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Holistic for Pets Offers Advice on the Benefits of Grain-free Pet Foods

Over the last several years, the popularity and selection of grain-free foods has exploded. Why?

Grain-free foods are low on the glycemic index, which helps to stabilize your pet’s blood sugar, minimizing the risk of diabetes.

     Many pets are allergic to grain, and many holistic veterinarians believe grains contribute to cancerous growths. High grain/high carb diets also tend to cause dogs to be overweight, lose muscle mass and suffer from lack of quality protein.

     Whole grains are not inherently bad, but low quality commercial pet foods use glutens from corn and wheat as the primary ingredient, with meat (usually by-products) in low quantities.    Another “side effect” of the large consumption of grain is an increase of urinary tract infections and obesity in cats and dogs.

     Cats are obligate carnivores; they should eat a diet that is high in meat content (acidic), even when they are seniors. When a cat’s PH becomes too alkaline, struvite crystals can form, leading to a urinary tract infection, or sometimes even a more serious condition that requires surgery, which could cost $1,000 or more. By feeding a grain-free, high meat-based food, your cat’s PH will be more acidic, which leads to optimum urinary tract health.

     Senior pets require more protein as they age to maintain muscle mass, which helps support their joints. The myth that high protein causes kidney damage in dogs and cats is untrue. Recent studies have concluded that high protein diets do not cause kidney disease. The more likely culprits in kidney disease are pesticides, toxins, preservatives and medications.


If you have questions regarding your pet’s diet, the staff at Holistic for Pets can help you choose the best food for your pet. Please call 941-378-4367 (Sarasota) or 941-753-7297 (Bradenton). Visit for more information.

Natural Awakenings of Sarasota August 2020 Digital Edition


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