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Novak Djokovic Puts Dog on Gluten-free 'Fitness' Diet

Celiac.com 10/11/2013 - World No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic credits a gluten-free diet with strong improvement in his performance and his success on the court.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons--SpokoekNow, word comes that Djokovic has got his pet dog eating gluten-free, as well. In 'Serve To Win', Djokovic's book about his gluten-free diet, he writes of a marked improvement in his health and well-being since he discovered his intolerance to gluten, and began eating gluten-free.

According to Djokovic, he has even put his dog, Pierre, on a gluten-free diet, and the dog has also become more healthy.

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Dogs can, in fact, react to gluten in pet food. You can read more about that in an earlier article, Gluten and Toxins in Pet Foods: Are they Poisoning Your Pets?

The article discusses gluten in pet foods, and the questionable role in canine diets.

So, maybe Djokovic is making a sensible choice and his dog is reaping the benefits of a gluten-free canine diet. What do you think? Is it crazy to put a dog on a gluten-free diet, or could it be good for the dog? Share your comments below.

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Julie Reinstein
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11 Oct 2013 7:37:47 AM PST
Hi, I am the owner of a 165 lb. Newfoundland named Chloe. I also have 2 children that are gluten-free due to celiac disease. Kudos to Djokovic for having the knowledge to recognize some of the ill effects gluten can have on the canine population. His dog will be healthier and happier as a result.

 
Christine
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14 Oct 2013 1:58:05 PM PST
Good thinking! As a diagnosed Coeliac I've wondered lately if our Fox Terrier Baxter's repeated allergic skin reactions could be gluten, even with the very best veterinary recommended doggy-dietary biscuits. Thanks Djokovic, you've convinced me to give this a go.

 
Lisa
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14 Oct 2013 4:57:35 PM PST
Our rottie threw up every night for 4 years, tried everything, vets no help, I'm gluten free so I tried switching him to gluten free dog food, never threw up again! Enough said!!!

 
Barbara

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14 Oct 2013 7:59:30 PM PST
why would it be crazy to put your dog on a gluten free diet? They can't tell you if their stomach is bothering them. Plus, there is enough junk in dog food as it is.

 
Karen
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15 Oct 2013 6:31:35 AM PST
Years ago it took me quite a while to figure out why my dog had the runs. But doggy runs are a great motivator, soon I discovered it was the wheat. This was before specialized dog food, so I cooked for the dog for years. My next dog also had a condition that I diagnosed as candida, after getting that under control w grain fee diet and probiotics, I had a different dog, a frisky rather than lazy dog.

 
ACurtis
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15 Oct 2013 7:31:34 AM PST
When we went gluten free 5 years ago because of gluten intolerance, I automatically changed both the dog and cat over to a gluten-free diet so there were no issues with cross-contamination. Both animals have been the healthiest I've ever seen a pet, and people who visit can't get over how healthy they look! Not only is grain free good for our pets, but we also need to make sure we're feeding them high, good-quality food and not those made with waste by-products and fillers.




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