The Facts About Gluten
Although only 1% to 2% of people have celiac disease (an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye) and require a gluten-free diet, many more people are jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon in hopes it will help them lose weight or feel better. And many of them assume that a gluten-free diet is what’s best for their pets, too.
The fact is that gastrointestinal problems associated with gluten are rare in dogs.
Gluten provides structure to pet food.
Just as wheat gluten is added to breads to enhance the texture, a small amount in pet food helps canned formulas, kibbles and treats hold their shape.
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