Friday, October 22, 2010

Why Pet Lovers are Choosing Gluten-Free Pet Foods

Gluten has received a lot more attention with pet guardians in recent years. The 2007 pet food recall, involving pet foods containing gluten contaminated with melamine, led to the loss of many beloved companions. Adding to the increased awareness is the fact that, like people, pets can have gluten allergies, also called celiac disease, a fairly common food allergy in dogs. Gluten allergies can result in skin and coat issues, as well as digestive difficulties. For these reasons, more and more pet guardians are choosing gluten-free pet foods.




What is Gluten and Why is it in Pet Food?

Gluten is a protein that comes from wheat and other related grains, like barley and rye. These grains are a source of carbohydrates commonly found in pet foods. Wheat gluten, in particular, is widely used in the pet food industry. It can simulate meat in some wet foods, and also help prevent dry dog biscuits from breaking. It has been reported to prevent gas build-up in pets and to reduce stool odor. Because gluten it is a protein source, it is sometimes used to increase protein for nutritional labeling claims. However, it should be noted that the highest quality pet foods use carnivore-appropriate animal proteins, like meat, fish and poultry, not gluten.

Not All Grains Contain Gluten

Gluten comes from grains, so “grain-free” pet foods are also “gluten-free.” However, some grains do NOT contain gluten, including buckwheat, millet, quinoa, oats, soybeans, and sunflower seeds. Millet, the grain used in Nature’s Logic dry kibble formulas, is a natural source of protein, B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc. Because millet is NOT closely related to wheat and contains no gluten, it is an excellent choice for pets with gluten allergies or sensitive digestion.

Nature’s Logic is Gluten-free

All formulas from Nature’s Logic are gluten-free, including our dry kibble, canned diets, and raw foods. They are appropriate for all pets, even those with sensitive digestion. The foods are nutritionally dense and formulated for all life stages. Plus, Nature’s Logic is the only company in the world with a full-line of commercial pet foods containing NO chemically-synthesized vitamins or minerals. All nutrients come from 100% natural ingredients, like whole foods. For more information, please visit our website at www.natureslogic.com.

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