Dear Stewart: Should My Dog Eat Gluten Free Dog Food?

gluten free dog food

We received the following email asking our opinion on gluten free dog food

Dear Stewart,

I live in an area, where consuming carbs and gluten pretty much makes you a social pariah. Admittedly, I try to avoid them for my figure (and social life), but it got me thinking… should my dogs avoid the same ingredients? They do alright on their current kibble, but my friends from spin class agree that grains and gluten would never be in a wild animal’s diet. Obviously my Yorkies are a far cry from wild animals, but I just really want to know: should they be eating gluten free dog food?

Toodles Foodies,

Bread-less 

 

Dear Bread-less,

This question can be difficult to answer, but we will say this: all of our food and treats are grain and gluten free because, you’re right, dogs have no use for these ingredients – wild or otherwise. Of course, domesticated dogs have evolved to be able to digest and process grains and, for most dogs, they certainly aren’t harmful but, generally speaking, they’re really just cheap filler ingredients.

It’s important to clarify the difference between grain free and gluten free. Gluten is a protein found in certain grains, namely wheat, barley, and rye – so foods that are gluten free can still contain some grain, while grain-free foods are exactly that and, thus, gluten free as well. To attempt to answer your question, Bread-less: Many pets suffer food allergies and, since grains are seemingly useless, many owners eliminate them first an an attempt to stop the itching, inflamed skin or hair loss. Very few animals require a gluten-free diet, but all of them can benefit from a nutritious diet rich in protein, low in fat, and devoid of fillers like corn, soy, and wheat.

 

Sincerely,

Your Low Carb-Eating Comrades at Stewart

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