With gluten-free and grain free diets the new fad among humans these days, that trend has started to spill over into the animal kingdom as well. Many pet owners might be asking if grain free diets are a smart idea for their pet, let’s take a look:
Get The Facts
Grains provide quality protein for pet diets that should not be ignored. Gluten wheat can even rival many meat products. It’s an inexpensive way of fortifying the protein in dog and cat foods, and it significantly reduces the cost of feeding pets. There is presently no scientific evidence that Celiac Disease (gluten or wheat allergies) exist in any dog or cat breed. Pet foods often contain many low quality products and it’s likely not due to wheat or gluten.
Pet owners often see an improvement in their pet’s gastrointestinal health after changing to a grain-free diet. However, this is usually due to the higher-quality ingredients in general, and not to the lack of gluten in the food. Your pet also may be responding to the decrease in an allergen from their old food, as opposed to the grain gluten.
Know Your Pet
Here’s a great way to know if your pet is bothered by grains in their food. Put your pet on a grain-free diet. After the dog or cat has got used to the new diet, add small amounts of pasta to the food. If the pets don’t experience gastrointestinal problems, then they are not allergic to gluten and were allergic to something else in the old diet. Perhaps diet may have nothing to do with their problem.
While grain free diets may sound like a good option for you furry friend, in the long term you may be causing damage to how your pet digests his or her food. Instead of jumping the gun onto flashy trends, instead do the research and listen to your pet first. They’ll thank you for it.