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Learn how a grain-free diet may be able to ease health issues related to grain sensitivities. Here's what you'll need to consider before making the grain-free switch.
Grain-free pet foods do not contain the typical carbohydrate food sources like:
Wheat is the single most common grain associated with food sensitivities in pets, with soy and corn following behind.
These alternative sources of carbohydrates can provide pets the energy and fullness they need:
Rice is sometimes considered a substitute for the typical grains, although it's not strictly grain-free. If you incorporate rice, monitor your pet for any signs of intolerance.
Research shows that grains were never really a part of the ancestral diet of dogs and cats, whose wild cousins mainly feed on live prey and occasional fruits and vegetables. Therefore, many pet parents reason that a more natural diet for their pets would be one that's grain-free.
Even if your pet doesn't show signs of grain intolerance, he may still enjoy improved digestion or skin and coat health.