In the second part of our grain vs. grain free diet series, we look at benefits of a grain-free diet and discuss grains and felines. Armed with information, you're well on your way to becoming the best pet parent around!
Why put a dog on a grain free diet?
Grain allergies are the number one reason people switch to grain-free food. Pet parents who notice allergy symptoms such as frequent licking, sneezing, watery eyes, pink or inflamed skin, hot spots and hair loss. make the switch in hopes of alleviating a possible grain allergy. Furthermore, a grain free diet can include some benefits: smaller stools, smaller required feeding portions due to higher meat content, the possibility of shinier coats with fish-based foods and the alleviation of grain allergies if the pet suffers from such an issue.
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What about cats?
Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning Mother Nature built them to eat meat. Nutrients such as taurine and arachidonic acid that are essential to cat health are found in meat. Diets that are too high in carbohydrates or plant-based proteins are hard on cats’ digestive tracts and can prove to be problematic. Essentially, grain free diets are greatly ideal for optimal feline health.
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to feeding your companion animal a grain or grain free diet. Like people, every animal is different. Some thrive on grain-free diets and others are equally healthy and happy eating diets that include quality grains. Tomlinson’s carries only the highest quality pet foods, including a variety of grain and grain free options to meet the needs of your pets. Visit one of our Austin-area locations and one of our knowledgeable team members will help to find an option that works best for you and your furry friends.