It’s more expensive to feed your dog what it really should be eating: raw meat, bones, fish, eggs, organ meats, vegetables and maybe some fruit now and then. But the health benefits, the reduced vet bills and the longer life your pet will enjoy certainly make removing grains from your dog’s diet worth every penny. While you will read many controversial articles on this topic, here’s one thing to remember: the top four allergens for humans, dogs and cats are dairy, wheat, soy and corn.
Lucy doesn’t get any grains. She gets a little meat and a raw egg yolk in the morning and in the evening she gets meat, fat and bones, sometimes it’s ground, sometimes it’s a hunk of meat with the bone left in, like pork chops, chicken parts, etc. She gets cooked fish (raw fish may contain parasites) and raw organ meats weekly. She also gets cooked vegetables, like squash/pumpkin, yams/sweet potatoes, kale, peas, carrots, etc. every day. So far no fruit has interested her. I have added fish and flax oil recently to make sure she’s getting enough essential fatty acids.
If you can’t afford a raw diet, or it’s not appropriate for your lifestyle or your pet’s health, then look for commercial food that doesn’t contain grains. These are becoming more and more available.
If you want a vet’s opinion about grains, check out this blog by Dogtor J.
And you can read up on the BARF diet online; just do a Google search (lots of information, but lots of controversy, too, so use your own judgement!).
BARF = “Bones And Raw Food” or “Biologically Appropriate Raw Food”