Why Grain Free Pet Foods?
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Ask yourself one simple question when feeding your dogs and cats. Would they hunt for meats in the wild or would they search for grains, corn, rice or wheat? The answer is simple, dogs and cats actively seek meat proteins for nourishment and this fundamental dietary necessity must be duplicated in their modern diets. Diets rich in real meats, fruits, vegetables and vitamins and minerals all help to maintain optimal quality of life in our pets.
Grain free pet foods are a diet primarily of meat and high quality protein that completely eliminates cheap fillers and grains which provide no additional nutritional benefit to dogs and cats.
History of Pet Food
It is understood that dogs have evolved over millions of years on a natural meat diet. During World War II, inexpensive fillers like corn, wheat and rice were added to pet food to provide an economic solution to pet feeding. Unfortunately, today most commercial pet foods still include these cheap fillers in their formulations, leading to significant health issues.
Because dogs and cats are by definition carnivores (meat eaters), these cheap fillers and grains still included in inferior quality foods, remain undigested and cause damaging effects on the digestive system, food sensitivities and allergies and obesity to name a few.
Benefits of Grain Free Diets
Quality pet foods, featuring high amounts of real meats and protein levels, provide the appropriate nutrition needed for our pet's daily function and health outcomes. Benefits of grain free diets may include:
- Reduced food allergies
- More vitality and better energy levels
- Better stools and digestion
- Fresher breath
- Healthier skin and coats
- Helps keep dogs and cats fuller for longer resulting in less frequent eating
Transitioning to Grain Free Foods
First and foremost, we suggest you always consult your veterinarian before making any major changes to your dog and cat’s diet.
It would be a good start to look at the first few ingredients of your current pet food. If the first ingredient is not meat, this may be a problem. Also, check to see that there are no grains listed in the Ingredients List.
Once the decision has been made to transition your pet to grain free food, it is important to introduce slowly over a period of 7-10 days, as it can take this time for your dog or cat to adjust to the new nutrient levels.
Mix with your existing food, gradually increasing the amount of grain free food every day.
Please always ensure plenty of clean, fresh water is available for your dog or cat.
Maintaining health of your pet should also include attention to their entire physical and mental needs including proper diet, sound veterinary care, plenty of exercise, playtime and suitable living environment.