Dog food containing corn is a growing threat to the dog because of incompatibility reasons. Nevertheless, cereals are not always entirely bad. To eliminate these ambiguities, the present article is concerned about dog food that does not contain corn and explains how it can be used in the raw diet (BARF diet).
Why is dog food that does not contain corn recommended?
A short answer would be that the wolf, the ancestor of the dog, and therefore the dog are not meat-eaters and need grain. Cereals such as wheat and rye are regularly not used to feed the dog, but can still complement the food. The reason for this is that the dog cannot gain energy from carbohydrates, but only from fats and proteins. The digestive system of the dog is not designed so as to process grain, not even in small quantities. Thus, cereals seem useless in their food. The dog does not have enzymes in its saliva and lacks the pre-process. Continuous grain feeding forces the pancreas to produce significant amounts of enzymes and it fails forcibly at some point. Anyone who wants more details about the digestive system of dogs should definitely go on and look for information on this topic because it is very interesting. You can always find the digestive process explained and supported by images. The dog can have serious problems in the long term because of regular feeding of grain because the glucose or starch can be easily metabolized by the body in glycols and the reserves are deposited in the muscles and liver. The excess glucose is converted into unwanted fat.
A growing number of dogs suffer from food intolerance or food allergy, which prohibits cereals – mainly wheat gluten – from being introduced in the diet. The feeding of starchy food also encourages the formation of tartar. Grain should also be generally avoided because it can lead to joint diseases and cancer, as well as flatulence, poor fur and constant itching. However, these would be only some of the symptoms this ingredient can cause in dogs.
Grain use in BARF diets
Grain is a major component of inferior quality of dog food because it can be used in large quantities in food because of its low cost and it then degenerates into a mere filler ingredient. The normal and customary percentage of 70% in dry food is much too high and should not be included in a BARF diet. Significantly lower amounts of whole grain or scrap, which are boiled or soaked, are much better. In any case, natural grains should not be used because of the bloating and indigestion they cause, especially if they are fed together with meat.
You can find explanations for this if you look for the digestion of different foods in dogs. Spelled grains, quinoa, millet, amaranth, barley, rye, oats and polenta, for example, are very difficult to digest by dogs. The dog may have intolerance to gluten (corn, amaranth and quinoa) and in this case you can feed it gluten-free potatoes, sesame and soy.
You should find out more about how your dog responds to corn, but you should remember that corn is not at all healthy for dogs and therefore should be avoided as much as possible.