Wheat and wheat gluten are often avoided because of their association with Celiac Disease in humans.
Dogs do not get Celiac Disease or have allergic reactions to wheat or wheat gluten.
There is a rare disorder of the small intestine in dogs that results from an intolerance to a glycoprotein found in some gluten sources such as wheat, but this only affects certain predisposed breeds.
The only way to truly diagnose a food allergy is through an elimination diet trial.
Wheat refers to the entire grain and all the nutrients it contains. Wheat gluten refers specifically to the protein portion of the grain.
Wheat gluten is 99% digestible.
Written by Moncton Animal Hosptial