You have probably heard about humans who suffer with Coeliac disease and must follow a gluten-free diet, but did you know gluten allergy in dogs is also a problem?
Certain pooches just can’t stomach the protein that’s found in wheat and other grains such as rye, barley and oats, and it’s actually one of the most common dog food allergies. Although the chance this could affect your dog is slim, read on to get clued up on symptoms and how to help your hound should they develop a gluten allergy.
Can dogs eat gluten?
Most dogs should have no problem eating foods that contain some gluten. It’s only those who are sensitive to the protein that may not be able to digest it normally, and whose owners need to consider removing it completely from their diet. So if your hound is happily tucking into a product that contains gluten with no adverse side effects, there is no need to change things.
Could your dog have a gluten allergy?
These are some of most common symptoms of gluten allergy in dogs:
- Loose stools and diarrhea
- Weight loss
- Poor coat condition
- Frequent itching
- Vomiting after meals
Of course, these symptoms could also point to another type of food allergy. Be sure to speak to your vet who will help you narrow down the causes and rule out other conditions, before making any changes to your dog’s diet.
Gluten-free dog food
If you and your vet suspect that your canine is suffering with a gluten allergy, a few weeks of feeding them a gluten-free dog food will hopefully confirm the diagnosis for you. Symptoms will clear up and you’ll have a happy, healthy dog again.
While gluten isn’t in all grains, you will find plenty of grain-free dog foods that make a great alternative to gluten-containing products - including our own range! With a mix of wet and dry foods as well as recipes for all types of dog and tastes, you will find a product that is paw-fect for their needs, including allergies.
Don’t forget to check the ingredients on your four-legged buddy’s favourite treats. These could also contain gluten and cause an upset tummy.
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