When choosing a pet food for your precious four-legged friend, it’s important to know the many different types of foods and ingredients on the market today. One of the most heavily looked into an ingredient is whether a specific pet food diet includes grain or not. There are many reasons why and how this may affect the health of your dog. To learn more about this pet food ingredient and how grains may affect your dog or cat, be sure to check out the resource video and information below.
How Grains in a Diet Plan Can Affect Your Pet
Free diets are a popular option in the pet food aisle. What do you need to know about the great debate. Grains are an important source of complex carbohydrates and energy complex carbohydrates are more slowly digested than simple carbs resulting in a more sustained energy release foods rich in complex carbohydrates are also important sources of other essential nutrients. Some common grains found in pet foods include barley corn rice oats and wheat whole grains include all parts of the grain while refined grains have the nutrient rich germ and brain layers removed.
Whole grains promote digestive health since they are not only an excellent source of complex carbohydrates but are also rich in fiber. Grain free does not equal carbohydrate free as these pet foods also contain complex carbs. Some sources include payes lentils chickpeas tapioca potato and sweet potato. While some pets may have allergies to one or more specific grains. It may not be necessary to eliminate all grains. Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat and barley and most pets tolerate it without any difficulty. The exception is some Irish Setters with inherited gluten sensitivity. The introduction of grain free diets has increased the variety of new and unique pet food recipes available. This allows you to choose a diet with or without grains that works best for your pet. If you need help choosing a food for your pet. Our health and nutrition specialists are here to help.
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