Posted on Jun 25th 2020
Public concerns over diet and health have grown exponentially in the past few decades, and rightfully so. Every individual has the right to a healthy diet, even our pets! As consumers demand healthier options in the grocery store, pet owners are also demanding healthier food options for their beloved cats and dogs. If you are searching for natural pet food options for your dog, you may have come across grain-free options. Amid ongoing discussions of whether grain-free food is healthy or not, you may be wondering if you should feed your dog according to this diet trend.
At Wag n' Wash, we stand by offering only the best for your beloved pets. It is important to understand that, just like humans, every dog is different and therefore has unique dietary needs. While a grain-free diet may be beneficial for one dog, it could be not so good for another dog. We've compiled some information on grain-free diets so that you can make an informed decision about which natural pet food to purchase for your dog.
Grain-Free Is Not Carb-Free
For overweight dogs, a low carb diet can help them shed extra pounds. If you are searching for a low-carb option, it is important not to confuse grain-free with low-carb. When grain-free foods are produced, the grains are often replaced with high carb products like sweet potatoes. Grain-free foods can therefore be even higher in carbs than typical kibble. If you're searching for low-carb options, be sure to ask for options at your local Wag n' Wash.
Not All Grains are Made Equal
While it is true that there are many low-quality grains out there, ancient and whole grains contain many beneficial nutrients. It is definitely a good idea to steer clear of low quality kibble products that feature grains with minimal nutrients as their main ingredient. Alternatively, dog foods that contain high quality grains, like barley and oats, along with premium proteins and veggies are a great choice for your pet.
Grains May Contribute to Allergies in Some Dogs
Just like humans, dogs can also have food related allergies. The most common food related allergies in dogs include dairy, beef and egg. While dogs can be affected by grain related allergies and gluten intolerance, these types of allergies are less common. If your dog is experiencing allergies, it is important to figure out the cause before switching foods. Environmental factors are more likely to cause allergies than food, so also consider shampoos, dust and other allergens that your dog may be in contact with frequently. If you are having trouble getting to the bottom of the issue, we recommend visiting your vet.
A Balanced Diet is the Most Important
As with human dietary trends, dog dietary trends are subject to fads and change. Before jumping on the grain-free, low-carb or raw-food diet, consider the individual needs of your pet. A balanced diet is the most important factor when feeding your four-legged pal. Dogs need lots of protein, healthy vegetables, and a variety of nutrients. Grains can be a great source of these nutrients, but your dog may be sensitive to them. Before deciding to switch to a new food, it is always important to speak with your vet. If your vet gives you the go-ahead to make the switch to a grain-free diet, start slowly and monitor your dog as he or she adapts to the new food.
At Wag n' Wash, we understand that healthy options are a priority for your dog. That is why we stock our foods with only natural pet foods, including grain, grain-free, raw-food options and more. If you're unsure about which food is best for your dog, feel free to discuss it with a representative at your local Wag n' Wash. We promise to help you find a tasty, nutrient-dense food that will make your pal tail-wagginly happy!