Grain Free Diet for Your Dog or Cat? Absolutely!
5 April, 2016
Grain free dog and cat food is becoming increasingly popular as owners love the results. It’s actually similar to a gluten free diet in humans which is all the rage! There are many benefits to go grain free with your cat or dog’s diet , but as in all diet changes, every dog or cat reacts differently.
Why go grain free?
A grain free diet is similar to what your dog or cat would eat if they were out in the wild. It consists of a majority of meat based proteins and a few fruits and vegetables. A grain free diet enables your cat or dog to absorb the most nutrition, since a cat or dog’s stomach and digestive system is not made to handle grains.
A grain free diet is great for overweight pets
Your dog or cat usually needs less food when eating a grain free pet food because it fills them up quickly.
Grain free is great for high- energy cats and dogs
Grain free food provides a lot of energy and nutrition for your cat or dog, but if you have an indoor cat or an older dog with limited mobility, grain free food could cause your dog to gain weight. Grain free food is recommended for active pets (especially dogs) that need to reduce some of that excess energy.
A grain free diet can help dog or cats with allergies
Some of the benefits of feeding your dog or cat a grain free diet include: decreased allergy symptoms, a healthy looking skin or fur, a bigger appetite in finicky eaters, increased energy, better digestion, decreased appetite which can lead to weight loss in an overweight pet. Grain free is also beneficial for hypoallergenic pets.
A grain free diet is recommended for pets five years old and up
The ideal age to switch your cat or dog to a grain free diet is when is five years old and up. At an older age, your dog or cat might have more difficulty digesting a food with has grains and therefore grain free would help their digestion and appetite. Make sure to look for a grain free food that has fish and meat as the first few ingredients.
Switching to a grain free diet
The easiest way to switch to a grain free diet (like any diet change) is to slowly mix the new grain free food with the old food. Start by using a small amount of the grain free and keep increasing the amount and decreasing the amount of the old food. Your cat or dog might have an upset stomach or diarrhea at first when you are switching the food. It usually takes about a week or so to make the transition.
As always, if you decide to switch to a grain free diet, check with your veterinarian to determine the best type of grain free food for your cat or dog.