Cut The Corn

Corn is cheap and plentiful, which is the main reason it is
common in cheap pet food. Don't believe claims that it is
somehow nutritionally essential: it is NOT.

It's in almost every dog food you can find. The trouble is, corn is a very low-quality ingredient. It should not be high on the list of ingredients in your cockapoo's food, and it is better if you can avoid it completely! Corn and other low-quality grains can be allergens, taking up valuable space in your dog's diet that could be filled with more nutritious options, and are not something dogs were designed by nature to eat and digest regularly.

Kibble with fillers like corn can lead to canine diabetes, allergies, obesity, bloating, skin problems, cramping, nutritional deficiencies, and excessive bowel movements. Pet food containing corn can, and sometimes does, contain harmful aflatoxins (a type of mold spore that can, in high quantity, cause aflatoxosis, with symptoms like fever, jaundice, lethargy, bloody diarrhea, and more). At it's most innocuous, corn is like sugar for your dog, with little redeeming quality, besides calories and bulk. Most objective veterinarians and dog experts have reached a consensus: corn has little to no nutritional value for your pet. We believe this to be especially true for animals known to have sensitive digestive tracts, like your cockapoo.

But corn is everywhere, you say. So what are your options?

Luckily, there are more options out there than you think. Corn-free foods are becoming quite popular in smaller pet shops, along with larger pet supply chains. Look for a food that doesn't include corn, meat by-products (mostly gristle and bone,) or vague sounding ingredients "grains" or "meal" which may be either of the above. Instead, look closely at the ingredients, especially the top 5, which are the main ingredients in the food. These should include wholesome, preferably organic, meat and vegetable food sources. Think salmon, duck, turkey, sweet potatoes, venison, etc.

While I am not going to recommend a specific product for your cockapoo in this particular post, you can start your search by reading about what to look for in a healthy kibble. You can also browse the internet for organic and corn-free dog foods. Use Google and you are bound to get lots of hits!

These foods are bound to be at least slightly more expensive than cheaper, corn-based foods, but each meal will be smaller and more nutritious, making the food last longer. The benefits to serving your dog corn-free foods are myriad. Your dog will be healthier, his skin and coat will look better, he will have less waste to eliminate, and he will have more healthy, natural energy.

Another, more time-consuming, option is making your own dog food for your pet. This is the one way to know for certain exactly what (and how much of it) is in your dog's food. Here is an article on how we incorporated homemade food into our pup's diet.

NOTE: Make sure that if you switch dog foods that you do so slowly, incorporating the food a bit at a time until it takes your old food's place.


Phyllbert said...

This website is an excellent source of dog food information.

Look up your current brand and see how it is rated and why, what to look for in a quality dog food,etc.

I use Canidae Grain-Free Dry for our cockapoo, with an occasional "treat" of Fresh Pet Select. There are plenty of great products out there!

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately I took the advice on that website and switched to grain free, higher 3 days (only using 1/4 cup once a day to get him adjusted) my dog was so ill he was rushed to an emergency vet, constipated for a week, on massive painkillers and iv fluids. ASK YOUR VET what to give your dog. My guy is much healthier on lower protein products that have grain. I do use an organic (Dr Harvey's at night) but just a lower grade Royal Canin (which got low reviews on dog food advisor) in the morning. Just don't switch without discussing your dog with your doctor. It was a 1000 nightmare

the Editor said...

Hi Anonymous!

Sorry to hear about that! Our dog had similar issues with a very high protein, expensive food. It sounds like your dog simply required lower protein percentages, like ours. Each dog is different, though. Some do great on high protein.

While may be a helpful site, our issue at Cockapoo Crazy is not with grains in general. The trouble is the low-quality grains and fillers, like corn and sketchy by-products (corn is an allergen for many dogs). The food we give our dog is not very expensive and has high quality vegetable ingredients to reduce the protein percentage.

Again, every dog will be different. Like people, each of our dogs have their own issues and tendencies, especially with digesting.

This should serve also to remind our readers of several good points, one of which is that any switching should be done *very* slowly. Remember that our dogs eat the same thing, day in, day out, and their bodies are unprepared for big changes.

In closing, I am very glad to hear your dog got better, and that you found a food that worked!