Choosing the right food for your dog can be difficult – there are so many choices and so many different formats so how do you know which one to choose?
In a previous blog post we described how to choose a food based on ingredients so in this one we will focus on some other common questions that we are asked about food:-
- Is Grain Free the same as Gluten Free?
- What is different about Grain Free?
- What is the difference between Kibble & Cold Pressed?
What is Grain Free Food?
All Feelwells Food – Wet, Dry Kibble and Cold Pressed is Grain Free and this is because we found it the most suitable for our dogs
Grain Free Food does not contain any grain – ie rice, corn (maize), wheat, rye, barley or oats. Instead of grain, it is made with vegetables such as sweet potato, potato, lentils, peas etc.
Here at Feelwells, we feed a lot of dogs that have food allergies, intolerances, a sensitive digestion or are on a restricted diet for medical reasons, with our Grain Free Kibble. We find that grain free diets are easier on the digestion and are less likely to cause allergic reactions.
For our high quality carbohydrate source, we use Sweet Potato as it is high in fibre and Vitamins A, C and B6 or Potato, which is high in Vitamin C, B6 and potassium
We also make a whole range of grain free treats for all dogs but especially those that are on a grain free diet.
You may see products that are labelled Wheat Free. However, Wheat Free is not the same Grain Free as the food may still contain other grains. We have never used wheat in any of our Feelwells products – food or treats – as it is a very common allergen and can cause skin and digestive issues.
What is the difference between Grain Free & Gluten Free?
Gluten comes from the grains wheat, barley and rye so any grain free food is gluten free as it does not contain these grains.
However, not all grains contain gluten. For example, oats do not contain gluten so a food can contain oats which is a grain but still be gluten free
We use oats in several of our treats as it is another healthy carbohydrate source but ALL our food – Wet, Dry Kibble and Cold Pressed is all grain free.
What is Cold Pressed Food?
Cold Pressed Food is made differently to normal dry dog food ie kibble. Kibble is cooked at 90 degrees which makes it crunchy.
Cold Pressed is made by mixing the ingredients with a little water and then putting it under pressure for a short time to produce a pellet.
This gentle production method produces a very nutrient dense product that is easy to digest, especially as it doesn’t expand in the stomach it dissolves, so it avoids bloat and is great for deep chested breeds. The minimal processing means that it is also often used by raw feeders either alongside or in addition to a raw diet.
Our Cold Pressed Food is also grain and gluten free, it is 50% Meat and single protein and we have found it to very effective for dogs a with very sensitive digestion, especially when used in conjunction with our Postbiotic Gut Health Supplement, which is also made from Cold Pressed Duck.
Cold Pressed Food is suitable for all ages from puppies through to seniors.
Myths about Grain Free Food
MYTH – there is a link between Grain Free Food and Heart Disease Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM)
FACT – NOT TRUE This originates from America and has now been proven to be false. Rather than me repeat everything here, please follow the links below for some very clear and detailed information on the facts. Not only do I sell Grain Free Food but I feed it to my own dogs so I have done a lot of research on this and I am more than happy to continue to feed and sell our Grain Free Food.
Myth – Grain Free Chicken Food is not grain or gluten free as Chickens eat grain
FACT – NOT TRUE. Meat, regardless of what the animal is fed, will not contain any gluten. The only way gluten could be in the meat is if the meat has been processed using fillers or if breading or some other type of preparation is done that adds a product containing gluten. But meat, by itself, is always gluten free
The animal converts food proteins into animal proteins by breaking down their structure during digestion (amino acids are separated and then repackaged during metabolism). Therefore, the meat will never contain any consumed proteins in their intact form.