In recent years, the hot trend in pet foods has been grain-free dog and cat food. Grain-free pet foods can have many health benefits for our pets. We’ll focus on grain-free dog foods and discuss why feeding a food that contains no grains may be a healthy choice for your pet.

Low-Carb

Most grain-free pet foods will naturally be lower in carbohydrates than a food containing corn, wheat, oats or rice. This doesn’t mean that grain-free foods are carbohydrate free. All dry pet food requires that the ingredients include some form of starch so that the kibble can be hard and crunchy. Grain-free pet foods replace the grain-based starch with other types of starch like potato, sweet potato, tapioca, or green peas.

Grain-free dry foods do contain lower levels of carbohydrates which more closely resembles the natural diet of a carnivorous animal. Dogs are descendents of wolves and a wolf would only encounter grain in the stomach contents of prey animals they consumed.

What’s wrong with grain?

Some dogs develop allergies to the ingredients in pet food. Corn, wheat and rice are frequently found to be the cause of the allergic reaction. Some say that it’s not the grain that’s the problem but more so the pesticides that were used on the grain while it was growing that causes the sensitivity. Feeding a grain-free diet may help if your dog has chronic skin or digestive problems.

Can puppies eat grain free food?

This depends on the brand of grain free dog food you select. Some brands only recommend their grain free food for adult dogs, while other brands formulate the diet to be complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages. The label will indicate if the food is recommended for all life stages or just for maintenance of adult dogs.

Are there other health benefits?

Studies have shown that many dogs live healthy lives on diets that are high in carbohydrates although some dogs tend to gain weight on such diets. Just as there has been some evidence in human diets that low-carb/high-protein diets can help to promote a healthier weight, the same may be true for some dogs.

While reducing obesity in dogs, low-carb/high-protein diets have been shown to reduce the incidence of diabetes in cats. There fewer studies proving the same for dogs but studies showing successful weight loss when feeding low carb/high-protein foods suggest that similar benefits may be seen.

Grain-free, high-protein diets are highly digestible which results in decreased stool volume. High-protein diets also contain higher levels of fats and amino acids resulting in radiant coat quality for most pets. Grain-free foods are more calorically dense, allowing smaller portions to be fed.

Grain-free dog food may not be the best choice for your particular pet, but if you are noticing problems with digestion, skin/coat or weight gain, your dog may benefit from one of the many brands of grain-free pet food available on the market.

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31 Comments

  1. Robert Johanknecht

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Really Valerie? You are a pet care advisor and you would go and promote the consumption on starches for our loving dogs? Unlike humans, neither dogs and I will not even start to begin to mention about cats, nor any animal that is considered carnivorous (yes I will admit that humans have made dogs become omnivorous even against their inherent natures) will actively seek out any plant material that is either carb or starch based. Take the wolf, the fox, the dingo or the jackal, just as examples and place a plate of raw meat, cooked meat or a combination of either meat mixed with as you said, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tapioca or green peas and watch what it goes to. Please readvise to brands of food with ingredients that would be for a species appropriate diet. Thank you.

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  2. Bighamza22

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Nutrisource knocks them all out of the box.

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  3. David McQueen

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I stopped watching because you need a tripod or a much better cameraman.

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  4. King Shepherd323

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    ALL GARBAGE!!!! Full of shit . All chemicals. Why not talk about that??? I have an idea why don't you eat that shit.

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  5. Maria Kuljanic

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Thank You for "PET FOOLED" the documentary releasing in January 2017. Your preview on u-Tube looks amazing!

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  6. Francisco Beltran

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Is it true grain free helps dogs poop less?

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  7. NostalgicWriter

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Wellness core has a listed protein level roughly between 32 and 37% as a minimum. Vet recommended limits cap out at 30% for adult dogs (32 for puppies).

    In the long term excessive protein wears on the liver and kidneys. Kidney disease isn't something you'll have indications of; by the time there are outward symptoms the kidneys are pretty much toast.

    Ingredient panels tell quite the story but nutrient profiles tell a much bigger one.

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  8. FreeChristianCounseling

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Grain free does not mean carb free- High priced food will not show a low number on a glucose meter. Its all about profit. Many low cost canned foods have the lowest carb and glucose level- and can cure diabetes.

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  9. Josh H

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I'm pretty sure wellness core is meant for puppies

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  10. TheLogicJunkie

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I don't know why this lady and so many other people feel this religious zealot need to show their eternal loyalty to the almighty wheat industry by blaming every other grain BUT WHEAT, but let me try to fix the damage caused by this and apparently every other video now being shilled out on behalf of the evil wheat industry:

    WHEAT IS THE MAIN PROBLEM.  WHEAT IS THE MAIN PROBLEM.  WHEAT IS THE MAIN PROBLEM.  WHEAT IS THE MAIN PROBLEM.

    I can only guess that the woman making this video must have an actual altar in her house somewhere with a gold-plated sheaf of wheat on it as her religious idol, because to sit here and actually put RICE and fucking CORN OVER WHEAT in terms of biotoxicity to both humans and animals is just plain psychotic.  Is the woman making this video some kind of secret Devil worshiper who enjoys disseminating information that she knows will make pets sicker?  Hell if I know, but know this:

    IF YOU ARE BUYING GRAIN-FREE PET FOOD EXPECTING THAT IT'S CORN AND RICE THAT ARE THE ACTUAL MAIN HARMFUL INGREDIENTS IN PET FOOD, YOU ARE COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY W-R-O-N-G, BECAUSE:

    THE CHIEF CULPRIT IS WHEAT.  WHEAT IS THE MAIN PROBLEM.  WHEAT IS THE MAIN PROBLEM.  WHEAT IS THE MAIN PROBLEM.

    Got it?  Good.  Finally.

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  11. Marie P. Waldon

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    If you wish to keep your dog safe and healthy, you must know the way to select the best dog food to match your dog's demands.

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    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

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  13. Ms. Alex

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Totally looking for grain free cat food in Canada!

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  14. Eve Wells

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    88% puppy owners poisoning her puppy slowly everyday? You might be the one?

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  15. Zoltan Várhegyi

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

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  16. TheRedtaz

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    royal canine is too expensive,taste of the wild is better and a lot cheaper, and my dog doesn't have itchy skin no more, a silky coat.

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  17. TheRedtaz

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    tow is probably the best 1 anyway, it's just as good as blue buffalo, but a little cheaper.

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  18. TheRedtaz

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    taste of the wild makes my bullies coat like silk.

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  19. MaddenMobile415

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Most dogs aren't allergic to rice most companies use a rice formula to replace the corn and other crap grains

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  20. JoTrev

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    this bitch nees to get on gain fee dog food she looks all fuck up hahahahah xD

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  21. Darci Stewart

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I feed my dogs Taste of the Wild Wetlands Canine formula in Roasted Fowl. They love it! It made a huge difference. Their coats are shiny and soft, and they don't shed as much. They were eating Iams. Purina before that. They also have more energy and they eat less than they did before I switched them from Iams to TOTW. They also quit itching. They must have been allergic to all the grains in the other commercial brands I used to feed them. Never going back! TOTW from now on!

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  22. 화랑

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    pt 2 but what i wanted to say is in the US and Canada how is the Reputation ofCanidae and Felidae Kibble?

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  23. 화랑

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I know this is a dog video but I have 2 cats and I have bought them Felidae pure elements grain free kibble. My friend for her 2 pure Ragdolls uses Wellness and she recomended it but its quite expensive, even though.I use kibble as a suplement and to give my cats jaws a work out and I give them Complete diet " musile" soaked in water overnight and mixed with kangaroo mince ( as it is very lean) and they get treats of holistic selct canned foods and raw chicken salmon and other meats and fish 🙂

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  24. Rebecca Evenson

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    My 3 1/2 year old Maltipoo has a little acid reflux and very runny eyes. She has been on Royal Canine for almost her entire life. She also nudges her food around – I think she's trying to "bury" it. I'm looking to switch her to a Grain Free Diet and wondering if this is a good idea.

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  25. DarkBraelyn

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I use Wellness CORE; my German Shepherd is allergic to grain.

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  26. Ryan Garity

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you for educating people on the dangers of grains!!

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  27. hottAFchick

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    just do your research, reviews on different websites. i feed my dog blue buffalo. it is all natural all the recipes are manufactured in the US. Check out their website blue buffalo.com and ask some questions.

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  28. adam felipe

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    taste of the wild saved my dogs skin!

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  29. Dave Villarreal

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    I feed my dog NB Sweet potato and Fish I love going to the pet store and just lookin at the different foods

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  30. Giveit2mehRAW

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Raw diet is the best food to feed a carnivore (dog)

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  31. PetFoodDirect

    September 24, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    @KasinH Sure Kasin. The brands featured in the video are Wellness CORE Adult Dog food, Innova EVO Red Meat Small Bites, Taste of The Wild High Prairie Canine Formula, Before Grain Salmon Formula dry dog food “2″ and Natural Balance Potato and Duck Dry dog food. There are many more brands and formulas available in the grain-free dog food section of our website.
    Thanks for viewing.
    Valerie

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