Dogs do not need whole grains.
The ancestors of Spot were not gathered round ovens cooking loaves of bread and they were not consuming Cheerios for breakfast. They didn’t offer their offspring peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and they were not eating biscuits.
They were tearing into the flesh of freshly killed prey with blood dripping down their fur. Whatever grains they were consuming were being ripped from the prey’s stomach.
Is that too much information for you? Feeling queasy?
Well, as uncomfortable as it may be for you to think of little Tinkerbell with a bloody snout and viciously tearing apart a carcass, her genetics and ancestry tell a different story.
The main component of grains that are at the center of this controversy is carbohydrates.
Many scientists agree that dogs don’t require any carbohydrates at all, as their entire digestive system has evolved from ancestors that never sought out carbohydrates.
A lot of the processing of carbohydrates relies on thorough chewing and dogs do not do this.
Many carnivores don’t bother too much with the whole ‘chewing’ thing.
But, remember how I said Tinkerbell gets her grains from viciously tearing her prey’s stomach open?
Well, what Tinkerbell gets from that is already partially digested grains. These are easier compounds to break down in her system, as the prey has done most of the work already for her.
In that case, those grains might be good for her.
Just like if you eat too many carbs, dogs will tend to get fat and develop things like diabetes if they’re consuming too many carbohydrates. That’s the issue with cheap, low-quality dog food – it contains too many “filler” carbohydrates!
If you’re feeding your dog kibble, he’s eating carbohydrates, simple as that.
But there are high quality foods out there that limit the amount of carbs and have high amounts of protein and fat instead.
So here’s the deal:
Dogs can consume carbohydrates, but they really shouldn’t be eating too much. Look for high quality dog food that contains a small amount of the stuff.
Protein should be the main component of your pet’s diet.