Practical information about commercial pet foods and what goes into them.
The primary indication for gluten-free diets in people is to treat celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder occurring in genetically predisposed individuals that can be triggered by ingestion of gliadin, a component of the gluten found in wheat, barley, and rye. Celiac disease has not been diagnosed in dogs or cats.
Despite the fact celiac disease affects only 0.5-1% of the human population worldwide, gluten-free diets have become a human nutrition trend and are becoming increasingly popular for pets.
Gluten-free diets are increasingly popular in human nutrition and this in turn can influence pet food decisions. What exactly is gluten and why is it found in pet food?
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