What's the difference between grain-free and food-containing grains?
There are 3 types of grains most commonly found in foods;
Pet food could contain any variety of these grains and usually, the food package label would provide some information on this.
However, some food labels may mention ‘‘contains cereals’’ as a generic term. In this case it is difficult to identify the type of grain used and if your pet has any allergies, it is recommended to contact the company or do some more in-depth research to determine the ingredients.
Do grains serve some purpose in pet food?
As a general statement, grains are not bad for pets. In fact, there are certain benefits of dog food with grains
However, grains are not necessary for a dog/cat’s growth and development. Unlike humans, dogs and cats, grains are not actually required for nutrition.
If grains are not necessary for my pet, should I avoid them?
Given that grains are not necessary from a nutritional standpoint, you can avoid providing it to your pet.
However, if you are providing food that contains grains, then you need to be mindful of the number of grains in your pet’s diet.
As a general rule grains should only makeup:
The real issue with grains arises when it is fed in larger quantities consistently over a period of time.
What is gluten and should food for dogs be gluten-free?
Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains, including wheat, rye, spelt, and barley. Of the gluten-containing grains, wheat is by far the most common.
Does grain-free food mean it is automatically carb-free?
People often mistake grain-free for being carb-free. This is a very important aspect to consider.
How do I calculate the carb content of pet food?
Carb content = 100 - (protein % + fat % + moisture % + ash%)
The carb content should ideally be lower than 30%. Any higher than this is questionable.
Is a fresh, home-cooked meal the best option for your dog?
It's a good option if you are mindful of:
In addition, Petsy says that it's best to consult your pet's veterinarian before incorporating any changes into their diet and also conduct regular health check-ups to ensure a healthy lifestyle for your pet.