According to The Humane Society of the United States, 39 percent of U.S. households own at least one dog. We own two.
I’m not an expert on dog health or dog food, and I’m not here to give you advice on what food is best for your dog. What your dog eats is important to his/her health. There is no doubt about it. But what I want to get you to think about is how that dog food could affect your health.
If the food you feed your dog contains gluten, are you as careful with it as you would be with gluten-containing people food? Depending on exactly how and where you feed your dog, you could be risking contamination.
If you have a child who is gluten free, it becomes even more complicated. A very young child might actually eat a piece of dry dog food. A child who is old enough to feed the dog could end up with gluten on his/her hands as well as other areas.
I’m not saying that your dog food has to be gluten free, but if it’s not, you need to be aware of that fact and take precautions. The dog food I previously used did not contain wheat, rye, or barley. It did contain oats so I didn’t consider it completely gluten free, and I was careful to avoid cross contamination.
Currently, both my dogs are grain free, which means that their food is gluten free. I made the switch when they started licking their paws excessively. After changing their food a few times, I ended up with a grain-free brand and their licking stopped.
If your dog food contains gluten, you might want to consider switching to a gluten-free brand. If not, here are a few things to consider:
- Where do you fill the dog bowl? Is it near people food preparation areas?
- What do you use to measure/scoop out the food? Consider using something that is distinct and designated for dog food.
- Do you wash your hands well after feeding the dog?
How about you. Do you have a dog and is it gluten free?