Going Grain Free: Fact Versus Myth Concerning Grain Allergies
October 27, 2011 -
Grain-free dog foods are gaining in popularity for Pet Parents with allergy-prone dogs. While these products may seem like the proper choice for dogs experiencing grain allergies, there a few myths you should know before you consider making the switch to grain free foods.
Myth: Grain allergies are always detected at an early age.
False: Your dog could eat grain-filled food for years before an allergy becomes a problem. Many allergies take a great amount of time to develop before your dog shows any symptoms. Common symptoms include itching around the face and stomach, reoccurring ear infections, bald patches and obsessive licking or chewing.
Myth: My dog is experiencing grain allergies to his food. I should try another brand.
False: If your dog has grain allergies he will suffer from allergy symptoms regardless of the brand of food. Allergies are connected to a specific ingredient and directly affect your dog’s immune system. Unless the new dog food is grain free, your dog will continue to have allergies.
Myth: Grain allergies are one of the most common forms of dog food allergies.
True: Food allergies only make up 10 percent of dog allergy cases, but in that small amount, grain allergies are one of the most common. Wheat is the number one grain allergy, which is typically due to the fact that common allergy-ridden gluten protein can be found in a large number of dog food grains.
Myth: Contaminated cereal grains are linked to most dog allergens.
True: Low cereal grain is often found in many dog food products, including grain mites, beetles, mealworms and insect droppings. Grain mites are related to dust mites, which tend to cause allergies among humans and their kin produce the same allergies in dogs.
Myth: I should create homemade dog food for my pet with grain allergies.
False: Although it is possible to cook your own dog food, chances are most Pet Parents will unintentionally leave out supplements and nutrients vital to their dog’s health and diet. It is best to turn to hypoallergenic dog foods free of allergens.