Yes. No grain dog food is a great marketing tactic but doesn’t
create a balanced diet for dogs. Here's why.
Most of us found out that grains lead to dog health problems and switched to grain free food.
Grains have no place in your dog's food. Plus, they cause inflammation.
Dog food manufacturers want sales. They have to consider what their customers want. The problem is they can't give us what we really want.
What do I mean? We want dog food nutrition! When we found out corn and wheat were bad for dogs they changed to rice and we bought it!
When we began figuring out that no grain was actually good for dogs, they came out with no grain dog food and tons of people are buying that now. Slick. Really slick.
One of the most compelling reasons we wanted no grain dog food was to stop allergies. What most of us still don't realize is there's a difference between food intolerance and an allergy to food.Most often it's intolerance of . . . substandard food.
No grain dog food may seem to work for awhile but problems still lurk. Dogs are carnivores plain and simple. While they'll eat just about anything that isn't nailed down, that doesn't mean it's good for them.
Dry dog food is highly processed mix stuff that has to stick together for those little shapes we are so used to.
So what do they use for the glue now?
Potatoes, peas, tapioca, potato starch, pea starch, sweet potato are all starches without nutritional value for dogs.
If you think grain free dog food from a bag is the way to go, you may be barking up the wrong tree (sorry, couldn't help myself).
Your dog's body sees these stripped starches or carbohydrates for what they are. Sugar. Yes sugar. This is why diabetes in dogs, insulin resistance and several other dog diseases are rising at such a rapid rate. And let's not forget dental disease. (All kibble sticks to the teeth causing decay.)
Carbohydrates in any form have no nutritional value for dogs.
Have you ever read the percentage of carbohydrates on a bag of dog food? Of course not, because they won't list it. They know you wouldn't want to feed your carnivore a diet with 65% to 80% carbs because it wouldn't be healthy.
My best advice if you have no interest in a raw diet is to read the ingredients on the bag, but be sure you know which ingredients are dangerous. (See Dog Food Ingredients to Avoid.)
And then give your dog some real meat for treats or as a meal replacement a few times each week. Or an egg. Or even a can of water packed sardines.