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GRAINS … not all are created equal

GRAINS … not all are created equal

You may have heard a claim that food with grains in them are low quality and not good for pets. While there are many unnecessary grains out there that our pets do not need, there are also many beneficial grains that can help our pets! Always read your ingredient listing before making a purchase and […]

You may have heard a claim that food with grains in them are low quality and not good for pets.

While there are many unnecessary grains out there that our pets do not need, there are also many beneficial grains that can help our pets!

Always read your ingredient listing before making a purchase and know what to look out for. Stay away from filler grains such as CORN, WHEAT, and SOY. These grains are inexpensive filler ingredients used to provide more food in the bag at a lower cost. While the lower cost for food sounds great, the old saying “you get what you pay for” can stand true here.  Remember meat is still the most important ingredient in the bag, so look for that first on the label and where / how it’s listed.

The issue with certain grains (e.g. corn, wheat, soy…) is that our pets do not benefit from these ingredients, and they receive very little – if any, nutritional value from them. They go in and come right out the same way, and their bodies do not process these ingredients. These types of grains are not appropriate for dogs & cats and are not meant to be consumed by them.

Most corn is genetically modified, which alone, can make it undesirable. Corn can lack or be extremely low in essential amino acids such as lysine, methionine, arginine & taurine. Corn is not a good source of protein.

Wheat is the entire wheat kernel, and still has its nutrients intact, including protein, carbohydrates and B vitamins. Wheat however, is not very digestible and is used in lower quality pet foods and is a potential allergen.

Soy is (more often than not) a genetically modified crop. Soy is difficult to digest, and is as well a potential allergen.

When shopping around, look at and compare higher end brands that contain grains in their food. You will see similarities between their ingredients they use. You will see beneficial grains such as BARLEY, MILLET, & OATS to name a few. Higher end & higher quality DOES NOT mean higher prices. We carry a variety of great quality foods with grains that are at a great price compared to some well-known brands that are expensive and that do have lower quality grains like corn or wheat in them.

Barley (referring to whole barley kernel), can provide additional protein, quality carbohydrates, and necessary vitamins & minerals to your pet’s diet.

Millet contains no gluten, and contains quality protein, carbohydrates, B vitamins, and other various minerals.

Oatmeal are oats which have been dried, cleaned, and then ground up very finely. Oats are minimally processed, and can provide carbohydrates, B vitamins and fiber.

So, if you feel your pet needs some grains, please remember to check the ingredient listing now that you know what to look for!   Every dog’s needs are different, and we are here to help with those difficult questions. Come by your local Bentley’s and we are happy to give samples and talk food anytime!