Grain Free Dog Food

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Grain Free Dog Food

Below is a list of grain free dog food available in Australia. Take advantage of offers from Pet Circle or My Pet Warehouse who almost always have offers on many of the below foods, or use Sniff Out to find the best prices on pet products in Australia.

Grain Free Dog Food

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Grain Free Dog Food in Australia

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How to Choose a Grain Free Dog Food

As with grain-based dog foods, grain free dog foods can vary in quality. Substituting cereal by-products for potato skins, as an example, will mean a product can be labelled grain free, but it doesn’t mean it’s nutritious.

Whether opting for a grain-based diet or grain free for your dog, always opt for a product which has a significant amount of protein and fat from meat ingredients.

Grain isn’t bad for a dog as long as the grain is nutritious, and not fed in excess. Wheat is a grain which should always be avoided as may cause health to deteriorate, cause bloat, lethargy, and allergies. When we see “Cereals”, or worse, “Cereal By-Products” in a dog food, we can assume this will be wheat, wheat by-products, and possible other grains.

If your dog does not suffer from grain allergies, then there is no reason you shouldn’t feed a grain-based food over a grain free dog food. You could always feed a variety of both. Just avoid feeding your dog an excess of grain or grain free ingredients over meat ingredients.

Grain Free Dog Food

Grain Free FAQ

What is Grain Free dog food?

Traditional dry dog food recipes utilised grain as a significant ingredient and binder. As consumer concern increased about the nutritional aspects of grain, pet food manufacturers opted for grain free alternatives.

Is Grain Free better than Grain dog foods?

Not necessarily, but it’s important to be aware how much non-meat ingredients are in a dog food. Grain ingredients vary in nutritional benefit, as do grain-free substitutes.

Does Grain Free Dog Food cause DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy)?

DCM is closely linked to taurine deficiency, with taurine being sourced from animal, irrespective of whether a dry food is formulated with grain or grain free ingredients. A significant percentage of dogs in the DCM investigation were tested taurine deficient, and many were fed an exclusive diet of a single brand of pet food. Until recently it was believed taurine was not required in a canine diet by AAFCO standards, but this has since been addressed and added as a requirement.