Dogs and Carbohydrates
It is a fact that carbohydrates are not essential in sustaining a Dog’s life. Whereas protein and fat (the other two major nutrients), are essential for a healthy canine diet.
People are still struggling to believe this is the case. For many years carbohydrates have been and still are still the dominant ingredients in most dry dog foods.
Dogs do not need wheat, rice, barley, corn/maize or potatoes.
According to the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, “Nutrient requirement of dogs & cats” benefits 2006 edition National Academies Press, Washington DC.
Why do most Dog Food Companies use high Carbohydrate Ingredients?
Dog food manufacturers are beginning to change their outlook towards dog nutrition. But they continue to focus on carbs. This has been the case for over 150 years, when Dog Biscuits were first produced in 1860. This is because carbohydrates:
- are readily available
- bulks out the food
- are cheaper than protein or fat (per calorie)
- are required in the Manufacturing process to enable the kibble to form
- last longer on the shelf
Are Carbohydrates safe for Dogs?
Carbohydrates can provide a practical source of energy in sensible proportions. The natural carbohydrate intake of a wild dog (around 14%). Quite a difference to the average content of most dry dog foods – between 46% and 76% (June 2017).
More brands including higher protein and fewer carbohydrates are being produced. Product makers are recognising the benefits linked to the canine ancestral diet. This is very good news.
Dog Nutrition & Health
Like all carnivores, Dogs find it more difficult to digest grains. We have eliminated all grain, to create a 82.5%/17.5% Grain Free, Premium quality, dry dog food, being Bentley’s Taste of the Ocean. This currently matches as near as possible a Dog’s natural ancestral diet.
Grains such as corn, wheat and barley have links to canine allergies. Symptoms range from an upset stomach to itchy flaky skin.
Even if your pet has no allergies, these grains are less digestible. They have limited nutritional value compared to fish/meat.
 Taken from a sample of 876 products available on the UK market, 437 were within the 46% – 76% range (June 2017)
We welcome any questions on dog nutrition, so feel free to contact us.