By Liz Sommers
Owner, Beggles Dog Treats
An Irish Setter is at risk for celiac disease
So as it turns out, I have something in common with an Irish Setter. We both have a genetic predisposition to develop celiac disease because of our Irish ancestry.
Celiac disease in dogs is a serious issue, and you should take your dog to the vet right away if you suspect celiac based on the following symptoms.
Those with celiac can't tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. When gluten is consumed by celiacs, an abnormal immune-system response attacks the small intestine, leading to a whole host of problems.
Perhaps most important to know, those with celiac and gluten intolerance will be underweight, because they can't absorb vital nutrients through their small intestine into their bloodstream.
Is your dog underweight or suffering from any of the above problems? Read on to learn more about celiac disease...
Wheat was introduced into pet food about 15 years ago. It's the most common binding agent used to hold dry dog food kibble together during the baking process.
Wheat is also the #1 food allergen among cats and dogs, so including it in a regular diet has repercussions for lots of pets. The malabsorption of nutrients that occurs in those with wheat sensitivity can lead to hip dysplasia, elbow and shoulder problems, intervertebral disc syndrome, cruciate ligament ruptures, and even heart valve failure.
When you look at what's happening on a detailed level, it makes sense: cartilage is made up of collagen and calcium (collagen is in fact the building block of most skeletal support structures) and the main component of collagen is vitamin C. Vitamin C will not be absorbed properly by those with celiac, which is going to cause problems with your pet's internal structures.
Although doctors cannot trace a definitive cause of why celiac develops, it's very clear what happens, as well as the myriad effects on the body.
I was diagnosed myself with celiac disease in my early 30s, and have been strictly wheat and gluten-free since then.
I developed Beggles Dog Treats to be wheat-free so that I can maintain a wheat-free kitchen and not make myself ill, while at the same time giving dogs a tasty treat. Our own dogs are not wheat-sensitive, but they love our tasty treats!
While celiac is prevalent only among the Irish Setter breed, food intolerances can develop in any pet, at any time. And if they're eating a regular diet of food that's making them sick, it can lead to a miserable existence, take it from me.
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