After battling a number of odd, unexplained health symptoms, I changed my diet to gluten-free. That was four years ago and I’ve never felt better, never looked back. Honestly don’t know if I have a wheat sensitivity or a pesticide issue. That’s a discussion for a different day. I also became a vegetarian because I don’t believe animals need to die to feed me. So since I think consuming wheat is ill-advised on several levels, my pet’s diets are gluten-free as well, but I have no plans to turn them into vegetarian critters. From what I’ve read, a vegetarian diet is doable for pets, but needs to be done with care. Since it may not be as good for them as food with some animal protein in it, I’m sticking with just gluten-free. Dusty’s grain-free main food (a combination of dry and wet) has chicken, turkey and lamb along with vegetables. Cats Abner and William have salmon and brown rice in their grain-free kibble and turkey and/or tuna in their moist food. Crunchy treats are gluten-free as well. The hot dogs I bought to use as a training tool are actually for human consumption and came about when I couldn’t find anything I liked in the pet food aisle. The people food lunch meat and wiener aisle wasn’t much better. After reading the laundry list of questionable ingredients in all of the “real” hot dogs for humans, I opted for the gluten-free vegetarian. No plans to get on a soapbox about the horrible stuff in some of our food (although I easily could). I’ll just agree that the hot dogs I bought aren’t really hot dogs and as far as I’m concerned that’s a good thing.
She means well, wants only the best for us. So I’ll come when she says “Hot Dog” even though I now know I’ll never get a real hot dog from this woman. And maybe she’s right about it being a good thing.