Looking for deals and recommendations for a quality, 5 or 6 star rated, grain-free dry food for my 10-lb, 2 year old Havanese.
"Because commercial pet food is, historically and on average, so incredibly awful ... Many pet foods are made up mostly of grain fragments (the left overs from the human food industry), with a small amount of meat thrown in and the whole thing coated with recycled used (and frequently carcinogenic) fats to make it palatable to our pets...Why are we feeding carnivores on grains anyway?"
While grains are not necessarily a "bad" ingredient in dog foods, there is some evidence that certain dogs can be more sensitive to the grain ingredients and would benefit from being fed dog foods that are made with non-grain carbohydrates sources.
If your beloved dog was still living in the wild, he would not be eating many carbohydrates at all. His diet would consists mostly of proteins. He would, however, eat some plant matter, mostly because he would be eating animals that ate plant matter. This component is undoubtedly an important part of his diet, but he can obtain it other ways. These grains should definitely not be the staple of a healthy dog diet, but they are if you feed him popular commercial brands.
Dogs can't very sufficiently digest corn or wheat, both of which are common staples of cheap commercial dog foods. These grains simply turns into sugar in your dog's blood, and are roughly the equivalent of you eating fast food for every meal!
In addition, many dogs experience grain allergies. If this is the case, your dog may suffer from frequent ear infections and lick himself excessively, especially on the tops of his paws. These dogs can benefit significantly from a grain free diet since these dog formulas remove the allergens that are causing their uncomfort.