WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF WHEAT IN PET FOOD?
Wheat is often used as a source of carbohydrates in extruded pet food. For healthy dogs which are not allergic or intolerant to gluten, the presence of wheat in extruded pet food is beneficial. Wheat has a very digestible, high protein concentration (80%) This results in very high digestibility for dogs.
Wheat is also rich in methionine and cysteine (30.7 g/kg). It has no anti-nutritional factors, a low fiber content (< 1%), neutral colour and taste. It is also very rich in glutamine (more than 30%), which has a nutraceutical effect on intestinal health.
Advantages of wheat:
Wheat is an important cereal and it is the most cultivated cereal in Europe.
For healthy dogs, it has good digestibility.
Wheat is also rich in glutamine, an amino acid that is important for a healthy digestive system. Glutamine is known to have a nutraceutical effect which improves the physiology of intestinal cells. It supports digestion and lowers the coincidence of digestive disorders in healthy dogs. It reduces the risk of translocation of pathogens in the gut and improves immune response.
Wheat gluten provides:
• High nutritional value
• Superior digestibility: reduced feces volume
• Extra Binding properties: improved pellet quality, increased pellet durability, reduced fines
• Supports dental health with mechanical cleaning of the teeth
Disadvantages of wheat:
A negative property is that wheat contains gluten. Gluten can cause allergic reactions in dogs with sensitivity, so for dogs that suffer from allergies, it is better to avoid wheat. This is why for dogs with sensitive digestion Husse has developed the Sensitive line, that is a wheat and wheat gluten-free line.