Grain free! NOT grain free!!

AyeAyeCapn

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I have never seen more conflicting opinions on any subject on Earth than grain-free or not grain-free food. Have had Ellie on grain free for 2-3 years, no problems, then a vet technician last week said "never feed them grain free." I am nearly at the point where I think everybody's full of $#!% or is just making things up. ONE more time ...... what's your opinion? I'm close to just taking her out for dinner, she loves Wendy's.
 

CatMom1994

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Everyone who thinks dogs should NOT eat grain-free food is refusing to accept the facts. If you do some research on canine nutrition you will find NOTHING in favor of feeding grains to dogs.
 

linda2147

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dogs are not cows they do not eat cereal (grains) they eat meat. Dogs in the wild eat the intestines and their content, fulfilling their nutrition with for grain or greens. You can supplement their diet with a mixture of "honest kitchen" mix half and half with warm water, let sit until thicken then mix it with the food.

Or you can feed a raw diet with the right supplements for a balanced meal. Raw is the way to go Supplies everything they need for a soft shiny coat and the additives give them all the vitamins and minerals they'll ever need
 

CatMom1994

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If you can't feed a raw diet, try Nature's Variety Instinct, which is based on that. They have raw nuggets that can be mixed in water or given dry as treats for supplemental feeding and raw=based dry food that has bigger kibbles dogs like along with the regular wet food for dogs and puppies.
 

Emmabarnes

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I have never seen more conflicting opinions on any subject on Earth than grain-free or not grain-free food. Have had Ellie on grain free for 2-3 years, no problems, then a vet technician last week said "never feed them grain free." I am nearly at the point where I think everybody's full of $#!% or is just making things up. ONE more time ...... what's your opinion? I'm close to just taking her out for dinner, she loves Wendy's.
Wendy's! What a riot.
I know what you mean with this and it's pretty conflicting.
I would say there's very little to substantiate that grain is good for our dog's digestion. I'd steer clear of it and then maybe integrate it for a few days and see she responds.
 
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*Disclaimer - I am a raw feeder, so I'm not arguing that raw isn't the best diet. It is.*

I agree with many of the comments above that talk about grain not being a requirement in your dog's diet, but I think it needs to be said that neither are potatoes, rice, or peas.

We need to be able to speak to the pet owners that aren't raw feeders and don't plan on switching. They aren't deciding between whether they should feed grains or raw, they are deciding whether they should feed grain-free kibble or grain inclusive kibble. The answer to that is that is: it doesn't matter.

Grain-free foods take out the grains and replace them with equivalent amounts of legumes, potatoes, or rice. They are getting the same amount of carbs, and the nutrition between them is not going to be different enough to matter one way or the other. Kibble heavily relies on synthetic vitamins and minerals, not the nutrition from the ingredients alone, so whether you include grains or not, it will not change anything.

What you can do is change to a food that uses fewer carbs of any kind. Raw is the best example of this, but if that's not what you are interested in, then look for a kibble that offers more meat, more fat, and fewer fillers. You can supplement any diet with more meat, feed raw bones and natural chews, and add moisture.

Don't worry so much about what kind of carbs and worry about how many carbs.

Sorry for the rant, but I hope this helps.
 

linda2147

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If you feed raw and make it yourself then you know what's in it and you don't add unnecessary carbs. I make my own food grind up meat with bones included, with every ten pounds of ground meat I add a tub of hearts and gizzards, Once a day I add a raw egg, shell included, add honest kitchen for fruits and veggies and missing link for vitamins and minerals. And I make my own treats using slices of chicken breast, pork loin or beef heart. Dehydrated
 
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linda2147

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