Over a period of time dogs can develop food allergies. Gluten intolerance affects all dog breeds. Some breeds can suffer from celiac disease. Gluten makes up about 80% of the proteins present in wheat. A wheat allergy is often not considered by dog owners, although gluten and lectins found in wheat can create major health problems.
Watch out for fillers, including grains of wheat, gluten, barley, rye, corn and contaminated oats. Responsible dog owners read the list of ingredients printed on the dog food packaging to find out what is in the food they are feeding their beloved pets.
In the No List of ingredients there are artificial flavors and preservatives. Names are sometimes not easy to recognize. Some dog food companies try to hide or hide these ingredients on the label. Learn the names of artificial flavors and preservatives so you can stay away from the brands that use the No List ingredients.
Look for the ingredients that are real, with names you can pronounce: salmon and beef. Even your dog will like it! Your dog appreciates the taste and flavor just like you, for example some dogs like beef, others prefer chicken. Don’t waste your money and your dog’s taste buds on substandard foods with many by-products and fillers. There are also antibiotic-free meats such as turkey, game and hormone-free bison. Try organic dog vegetables like sweet potatoes.
Once you have decided to take a grain-free food with all the vitamins and minerals and none of the gluten and wheat grains, it’s time to start the transition from old food to new food. For about a week, mix old dog food with new dog food, gradually reducing the amount of old food to new food until your dog’s bowl is filled with only the new food.
When you feed healthier dog foods, it may cost more in the beginning. However, you get a more usable feed that will keep your dog fuller and your dog will eat less in the long run, thus reducing the cost of food. Not to mention the savings on veterinary bills. You may wish to investigate the dog food manufacturer for recalls. Some have fewer calls than others.
Buy your pet food from a reputable retailer rather than from the big box stores. You will get better service and more reliable manufacturers. In addition, employees will be more prepared and able to assist you in your choices.