Should owners use caution when it comes to feeding these grain free extreme high protein diets? Years ago when I was ocd about dog food I swear I read somewhere that you should only feed high protein dog foods when you have a "working" or extremely active dog. When these dogs are showing signs of "allergies" how do we know it is grain related and not a specific ingredient or enviromental allergen? I remember back in the day when I was starting a fitness program...I started drinking high protein shakes...needless to say my body was not use to the high protein and I was not working out enough to burn it and I ended up with severe diarhea (tmi). Does the same rule apply to dogs?
We're not carnivores. Dogs are.
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Well, it's up to the owner to spend the money if they feel it's worth it. From personal experience the grain free diet and raw has made a world of difference in my dogs. We used to be plagued with hotspots and chronic ear infections. Now, it rarely happens. My dogs compete in performance sports, and I'm not worried about the protein level in their food.
I'm switching to grain free in a few weeks for an itchy pup! Problem is, I won't know if the change is due to the food or the season so it will be spring time before I know better. It's only $7 a month more for the grain free. Yep, my dogs eat better than I do, haha!
I feed my young dogs higher protein, but I don't do grain free. I have dogs that fortunately have no food sensitivities, and they do very well on food with grain in it.
Dogs are classified taxonomically as carnivores (&, IIRC, bears, too) but as far as diet goes, they're really functionally omnivores. Would a true carnivore eat grass? cookies? a PB sandwich? deer poop? horse poop?
In the wild, dogs, wolves, eat a variety of things -- such as berries, the digest (stomach and intestine contents) of herbivores.
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Bob- Thats what I've read as well. http://www.opednews.com/articles/ope...nivores_3f.htm
Great article explaining why dogs can eat other things besides just meat.
If a no grain diet works for others great! I just didn't want viewers who might not have done as much research to think that allergy symptoms = no grains. There might be more underlying issues.
Just because dogs *can* live off something doesn't mean they should be made to, Their bodies were designed for a certain kind of food, and IMO, we should be feeding them accordingly.
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