Weighing in on Grain vs. Grain Free Dog Food

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Weighing in on Grain vs. Grain Free Dog Food

Here at Nourish, we're committed to providing your pets with the highest quality holistic nutrition options. We know our Houston pet parents want the best for their cats and dogs. Nowadays it can be difficult to keep track of what ingredients your pet should and shouldn't be eating. 

Grain vs. grain free dog food is a hot topic in the pet community! Stay informed with a brief look at the benefits of a grain free diet, suggested feeding routines, and what's up with Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and your dog's food.

Why Grain Free is Great for Your Dog

The benefits of a grain free diet are substantial, especially for dogs who suffer from food allergies. Not only are grain free diets or low grain diets effective in managing allergy symptoms, but cutting out the filler can aid in digestion as well as overall health and wellness. Studies demonstrate improved energy and healthier weights in canines on a lower grain diet than those fed commercial pet food. Shiny coats, reduced shedding, and better breath and teeth are just a few of the additional benefits to reducing the grain and embracing a higher protein, whole nutrition diet.

Variety is the Spice

No one likes to eat the same thing every day! Mono diets aren't good for us or our pets. Nourish Pet Care recommends rotational feeding when it comes to grain free regimens. This means, instead of banning grain altogether, opt for a blend of grain free and high quality grain products. Acana Heritage Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is a great base diet to be fed along with a high moisture pate like Fromm's Family Foods Chicken.

Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Grain Free Dog Food

DCM can be a scary sounding term, especially when used in the same sentence as grain free diets. DCM is a type of heart disease that primarily affects large breed dogs such as Newfoundlands, Shepherd, and Pinschers. Recently, the FDA conducted a study to investigate a possible link between grain free diets and DCM.

According to Dr. Jerry Klein, Chief Veterinary Officer at the AKC, there's no need to panic quite yet. In fact, no link between grain free diets and DCM has been established. 

"At this time, there is no proof that these ingredients are the cause of DCM in a broader range of dogs, but dog owners should be aware of this alert from the FDA. The FDA continues to work with veterinary cardiologists and veterinary nutritionists to better understand the effect, if any, of grain-free diets on dogs."

A number of ingredients are under investigation, but the rule of thumb remains; feed variety and avoid feeding any ingredient to excess.

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