Does your PON often experience constipation/diarrhea, scratch excessively, have skin bumps, frequent ear infections ? These are some of many signs that he may be gluten-intolerant. An abnormal immune response occurs in individual dogs after consuming foods containing gluten which effects the small intestine. If gluten-intolerant PONS continue to digest food with gluten, it can damage the digestive system and lead to major health issues..
There are a wide range of symptoms that may indicate that your PON may have this condition. It is therefore vital that you are aware of these symptoms because early diagnosis tends to be the best way to control any condition.
Major symptoms may include:
You should consult your vet promptly for a change of diet and treatment of the above conditions. Gluten Intolerance has a range of symptoms including:
Dog food companies have recently introduced gluten into commercial dog foods as a binder and many dogs cannot tolerate wheat, barley, rice. Their body's immune system may exhibit an extreme reaction may become malnourished, regardless of the amount of food consumed. Veterinary studies have indicated that in severe cases, elbow and shoulder problems, intervertebral disc syndrome, cruciate ligament ruptures and even heart valve failure may be the result of gluten consumation. There is no known cure for gluten-intolerance and a dramatic change of diet may be necessary to prolong the life of your PON.
Consider switching to home cooking, a raw diet or gluten-free dog food. PON owners are advised to read labels and even call dog food companies for specific questions. Please keep us updated on the progress of your PON. Good luck !