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Do you feed your pet a grain free food? If so, is it really a low carb food?
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4 Health Grain Free! As a pet care provider and owner of a large shedding breed (mixed), I have seen a noticeable difference in shedding with this food. It’s made by Tractor Supply. You can get it at a store near you or online. I also add Happy Jack Tonekote to the food (as recommended on packaging) 3-5 times a week. It gives amino acids and vitamins for healthy skin and coat. Best wishes for success!
Do you feed your pet a grain free food? If so, is it really a low carb food?
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Grain free pet food is one of the fasting growing segments in the pet food industry. GfK Research from September 2012 to September 2013 in US retail stores. For comparison, the American Pet Products Association 2013 Survey and Forecast reported that overall sales of pet food will grow by 4.78 % in 2014. I don’t know where you’re looking but PetFlow, PetFoodDirect and Amazon all have the grainfrees.
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Grain free pet foods are currently very popular. But are they really healthier for your pet than other types of pet foods? Let’s take a closer look at that question.Another popular feeding concept that often seems to go hand in hand with feeding grain free pet food is the feeding of a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. High protein, low carbohydrate diets do have their place, particularly in the feeding of diabetic cats. However, it is important not to assume that a grain free diet is a low carbohydrate diet. In fact, some grain free pet foods contain carbohydrate levels similar to or even higher than diets containing grains. In many grain free diets, ingredients such as potatoes replace the grains in the food and often these ingredients have more carbohydrates than the common grains used in pet food. As a result, grain free and low carbohydrate pet foods are not always synonymous with one another.Each ingredient in the diet provides a unique set of nutrients to the overall makeup of the food. Together, the ingredients need to combine to provide a complete nutrient profile for your pet, without any excesses or deficiencies that can cause illness for your pet. It is certainly possible for grain free diets to provide this type of complete nutrition for your pet. However, these diets are not the only option, or even necessarily the best option, for each individual pet. There is no one diet or type of diet that is perfect for all pets. In other words, no pet food is a one-size-fits-all nutritional solution.Another popular misconception that many pet owners fall victim to is the assumption that grain free diets are the best diets for pets with food allergies. While food allergies do occur in pets, corn and other grains are not among the most common allergens found in foods. In fact, according to some of the available research, corn is actually one of the least likely sources of food allergy. In one literature review, 278 dogs with food allergy were evaluated and the problem ingredient was clearly identified for each dog. Beef was the most common , being responsible for 95 of the cases reported. Dairy was responsible for 55 cases, making it the second most frequent cause. Corn was identified as the offender in only 7 cases. In cats, the situation is similar. Fifty-six cats were evaluated in this study. Forty-five of the food allergies resulted from eating beef, dairy, and/or fish. Corn, meanwhile, was responsible for only 4 cases.