Grain free foods are growing in popularity and the concept has captured the imagination of many pet owners across Ireland but is it a fad? Pet nutritionists agree that most dogs can live healthily on products made with some grain but many dogs can develop digestive, skin or coat issues which are attributed to diet, specifically wheat and wheat gluten.

Grains such as corn, maize and wheat are often used as fillers, they are low cost, hold little or no nutritional value and can be very difficult for some dogs to digest. Many veterinary practices are now reporting that grain free diets eliminate the potential of a grain related allergy or intolerance. Anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that, even owners without allergy prone dogs are noticing immediate results such as glossier coats and harder less frequent stools when switching their dogs to a grain free diet.

The addition of sweet potato in many grain free diets is an alternative source of carbohydrate that is much easier for the animal to digest.

Some manufacturers believe that high glycaemic grains such as corn and rice spike blood sugars and contribute to weight gain and diabetes in dogs. These same manufacturers are striving to mirror the animals natural diet by supplying essential nutrients in their most natural and complete form. Essentially it is about providing a balanced diet with the right nutrients the animal needs to keep them happy and healthy.

Grain Free foods tend to have single source meat in its recipes as this helps to reduce the risk of food intolerance.

Grain free recipes tend to have smaller numbers of ingredients, contain high amounts of fresh meat and fish, contain fruits and vegetables that are natural antioxidants and energy sources which aims to provide a complete and balanced diet that nature intended.

Is it a fad, possibly not, does it work, feed your dog a grain free food and let the results speak for themselves.