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Grain free or not?

I'm interested to know if it's best to go with grain free food or not? Any experiences you can share? Thanks!
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Here's some info. http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=grain_free

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i have gone grain free and have seen positive changes
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i have gone grain free and have seen positive changes
What changes have you seen?

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less scratching, less goop in his eyes, fewer ear infections, coat looks better. you have to remove all wheat from your dogs diet, including treats. it takes about 2 months to notice any changes.
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less scratching, less goop in his eyes, fewer ear infections, coat looks better. you have to remove all wheat from your dogs diet, including treats. it takes about 2 months to notice any changes.
Just to be clear, though, not all dogs have a problem with wheat. You'll only see a difference in a wheat sensitive dog.


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oh true, we've had issues with my little guy from day one with allergies. nothing too severe but we have noticed by making dietary changes there have been improvements.
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I don't feed Gucci wheat at all, unless it is a bite of Pizza hut's stuffed crust cheese pizza (one of both of our FAVORITE sinfully bad treats), lol (we had that last night and on her birthday )

Seriously, though....she gets some rice and oats but thats it as far as grains go. Some dogs do better w/o grains, some dogs aren't negatively effected by grains, Gucci doesn't have allergies, I just chose to be selective on the grains I guess.

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"Grains and especially grains containing gluten have the potential to cause sensitivities in many dogs. Grains should be avoided in animals suffering from immunologic diseases as there is a risk of an allergic reaction that can further weaken the immune system. " (hot of the press, from Jean Dodds new book The Canine Thyroid Epidemic. )
She also points out that not all grain-free foods are gluten free.

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I don't feed Gucci wheat at all, unless it is a bite of Pizza hut's stuffed crust cheese pizza (one of both of our FAVORITE sinfully bad treats), lol (we had that last night and on her birthday )

Seriously, though....she gets some rice and oats but thats it as far as grains go. Some dogs do better w/o grains, some dogs aren't negatively effected by grains, Gucci doesn't have allergies, I just chose to be selective on the grains I guess.

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Yeah, Kodi's main diet does not contain wheat... It does have grain, but mostly rice, and I think some oats. (if I'm remembering right... didn't look at the bag just now!) But, for instance, when we're down at the bank, I don't have a problem with him taking a milk bone from the teller. He hasn't shown any sensitivity to wheat. Beef is another story, and we avoid that one like the plague!


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