Grain-free dry foods with tested tastiness
We tested our grain-free dry foods with Swedish dog owners.
Grain-free dog food means complete dog food that has been prepared without using grains such as wheat, barley or oats. Grain-free dog food also does not contain commonly used carbohydrate sources such as rice or corn.
The digestive system of a dog is short compared to humans or herbivore animals. Dogs can also utilise carbohydrates for energy, but they are not necessary for dogs. Dogs make the best use of plant products when cooked, but too much fibre impairs the intestinal absorption of nutrients. However, fibres are important for a dog’s digestion because of the intestinal bacterial strain, so you should have some of them in your dog's diet. In the preparation of dry food, various sources of carbohydrate often act as a binding agent to ensure the consistency of pellets.
Various dog oversensitivities and allergies can sometimes be due to the contents of the food bowl.
Various symptoms of food allergy in dogs may include:
THERE ARE MANY CAUSES OF FOOD OVERSENSITIVITY, BUT THE SYMPTOMS CAN ALSO BE DUE TO DOG FOOD CARBOHYDRATE SOURCES.
In grain-free dog food recipes, traditional carbohydrate sources such as grains, rice or corn have been replaced by other highly digestible carbohydrate sources.
Dog food in which different grains or carbohydrate sources are the first raw material in the product information – i.e. the main ingredient – can also cause intestinal symptoms in some dogs, such as flatulence or poor stool quality.
Different sources of protein of animal origin can also cause allergy symptoms in a dog, in which case attention should be paid to the meat or fish contained in the dog's food – and their quality. For many dogs, well-tolerated sources of protein may include venison, duck or lamb. You can always ask your veterinarian for advice when feeding a dog with a sensitive stomach. Read more about how to find the right dog food for your dog.
Ella Toljander's Belgian Shepherd Malinois Hekla suffered from severe skin itching and cracking of the soles. After switching Hekla's food to PrimaDog's grain-free dry food, the dog's allergy symptoms were also relieved.
"Hekla has suffered, for example, from severe itching and cracking soles. Sometimes Hekla bit himself or scratched his itchy ears so hard that I woke up to it myself at night. I began to take a closer look at the foods that had been fed to Hekla. We left out chicken and turkey from the diet, and later even beef and pork. Eventually, I found PrimaDog’s grain-free Salmon & Potato complete food. I soon noticed that the itching was relieving, and the dog also slowly began to gain mass.
Today, Hekla eats PrimaDog Active Duck & Herring food designed for active dogs, which has a higher fat percentage and protein content. With the change in diet, the itching has completely disappeared! Hekla's soles are still sensitive and require attention, but they are also in far better condition than before. You can also see from the fur that the dog is doing well."
When feeding a dog that needs grain-free dog food, you should also consider the product content of the dog's treats and chewbones. PrimaDog's grain-free and wheat-free dog treats are guaranteed to taste good, and you can easily find a suitable option for your dog from the wide range of products.