In pet stores, veterinarians or even supermarkets, new kibbles have emerged: cereal-free kibbles. All brands offer their version, so it’s not hard to find them! But a question arises: are these kibbles really better for the health of the dog or is it a fad? Here’s everything you need to know about grain-free formulas.
Discovering grain-free dog food
It is important to remember that both dogs and cats are carnivores. The dog consumes meat and sometimes the fruits, vegetables and seeds naturally present in the stomach of its prey. We are of course talking about dogs in the wild here! Domesticated dogs, of course, need to eat a diet that is mostly meat, but they consume other food groups to get enough fiber. Thanks to the industrialization of dog food, you can bet on kibbles, boxes or even homemade meals.
If you choose to feed your dog with dry food, you will find that this form of dry food contains starches and more particularly grains. Most often, the recipes intended for canines include wheat, barley, corn or even more. rice. Note that rice is the only cereal that dogs digest easily.
The grain-free croquettes are distinguished by a composition that exclusively includes ingredients of animal origin, fruits and vegetables. These formulas are therefore better suited to the needs of dogs because they are based on the ancestral diet of canines.
Are grain free kibble better for dogs?
Offering grain-free kibble to your dog means offering him a diet richer in animal proteins but also more digestible. It should be remembered that the dog’s digestive system does not allow him to consume cereals in quantity. However, because they are less expensive, they are sometimes present in large quantities (more than 40%). New generation, grain-free kibbles allow dogs to consume enough amino acids essential for their health.
The benefits are numerous:
- Digestive disorders decrease, or even disappear,
- Muscle mass is more developed,
- Your dog is not overweight,
- The hair is silky,
- Your companion is more lively.
In general, grain free kibble is better for dogs. They are healthier and it shows!
How to choose grain-free croquettes?
As with all marketed kibbles, there may be a difference in quality between the different cereal-free formulas. It is therefore essential to choose them well. First of all, it should also be remembered that this type of kibble is more expensive than the classic version. On the other hand, grain-free croquettes are less expensive than homemade meals.
Here are some tips for making the right choice.
- Check the ingredient list. The first on the list is the one present in greater quantity. If you have quality kibble, that first ingredient is meat. If you find that there are more potatoes or vegetables than ingredients of animal origin, the balance is not being respected.
- Watch for mentions. It must be written “grain free” or “grain free” on the packaging. Sometimes, grain-free kibbles contain it all the same, but in small quantities.
- Also check the protein content. This must be very high then the cereal-free croquettes have more meat. If you find that the formula is less than 30% protein, you need to be concerned.
- Make sure your carbohydrate count is low. If it is too high, the kibble is of poor quality. The amount of carbohydrate should be less than 35%.
How do I know if grain-free kibble is right for my dog?
The grain-free croquettes are suitable for all dogs: small and large. It is also possible to give them at any age. Choose the kibbles wisely by focusing on quality. In just a few weeks, it is possible to see a difference in the health, behavior and appearance of the dog. If your dog does not like his new kibble, do not hesitate to turn to another recipe or another brand. Rest assured, this type of dog food is very popular.
There are many grain-free kibble formulas for young dogs, for seniors, for overweight dogs or for those with digestive or urinary disorders.
How often to give grain-free kibbles?
The rule is the same as with traditional croquettes: it is possible to give cereal-free croquettes at each meal at any time of the day. The frequency depends on your dog’s age and needs. At what time of the day to feed your dog? Here are some benchmarks.
- Puppies who have just been weaned have 4 meals a day.
- Dogs over 6 months old eat 3 meals a day.
- Adult dogs eat 1 to 3 meals per day. The vast majority of them make 2.
Warning ! Dry food should not be available to your dog all day long. Unlike cats, canines do not know how to manage their diet. However, they must have a bowl of fresh water accessible.
Feeding your dog as naturally as possible is possible!
In addition to grain-free kibbles, many diets exist. They try to reproduce as well as possible the natural and ancestral diet of canines. These diets consist of raw meat, eggs, fruits and vegetables.
Among them are:
- Natural Rearing,
- BARF food, or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food,
- Raw Feeding,
- The Volhard diet, 100% natural.
As with grain-free kibbles, before you start, you can ask your veterinarian for advice. This professional will provide you with information on the preferred diet depending on your dog’s age but also on his needs.