Lately, there has been a lot of buzz around grain-free food being good for your puppy. People say it is the healthiest diet you can have for your food.
But the truth is that grain-free food isn’t intended as a sustainable diet for all dogs, rather was made for dogs who have a grain allergy.
Most dogs don’t have any kind of grain allergy or intolerance, so most dogs won’t benefit at all from eating this kind of food. Plus, it has been linked to heart disease, so it is more harmful than anything else.
Food containing grain is recommended by most veterinarians as it contributes to a balanced diet. In case your dog has an upset stomach giving them boiled rice or pasta can alleviate the symptoms. Some people might think that grains can’t be digested by dogs, but that’s not true at all. It is just a myth used by producers of grain-free food to boost the sales of their products.
Only a very small percent of dogs are allergic to grains, and that would have to be diagnosed by a specialist. Only then can you give your dog grain-free food. The truth is, the Food and Drug Administration has investigated how grain-free food is related to several issues. They have found a link between heart conditions and a diet excluding grains. One common issue caused by a lack of grains is the development of dilated cardiomyopathy.
The best diet your dog can have is a balanced one including grains. There are loads of brands that make healthy foods that contain grains, like Royal Canin.