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 5 Grain-Free Diet Facts to Remember

Happy New Year, pawrents and welcome to our blog!

When it comes to new year’s resolutions, eating right to stay healthy is one of the top must-dos. And for our beloved furry pals, before we can decide what diet suits them best, we will want some factual reference, isn’t it? 

Our 13-year-old goldies love peanut butter and fruits, and our little pom of 3 years will eat 

everything she can get her paws on. The truth is what they love may not always be the best for their health. After some efforts to learn more about the different diets, we realised that the wrong diet does take a toll on the wellbeing of our two dollies and that includes allergic reactions that manifest on skin and coats, overweight issues that are bad for joints and other ill-health symptoms. We hated the pain they have to go through and somewhat we felt guilty. 

We did some factual research about the uprising trend of grain-free food for dogs before we listed them up here in papapetshop.com. Below are the 5 grain-free facts we think can help you understand better about this diet. If your furry pals have already gone grain-free, let us know if it’s suitable for them and do they love it as much as our two dollies!

  • What is Grain-Free Diet?

Let’s begin by knowing the difference between a grain-free and a regular/non-grain-free food. 

Grain-free food for pet cats and dogs are diets that do not contain grain. Based on our experiences with grain-free food for pets, it has brought many benefits to their health which we will let you know later. ?

On the other hand, non-grain-free or regular food contains grains which are a source of carbohydrates. Food with grains remains the most common and popular choice. They are easy to find at pet stores and supermarket shelves and often more affordable compared to grain-free foods. 

Now you might be asking what are the grains in pet food since they’re so common? Here is the list:

  • Soy
  • Rice
  • Corn
  • Oats
  • Wheat
  • Rye
  • Barley

Soy is a grain ingredient that can be found in pet food.

If you look at the back of your dog or cat’s canned food, you may be able to find one of the ingredients stated above and they are not always the best. 

Therefore, a grain-free diet means a diet that has ZERO grains.

  • What are the Benefits of a Grain-Free Diet?

Aside from being a source of food for allergic pets, grain-free foods also carry benefits for your pet’s health like

  • Keeps your pet feeling fuller longer which means they less frequent eating
  • Reduces canine food allergies
  • Reduces and minimises stools
  • Healthier skin
  • Shinier coat
  • Less shedding
  • Better breath
  • Reduces flatulence

A healthier and shinier coat is one of the benefits of a grain-free diet.

 

  • Who Needs a Grain-Free Diet?

If your dog or cat is allergic to grains, a grain-free diet would truly be a perfect option in our opinion. If you don’t know whether your pet has a grain allergy, the symptoms that they might show can be:

  • Itchiness
  • Excessive hair loss and bald spots
  • Inflamed skin
  • Sore and scabs
  • “Hot spots”
  • Vomiting
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Loose stool/diarrhoea
  • Who Does NOT Need a Grain-Free Diet?

You should never give puppies and kittens a grain-free diet as it may damage their kidneys. There are grain-free dog and cat food brands that recommend their food for only the adults. If you happen to stumble across one on our website and you’re not sure, you can always ask us for our expertise!

  • Should I Switch My Pet’s Diet to a Grain-Free Diet? 

Albeit there are benefits to grain-free pet food, it depends on whether they prefer regular or grain-free food. You can consult with a veterinarian before making the change to grain-free. 

After which, head over to papapetshop.com and shop from our grain-free range for your furry pals!

Psssst, if you sign up as a first-time member, we will give you a $15 voucher! ? 

Don’t miss this chance! Head over to our website and make your purchase now!