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Grain-Free Dog Food Diet

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
  • Vomiting
  • 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.

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All Natural Dog Food

Rumors fly across the web of what mysterious ingredients might just find their way into your bag of dog food. When you purchase all-natural dog food from BOGO Bowl, you don’t have to worry. Every bag from BOGO Bowl is filled with all natural ingredients, including fruits, vegetables, and of course, protein. Our bags DON’T contain byproducts or artificial flavors. We don’t use corn, wheat, or soy as fillers either.

So why is all-natural food better for your pet?

Pet owners who provide their pets with an all-natural dog food diet often respond that benefits include:

  • healthy weight loss
  • fewer digestive problems
  • reduction (and possibly elimination) of skin problems
  • shinier coat
  • fewer allergies
  • longer and better quality of life

What you feed your pet makes a difference at every stage of their lives. When considering what type of food to feed your friend, you can start with three simple questions:

What breed or size is your pet?

The food you feed your pet affects different breeds and sizes of dogs differently — from energy level to more specific needs like joint support and a healthy skin and coat.

How old is your pet?

At different stages in life, your pet’s body will require different nutritional needs. Puppies, adults, and seniors need differing formulas when it comes to growth, energy, and mobility.

What about special health considerations?

Many food blends can be made to cater to a specific health condition — this includes things like a restricted ingredient recipe, or reduced calorie formulas.

BOGO Bowl is a certified natural dog food. According to the Association of American Feed Control Officials, this means our food contains no artificial colors, artificial flavors, or artificial preservatives. That’s right — it means every bit of food is real, coming from a plant, animal, or mined source.

No Fillers

If your doggie has digestion or sensitivity issues, BOGO Bowl is perfect. Many food sensitivities and digestion issues can come from your pet’s inability to break down common grains, like corn, wheat, and soy. Our specially made formulas use natural proteins to help make sure your pet still receives the carbohydrates and protein they need to be healthy and live happily.

No Byproducts, either

Byproducts are often not listed on the ingredient labels found on your bag of dog food, and that’s the scary part. Byproducts are things like ground skeletal meats, connective tissues, blood, or organs. These products aren’t necessarily harmful, but they’re certainly unpleasant. Natural dog food doesn’t contain byproducts — instead, natural dog food includes whole, high quality ingredients like lamb, bison, rabbit, fish, and vegetables and fruits.

Meal Is Better

BOGO Bowl's meat proteins come from high-quality meals. "Meal" is what remains after the water is removed from fresh meat. Fresh meat is actually 80% water, whereas quality lamb, fish, or chicken meal is 100% protein.

As you’re thinking of switching over to an all-natural dog food diet, make sure that you’re inspecting the ingredient and nutritional labels of your dog food closely. When looking for all-natural food, you’ll see ingredients like vegetables, Vitamins E and C, and other high quality ingredients like lamb, bison, and rabbit. If you see ingredients like corn, or other chemical names you can’t produce, steer clear — that food’s not healthy for your pet.

If you’re wondering what might be the best pet formula for your furry friend, contact BOGO Bowl, or look through some of our favorite formulas like grain-free, maintenance, and healthy weight.

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