Scientific studies have already proved that there is a connection between the quality of the food that we eat and our health.
Plenty of evidence show that a healthy diet can affect our mood, help to keep the balance of our body and even prevent or minimize the effect of aging and illnesses. Definitely, “we are what we eat”.
As far as dogs and cats are concerned, there is also a link between their health and their eating habits. If we want to shop for our pets, there are a lot of options in the market. Lately, Holistic veterinarians are advocating in favor of a grain free diet. They claim that grains aren’t a natural source of nutrition for dogs, as their ancestors didn’t eat grains. Being carnivores, their primarily eat meat, such as chicken, duck, salmon, tuna, kanguru or turkey. Then, a protein-based and grain-free diet resembles that of their antecedents and fulfill their needs. Most grain-free dog and cat food use some source of carbohydrates in their formula, such as potatoes, pea protein or garbanzo beans, which are healthier options, if compared to corn or wheat. It’s advisable to pay attention to the presence of these grains, if you’re considering to monitor your friend’s carb intake and weight control. Grain-free food doesn’ t mean a carb-free diet.
Other professionals argue that, with domestication, cats and dogs have adapted to incorporate grains in their diet. Although these grains can be ingested in certain amounts, it’s important to pay attention to their origin, that is to say, if they’re naturally grown or genetically-modified (GMO).
In addition to that, another option to consider is of a single-whole grain formula. Those recipes contain a single grain which is cooked for a longer time at a lower temperature, making it easier to digest it. Often, the single grain is brown rice that is healthier than soy, wheat or corn. This kind of food can be helpful to identify or limit any source of allergy or reaction that you dog or cat might have.
As you can see, every kind of diet has its advantages and disadvantages. If you decide to go grain-free or to adopt any other kind of diet, it’s important to transition gradually between the old food and the new food. This helps the digestive system of your furry friend to adjust properly. You have also to take into account you friend’s age, exercise level, breed, if she/ he has any chronic diseases or any allergies, as their nutritional needs vary according to these factors. Next time you shop at Hollywood Houndz, don’t hesitate to ask for our advice. We’ll be more than happy to help you ! Bon apetit !!!