Gluten Updated on: March 27th, 2019

family of proteins that are often found in wheat, barley, and rye. In pet food, gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together.

why we feed

Gluten is commonly added to inferior pet foods as a source of "protein". Companies like Purina state that gluten is highly digestible and added to foods for structure and amino acids. Unfortunately, gluten is not meant to be apart of a dog's diet and therefore it is not easily digestible.

how to feed

Dogs will show intolerance to gluten - some intolerances including inflammation reactions, GI upset, and dermatitis. Although some dogs may not show an intolerance to gluten, biologically dogs are not meant to process gluten.

Additional info

Over-consumption of gluten can lead to a buildup of excess sugars in the system which can cause diabetes and even lead to cancer.