In the past, wild prey provided all the necessary energy and nutrients a canine animal needed. They held all the amounts of protein and fats they required. The ancestors of the dog relied upon a meat based diet, not a grain diet. But why then do we feed them a dog food that is largely based upon grains and other fillers, even though after centuries of evolution into today’s domesticated animals they have dietary requirements that remain unchanged?
Grains in modern pet diets have largely taken the place of high quality meats in most commercial pet foods. Why? Because it’s cheaper. Carbohydrates from grain offer a cheaper source of calories for energy than meat. But this dilution by carbohydrates means fewer essential nutrients to meet your canine’s needs.
Not only do they have fewer nutrients, but grains such as wheat and corn provide a cheaper source of caloric energy which has been linked to gluten intolerance, food allergies and are contributes to obesity and type two diabetes.
The fact of the matter is that the ancestors of the present day dog only ate grains that were contained within its prey’s stomach. Other than that, grain was not part of their diet. On the other hand, protein is a huge part of the diet and holds all the features they need and crave. Meats provide the building blocks for strong bones and muscles, provides great sources of energy, and contains the omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids that maintain healthy skin and a thick coat.
A grain free dog food is also beneficial for digestion purposes. Since dogs are carnivores, their stomachs do not handle grains very well. A diet rich in protein is much preferred because it is not only highly digestible, but also it provides maximum nutrient absorption and bio availability.
Unfortunately, there are very few grain free products. Even some of the best brands use grains such as brown rice. But the fact is that dogs don’t need it. One brand that I’ve found that does “get it” is EVO. They use a high amount of protein and fats, no grain or fillers, and minimal amounts of carbohydrates. Other than that brand, I would suggest looking on line for recipes to make your own healthy foods for your dog.
Source by Robert Playoll