Dogs that receive the most benefit from eating grain free foods are those with grain or gluten based food allergies. In these cases, dogs that eat a grain free food can have alleviation of symptoms associated such as itching, skin infections and/or gastrointestinal disease. Another benefit of feeding grain free is that dogs generally produce smaller and fewer bowel movements.
A negative aspect of feeding a grain free food is that they can be more expensive.
Some pet owners prefer food with grains because grain based foods may be less expensive than grain free or meat based foods. Grains can serve as cheap filler. Another concern would be a food created by a company that does not formulate their grain-free foods with all the appropriate and recommended nutrients to create a balanced diet.
Health Considerations of Feeding Grain Based Dog Food
A documented negative aspect of feeding grain-based diets to dogs is that ingestion and absorption of grains can lead to an increased production of insulin and inflammatory chemicals. Increased insulin levels can lead to weight gain that in turn can increase the risk of mobility problems, diabetes, and other health issues.
The ideal diet for dogs is one that resembles their biological diet. Dogs are carnivores and their bodies are designed to eat and process a meat-based diet. A few grains are okay providing your dog does not have an intolerance or abnormal sensitivity to grains.
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