The food you feed your pet is just as important as that you feed
yourself. As a cherished family member pets need healthy and well
balances diets. By cutting out wheat gluten from there diet you can
help keep you house gluten free, and it certainly will not make any
difference to the dog.
As you know when you are cooking for a gluten free person
cross contamination can be an issue, so it is important to
reduce this as much as possible. Often people overlook there pets as a
source of cross contamination, but there is a risk there.
Could your pet be causing you harm?
Do you feed your pet by hand?
Do you fill up there bowl or plate with biscuits?
Do you wash there bowls in the sink with your normal
clothes and brushes?
These can all be issues
for anyone with the gluten syndrome.
Can Gluten Effect The Health Of My Dog?
Yes gluten can be a problem for your dogs health as well, there are
conditions associated with the consumption of gluten including:
gastroenteritis (a chronic disease that disrupts
the normal function of the intestines) and it is believed that
gluten is the cause.
Just like us some dogs get scratchy and itchy similar to ecezma and
dermatitis. And these are only some of the more mild conditions that
have been associated with the consumption of gluten.
What are the other options? What should I feed my pet?
You always see the dog food companies talking about balanced
nutrition... and its true out pets need adequate nutrients in there
bodies to lead a healthy life.
How Much Should I Feed My Gluten Free Dog?
Pet Health is important, now more then ever we are seeing overweight
animals due to over feeding. It all depends on how much work your dog
is doing, a domestic dog who is a companion around the house requires
less food as it is not exercising as much. But a farm dog who is
constantly on the go and running around requires more energy to get
through day to day tasks.
Someone once told me that if you can feel an animals ribs but not see
them, then it is getting the right amount of food... There is nothing
worse then seeing malnourished dogs with ribs poking out.
Things A Dogs Diet needs to contain:
Vitamins & Minerals
Should I put my dog on a Gluten Free Diet?
Well only you and your vet can answer this, if it is for the sake of
cross contamination then it could be wise. If it is for the sake of the
dogs health then it may pay to consult with the vet next time you are
Feeding your pet a gluten free diet will not do any harm, before the
days of tinned and packaged food people fed there dogs with scraps,
fruit and meat, some hunted for there own food. Check out some ideas
for Gluten Free Pet Food.
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meant to replace that of a professional. Always check labels and ask if
food, products and medication are gluten free. Due to the nature of
businesses, restaurants and cafes changing ownership and staff we can
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