Grain Free Dog Food


Dogs were not designed to eat grain. A grain free dog food offers a diet much closer to that which nature intended.

German Shepherd Dog Food

The best German Shepherd dog food should ideally be grain free. Grains may be well metabolized by humans, especially in athletes that 'carbo-load.' But, dogs do not process complex carbohydrates well. Unlike humans, dogs do not store up energy from consuming grains. Instead, it leads to an accumulation of lactic acid, in addition to other complications.

Grain Free Dog FoodCancer is also a growing problem in today's dogs. Grains are chock full of carbohydrates which are easily converted to sugars. Since cancer cells feed on sugar, it is believed that by decreasing the amount of carbohydrate in the diet, we can also reduce the risk of cancer.

Many dog foods proudly advertise high-quality, whole grains in their products. They go on to say that grains provide an "excellent source of protein" for dogs. While large amounts of grain can be an appropriate source of protein for some species, they are not suited for dogs. Canines were designed to eat meat.

Grain in German Shepherd Dog Food Recipes

'Whole grain' used in dog food formulas has often been deemed unfit for human consumption.

These grains are usually one or more of the following:

  • contaminated
  • damaged
  • moldy
  • poorly handled
  • spilled
  • spolied

Grain Free Dog Food BowlThis type of grain is also known as "the tail of the mill." This "grain" can include hulls, chaff, straw, dust, dirt, and sand swept from the mill floor. These are not "nutritional" ingredients.

Many of these items, such as peanut hulls, are used strictly for "filler" and have absolutely no nutritional value at all. The only real purpose they serve is to cut costs for the pet food companies.

It is hard to believe that AAFCO approves any 'tail of the mill' ingredients as acceptable in your dog's diet.

Dog Food Allergies Symptoms

If your dog experiences any of the following, it may be due to the introduction of grains in their food:

  • allergies
  • arthritis
  • bladder infections
  • colitis
  • diabetes
  • ear problems
    • "gunky" ears
    • ear infections
  • head shaking
  • increased itching in the genitals
  • itchy feet
  • joint problems
  • kidney infections
  • malabsorption of food nutrients
  • skin irritation
    • hotspots
  • yeast infections
    • in the ears
    • on the skin

What is the best grain free dog food?

Grain free dog food is a bit more expensive because they do not contain cheap fillers found in "the tail of the mill." But, your dog will be much healthier so you will likely recoup this cost through less visits to the vet.

The best German Shepherd dog food recipes that do not contain grain are the following:


  • Provincial Grasslands
  • Provincial Pacifica
  • Provincial Prairie Harvest

Blue Buffalo

  • Wilderness


Their formulas include a Biologically Appropriate ratio of (70/30/0)

  1. 70 percent meat
  2. 30 percent fruit and vegetables
  3. 0 grain

Products include:

  • Grain Free Adult
  • Grain Free 6 Fresh Fish
  • Grain Free Puppy
  • Grain Free Senior
"Cats and dogs evolved as hunters and despite a modern lifestyle, their digestive systems remain unchanged. "

Taste of the Wild

  • High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison and Roasted Venison
  • Pacific Stream Canine Formula with Smoked Salmon
  • Wetlands Canine Formula with Roasted Fowl


  • Core Original
  • Core Ocean Formula
  • Core Reduced Fat


  • Archetype
  • Epigen

A grain free dog food can promote good health in your dog by giving them a diet closer to what nature intended.



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