Many people are switching their dog’s food to a grain-free diet. There are several reasons owners may want to switch their dog’s diet to mimic that of their ancestors, meaning more meat-based and less grain- or soy-based.
It has been argued that the ancestors of modern dogs did not eat grains, which is why some dogs may experience food allergies. Food allergies are more common in specific breeds but can show up in any breed at any age. At Corrina’s Corner, we offer fresh, raw pet food that is free of additives and preservatives.
One common trigger of food allergies are grains including wheat, rice, oats, corn, barley, millet, and oatmeal. Grains in dog foods are often used as “fillers.” These are ingredients that are cost-effective for the pet food producer, beneficial in stabilizing products for shipment and storage, and not species-appropriate nutrition for pets. Therefore, they do not offer any nutritional value to your pet.
Symptoms of Grain Allergies in Dogs
Grain allergies are fairly common in dogs. Sometimes hard to detect, grain allergies can go unnoticed for extended periods of time leaving dogs in pain or discomfort. Common grain allergy symptoms to look out for include:
- Excessive hair loss
- Bald patches
- Chronic ear infections
- Inflamed skin
- Sores and scabs
- Hot spots
- Upset stomach
Benefits of Grain Free Dog Food
Many grain-free dog foods contain more protein and animal fats and fewer carbohydrates than their grain-based counterparts, and therefore, these foods are more easily digested. Removing grains from a dog’s diet can be beneficial for dogs even if they are not experiencing food allergies. A few ways grain-free diets can improve your dog’s overall health include:
- Helps keep dogs fuller longer, resulting in eating less frequently
- May help to reduce canine food allergies
- More energy
- Fewer and smaller stools
- Healthier skin
- Shinier coat
- Less shedding
- Better smelling breath
- Reduced flatulence
Start Your Dog on a Grain Free, Raw Diet with Corrina’s Corner
Just like when you make any diet change it needs to be done slowly. If you decide that a grain-free, raw diet is something that you want to try with your dog, slowly introduce the new raw food by mixing it in a little at a time with their current food. Taking your time switching your dog’s diet will allow their digestive system to adjust, hopefully resulting in a smooth transition.
If you’re looking to make the switch for your dog, let the experts at Corrina’s Corner help. We provide high-quality raw foods that are affordable and convenient. All of our products are locally sourced, processed, and hand-packaged, with no additional ingredients or preservatives. Reach out to us or start shopping online now to get your dog’s new diet started.