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What is a “Grain Friendly” Diet?


February 19, 2018

Recently, the FirstMate team introduced a new pet food category; our Grain Friendly line. As many of our customers know, while FirstMate diets are not medical formulas, they are often a solution for food-based sensitivities, which include food allergies and sensitive stomachs, or improving the health of your pet’s skin and coat.

Our Grain Friendly diets are ideal for pets that thrive on wholesome grains including brown rice and oats.  In some instances, dogs with sensitivities may not find a solution with Grain Free formulas or have sensitivities to ingredients commonly found within Grain Free diets, such as legumes or potatoes.  In these instances, our Limited Ingredient Grain Friendly line can be a great fit.

Grain Friendly Dog Formulas:

  • Single Meat Protein
  • Limited Ingredient Formulas
  • Wholesome Grains: Brown Rice and Oats
  • Gluten, Potato & Pea Free
  • Average of 495K/Cals Per Cup (so you are using less)

Grain Friendly Cat Formulas:

  • A Combination of Chicken & Fish for Enhanced Palatability and Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids
  • Limited Ingredient Formulas
  • Wholesome Grains: Brown Rice and Oats
  • Gluten, Potato & Pea Free
  • Indoor / Weight Control Option

Each of these options provides a high inclusion of protein from meat instead of vegetable sources. If you have a Large Breed Puppy, we recommend our Wild Caught Fish & Oats Formula which has an ideal calcium and phosphorous ratio to promote the growth of your large breed puppy.

Do not hesitate to email us or comment on this post with any questions.

2 responses to “What is a “Grain Friendly” Diet?”

  1. Mechelle Oldham says:

    I started using your dog food about a month ago to get away from the peas and stuff in his previous dog food ( earthborn grain free with bison meal ) which is a good dog food but wanted to get away from the peas for protein. I am currently using your cage free chicken with oats and brown rice . The only thing negative that I have seen in him is sometimes his ears get yeasty. He is a seizure dog so I have to watch out for things in his dog food like large amounts of salt, because he is on potassium bromide pills for his seizures. How much sodium do you put in your dog food ? Also I have to stay away from things like rosemary.

    • FirstMate says:

      Hi Michele,

      Thank you for your comments; we are sorry to hear about your dog’s challenges with seizures. Our Cage Free Chicken with Oats has 0.3% sodium on a dry matter basis. This works out to approximately 88 mg per 100 kcal. However, our formulas also contain a small amount of rosemary. We use a product called Dadex, which does contain rosemary extract with mixed tocopherols, to prevent rancidity of the food.

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