Choosing the right food for your dog is one of the most important things you can do for their health. Feeding them healthy, nutritious food will give them a longer, happier life with far fewer health complications. There are many different dog foods on the market, and each one promises the world for you and your pet, but none have quite the number of benefits that grain free dog food has. Here are just some of the health benefits that feeding your dog grain free food can produce.

Healthier Coat

If you’ve ever noticed that your dog has a rougher, duller coat than they used to, it could be due to their diet. Switching across to grain free dog food can have an almost immediate effect. This is, experts say, partly due to the reduction (or rather, complete elimination) of grains, and partly due to the other healthy ingredients within the food including those that contain plenty of omega fatty acids. Your dog’s coat will look shinier and healthier and that is a sign of overall health.

Better Skin

As well as a dull coat, grain within dog food can cause itchy, irritated, dry, even inflamed skin. If left, this can cause infections and fur loss. But changing to a grain free diet can help keep your dog’s skin in excellent condition because although lower in carbohydrates, wheat and wheat gluten grain free food like Symply is full of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which work wonders on the skin.

Smaller Stools

Picking up after our dogs isn’t the most glamorous of jobs, even if it is entirely necessary. With gluten free dog food, the stools that are produced are more compact, and they will go to the toilet less frequently too, making that particular job a much smaller part of your day. How does this happen? It’s all down to the fact that there is less within grain free dog food that can’t be digested. The corn and wheat in standard dog food contains a lot of fibre and dogs can’t digest that properly, which means it has to be removed from their body within their stools. Without that, there is less requirement to remove anything; most of the food is instead absorbed within the body.

Less Gas

Grains cause bad smelling gas which, quite apart from how nasty it is, can be extremely uncomfortable for your dog. It can even be a sign of some more serious digestive issues. Grain free dog food like Nature's Way reduces the amount of gas that your dog passes, so you can easily tell if there is a bigger problem lurking.

Better Breath

Dogs can have awful breath, we know. But did you know that a lot of that is down to their diet? Food that contains grains tends to leave a film over your dog’s teeth, and that means that there is a lot more bacteria than usual in your dog’s mouth. Eventually they will get washed away through saliva and water, but between times those bacteria can cause a terrible stink. With grain free food there is no film to get left on teeth, so your dog’s breath won’t be so bad. It’s still important to brush your dog’s teeth every week or so, just to make sure there is nothing lurking, however.

Fewer Allergies

Your dog may well be allergic to some of the ingredients in standard dog food, including the grain itself. One of the main symptoms of a food allergy is itchy skin (this is due to the immune system working too hard). If it is corn and grains that your dog is allergic to, cutting them out and putting them on a wheat free dog food such as Canagan Free-Run Chicken Grain-Free Adult Dry Dog Food instead can help the symptoms clear up.

More Energy

Cheaper dog foods contain a lot of processed grains. Processed grains have had a lot of the fibre within them stripped away, and that leads to your dog using up the energy that is in the food much more quickly than they usually would. Just like in humans when we are suddenly energetic, that spike leads to a crash and your dog’s blood sugar levels will fall. They will feel lethargic and unenergetic. Grain free food doesn’t have this issue associated with it, and instead will allow your dog to burn energy over a longer period of time, so there is no spike and no crash.

Great For Pregnant Dogs

Pregnancy places a lot of stress on your dog’s body, and they need to be as healthy as possible – they are having to sustain their own health as well as the health of a number of puppies too. Simply providing your dog with more food isn’t going to work as well as giving your dog less good quality food such as grain free dry dog food. This will give them the energy and nutrients they need, and keep them as healthy as possible both during and after their pregnancy.

Browse our full range of grain free dog food today to start seeing positive results in your dog's health.

Post By Rebecca Clark