There seem to be several myths and half truths about how dangerous corn, corn gluten and other corn by products are for dogs. Dogs are not carnivores, cats are. Corn is dangerous for cats and causes several diseases and conditions, but it is completely safe for dogs, and is even extremely beneficial to your dog’s health.
There will always be debates if dogs are carnivores or omnivores, but the fact is they are really both. There are three classifications of animals based and their diets: carnivores eat meat, omnivorous eat most anything edible, and herbivores eat primarily plants.
Have you ever met a dog that will not eat almost anything? Certainly we, as owners, must watch what they eat and be careful in what we feed them, but they are not cats.
If your dog ate only plants and grains, it would jeopardize their health. But they don’t and they need several different foods in their diets, including corn products.
Here are some of the myths and the actual benefits of some corn; the key word is some, in your dog’s diets.
Myths about Corn
Corn is filler and your dog can not digest it.
True, if the corn used in your pet was whole corn. Most of us can not digest whole corn either. But the truth is that all corn in dogs food is ground, meaning that it is finely ground and designed specifically to digest in your pet’s stomach. Ground corn is 99% digestible. Corn is perhaps the best source of carbohydrates for your dog.
Your dog does not need carbohydrates.
False, dogs do need carbohydrates, as the Linoleic acid in complex carbohydrates like corn provides your pet with both fiber as well as amino acids. It is also essential for helping your pet with keeping the skin and coats healthy as well as several other benefits.
Carbohydrates also help your pet’s liver, heart, brain and nerve tissues function properly. They also regulate how much starch and fat is broken down and utilized in their digestive tract. It is than stored in the liver in the form of glycogen and released as energy as your pet needs it.
Corn gluten is extremely bad for your dog.
Nothing could be further form the truth. First of all, it is not corn, but is a product that goes through an entire series of corn wet milling processes and has numerous benefits for your dog.
Raw food diets are much better for your dog than commercial dog foods as they contain absolutely no corn products.
Absolutely false, as raw dog food diets put your pet at a very high risk of infections as well as potential poisonings, especially from salmonella.
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