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Gluten-free products are all the rage right now with many people citing the many benefits of a grain-free diet. The diet of dogs in earlier days primarily consisted of protein. Many people claim that grain-free diets are more natural for a dog’s tummy than conventional pet food. There is some truth to this, as dogs have quite a primitive digestive system. Some grains are hard to digest and the body needs to rely on fermentation to break those grains down.
Picking the right diet for your buddy helps him or her enjoy a long, healthy life with you. Here are some of the advantages of a grain-free diet over traditional pet food.
- Skin health
Grains are usually the culprit of skin conditions in dogs. A number of dogs show improvement when they are put on a grain-free diet. Different breeds recover at different speeds so be patient if your dog doesn’t show any signs of improvement after a couple of days.
- Elimination of food allergies
Some dogs are allergic to grains like corn or wheat and when they consume these grains their immune system gets a little funky, causing irritated skin. A grain-free diet puts a stop to these annoying itches. Studies have shown that these breeds have a higher than average chance of developing food allergies-
- Lhasa Apso
- Golden retriever
- Labrador retriever
- German shepherd
- Your dog won’t have perpetual morning breath
Grains leave a thin layer of carbohydrates on the teeth. Bacteria feeds on these carbohydrates till your pets saliva washes it away. The same bacteria produce that dreaded morning breath which makes you squint your nose when your dog decides to start panting right next to your face. Grain-free food can minimise this problem to an ignorable level.
- It’s easier on their digestive system
While canines are omnivorous, their digestive systems don’t digest different food the same way. Grains have been shown to take more of a toll than protein and fat on their digestive tracts. Potatoes and tapioca, which are usually used as supplements in grain-free recipes are much easier for them to digest which makes their bodies that much more efficient.
- Reduces flatulence
Grains like corn and wheat make many dogs produce an abundance of gas. Going grain-free reduces their flatulence significantly. Gas can make your dog feel uncomfortable until he or she passes it.
Consult your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet. Your vet will be able to paint a clearer picture based on your dog’s needs. Making sure your pet is getting a balanced diet is the key here.