Is Flour Bad For Dogs?

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Many human foods and pet foods contain flour. Flour is not inherently toxic to dogs, but in high amounts, it's not the healthiest thing they can be eating. Also, wheat is a common canine allergy, so use caution when giving dogs foods with flour if they have not had it before. When choosing or making treats, go for recipes with whole wheat rather than all-purpose bleached flour when possible and give foods with this ingredient .

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Flour is not inherently toxic to dogs, but it's also not very healthy.
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Your dog should be eating a diet rich in proteins, fats, and complex carbohydrates. Look for foods with meats and a whole grain, like rice. Any time a new type of food is introduced to your dog's diet, do it gradually so he doesn't get sick and watch for any reactions that may indicate intolerance. If you're unsure of the best food for your pet, ask your veterinarian for advice.

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Dog nutritional needs

Dogs need to eat a balanced diet. Protein, good fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals in addition to clean water help canines stay healthy, nourished, and hydrated. Their main food source is meat, but they also need grains, like wheat, fruits, and vegetables.

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Despite a common belief that pet dogs need to eat like wolves, domestic canines are omnivores, and foods you can buy at the store are formulated to meet a dog's nutritional needs. Each dog has different requirements based on age, breed, and size.

Puppies, for example, go through the process of weaning off of their mother's milk and switching to puppy food. Later on, they'll need adult food, and further down the line a senior diet. This does not take into consideration how big or small your dog is, the type of coat she has, and whether she has health issues that may require different nutritional levels. Rather than guessing if you are unsure, it's best to ask your veterinarian for recommendations if you are having trouble choosing your dog's food.

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Is flour bad for dogs?

Dog treats and foods often contain whole wheat or all-purpose flour. If your dog enjoys these foods and does not seem to have any health issues while eating them, then it is safe to continue feeding it to him.

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It's best to avoid giving your dog processed snack foods designed for humans. In large amounts, these foods can make dogs sick and often have ingredients your pet should not be consuming. High levels of fat or sugar can lead pancreatitis. Sodium is toxic to dogs and can lead to poisoning. There are many foods that we enjoy that can make a great treat for a dog, however. Plain popcorn, canned pumpkin, some vegetables and fruits, and natural peanut butter without xylitol are all good choices, as your dog will enjoy them, and they also have nutritional value.

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Signs of allergies in dogs

Grain-free dog food is designed for dogs who are intolerant or allergic to gluten. Do not assume that your dog not responding well to a food with grains means she is allergic to wheat. Beef is actually at the top of the list of common allergens in dogs followed by dairy and then wheat, chicken, and eggs.

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If your dog is frequently scratching herself, seems either lethargic or hyper, has gastrointestinal issues, or is losing weight, she may have a food allergy. You can try to do an elimination diet to track down the cause, though your veterinarian can administer tests to get more accurate results. Sometimes, though, it's not the food itself causing your pet discomfort. Poorly stored dog food can become infested with storage mites, which may make some dogs ill. Keep dry dog food cool and store it in a sealed container to keep it fresh and to reduce risk of contamination.

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