What is Wheat Gluten?

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Our question this week was:

What is Wheat Gluten? I keep hearing about it in the media but don't understand the difference between it and melamine.

Ann Palmer

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Hi – thanks for your email. Wheat gluten is the gluten of wheat. Gluten is a protein component contained in wheat and other grains that gives "elasticity" to dough. It is a common ingredient when making bread dough. You can sort of think of the wheat gluten like a flour.

Melamine is a chemical substance that is used to make plastics such as countertops, glue and fabrics. It is not a component of any type of pet food.

Melamine was in the shipment of wheat gluten thus contaminating the wheat gluten. There are tons of unanswered questions from here as to how, why, etc.

Thanks for your question.


Dr. Debra





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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.