They’re growing up together!
People are always happy to point out that dogs have evolved from wolves. And while this is true, there are other things to consider when we look at the evolution of the domestic canine. Dogs have been living side by side with humans for thousands of years, meaning that they have been eating what we eat to survive. They are not strictly carnivores but rather omnivores who get their needed vitamins and minerals from a variety of sources. Because of this, dogs are definitely able to digest starches and there are many scientific studies to back this up. We’re not suggesting you run out and feed your dog some corn on the cob, but keep in mind that their digestive system is not that different from ours. Healthy grains that are not moldy and are fit for human consumption provide a great source vitamins.
So yes, there are some dogs out there that legitimately cannot eat grains or starches, whether it’s from allergies or other disabilities such as pancreatitis. Just be smart about your dog’s food choices: if he’s had problems with poor quality foods and grains in the past, ease him slowly onto good quality ones.You might be surprised as to what he’ll like, and digest.