(Closed) Going Grain-Free with Dog Food

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
9834 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We don’t feed our dogs grain free, but it did wonders for my cat. She used to overgroom herself to the point where her belly and legs would be practically bald. Switching to a grain free food really helped.

Post # 4
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We are currently feeding our dogs a grain-free food (along with a probiotic) and it’s been great actually. One of ours was suffering from significant hair loss and after spending $1k at least at several vets and derm clinics, we still couldn’t isolate a definite cause. The food sees to be helping the hair growth. He had the itchy bottom as well.

We are feeding The Honest Kitchen, which has a few grain-free formuals and some formulated for allergy-prone animals. This food is dehdrated at a lower temperature than kibble and is made in the same factory as human food. You just reconstitute it with warm water. The food is all human-grade and supposedly taste-tested by humans. We really like it and so far, it’s our favorite out of all the brands we’ve tried. One of my dogs gets finicky about dog food (mostly because she gets bored eating the same thing daily) but surprisingly, she gulps this down every day as soon as we put the dish down. This is the same one who wouldn’t eat until bedtime when she was sure nothing else would be available.




Post # 6
5398 posts
Bee Keeper

One of our dogs has food allergies and she gets fed just real food. We cook her chicken and vegetables and she recently started getting some grain free blue buffalo with her “real” food as well. 

Post # 7
2564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

If your dog does have food allergies going grain free isn’t going to help.  Food allergies are to protein sources (most commonly poultry, beef, soy, etc) not grains.  More and more store brands are doing limited ingredient and novel protein diets (like duck, kangaroo, etc) these days that are less expensive than prescription diets, however a recent study came out that some of the store brand novel protein diets tested positive for beef and poultry protein.

You can still try grain free and see if it helps any, or try a store brand food that has a protein source your dog has never eaten before.

Post # 9
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My Fiance and I got a puppy back in November, days before he would be sent to shelter. He came home SO SICK. We tried Natural Balance, didn’t work. We tried Taste of the Wild, didn’t work. Nothing seemed to work for him, with the exception of cooking organic for him. Finally we came across a holistic animal store (with a food guarentee!) and sat down with the owner. He suggested Nature’s Instinct, which is grain-free and gluten-free. The one protein (such as turkey or lamb) and tapioca works WONDERS. Definitely try it out.

Post # 10
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@MrsDrRose612:  I think we feed we feed a bit less and they still seem to be satiated. We serve the entire day’s portion in one sitting because they weren’t interested in two half-portions (breakfast and dinner). We’ll do a grain-free snack in the morning before we leave.

FWIW, I was told that chicken can cause allergies in dogs. I’m not sure what protein your dog is currently getting, but it may be worth it to try fish or a different land mammal. Ours were on homecooked chicken and vegetables, and now we switched to the beef version of The Honest Kitchen.

Post # 13
3182 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We switched to a grain free food but it wasn’t necessarily because it was grain free. We give them Taste of the Wild High Prarie. They seem to really like it, and eat about the same amount. We were giving them a pretty quality food before though so not a lot of filler there either. Also the one dog has seizures and some people seem to think that grain free food can help with that. 

The food does smell worse than the old stuff, but not too bad!

Post # 14
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

My dog is on a grain-free diet. I tried Natural Balance and Blue Buffalo, but finally settled on Nutro Natural Choice after a year or so of experimenting. It takes time to figure out which is best because I wanted to give it 8-12 weeks before switching to see if the new food would make a difference. My dog would scratch himself ALL THE TIME. Now it’s just occasionally. Also, you have to make sure any treats you give are also grain-free. I like Zuke’s for treats.

Post # 15
7768 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We use Natural Balance LID (duck and potato).  Poor dog had horrible.horrible.horrible. yeast problem.  We spent a lot of money at the vet trying to help the poor thing.  I would say she is 90% better since switching to NB LID and we are please with that.  We also give her acidophilus. 

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