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Gluten for Dogs

There is often confusion between the terms ‘gluten free’ and ‘grain free’ and whether our pets need these diets in the first place. Take a look at some frequently asked questions below…

What are grains?

Grains are the seeds from grasses, grown for food production and often referred to as cereals. They are a food group which includes wheat, rye, barley, oats, maize and rice.

Seeds from other plants such as Buckwheat and Quinoa are not referred to as grains.

What is gluten?

All grains contain different proteins, ‘gluten’ is the name for a protein found in wheat. There are similar ones found in oats, barley and rye which generally don’t cause the same reaction.

Other grains that don’t contain the protein gluten include rice and maize (corn).

Can dogs eat gluten?

Dietary intolerance to gluten is uncommon in dogs, however there are some breeds predisposed to certain diseases which may have an intolerance to gluten, such as Irish Setters.

However, if your dog is having digestive upset you can rule out any possible dietary intolerances by undertaking an elimination diet, once your vet has ruled out other potential causes.


For more information on allergies and intolerances click here!

Do Burns diets contain gluten?

All of our diets are wheat gluten free and suitable for dogs suspected of having gluten intolerances.


We also have a Grain Free Range for those who are concerned their dogs could have an intolerance to certain grains such as rice and maize.

Speak to a Pet Nutritionist

For help with gluten problems in your pet please get in touch with our team of pet nutritionists who are at hand to help.

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