Wheat Germ for Dogs-Is There Room in a Grain Free Diet?

When choosing healthy supplements for your dog, you may not want to overlook wheat germ oil simply because it is sourced from wheat.  Wheat germ oil is packed with healthy nutrition that can help improve the quality of life for your dog. 


Since the processing of wheat germ removes wheat protein, wheat germ oil does not contain wheat or gluten, the culprits that cause allergic reactions. 


However, for dogs that are highly allergic to wheat, since there is no way to know how the wheat germ oil was processed or if it contains traces of gluten, you should avoid it.


What is wheat germ oil?


Wheat germ oil is an essential fatty acid sourced from the embryo of the wheat kernel and is rich in vitamins E, K, B6, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and many other essential nutrients.  Wheat germ oil is 100% fat free and contains no protein*, carbohydrates, sugars, or dietary fibers.


How can wheat germ oil help my dog?


The health benefits of wheat germ oil for dogs include:


  • Improve coat condition, making in shiny and healthy.
  • Reduce itchy, red and inflamed skin conditions.
  • Is healthy source of essential fatty acids.
  • Essential fatty acids may prevent heart disease.
  • Essential fatty acids also help fight some forms of cancer.
  • Essential fatty acids help keeps joints lubricated and healthy and may help prevent arthritis.
  • Essential fatty acids help reduce inflammation and fight free radicals
  • Antioxidant that destroys free radicals.
  • Support the muscles, organs, heart, lung and eyes.
  • Combined with a healthy diet can help prevent autoimmune diseases.
  • Strengthen and improve the skin barrier.


Wheat germ oil can help reduce itchy skin


If your dog suffers from atopic dermatitis, the essential fatty acids found in wheat germ oil can help reduce inflammation and form a protective barrier on the dog’s itchy skin.


According to a study in Veterinary Journal in Munich, Germany:


“Individual improvements in lesion and itchiness scores were significantly higher for dogs that received PUFAs and essential oils, and more of those dogs also showed a 50 percent or greater improvement in itchiness. Significantly more placebo-treated dogs deteriorated over the eight weeks (hopefully at the end of the study those poor dogs were also given the PUFAs/essential oils treatment). 

No adverse effects were observed from the PUFAs and essential oils treatment.”


Tapeworm treatment


Wheat germ oil can also help prevent tape worm infestations.  According to Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health, wheat germ oil is a fantastic “tape worm discourager.”  Simply add ½ to 1 teaspoon of wheat germ oil per meal as a homeopathic remedy for tapeworms.


What Germ Dosage for Dogs:


Up to 50 pounds – 1/2 teaspoon daily


Over 50 pounds: 1 teaspoon daily


When purchasing wheat germ oil, always look for 100% pure oil that is free from soybean or any other oils, and preferably organic so it will be free of pesticides.  Store in the refriderator.



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