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Why Do Pet Owners Choose Grain-Free Pet Food?

by LifeLearn in Pet Health on 06 September, 2013

Why Do Pet Owners Choose Grain-Free Pet Food?

More than ever, pet owners understand that eating habits are critical to overall pet health and quality of life. Just as our food choices can help to prevent or minimize human health problems like Celiac disease, obesity, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension, nutrition plays an important role in helping our pets avoid unwanted health implications. Some pet owners opt for grain-free pet food in the interest of optimizing their dog or cat’s diet. If you’ve seen “Grain Free” on pet food labels, you may be wondering how grains factor into your pet’s nutrition, and whether going grain-free is a better nutritional choice for your pet.

What are the benefits of a grain-free diet?

There are several reasons why certain pets are fed grain-free pet foods. In some cases, a pet owner may choose a food for its other merits- such as a high protein count- and discover that the brand they’ve selected happens to be grain-free.

Other pet owners will specifically seek out a grain-free formulation for their pet in order to avoid medical symptoms. For example, grains can sometimes trigger allergies or prove difficult to properly digest –just like with humans. The decision to go grain-free can also result from a desire to avoid pet foods high in “filler” ingredients and by-products. A grain-free diet may offer more organic and nutrient-dense ingredients that better mimic your pet’s natural ancestral diet.

Is grain-free the right choice for my pet?

Different pets have different needs- especially when it comes to nutrition. This is why a visit to your local veterinary practice is your most important first step when switching to a new pet food. Your dog or cat may have a medical condition that requires caution when introducing nutritional changes, or (s)he might require extra fiber or water in the grain-free recipe you choose. Your veterinarian will weigh these factors alongside others -like life stage, species and activity level-to create a nutritional profile designed for your individual pet.

Before you switch to a grain-free pet food, be sure that your choices have been monitored and advised by a pet health expert. Acting on the advice of your veterinarian will prevent any nutritional deficiencies or excesses and help you support your pet’s overall health with a carefully tailored diet.

 

 

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  • Written by: LifeLearn / MyPetED.com
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