At Growling Tums, we believe every dog deserves to lead a happy, healthy life, fuelled by nutrition-packed food. Our commitment to canine health means we offer a diverse range of dog food options, with one of our most popular lines being wheat-free dog food. But what is wheat-free dog food, and why might your dog benefit from it? Let’s dig in.
Understanding Dog Nutrition
Canine nutrition is a complex beast. Dogs, like humans, require a balanced diet filled with proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. However, some types of food are more likely to cause allergic reactions or intolerance in our furry friends - one such culprit is wheat.
What is Wheat Free Dog Food?
Wheat-free dog food is exactly what it says on the tin: dog food that does not contain wheat. While wheat is a common ingredient in many commercial dog foods, some dogs may have difficulty digesting it or may suffer from wheat allergies or intolerance. As a result, wheat-free diets have gained popularity amongst discerning dog owners who prioritise their pet's dietary health.
Is Grain-Free Dog Food the Same as Gluten-Free Dog Food?
Now, you may wonder, "What about grain free and gluten free dog food?" These sound similar, but they cater to different dietary needs. Grain free dog food excludes all grains, including wheat, corn, rice, barley, and others. On the other hand, gluten-free dog food excludes only those grains containing gluten - a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. A dog with wheat intolerance may do well on either a wheat-free, grain-free, or gluten-free diet, depending on their specific sensitivities. Many grain free dog foods are also gluten free but it is worth double checking this with the specific dog food company. Our grain free and wheat free foods are also gluten free as we avoid using all ingredients that contain gluten.
The Benefits of Wheat-Free and Grain-Free Dog Food
For dogs with wheat intolerance, a wheat-free or grain-free diet can offer several benefits. Firstly, it can alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms of intolerance, including gastrointestinal upsets and skin irritations. Secondly, these diets often replace grains with other nutritious ingredients, such as sweet potatoes, which can provide a healthier source of carbohydrates. We have written an entire article on the benefits of grain free dog food.
The Growling Tums Wheat Free Dry Dog Food Range
Here at Growling Tums, we’re proud to offer an extensive range of wheat free and grain free dry complete dog foods. Each bag is packed full of nutrition, with a blend of high-quality proteins and alternative carbohydrates to ensure your dog gets all the nutrients they need without the wheat. Our customers often rave about the positive changes they see in their dogs after making the switch.
No matter what nutrition requirements your dog has we'll have a wheat free food that they'll thrive on. We even have specialised recipes such as: low fat dog food; dog food for weight loss; dog food for sensitive stomachs; and single protein dog foods.
What are the Symptoms of a Wheat Intolerance in Dogs?
Recognising wheat intolerance in your dog can be challenging, as the signs can be subtle and varied. While the severity of symptoms can differ from one dog to another, it's crucial to keep a watchful eye on the following indications:
- Digestive Issues: One of the most noticeable symptoms of wheat intolerance is recurrent digestive problems. This might include frequent diarrhoea, excessive gas, vomiting, and changes in appetite. You might also notice your dog straining during bowel movements or producing stools that are unusually small, large, hard, or soft.
- Skin Conditions: Skin irritations are another common sign. Your dog may exhibit excessive scratching, leading to redness, rashes, and inflammation. They may also have recurrent ear infections, hot spots, and patches of hair loss. Dogs with wheat intolerance may also suffer from chronic yeast infections, resulting in a greasy coat, scaly skin, or a distinctive 'yeasty' smell.
- Behavioural Changes: Behavioural changes may also indicate that your dog is uncomfortable or in pain. Increased lethargy, restlessness, or changes in their usual behaviour could be a sign of an adverse reaction to wheat.
- Joint Pain: Although less common, some dogs with food intolerances may experience joint pain or inflammation, which could manifest as limping, difficulty getting up or down, or less enthusiasm for walks or play.
- Changes in Weight: Unexplained weight loss or gain can also be a symptom. If your dog is eating the same amount as usual but losing weight, or if they're gaining weight despite a controlled diet, it could be due to a food intolerance.
Remember, while wheat intolerance is relatively common in dogs, it's not the only possible cause of these symptoms. Other food allergies, parasites, infections, and chronic diseases can also cause similar symptoms. Therefore, it's essential to seek professional advice instead of attempting to diagnose and treat your dog's condition yourself.
Each dog is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. At Growling Tums, we believe that every dog deserves a diet that suits them perfectly, which is why we offer a broad range of high-quality, wheat free dog foods. Your dog's health is our priority, and we're here to help you find the best dietary solution for your beloved pet.
How do I Know if my is Dog Wheat Intolerant?
While the symptoms above can be indicative of wheat intolerance, it's important to seek a proper diagnosis from a vet. The vet might recommend an elimination diet – this means removing all potential allergens from your dog's diet and then gradually reintroducing them to see which one causes a reaction.
Is Wheat Inflammatory for Dogs?
For some dogs, yes. Just as some humans struggle with gluten or wheat, the same can be true for our canine companions. For dogs with a wheat intolerance or allergy, consuming wheat can trigger an inflammatory response, leading to symptoms like those described above.
Transitioning Your Dog to a Wheat-Free Diet
When transitioning your dog to a wheat-free diet, it's important to do so gradually. A sudden change in diet can cause upset stomachs. Begin by replacing a small portion of your dog's regular food with the wheat-free variety. Over a week or two, gradually increase the proportion of the new food while decreasing the old.
Keep a close eye on your dog during this transition. You should notice a decrease in symptoms if wheat intolerance was the issue. However, every dog is unique, and some might take longer to show improvements.
Don't just take our word for it. Our customers often share their success stories after switching to our wheat-free dog food.
"Since switching to Growling Tums wheat-free food, our Border Collie, Jess, has been like a new dog. Her skin irritations have disappeared, and she's got her energy back," says one happy dog owner.
"Max, our Golden Retriever, was always sluggish and had frequent tummy troubles. After ruling out medical issues, our vet suggested a wheat intolerance might be to blame. A few weeks on Growling Tums wheat-free food, and it's like we've got a different dog – no more tummy troubles, and he's got a spring in his step!" raves another satisfied customer.
Choosing a wheat-free dog food can be a game-changer for dogs with wheat intolerance. Not only can it alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms associated with intolerance, but it can also contribute to an overall healthier and happier lifestyle for your canine companion.
At Growling Tums, we're committed to supporting your dog's health and well-being with our variety of nutritious, wheat-free dog foods. Because we believe every dog deserves a diet that keeps their tail wagging.
A Tasty Invitation
We invite you to browse our range of wheat-free dog foods and see the difference it can make for your dog. Join the pack of satisfied customers who trust Growling Tums to fuel their dog's adventures. Here's to the happier, healthier lives our dogs deserve!