Keeping Your Dog Healthy
Grain free dog food has become more and more popular over the last few years. But what are the actual benefits of feeding your dog grain free?
Here are the benefits of feeding grain free and keeping your dog healthy:
- Grain free dog food can reduced itching and scratching
- It can improve skin & coat condition
- It will give your dog fewer digestive upsets
- It can eliminate flatulence
- Grain free dog food appeals to fussy eaters
Sensitivities and Intolerances
If your dog suffers from sensitivities or intolerances, it can become frustrating for them. This is where a grain free diet can potentially be hugely beneficial. A key reason for this is because some dogs suffer from sensitivities from grains that can cause symptoms such as skin irritation, rashes, vomiting and skin shedding. Because our food is mostly a single protein you can easily facilitate an elimination diet.
Improved skin and coat condition
A grain free diet can be beneficial for the condition of your dog’s skin and coat. High quality grain free foods generally tend to have higher inclusions of animal ingredients. Freshly prepared meat contains increased levels of naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids, especially in foods that contain fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are very important fats that mammals must get from their diets. They contribute to overall health and wellbeing and support the hair follicles and hair shafts, promoting healthy hair growth. This can lead to a thicker, shinier coat.
If your dog is a little gassy, it could be a sign of a digestive health issue. Grains such as wheat and corn can cause dogs to produce frequent quantities of gas. This can lead to your dog feeling discomfort in their stomachs. Grain free food contains prebiotics such as MOS, FOS and fibre which help to produce good bacteria in your dogs gut which can ultimately lead to less gas and discomfort.
Healthy Digestive System
Going back to a dog’s ancestors, the wolves. They would hunt for their food in the wild and feed on protein-rich meals. As dogs have evolved from carnivores, their digestive system can struggle to digest food with grains and find it easier with fewer carbohydrates. Grain free dog food generally has a higher meat and protein content which allows your dog to digest their food more easily.