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For most of us, our pets are a vital part of our daily lives. We love them to bits and we only want the best for them. We’ve all heard the saying, “We are what we eat.” The same can be said about our beloved pets. What we feed them influence how they grow into adults. Their diet is a very vital part of their livelihood. That’s why it’s of utmost importance to pick the right food for them.
Is grain-free food really the right option for your pet? Let’s see what experts have to say.
Since all pets were once carnivores and predators, their primary source of nutrition was protein. That’s why it’s so natural for our furry friends to prefer meat over other foods. Dry pellets tend to contain a lot of nutrition for our pets, they also tend to contain a lot of grain foods. While dry foods are more convenient when it comes to storing and feeding, it doesn’t contain nearly as good quality ingredients as grain-free foods.
Grain-free foods have protein based ingredients like real beef, chicken, eggs, salmon, and other healthy protein sources. These ingredients are much better for your pets’ growth and development in comparison to the ingredients that are found in dry foods. Because of its composition, grain-free foods also tend to keep pets fuller for longer, meaning there are lesser chances of obesity – a serious problem on the rise.
Switching your pet’s diet from grain to grain-free food can also help with alleviating food allergies. Consult your vet before making any major changes to your pet’s diet.
How about pet foods that contain grain?
These can’t be ruled out just yet. They do have their benefits. Dogs are able to digest grains and starches. In fact, most of our pets also need grains to balance out their diet. Good grains are healthy. But these are also a rather expensive option up front. Most pet food manufacturers use fillers to make up for the protein based ingredients that they lack. So instead of feeding your pet a nutritious and balanced meal, he’d be ingesting a lot of food that has no specific nutritional value and just empty calories.
Grain based foods are not bad for your animals, just be sure of the quality before you buy it. Ask your vet for advice. If your pet is suffering from conditions such as obesity, diabetes, or gastrointestinal problems, it’s safe to sit down with your vet in order to come up with a feasible diet plan that your pet can stick to. Blindly changing his diet without talking to a professional often does more harm than good.