The other day I was chatting with a woman who has several dogs who have digestive challenges. She mostly feeds a brand called Taste of the Wild. It’s one of a number of brands that are grain-free. They cost more, but you may be able to feed less of them. From what I’ve read, dogs don’t really need grain in their diet and it can cause skin allergies in some of them. This is like the primal diet for us humans–both are based on the concept that we do best when we eat what our ancestors did, because it takes many centuries for our bodies to adapt. I eat much less grain than I used to, myself, after studying up on primal diets. But back to dogs…
I’ve recently changed Lola, my 6 year old Rottweiler, over to that brand, as she’s had a tendency to throw up her meals, usually on our living room floor. (Luckily, it’s tile.) We are seeing less vomiting as a result. Does this mean that grain-free dog food is better for her? Time will tell, as we still have to factor in the fact that she likes to eat small rocks! Also, when we go walking nearby in the high desert here, she does like to eat rabbit pellets and elk pellets. She might like to eat the rabbits themselves, but we walk her on leash when she’s not in our fenced yard. Anyway, enough of her habits!
I just went to Amazon to see what people are buying their dogs and what they are saying. Here is a link to current best selling dog food at Amazon. If you click though on it, you may see a somewhat different list than I will be discussing further down. That’s because the list gets updated hourly.
The dog food illustrated here is the best seller, and a couple of the Taste of the Wild flavors are in the top five. I’ve been feeding this one: their Prairie formula.
How do prices at Amazon compare with local feed store prices? (I haven’t seen these in chain grocery stores.) They are quite close, if you have free shipping with Amazon Prime, as we do. If you had to pay shipping, it would be a few more dollars.
If you try a grain-free dog food, do change over gradually, as you would do with any dog foods, since the change itself can cause digestive problems. Mix about 25% of the new food with 75% old for a few days, then half and half, then 75% and 25%, and you should be home free.