Why Grain Free Supplements may be Important To your Dog's Health
Your little food monster might be obsessed with eating but are they getting the right amount of nutrition? Dog food often contains a wide range of ingredients that provide good nutrition for your dog. However, there are ingredients like gluten and grain that cause allergies and other health issues.
Adding supplements to your dog’s diet is essential to maintaining their overall health, but for some dogs the supplements may also be harmful if they contain gluten or grain. It’s important to note that ‘gluten’ is a term that describes some grains like wheat, rye, barley and some types of oats, while the term ‘grain’ encompasses the whole world of ‘gluten’ and more items like rice, amaranth, certain beans, buckwheat, corn, millet and quinoa. If you don’t know if your dog is allergic to grain or gluten check out some common symptoms below.
Common Signs Your Dog May Not Do Well With Grains/Gluten
- Itchy skin
- Runny Eyes
- Itchy Ears
- Ear Infections
- Excessive Sneezing
- Constant Licking
- Inflamed Skin
- Swelling of the Ears, Lips, Earflaps & Eyelids
Here are three ideas for removing grain and gluten from your dog’s diet:
- Consult with a veterinarian – The first thing you need to do is speak to your veterinarian to make sure the symptoms your dog is experiencing isn’t due to a serious illness. A veterinarian will also confirm if your dog has food allergies.
- Remove gluten and grain from their diet – Your dog’s diet is the main source of their nutrition and directly impacts the health of their immune system. Take a good look at your dog’s diet and remove everything that contains gluten or grains and replace it with altenative healthy options. There’s plenty of grain and gluten-free dog food available for dogs in all stages of life. Common elimination dietary trials are usually recommended to last 90 days to then see if by “adding back” a test sample of gluten or grain triggers the allergic reaction. If it does, you know your pooch is allergic. Remember that the whole family has to be involved in your dog’s new grain-free diet: no treats, table scraps, medications or supplements that include grain are allowed. We know, this part is sooo hard, Bernie loves table scraps too.
- Choose grain and gluten-free supplements – You might be giving your dog supplements every day without realizing they have grain and gluten included in their ingredients. Read the labels of supplements carefully to ensure they are grain and gluten free.
Helpful Grain and Gluten-Free Digestive Support Supplements for Dogs
You can stop your dog’s allergies and provide the ultimate supplement when you try Bernie’s Perfect Poop! It’s an all natural supplement that has premium dietary fibers including flaxseed, pumpkin and Miscanthus grass. This grain and gluten free supplement supercharges your dog’s digestion and improves their digestive system for optimum health benefits.
Dogs with food allergies often have links to grain and gluten. You can depend on Bernie’s Perfect Poop to provide a high fiber natural supplement that helps keep your dog at their healthiest throughout their life.
Bernie’s DiArrhea Thoughts
Hey guys! Bernie here to confess that I'm not a huge fan of grain or gluten - I'm more of a beef guy. That stuff really upset my tummy and caused me to itch – especially at night, I couldn’t sleep! I didn’t know what was wrong and I didn’t know how to tell my pawrents but they noticed my symptoms and really helped me out!
My pawrents are always keeping a good eye on me so they know when I don’t seem like my usual happy and playful self. One day they added an extra treat to my food bowl to help me feel better. It was a crunchy grass bit and it tasted like cheddar cheese! I love this extra treat and I usually try to find it and eat it first before my regular food. Ever since I have been eating the cheddar treat I have felt so much better! I have my energy back and often enjoy splashing around and swimming in the lake near our house!
You can feel better too when you try Bernie’s Perfect Poop!
Poop smarter, not harder furry friends!
Until next time,