regular food and then slowly increasing the grain-free and decreasing the old food. This will allow your dog’s digestive system to adjust to the new food without any upset.
Both our Faff Free Frozen Raw and Cold Pressed dog food are grain-free because we cut the crap and only keep the food stuff. All of our ingredients are high quality, human-grade and well tasty. Fancy trying us out?