Grain Free Dog Food Vs. Regular

Today, there is considerable interest in grain-free foods among people looking for healthy diet choices. Pet owners are also exploring dog food choices that are grain-free, from quality sources like those found in the Purina® Pro Plan® brand dog food line.

A dog with a true allergy to grain is rare. Therefore, for most dog owners, a dog food without grains is a matter of personal choice.

Dogs are not carnivores, but omnivores that have evolved the ability to digest grains and other starches. Grains provide energy-rich carbohydrates and also provide fiber to promote digestion, both of which are beneficial to dogs.  They also provide protein, energy and linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid for dogs.

As part of a complete and balanced dog food recipe, grains such as corn also help dogs digest other nutrients in their food.

For those pet owners searching for a grain-free dog food, it’s important to look for a food that is not only free of grains, but also provides the complete and balanced nutrition that your dog needs. For example, Purina® Pro Plan® has added high-quality, grain-free dry food diets to our existing SPORT®, FOCUS and SAVOR® platforms to deliver specialized nutrition to help your dog reach his full potential. These grain-free formulas are made with alternative sources of carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, pea starch or cassava root flour. Learn more about these formulas at

These dry formulas provide a grain-free way to give your dog the benefits of quality nutrition, such as:

  • High-quality protein, including meat, poultry or fish as the first ingredient
  • Alternative sources of carbohydrates, not using grain or soy
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • No poultry by-product meal

Purina® Pro Plan® also offers nutrient-rich, grain-free wet entrees under the SAVOR® platform:

If you are considering a grain-free food for your dog, remember that there are many factors to think about before you make this kind of switch. For answers to questions about what to feed your dog, ask your veterinarian, and visit

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