While you suspect your dog has an intolerance to your choice dog food, it’s recommended you consult your veterinarian for food change suggestions. Sudden dietary changes can be hard on a dog’s stomach.
Dogs are meat-eating animals. It leaves one to wonder why we are finding grains and gluten-laden ingredients on the labels of dog food these days.
Many pet owners have claimed unusual symptoms in their dogs. After a battery of questions, thorough examination, a few standard tests, the vet diagnoses Fido with celiac disease. Celiac disease is not uncommon in humans and is being found in dogs as well.
It can happen!
Upon diagnosis of gluten intolerance, the lessons in nutrition get underway. Rest assured; managing a gluten-free for Fido isn’t difficult as one might think. Let’s have a look:
The necessity for protein was at the top of the suggested list. Research indicates the best form of protein is animal, including beef, lamb, turkey, chicken, egg, and fish. Vegetable-protein is not a complete source of nutrients, is not a substitute for the animal protein. The recommended percentage of protein needed for dogs is 40%. It’s suggested that owners target 10% or less of the vegetable variety be.
Like their human masters, dogs need fats, in moderation of course. Fats provide energy; help insulate and protect internal organs; aid in the production of some hormones, and help in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins. Those essential fatty acids like Omega 3 and 6 are necessities in the diet and come in foods such as sardines. For dogs, their coats are their crown; eating fats help keep their coats soft, shiny and healthy.
When a diet overloaded with carbs becomes routine, not only does Fido have unpleasant flatulent consequences, but in his case is a very sick pup. The intense loose stools, cause him to lose weight and become lethargic. This occurs when he has nothing supplying his body with much needed energy. After consulting with the vet, it might be in your pets best interest to completely avoid all cereals and starchy vegetables like potatoes.
Vitamins, Minerals, and Water
In dogs, vitamins and minerals are part of a well-balanced diet; supplements are not usually required. Since that statement addresses, quite succinctly, the dilemma of whether to give vitamins, there is the important matter of hydration. Make sure your dog has fresh water available at all times, or any pet for that matter. He can do without food for a short time, but not water.
The question then bears rethinking; does your dog need a gluten free diet? Again, consult with your vet first, but feeding your pet a gluten free diet will likely not cause any harm. In fact, doing so will only return Max to the roots of his ancestors, and they were survivors. While as your pet, he will bask in the love and care he deserves.
Dr. Susan Wright, DMV is an expert on invisible fence alternatives. Susan provides quality care for domestic pets as a practicing veterinarian. With over 10 years experience, Susan is an authority on family pet care. Susan enjoys writing articles that help people provide the best care for their own pets.