Do You Have An Itchy Dog? Could Be Sensitive To Glutens!

Baby With The Cone On Her Head To Prevent Her From Scratching

My Dog Has Scratched Herself Raw For At Least three years

I have a Miniature Schnauzer, named Baby. Baby is now seven years old. She has spent the past three years in and out of the Veterinarian's office trying to diagnose her constant itching and dry skin.

She would scratch herself to the point of getting "hot spots". This is where the poor dog scratches so badly they actually go right through the skin and into the muscle.

The Veterinarian would immediately give her a shot to stop the itching, and he would prescribe pills to be given every day for about three weeks; twice a day. The itching would subside for a day or two, only to return.

He also prescribed a special diet formulated for dogs who have allergies. This food was very expensive.

I fed Baby the special diet, but I continued to feed her from the table. We would always share our Pizza crust with her, along with bread crusts. She seemed to have a fondness for any bread product.

Baby Does Not Sleep Well At Night


Baby Nor I Were Getting Enough Sleep

Even though Baby was eating the prescribed dog kibbles, and taking her pills, she continued her scratching. All through the day and night, she would scratch. I would hear her pacing the floor at night; banging her elbows on the floor as she stopped pacing long enough to scratch!

I would finally get up and give her a half tablet of Benedryl, and place the cone on her head to prevent her from scratching. Then I would nod back off to sleep.

I was at my wit's end. I felt so bad for her because I knew she was miserable.

I am on a limited budget. I laughingly called Baby my Money Pit. I could not afford to go on this way. I love Baby very much. It was time to take some action on my part.

I Begin Researching What Makes Dogs Itch?

I started out simply searching for answers by asking the question: What makes dogs itch? Well, this wealth of information came right up. Most of the answers pertained to dogs who have common allergies such as grass. None of those answers would right for Baby and me.

Finally, I found an answer written by a Veterinarian. He had a theory that dogs, like humans, can be sensitive to glutens. He further stated that if humans can have "celiac disease" which is an allergy to glutens, why couldn't dogs suffer from the same condition?

Symptoms of Sensitivity To Glutens

Just by accident, I discovered when I fed Baby from the table, her itching became much worse. She loved Pizza crust, so whenever we ate pizza, we shared the crust with her. Whenever I ate a sandwich, I shared my bread with her!

I kept on researching what would be responsible for Baby's constant itching. I made some startling discoveries. SOME DOGS ARE SENSITIVE TO GUTENS!

I looked at the ingredients on the bag of the prescribed dog food. It contained Wheat, Barley and other grains.

I found another brand of dog food on the internet which said it was for dogs with allergies. I ordered a bag and began feeding Baby that food. Her itching continued. I read the ingredients: One of them was Barley!!

Most dogs can tolerate wheat and other grains, while others cannot. Those that are sensitive to gluten like Baby, have symptoms such as: intermittent ( or persistent diarrhea), they lose weight, they have a poor hair coat, and they CONSTANTLY ITCH!

My research further revealed that some dogs who are sensitive to gluten can develop Intervertebral Disc Disease. Baby was diagnosed with this condition at least three years ago.

Sources Of Glutens


Just What Are Glutens?

I found out gluten is a protein that is found mostly in wheat, but it can also be found in cereal grains, including rye, barley, oats and buckwheat.

Grains that do not contain guten are rice, amaranth, millet, corn and quinoa.

What's Up With All The Gluten Free Labels In The Grocery Store?

I have been amazed with all the products I see in the grocery stores now labeled "gluten free". My first thought was this is just a new fad people are falling for.

I never dreamed of how gutens would apply to me and my dog. I have heard of people who have celiac disease, but I had never understood what that meant, or the cause.

I am able to eat anything and never even have indigestion, so I never bothered to find out what gluten was.

Baby Is Begging For Her Chicken


I Am Now Convinced My Dog Is Sensitive To Gluten

I am now convinced Baby is sensitive to all gluten! I took her off all the commercial dog food. I began cooking chicken for her. She gets her dinner of chicken, rice and green beans every night.

She no longer is fed anything from the table. She is happy because she loves chicken. She now plays like she did when she was a puppy.

Baby no longer scratches herself. Her beautiful white hair is soft again, and her skin is no longer dry and flaky.

Best of all, she sleeps like a rock all night long!

Baby Enjoys Her Daily Walks


This Is My Happy And Contented Miniature Schnauzer


Read The Entire List Of Ingredients On Your Dog's Food

If you don't want to cook chicken as I do for my dog, there are commercial dog foods that do not contain any gluten. These are usually found at pet stores.

Even after I made the decision to buy a bag of kibbles for Baby that was supposed to be gluten-free, I discovered it contained barley! I was defeating my whole purpose.

Don't overlook the label on the doggie treats you buy for your dog. They probably contain wheat or barley.

A Great Video On Making Gluten Free Dog Snacks

My Conclusion

Well, my conclusion is a happy one. MY DOG IS SENSITIVE TO GLUTENS. Now that I am aware of her problem, it is very simple to correct by eliminating all grains in her diet.

If your dog itches and scratches, don't waste your time and money on Veterinarians getting shots and pills.

You will know if your dog is sensitive to glutens because he will stop scratching in about one week after ALL grains are removed from his diet.

If the dog's condition remains the same or gets worse, then take him to the Veterinarian. He may have another problem.

I am certainly not a Veterinarian and I do not want to give out false information on the subject of gluten and how it affects dogs.

This is just my personal experience with my Miniature Schnzauzer.

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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Mary, this is such importantant information to those of us with dogs who are diagnosed with allergies. I've been through the same thing with two dogs now, and I sure wish I knew the grain factor when my Buddy was still around. How he itched and suffered, biting himself until he bled. Nothing the vet did would make a difference for very long.

Since that time I've put my Cookie who suffers the same way on No Grain food (quite costly) - Vennison and Potato and she is a lot better, but I hadn't considered the scraps I give her from the table which contain wheat. Thanks for pointing that out. I hope it makes a difference to her skin condition.

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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Mary, great detective work! I bet Baby is thrilled to have such a smart, caring mom. Excellent post. I'm sure it'll help pet owners all over the globe.

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, PegCole Vets want to sell us their products like the prescribed diets. I can tell you I spent a lot of money on Baby at the Vet's!!

Your poor Buddy; it is pitiful when our dog itches and we are helpless. I'm glad you are not feeding Cookie any grains, and yes, NO table scraps!

My Baby is like a different dog now, and I am SO happy I found the cause of her itching.

I cook several chicken breasts at a time, cut it up in small pieces and freeze for later use. I also cook rice ahead of time and refrigerate. It's worth the extra time and effort to see her no longer scratching.

Good luck with Cookie, Mary

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi bravewarrior. I'm hoping to spread the word about the problem of dogs who might be sensitive to glutens.

Baby is a different dog now! Too bad Vets don't suggest the same thing. Well, I think I know why.....

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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midget38 2 years ago from Singapore

Ack! My dog, Cloudy, is going through the same thing!!

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi midget38. Take away all grains in his diet, and see if he does not improve! He just might be sensitive to glutens just like my Baby!

Let me know if that does't help Cloudy~ Mary

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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Oh no, poor little thing! I'm glad that you were able to figure out the cause of the problem and help her out. Thanks for sharing your story to educate others about this important issue.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Thanks for sharing. Great info for those who have dogs. Wonderful pictures of Baby and glad to hear she's all right now. Hugs to you both.

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, randomcreative. I don't know why more vets don't seem to be aware of the possibility that dogs can be sensitive to glutens just like humans can be.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi there, Gypsy Rose Lee. Yes, it is so nice to see Baby happy again and not itching like she did before. I felt so sorry for her because she just scratched and scratched.

Baby sends love to Sid, Mary

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi Mary,

How wonderful that Baby is no longer suffering because of your dedication to finding out why she was scratching so much. This is a fascinating find. I did not understand exactly what gluten is, but I see so many recipes ..."gluten free" and for you to think of "gluten free" for our beloved pets who have allergies to such, is so wonderful.

Baby is a sweetie and I am sure without a doubt that she knows how much she is loved by you.

Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning, googling and sharing

So happy Baby is happy now!

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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great information for dog owners and am glad your dog is okay. Thank you for sharing.

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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil

I think many dogs have this problem. It is only when people stop and analyze it,as you did, that it can be resolved.

Glad Baby is feeling better.

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Faith Reaper, I'm like you: I never understood what all the gluten free fuss was all about, because I never had any problems eating anywhing! This was all very new to me, but I'm glad I got to the bottom on Baby's problems with her itching.

Thank you so much for reading and all the shares; I appreciate that.

I hope your day is blessed. Mary

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Vellur Yes, I feel so bad for all the poor dogs out there who are scratching themselves to death like Baby did without anyone getting to the source of their problem.

So nice to see you, Mary

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Blond Logic. Yes, I imagine there are thousands of dogs out there that are sensitive to glutens and no one is addressing their problem. I'm just glad I discovered Baby's problem so now she can live in peace.

So good to see you; thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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Bob Bamberg 2 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

Hi, Mary...there was no comment section after the hub yesterday when I read the hub so I left a long comment on your profile page on the other site...and it didn't post. That site is really ticking me off. I see a bunch of "messages" on your other profile page, but no text. That site strikes again!

Anyway, between the two sites, we've talked about wheat allergies or wheat intolerances before. I've mentioned the problem in some of my hubs and bubbles. Dr. Mark sort of poo poo's the notion, and we've had some discussions, too. But, the market is full of wheat-free and grain-free foods and treats for a reason.

Vets will pump the dog full of steroids and sell you an expensive prescription diet...but they never ask about the treats and people food. What the steroids giveth, the pizza crust taketh away.

As early as 1999, I and a few other store owners pressured one of the manufacturers to remove the wheat from their premium lamb formulation. It was the only one with wheat, and the PhD nutritionist on staff insisted that it wasn't a problem.

We just refused to sell the product. At their dealer conference months later, the nutritionist announced that they were re-formulating and removing the wheat from their lamb product "because some of you think it's a problem."

Even then, degreed professionals were in denial while we lay folks, for years, had been cautioning owners about wheat in the diet and, especially, things like pizza crust, pasta, bagels, toast, English muffins, etc. And in almost all cases, the chronic itch subsided.

When a dog has an allergy, it involves the immune system. An intolerance produces the same symptoms...usually not as severe...but the immune system doesn't get involved. They can have an intolerance to any form of wheat...not just the gluten.

I'll bet Baby is really enjoying her new-found freedom from that maddening itch!!

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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Mary,

This is very timely because our Skippy is itching and scratching right now like he does just about every time this year. We do think it is a grass allergy although he spends most of his time indoors. We have been told to give him antihistamines. I think I am going to try the gluten free diet just to see if it makes a difference. I already cook for him but have used things like barley in his food. Will shift to brown rice instead...and no more pizza crusts for now just to see if this could be a part of his problem. Already saw this on G+ and gave it another +. Will tweet, pin and share as well. UUI votes! Glad your Baby is feeling better!

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ChristyWrites 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Mary, I didn't realize dogs can be sensitive to glutens! I thought it was only humans. Your hub will help many people who may not know why their dog is in discomfort. I'm sharing!

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Bob. So good to see you. Yes, it had been a while since I published a Hub and I did not click on the comment section of the HubTool to get the comment section. I don't remember ever having done that before. Three of my Hubber friends brought it to my attention.

You know, Bob, my deceased hubby was a veterinarian, and a very ethical one; if he had ever suspected a dog patient was sensitive to glutens, he would not have kept on giving the steroid shots and pills, but would have told the owner to eliminate ALL grains!

The Blue formula I purchased at a pet store was supposed to be gluten free, but then I found on the label, it contained barley! Duh! My fault for not reading the label.

Yes, Baby is a different dog now. She's been off all gluten for about four weeks now, and she does not scratch at all!!

Thank you so much for your persistence in leaving me such a great comment; I appreciate that so much, Mary

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Peggy. Yes, please eliminate ALL grains for Skippy. You will know in about a week if he improves.

Baby thinks she is truly the Queen now because I cook chicken for her; she loves chicken! I use brown rice, and she loves green beans. A friend of mine told me instead of giving her snacks, give her a green bean!

I'll be so anxious to know if Skippy improves after you remove all the grains from his diet.

Thanks so much for helping me get the word out by sharing my Hub. So many of pet owners would never suspect what is making our pet itch! Thanks again, Mary

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Christy. I feel so bad for all the pets who are miserable itching and having to take shots and pills when their problem could be as simple as a sensitivity to gluten.

I am so happy I got to the bottom of Baby's problem. I felt so sorry for her before when she would scratch herself raw!

Thanks for reading and the share, Mary

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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

Mary, what a wonderful job you've done with Baby. While we respect our vets it's sometimes an option to investigate personally. Your hard work certainly paid off and I'm thrilled for you to see Baby so well and happy. I'm sure this hub will be extremely useful to many dog owners. Voting up.

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, travmaj Yes, I have all the respect for Vets, but I am sorry that my Vet was not aware of the fact that dogs can be sensitive to glutens just like some humans are.

I did take some investigating on my part, but I am glad I finally "hit the nail on the head". I couldn't be more pleased.

Thank you so much for the comments and the votes, Mary

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torrilynn 2 years ago

I never knew dogs could become sensitive to gluten. this was an insightful and well written hub. thank you.

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, torrilynn. It came as a big surprise to me to find out dogs can become sensitive to gluten! I wish I had found this out several years ago. I could have saved my dog a lot of itching and saved some money, too!

Thanks for the nice compliment, Mary

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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I'm sure that this hub will be very helpful for a lot of people, Mary. Gluten is very widespread in both dog and human food. Your tips for avoiding it are great. I've very glad that you found the answer to Baby's problems. It's so nice to hear that she's happier now.

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midget38 2 years ago from Singapore

Ow, ow, ow!!! I hope that she's better now. Scratching down to the muscle is terrible!!

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, AliciaC I do hope my Hub will benefit those pet owners who are looking for answers as to why their dog itches!

Baby and I both are much happier now that I know to avoid gluten with her.

My best, Mary

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, midget38 I can't begin to tell you what a difference it has made to rid Baby of any gluten! She was so pitiful when she scratched herself so badly.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Mary

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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Glad that you found out early about baby's allergy and that she's happy (and you as well) again and back in the pink of health.

I can imagine the itch cause I get the same reaction from some food with gluten. I never knew much about gluten free stuff until I went to see my doctor for the constant rashes (hives) and I was then advised to try gluten free diet. I did and it's helping. They are expensive though so, I'm not completely gluten free yet. I try to avoid them though as much as I can. It's hard to actually scrutinize all the ingredients/label in the supermarket every time I go shopping.

I never knew dogs could have them but why not. We just discovered that my friend's cat has got cancer and that's sad. Point is, yes these lovely creatures are basically like us.

Best of health to you and baby.

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, CrisSp Yes, I think most ailments we humans have can also affect our canine friends! I just wish I'd discovered Baby was sensitive to glutens long ago; I could have saved her hours of scratching.

I'm glad your doctor was aware of gluten being the cause of your rash so you can take action to eliminate gluten from your diet. Just don't eat breads, etc. If you bake, use gluten free flour.

Thanks for reading and the best wishes, Mary

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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

We are purchasing a brand of dry food called Blue and it has no glutens. When I cook I will definitely use rice to mix in with his meats and veggies. We did find one flea on him so are in full battle mode at the moment! Wrote about it elsewhere and the Flea Stoppers product we use really works. Lots of work however!

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Peggy, I purchased Blue Life Protection Formula thinking it was gluten free, but it has barley in it!! Not good, cause barley has gluten! I thought it would be SO good cause it has chicken and brown rice, so I was disappointed. Maybe Blue has a formula that has NO barley.

It is amazing that Skippy had a flea since he is an inside dog!

Baby loves green beans and broccoli.

Good luck! Mary

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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I'm sure Baby thanks you bunches for your superb problem solving skills. My cat has a skin allergy that was causing self-mutilation where he had had a prior injury. He was getting cortisone shots and calming meds. We were bathing him in special prescription shampoos (yes, a cat). All symptoms disappeared when I bought a meat-based food. His expensive special food had grain in it that made him itch.

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi FlourishAnyway. Oh, your poor cat!! It is so sad to see our pets itch to the point of self mutilation. I wish I had all the money back I spent on Vets with shots, pills and special diets.

So sounds like your cat may be sensitive to glutens, too. You'll know for sure after you remove all grains from his food.

Good luck, Mary

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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Such a happy ending Mary; I am glad you researched and found the problem. I had a Peek a Poo named Baby; the only dog I ever let sleep with me. She had long hair like silk and I bathed her every night. She slept with her belly right up against my back and under the blankets! They really are our babies; aren't they? ^

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Jackie.....oh what a sweet Baby you had. My Baby's hair is as soft as a baby's bottom and is very curly! Baby doesn't get a bath every night, though. She gets one once a week (when I can catch her); she hates a bath!

Oh, yes, these little guys are our babies.

I'm happy I got to the bottom of Baby's problem, too.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary

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teaches12345 2 years ago

So glad you found the cause of Baby's itching. I do believe some dog foods are not appropriate for our little friends. I love your photos of her. She's so adorable.

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, teaches12345 I'm happy too. I felt so bad for her itching all the time. Now, she sleeps like a baby!

I just never really understood about glutens before. Now, I do.

Baby says thanks for the nice compliments. Yes, she is the perfect little dog for me.

So good to see you, Mary

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hi mary, that's so great you figured it out, that must have been awful for her, we had a dog years ago that had something similar, we could never figure out exactly what it was, we never thought of this!

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Nell Rose Yes, I am so glad I was able to solve the mystery of the itching skin! I 've just never understood all this hype about glutens; now I have a better understanding.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary

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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Very interesting Mary and I'm sure this hub will help many other dog owners too.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Eddy. Yes ,I'm trying to alert other dog owners that their dog's itchy skin could be caused by glutens. I am so glad I found out and was able to eliminate Baby's skin problems by not giving her anything to eat with glutens.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting. So nice to see you today, Mary

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BlissfulWriter 2 years ago

Thanks for writing and putting out this story. It just provides to people additional evidence that gluten-free diet is not just a fad, and can be the much needed solution to vexing symptoms. In fact, I passed this article to someone who's dog is itching and scratching all night.

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, BlissfulWriter I was one of those people who thought gluten free diets were just a fad, but now I know for sure it is not. I cook chicken for Baby and that is all she eats. She does not scratch any longer!

The Vets could save these pets a lot of scratching if they would just suggest we take away the gluten in their diets.

Thanks for passing this info along; maybe it will help that person's dog.

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JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

Mary, this is a terrific hub! I'm probably ahead of the curve about the effect of gluten because my daughter was born with celiac disease years before gluten-free products became prevalent in stores and gluten-free diets were recommended for other health conditions. It was rough trying to ensure she got enough nutrients without getting sick when she was growing up. Now, of course, she stays strictly on a gluten-free diet and is symptom-free.

So, when I realized that the miniature schnauzer who shares my life, Puppy Girl, itched every time she (like Baby) got a bite of bread crust or anything else containing wheat, I intuited she must be sensitive to gluten. I stopped giving her anything with wheat, and the itching stopped. The lightbulb went on: Dogs can be sensitive to gluten, too! I'm so glad you wrote this hub so that other pet parents whose dogs itch can try feeding them food without gluten. A dietary change is so much better for dogs (or humans) than frequent steroid shots.

Oats, however, don't cause symptoms for my dog, and I now buy a brand that's certified gluten-free. (Bob's RedMill steel-cut oats are certified to be gluten-free.) The problem with 'regular' brands of oats is that they're cross-contaminated with other grains that contain gluten in the field or production facility. Here's some info:

I make Puppy Girl treats using buckwheat flour (not really wheat--it's a berry). I left you a 'sort of' recipe for them on my homemade dog food hub in a comment. No measurements--I'm a 'guess-at-it' cook, but they always turn out well. I'll have to measure when I make them again and add a hub about them.

Ironically, a friend phoned while I was cutting dog 'cookies' and placing them on cookie sheets to bake. She knows I make my dog's regular food also, so she jokingly said, "You're the only person I know who will cook a dog's dinner and dessert yet not feed herself!" (That's not really so--I eat a lot of salads, but do cook for 'just me' as well.)

Baby looks simply beautiful in her photos! I'm so glad she's itch-free and happy again.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Jaye This subject of glutens was so new to me; I was just not familiar with it at all. I'd heard of celiac disease, but I never really understood it.

Thanks so much for that link on celiac disease. I'm still learning about this. I read the recipe you left for me on your comment for dog treats. I would love to be able to give Baby treats, but I need gluten free, of course.

Thanks for the info about Oats, too. You are just a world of information! Since Baby has a history of back problems, the Vet prescribed a product called Zoom. It has Glucosomine/ Chondroitin for bones, BUT it also contains bran, so now I'm searching for another product that has no gluten.

Thanks so much for taking the time to write your comment, I appreciate that so much. My love to Puppy Girl. Mary

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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Hiya mary, just came back for another read, voted up and shared, nell

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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Wow--this is the first I have heard of this--but it makes sense! Your poor pup!

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Nell Rose Thanks so much for the reread and the shares! My Baby has stopped scratching herself now, and I am so happy I found her problem. I wish more Vets were aware of dogs being sensitive to glutens.

Have wonderful day! Mary

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, AudreyHowitt Yes, there are so many pet owners who spend lots of money at the Vets when their dog may be sensitive to glutens!

Baby is a different dog now that I don't feed her anything with grains.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Good job Mary. Gluten is such a devil! I have celiac so am aware.

My dog suffers from itchy skin that gets infected from scratching. However, he only gets it when the grass grows. In the winter he's fine but supposedly he's not allergic to grass. God knows what his allergies are. He gets prednisone and Benadryl from June to September.

Glad you've solved Baby's problems.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, tillsontitan I have never had any problems with my diet, so this has been a new experience for me! I spent a small fortune at the Vet's office getting Baby shots and pills.

Thanks so much for reading, commenting, and the votes.

Hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Mary

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Jeannieinabottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

My dog always itches. The vet says he is probably allergic to grass, but now I wonder. We do occasionally share pizza with him... he loves the crust! Maybe I will cut it out of his diet for a bit and see what happens. Thanks for the information!

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Jeanieinabottle, Oh definitely cut out sharing pizza crust or any other food with gluten for a while. You will soon know if your dog is sensitive to gluten if he stops itching! My Vet thought I was crazy when I told him I suspected Baby was sensitive to gluten!

I'd be interested in knowing how your experiment works! Oh, and look for dog food that is gluten free. Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Interesting and informative. You have shared such a helpful hub on this subject. I did once have this problem with my dog and tried many other alternatives however came to the exact same conclusion. The diet had to be changed. Great research!

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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, DDE I have an idea that a lot of itchy dogs are suffering from being sensitive to glutens! My Vet still does not believe me on this, but all I know is Baby does not itch any longer!

Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub, Mary

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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida

this is so important to share. Many may not know this. My nephew discovered this about 10 years ago and as soon as he changed the pups' diet they no longer were suffering.

Voted up++++ shared

Angels are on the way to you, Mary, this morning ps

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mary615 23 months ago from Florida Author

Hi there, pstraubie48 Yes, I'm sure there are many people who just don't know their dog could be sensitive to gluten. I'm certainly happy I discovered my dog's problem.

Thanks so much for reading, commenting, the votes and the share (and for sending me Angels too!) Goodnight, Mary

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PegCole17 21 months ago from Dallas, Texas

There seems to be a wave of allergies to food for canines and humans these days. They can develop low tolerance for things such as gluten just like us. Glad you found a solution to her constant itching. That can be really troublesome for them along with a loss of sleep for their human parents.

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mary615 21 months ago from Florida Author

Hi PegCole17 I believe we are seeing an increase in allergies in our commercial dog food is because of all the fillers and additives that are added to the food. I only know Baby's itchy condition has gone away, and I'm happy about that!

Have a great weekend, Mary

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