Does My Dog Need A Grain Free Dog Food?
Grain free diets have become very popular with people seeking to lose weight, increase their energy and live a healthy lifestyle. This “paleo” approach to eating has led some dog owners to ask, “Could a grain free dog food be beneficial for my dog too?”
The choice of a dog food without grain is often a matter of the dog owner’s personal preference.
Dogs are omnivores and have evolved the ability to digest starches such as grains. There are no scientific studies to show that grains aren’t good for dogs.1 However, if you feel that a grain free dog food is right for your dog, and your lifestyle, be sure to do your research and look for a food that not only cuts out grains, but also provides the complete and balanced nutrition your dog needs.
For instance, Beyond® Natural Grain Free dog foods start with a high-quality protein source as the first ingredient. These recipes meet or exceed regulated standards for complete nutrition. As an example, the protein content of Beyond® dry dog foods is 26% at minimum, compared to the 18% minimum recommended by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) for adult dogs. Protein-rich Beyond® Natural Grain Free dog foods also contain no corn, wheat or soy, and no added artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
No matter which grain free dog food you choose, remember to keep your dog’s total nutritional needs in mind. If you have questions about your dog’s specific nutritional requirements, start your search with a visit to your veterinarian.
1. Are Grains Bad For Your Dog? http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2013/01/diet-shaped-dog-domestication