You or someone you know may have an intolerance to gluten. Like you, your dog can also have the same intolerance.
It does not matter if your dog has been fed the same food for as long as you can remember, he may still develop an allergy and the resulting intolerance over time.
Some of the most common gluten allergy symptoms include itchy skin, licking front paws, inflamed ears, sneezing, gas, changes in behavior, diarrhea, vomiting, and inflammation of the ears, head shaking and even seizures. Of course, these symptoms can be the same for many other conditions or issues that your dog may be suffering from.
The best way, to determine if this symptom are gluten allergy symptoms and not of something else is to do an exclusion diet.
An exclusion diet is simply the process of eliminating everything from the dog’s diet except one single food. If you are feeding your dog a store bought food, you may have to consider feeing your dog a homemade diet.
Any food that you feed to your dog needs to be pure (without additives or preservatives). This means purchasing meats or organ meats without preservatives. These meats do not have to be expensive, but they should be as lean as possible. In other words you would not feed your dog bacon or anything that is high in fat.
You may want to check with your vet first before attempting an exclusion diet, because your dog will not be receiving all of the nutrition that he requires while you are attempting to eliminate various allergens.
The purpose of an exclusion diet is to look for signs of improvement and relief of gluten allergy symptoms.
Once you start to add foods back in, if the symptoms reoccur, then you know that you have identified the allergen.
If you do not have the time or the energy to prepare “home cooked” meals for your dog.
Then look for a dog food labeled “hypo allergenic”.
You may notice that your dog’s symptoms improve, but you will never know for sure unless you follow an exclusion diet.