Labradoodle & Goldendoodle Forum
Choosing the best food for your dog is not just about picking up any dog food off the shelves. A healthy and balanced diet is something that every pet owner should ensure that their dogs have. This includes taking into consideration the dietary needs and food allergies in dogs. Gluten allergy is one of the most common reasons for chronic illness and degenerative diseases in dogs. Eosinophilic gastroenteritis, a chronic disease that disrupts the normal function of the intestines is caused by the gluten intolerance in dogs. So why exactly is gluten free dog food so important for your pets?
The Need for Gluten Free Foods for Dogs
Well, for starters, dogs and cats are carnivorous animals which need little or no carbohydrates in their food. The natural diet of dogs in the wild include bones, pieces of carcass, rotten greens and fruit. This is often accompanied by little or no grains in the diet. So what about the claims made by the dry pet food companies? Are the dry dog foods with large amounts of carbohydrates, low amount of animal protein and fats and containing almost no water, good for your dog?
According to veterinarians, foods containing plant proteins like gluten can cause digestive problems in dogs as they have not evolved to digest these proteins. There have been reports of dogs and cats dying due to tainted gluten in dry as well as the commercial wet dog foods. However, even untainted gluten can cause a host of dog health problems and dog food allergies. Moreover, they do not actually provide the nutrients found in fresh fruits, vegetables and meat.
Gluten Free Dog Foods: Foods to Avoid
Gluten is the plant protein component found in foods such as wheat, barley and rye. Most of the times when you want to find gluten free foods you end up getting stuck with foods that are actually wheat free. So what are the foods to avoid on a gluten free diet? Here is a list of foods that contain gluten and should be strictly avoided if your dog is suffering from gluten allergy. •Wheat Flour
•Food starches (cornstarch)
•Brown rice syrup
Gluten Free Dog Food Recipes
Cooking up simple homemade dog food ensures that your canine friend gets adequate nutrition and avoids gluten allergy as well. Here are some great dog food recipes that are entirely gluten free. Make sure you give these foods as treats as it might cause a weight gain in dogs. Read more on holistic dog food recipes.
Gluten Free Cheesy Delights
Ingredients •2 cups potato flakes
•1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
• 6 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
•½ cup plain yogurt
How to Make
In a large bowl, combine the potatoes with cheese and yogurt. Add a small amount of water and make a nice dough. Knead it into balls and roll to half inches thickness. Cut into one inch pieces and place on a greased cookie sheet. Place in a preheated oven of 350ºF and allow it to cook for twenty five minutes.
Gluten Free Meat Recipes
Ingredients •1 pound of ground beef or chicken
•2 large sweet potatoes
•1 cup water
How to Make
Combine eggs and sweet potatoes and pour in a little water. Mix the ingredients well and allow it to sit for 15 minutes or so. After that, add the ground beef or chicken and mix well. Spread this mixture on a greased baking sheet and cut into square pieces. Place it in a preheated oven of around 350ºF and bake for around thirty minutes. Use a wooden spatula to turn over and make for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let it cool on a wire rack. This recipe allows you to make 45 to 50 gluten free dog food treats.
Read more on: •Homemade Dog Food Recipes
•Dog Food Ratings - Top 10 Best Dog Foods
A gluten allergy in your dog can result in itchy dry skin, dull coat, loose stools, foul-smelling gas, lethargy, loss of appetite, and frequent dog ear yeast infections. If you observe these symptoms in dogs then it is best to stick to gluten free dog foods to cure the allergy and restore the health of your dog.
By Parul Solanki
I finally got to have a leftover turkey sandwich from Christmas, and man was it amazing!!! I purchased a package of UDI gluten free bread, and it actually tasted like delicious bread (not cardboard,…Continue