A grain-free dog food diet can be the perfect fit for your pet suffering from digestive or food allergy issues. A grain-free diet means just that – no grains! Sometime around WWII, many dog food companies switched to including cheaper ingredients in their foods, which made making dog food less expensive for manufacturers, as well as the consumers. But, the change in ingredients didn't necessarily benefit your pet's daily nutrition. These cheaper ingredients are often referred to as "fillers," like corn, wheat, and other grains. The fillers add calories to your dog's meal, but not nutrition. BOGO Bowl is proud to be a filler-free dog food.
Why should my pet have a grain-free diet?
Some research shows that a dog's digestive system is still fairly primitive. Before domestic dogs and pre-packaged doggy meals, our ancestral pups hunted their next meal, which was usually raw and protein-rich.
A protein-based, grain-free diet closely mirrors a dog's "natural" or "ancestral" diet.
A dog's digestive system is little help when it comes to breaking down and metabolizing complex carbohydrates or cereal grains. These hard to digest fibers and grains often remain undigested. Over time, a heavy-carb, grain-filled diet can damage the lining of the digestive system, which can result in bowel inflammation disorders, food allergies and sensitivities, leaky gut, and obesity.
If you suspect that your pet is suffering from food allergies, a grain-free diet is a great option for improving their overall lifestyle while maintaining excellent nutrition. Your pup might be suffering from allergies if they experience:
- Loose stools/diarrhea
- Rash/skin irritation
- Excessive gassiness
- Chronic licking, chewing, or biting
- Frequent ear infections
Studies show that some breeds are at a higher risk of developing food allergies. These include: Boxers, Chinese Shar-Peis, Cocker Spaniels, Collies, Dachshunds, Dalmatians, Lhasa Apsos, Miniature Schnauzers, Retrievers, Soft Coated Wheaton Terriers, Springer Spaniels, and West Highland White Terriers.
Reap the benefits of a grain-free diet!
A grain-free diet is not only potentially healthier for your dog's digestive system, but it brings with it a handful of benefits that improve your pup's daily life:
- Fewer allergies/allergic symptoms
- Fewer and smaller stools because more food it being broken down, and less is wasted
- More energy
- Keeps dogs fuller for longer with a lesser portion size (Remember: no fillers!)
- Shinier coat
- Healthier skin
- Less stinky breath
- Less shedding
- Reduced flatulence
Once you decide to switch to a grain-free diet, make sure you ease your dog into his or her new food. Start by mixing a little grain-free food into his normal dog food, and gradually increase the ratio of grain-free to old food. This process allows for your dog's digestive system to adjust without negative side effects. While you're increasing the amount of grain-free food in your dog's diet, make sure to keep an eye out for his daily trips to the outside-squatter-zone. Is he pooping regularly? If you notice any constipation or loose stools, you should contact your veterinarian.
Caution: some grain-free formulas are meant only for adult dogs. Sometimes, a high-protein diet can negatively affect your puppy's kidneys. Before starting your dog on a new diet, you should always refer to the manufacturer's label for specific breed or age information, as well as referring to your local vet to make sure you're choosing the best diet plan for your furry friend.