Grain free for puppies?

  • Grain free for puppies?

     Ed (RoninDog) updated 3 months ago 5 Members · 18 Posts
  • Ed (RoninDog)

    August 19, 2021 at 5:57 AM

    Hi @hugosmama 🙂 This is my new understanding… if the issue is that legumes and potatoes were added to replace grain, then adding grain would not necessarily solve any issues the food may have. And it would further dilute the protein content. If, on the other hand, legumes and potatoes were not used to replace the grain and instead the food has just more protein, then there is no problem to begin with.

    So I think the issue is not grain vs. no grain (which is a way to provide inexpensive calories)… but whether that has been replaced with another way to provide inexpensive calories that may have ill effects.


    • HugosMama

      August 20, 2021 at 8:07 AM

      I think this makes sense and this is what my vet said. There is nothing wrong with grain free but for some dogs they need the grain in order to process the other acids and fats in meat or whatever else is in the food. He said most allergies are to protein not grain. There is nothing wrong with grain but it’s less valuable calories (same as for a human), especially empty white carbs. For now I’m just using the race as a filler because he keeps having consistent diarrhoea. I also think for that reason I am going to have to switch back to grain food because his stools are not getting any harder…

    • Jane

      September 3, 2021 at 4:18 AM

      The vet cleared up our understanding of this last week as well. It is not a matter of adding grain to the diet but rather if grain is missing from the dog food, it is typically replaced w legumes and peas, which prohibits the absorption of taurine, which then leads to heart problems in dogs. However, even the research is not conclusive yet.

      We already bought two huge bags of grain free dog food…so probably will just switch things up in between with a grain inclusive dog food.

      • Ed (RoninDog)

        September 4, 2021 at 8:16 AM

        Have a similar issue. I switched all dogs to frozen raw and I have a stockpile of regular dog food to deal with. It is a lot, like $400-$500. I may try to sell it on Craigslist

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