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Old 02-14-2013, 05:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Grains vs Grain Free

My 12 week old puppy does not have allergies. What are the benefits of grain-free kibble? Right now I have her on Grandma Mae's Country Naturals, and she is doing great. She loves it, and has good, solid stool. Should I keep her on what I have now, or maybe look into a different (grain-free) kibble?
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well you get more nutrition from grains. My boy dint display allergies til about 8-10 month old. Coincidentally that's when his selective Dog Aggression started to pop out too. Never thought about that before, hmmmm lol anyway. Dogs didn't eat them in the wild to survive. Why do they need them now. That's how I look at it. There is also more water content per kibbles of grain free vs. non grain free. The quality of kibbles also varies. I don't know who Grandma's food is, but have you checked out the ratings if the kibbles?
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it is possible for allergies to appear later in life as the body chemistry and metabolism of a dog changes.
but aside from allergy issues, generally, grains are biologically inappropriate for dogs. especially corn and rice. dogs lack the enzymes to properly digest them. and the high levels of carbohydrate can lead to problems like canine diabetes. dog food companies use them as cheap "fillers". to inexpensively increase the amount of food per serving, without increasing the amount of quality ingredients.
not all grains are bad though. like steel-cut oats. they are low in carbs. and hypo-allergenic. still, dogs don't have flat grinding teeth. they were meant to eat meat. veggies. and some fruits. not grains.
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For me its a preferance. If I were to feed a grain food it would still be a no corn feed. Steel cut oats or brown rice. From what I have learned, the startch from the corn dries out the skin and leaves a flaky danruff like mess. No thanks.
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It actually doesn't look bad. Not Corn based which is good.
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Thanks everybody. Im going to keep her on this kibble, for awhile atleast. No corn,brown rice, and chicken is the 1st ingredient. Another question.... how often is ok to change flavors?
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If its the same brand you can switch easier than if its a whole different brand. But it's always better to be safe than sorry. I do a 1/4 of the new with 3/4 of the old. For a week. Then half and half for a week. Then 3/4 new and 1/4 old my dog had really bad issues so I take the month and do it real slow. Others have done it much faster over a week or so, totally up to you
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Cheap quality meat sources, high in chicken fat, contains high amounts of ''natural flavor'', high in grains... Your better off switching.
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KMdogs... what do you feed? Let me guess.... either the most expensive kibble you can find or raw?

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KMdogs... what do you feed? Let me guess.... either the most expensive kibble you can find or raw?
I feed orijen part of the year and in season raw as the hounds earn their portions.. However kibble wise Acans regional formulas you can pick up for around or less than 70 per 29.7 pounds.. The cost difference sets itself off as you feed less as the nutrional values and digetable values are fsr greater than feeds like what has been mentioned.

If i were home id just copy and paste many posts where ive discussed such as im not ill leave it at that for now
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Both grain free and non-grain free are beneficial to your dogs. It is upon you on how you observe the results or behaviour of your dogs if you feed that food to them.
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KMdogs... what do you feed? Let me guess.... either the most expensive kibble you can find or raw?
i feed Acana btw. made by the same brand as Orijen but a bit cheaper. and honestly because when u feed a high quality kibble, ur dog eats less. one 30lb bag will last my 75lb boy all month. heres a link if u wanna check it out ACANA Wild Prairie Regional Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food
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Grains vs Grain Free

I have never in all my research seen anything saying grains are beneficial to dogs. Can you show me the studies that you saw that explain it being beneficial? All research points to grains jut being filler like the rice is, and it's just added calories not added nutrition.

And my Acana is like $72 for 28.6lbs (Canada must be on kilograms and crap lol) and it lasts me 3 times longer than blue buffalo wilderness $28 for 24 lbs so in the end it's cheaper...

Origen has more protein than Acana my pup didn't do that well on it.


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