Could grain free dog food be the fix for your itchy dog? It's true that many allergies in dogs are food related, typically it's the grain to blame. Pet food manufacturers cut corners by purchasing and using rancid corn and other grains to make a better profit... at the cost of doggie health.
First, start by reading the label of ingredients found on the bag or can of dog food you are currently serving. If the first few ingredients are corn (any type of corn, corn meal, corn this or that), gluten of any kind (especially corn gluten), barley, fat preserved with chemicals, by products (which are simply rendered from throw away scraps), cellulose, or any type of meal... any of these ingredients commonly used in dog food manufacturing could be the root cause.
Second, if you find any of those ingredients listed in the first 5 ingredients on the packaging, stop feeding your dog this product immediately.
Third, for the next 2 weeks feed your dog a grain-free dog food or feed them what you are having twice a day (but no chocolate ice cream :-)
With humans, they say you are what you eat. Why would you think anything different about us dogs?
Grain free dog food can help stop aggressive dog behavior.
Many dog food allergy symptoms start off with simple, often unnoticed, chewing and nipping at the skin.
And as the dog eats more and more of the offending food, the gnawing and chewing is incessant - enough to drive a cat up the wall.
Seriously, it can keep your dog up all night and take away some of the pleasure you take in his company. Jasper used to scratch and scratch and whine... until we wised up and found the solution with a better dog food specifically grain-free.
You can take simple steps that will help with any skin allergies, especially if it's caused by the type or even the brand of dog food you are putting in the dish. It may be that your dog needs to try out some wheat free dog food, or perhaps corn free dog food…
Or, as suggested above, go on a total grain free doggie diet. However if you really want to get down to the bare bones of the situation, and find out exactly what grain may be causing such distress, take them away one at a time. Begin with eliminating all corn (not the corn from your table, but any commercial dog food with corn listed in any form on the dog food ingredients).
85% of all dog food allergies are caused by the corn and corn by products found in commercial dog food. Rarely will rice give any grief. Barley and wheat every now and then - similar to a human who may be gluten intolerant.
Going grain free may be a conscious choice on your part as the main caretaker of your furry friend. As you may have heard the buzz around the dog park, there could be awful toxins in dog food that contains grains. Yep.
Both corn and wheat, along with barley and oats can be used in the manufacturing of dog foods even if they are rancid. You should know that the AAFCO allows grains that are not fit for human consumption to be used in pet foods.
And often the grains used contain herbicides, pesticides, mold (so yucky!) and sometimes carcinogens - those are the cancer causing stuffs.
Current studies report that the corn in dog foods may be linked to aggressive dog behavior. You see, the corn in dog food is not the same type of corn that people eat.
This "dog corn" is highly processed, split and refined… and often found containing chemicals that you don't even want to think about. The same can be true with wheat and other common grains in dog food.
Aggressive dogs are not the most popular dogs in the park, and it's good to know that you can take steps to help a dog like this become a Top Dog, too.
As you know, most pet shops stock both grain free canned dog food and dry dog food, so you can make the transition smoothly.
However we found (OK, I only did the taste test part, and it's yummy!) Only Natural Pet Store Online (link below) offers 48 different grain free foods and treats for your dog.
For convenience sake you can have it shipped right to your own dog house (hmmmn) I mean front door. Why spend time in line when you can take your dog for a walk?