Feeding Your Dog Natural Foods Without Grains or Preservatives

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Feeding your puppy a high-quality, grain-free diet is an excellent way to start off a long and healthy life. Organic foods are not always the least expensive. However, the least processed dog food you can provide for your dog, the healthier he will be over the course of his lifetime within your family. Even if you are unable to provide the most expensive of high-quality dog foods, there are things that you can look for to provide your dog the best diet and the best chance at keeping diseases at bay.

Finding Balance

With meat as the first listed ingredient, find a dog food with the right balance of protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. Keep your dog's energy high, his healthy weight maintained, and his body healthy with a grain-free and preservative-free diet. Healthy food choices help keep your dog’s body from being an environment where cancer cells can thrive. Carbohydrates you feed your dog should come from a vegetable source rather than grains. Grains are more difficult for your dog to digest than the alternative vegetable carbohydrate foods.

Commercial Options

Commercial dog foods are available in lean protein varieties without grains or additives and preservatives. Some of the best brands of grain free, high-quality dog foods may use natural preservatives instead of chemical preservatives. These brands include Blue Buffalo, Wellness, Newman's Own, California Natural, Canidae, and Innova.

Many of these food brands are not only high-quality and grain-free, but they are also filled with healthy ingredients providing antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals your dog needs as well as fiber required for a healthy digestive system. Because these foods are well-rounded, you may find your dog eating less because he will feel more full much quicker. You will not find fillers or additives in high-quality dog food as might be found in less expensive grain-based dog foods.

Try DIY

A natural diet is a diet you can provide for your dog by cooking from home. Raw foods straight from your garden or even the grocery store can provide your dog with the nutrients he needs without the added fillers or grains. Offering your dog lean proteins such as cooked chicken and lamb or fish with a side of vegetables and healthy oils and fats are good alternatives to purchasing expensive grain-free dog foods. If you plan to give your dog a diet of people food, be sure to become educated on what your dog can and cannot safely eat. There are people foods such as avocados, grapes, cherries that your dog's body is unable to process.

Plenty of Choices

As a pet owner, you want to do what's best for your dog always. Starting with a healthy diet, your dog will be set for life, defending against illness and disease as he grows. Even within a tight budget, you can find dog foods that are healthy without chemical processing, additives, and preservatives as well as unwanted grain fillers. Be sure to search the ingredients of the foods you choose for your dog to ensure it is grain-free, with meat listed as the first ingredient.