The Skinny on Grain-Free Diets for Dogs
You’ve probably noticed the growing popularity of grain-free or grain-reduced diets for humans: gluten-free, paleo, primal, Whole 30 and beyond! But now they’re becoming all the rage in the pet world. Is a grain-free diet right for your dog? Read on to learn more.
Learning about Canine Diets from History
Before we domesticated dogs, they were hunters. Their meals consisted of a lot of meat that they hunted themselves. That indicates that protein (and some fat) are what their bodies are designed to process most efficiently.
The Evolution of Dog Food
When kibble was introduced to the mass market, it seemed like a great idea. Inexpensive fillers like wheat and corn made it cheaper to feed dogs. However, their digestive systems didn’t evolve as quickly as our processes for feeding them.
The Problem with Feeding Dogs Grains
Dogs still don’t easily process complex carbohydrates. In short, they typically pass through the system highly fermented rather than digested, and that leads to short-term annoyances like flatulence and potential long-term health problems like allergies, leaky gut syndrome and obesity.
Transitioning Your Dog to a Grain-Free Diet
If your dog suffers from allergies, frequent ear infections, diarrhea, flatulence, or has skin/coat problems, it may be worth reducing grains in your dog’s diet. But don’t switch all at once!
Slowly replace a little bit of their food, inching up the grain-free dog food a little bit at a time every few days over the course of a few weeks. Keep an eye on your dog’s bowel movements to ensure there’s no constipation or loose stools.
If you notice any problems, talk to your vet. There could be other potential underlying issues that need to be addressed.
Highest Quality Pet Food at Land of Paws
We love our pets and the pets of our customers at Land of Paws, and we want to make sure they’re getting the best quality pet food available. That’s why we stock pet food with quality ingredients, the right nutrients and the best taste.
We’re here to help you find the right food for your dog’s needs, so come visit us at one of our stores! We have locations in the Corinth Square Shopping Center in Prairie Village or at Deer Creek Marketplace in Overland Park, and we’d love to get to know you and your pets!