why grain-free dog food is best for canine diet

Not all dogs will have an immune response from grains, but when looking at the potential issues that grains and fillers have, removing grains from the canine diet is a wise choice.

Grain free dog food can be a great option to boost your dog’s nutrition and to prevent them from overeating. While grain free foods are often indicated for dogs that are suffering from food allergies, a wise approach to pet health suggests that all dogs can benefit from reducing or removing grain entirely.

You may be on the fence about whether or not to put your dog on a grain free diet, so let’s review the issues—when it is simply nice to have your dog on a grain free diet vs. when it is a must to cut grain from your dog’s diet.

In recent years, the conventional dog food approach has come under fire. Products heavy on fillers and grains (like wheat, corn, and by-products), and light on lean meats and other nutritives are receiving more scrutiny. Because of this, the popularity of more natural and healthful pet foods have grown vastly, especially the grain-free dog food movement.

When grain free is “nice to have”

Grain free diets offer some basic nutritional advantages for the reason that grains in dog food are often used as inexpensive fillers to bulk up the food. If there is no grain, the usual result is a higher percentage of meat (protein) and other healthy ingredients.  Without grains, dogs get the nutrition they need without overeating.  We would categorize this as a “nice to have” scenario in that it’s just a better strategy for a healthy canine diet.

When grain free is a “must have”

A zero grain diet moves into the “must have” category when the dog is overweight or when there exists a food allergy or food intolerance.

What is a dog food allergy?

A food allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly targets a particular food ingredient as a harmful invader. It then creates defensive antibodies to fight the food, creating an over-reactive immune response.

What are the signs and symptoms of a food allergy?

  • Skin rash
  • Excessive itching or licking
  • Paw biting, obsessive licking
  • Nausea or vomiting

What is a food intolerance?

An intolerance occurs when the digestive system is unable to digest a specific ingredient. The absence of the immune response differentiates it from an allergy.

Signs and symptoms of a food intolerance:

Why You Should Consider Grain-Free for Your Dog

Dogs are carnivores. This means that they derive most of their energy and nutrient requirements through animal tissue. Though we have domesticated them, they are built to eat like carnivores (i.e. like wolves, coyotes) and not like us humans. This means that the dog diet should consist of mostly animal tissues, with small amounts of fruits and vegetables, but most importantly, no grain.  A dog in the wild would never eat grains like wheat, rice, corn, barley or millet unless it was found in the digestive tract of their prey.

Approximately 90% of US pet foods have grains in them. As mentioned above, a dog food with grains fillers, not only cheats your dog nutritionally, but may be doing damage as well. The dog digestive system is not equipped to digest the complex proteins in grain, so the result can be a food intolerance or food allergy. The canine body will see those complex grain proteins as an enemy invader and counter with a negative inflammatory response. This causes intestinal inflammation and the resulting allergic response and it symptoms, and, in the worst cases, can lead to leaky gut and other intestinal disorders.

Even if your dog does not have an immune response, they may develop a food intolerance that puts them under constant digestive stress. Now, this does not mean that all dogs will manifest problems with grain. When looking at the potential issues of grains in the canine diet, it appears that dogs, in general, are better off without them.

prepared dog food

Nusentia™  Raw & Grain Free is easily prepared and the result is fresh, healthy food for your dog.

Nusentia’s approach has always been that the main component of animal health is determined by diet. Dietary pet supplements are used therapeutically for specific health conditions as well as for maintaining optimal animal health. We believe in natural, raw pet foods, and simple formulas that focus on lean meats and no grain. Because of this, for the convenience of our customers we are now introducing Nusentia Raw & Grain Free dog food. This is a raw, dehydrated USDA meats and whole produce with small amounts of complimentary nutritives and no grains.

Now Nusentia™ Raw & Grain-Free Dog Food can be delivered right to your door!

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