Veterinary science is rapidly catching up with human medical research and studies are revealing pets having similar health issues associated with gluten consumption.
Humans aren’t the only ones in the family that shouldn’t eat gluten. Dogs (and cats!) evolved as carnivores and should eat a diet consisting of primarily meat with an occasional bite of vegetation. BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods) is best, but not always feasible.
Luckily, there are both raw and grain-free pet foods on the market. We feed our girls Wellness Core grain-free kibbles accompanied by Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried raw foods. I would love to feed raw exclusively, but with a 60 lb. Labrador it’s a bit cost-prohibitive.
Unfortunately, we only learned this information about two years ago when we discovered Paleo and its benefits. So for most of their lives, our 14-year old dog and 12-year old cats ate SAD pet food. As a result, the dog developed arthritis as well as a heart murmur and one of the cats is hyperthyroid. However, the change in diet halted the progression of these conditions. Diet matters just as much for our beloved pets as ourselves!