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Why I Chose To Go Grain-Free #GrainFreeForMe
When me and Alberto brought home Matilda in August 2014, we were hearing a lot about the benefits of grain-free dog food. So, that’s what she has always eaten.
My childhood westie ate whatever was on sale. His kibble often came in funky colors meant to appeal to people – dogs don’t care if their kibble looks like Lucky Charms, though he did seem partial to the red squishy bits that resembled “meat.” His kibble usually contained corn as the first ingredient, followed by plenty of by-products. His whole life, he needlessly suffered from itchy paws, ear infections and loose stool – symptoms often attributed to grain-based diets.
I vowed to feed tiny Matilda the correct food to keep her healthy so she would live longer and feel better than my last dog did. The kibble she has been eating since I took her home is a cheap, grain-free food. She seems to do well on it, though since we’ve never tried anything else, it’s hard to say if she could be doing better.
When I heard about the opportunity to try the Wellness® Core® Line through the BlogPaws network, I realized it was a great opportunity to find out.
Wellness is known for high-quality, natural pet food. Their Core line gets a 5-star rating on DogFoodAdvisor – while Matilda’s current food only gets 3.5 stars.
So, I’m interested in seeing if higher quality food could lead to an even happier, healthier Matilda. I’ll let you know what happens in upcoming posts – she will be eating this new kibble for next 3 months.
Making The Switch To Grain-Free
Wellness sent us kibble from their “Core” line because Matilda has already been eating grain-free food for her entire life. Their Core line is packed with protein and might be too rich for some dogs.
If your current dog food has grains such as corn, wheat or soy, you might decide to give grain-free kibble a try – particularly if your dog has symptoms of food allergies such as itching, flatulence, loose stools, frequent ear infections and dry skin. Ask your vet for advice – I can only offer my personal experiences to help you decide for yourself what’s right for your dog.
The new, reinvented Wellness® Complete Health Grain-Free line might be a better choice for your dog if your current food is grain-based.
If you’re feeding a lower-quality grain-free kibble, you may decide to try Core with us.
Any time you’re trying a new food, it’s important to do it gradually. Keep a portion of your old food and add a higher and higher ratio of the new food each day until your dog is fully switched over.
This is the #1 rule of trying a new dog food, and I can’t believe I completely forgot about it! Matilda has already been eating Wellness CORE for the past few days. I haven’t seen any signs of tummy upset, so we’re just going to continue on.
Our First Impression Of Wellness Core Grain Free Dog Food – Small Breed
When I opened the bag, I was hit with a waft of meaty smells. Jackpot. We all know that our dogs love pungent foods – the smellier, the better.
Naturally, we want to feed our dogs a kibble that they enjoy. I also like using a portion of my dog’s meals, sometimes her entire meals, as rewards for training. These past couple of days, Core has been an excellent motivation for outdoor training. Matilda happily chose to sniff out the bites I sprinkled in the grass over of chasing birds – her and Cow’s guilty pleasure.
The triangular bites are so easy for tiny dogs like Matilda to eat. We were unable to find a grain-free, small breed kibble before this, so she’s used to crunching each piece of kibble with her mouth wide open like a T-rex. This just makes more sense.
The first ingredient is deboned turkey, followed closely by concentrated protein sources Turkey Meal and Chicken Meal. It’s no wonder that this kibble is meatier and more flavorful than most.
Of course, no kibble is all meat – but I like the choices of non-meat ingredients that I found on the label. Some of the other ingredients in Core Small Breed are: Potatoes, Peas, Broccoli, Carrots, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Kale, Sweet Potatoes. The benefits of each are explained in the Wellness Ingredient Dictionary – I found this very helpful in deciphering the Ingredients List.
There’s a lot of ingredients in this food, but it’s easy to understand why they were selected. There’s no fillers. Probiotics, or “good bacteria” are also added to support your dog’s digestive health. Glucosamine and chondroitin support joint and muscle health.
Try Wellness With Us!
You can get Wellness Core, Wellness Complete Health and their other lines of kibble at PetSmart stores, or by purchasing it online.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wellness. The opinions and text are all mine.