We all want what’s best for our best friends, and that includes ensuring that they have healthy dog food. We don’t like seeing our dogs uncomfortable, but their diet may be the answer to some of their issues. There is an overload of grain in most modern commercial pet diets (Purina, Pedigree, Science Diet, Iams, NutroMax…). This is thought to deplete the animal’s natural state of good health over time, leaving him more susceptible to many health problems – including gluten sensitivity.
Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity or Intolerance in Dogs
Consumption of glutenous grains in sensitive pets, can lead to the following symptoms:
Chronic GI upset – intermittent or continuing diarrhea and/or constipation including mucusy stools. Vomiting may also occur in more severe cases.
Repetitive chewing at the feet, as well as red and inflamed paw pads.
Dermatitis – chronic dry and flaky skin, hair loss, redness, bumps, rashes, and constant scratching are classic signs of a food intolerance.
Chronic ear infections – over-consumption of grain can lead to a buildup of excess sugars in the system. This in turn can contribute to yeast overgrowth, leading to dark, smelly waxy debris in the ears, head shaking and scratching.
Other health problems that may be related to food intolerances such as grain sensitivity include: arthritis, epilepsy, abnormal behavior, allergic and inflammatory reactions, conditions like pancreatitis and hepatitis, as well as an increased susceptibility to infection, Cushing’s, Addison’s, cancer and thyroid problems.
If your dog seems to suffer from any of these issues, look at the ingredient panel of his/her food. Make sure you are feeding a healthy grain free food that’s free from fillers such as corn, wheat, or soy. Please see our list of preferred dog foods to keep your dog healthy and happy for years to come. We love healthy and happy pets!