Millet is a gluten-free cereal crop which has been a major food source for humans and other animals for more than 7,000 years.
Initially domesticated in arid climates such as East Asia, South Asia, West Africa, and East Africa, the various species of millet are now grown the world over.
Contrary to popular belief, millet is not a grain. Millet is officially known as a pseudo-cereal. That is to say, it is a non-grass (cereals are grasses) which is used in much the same way as a cereal.
Nutrients in millet
High in fibre and protein, millet is a good source of vitamin B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9. That’s riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and folate to you and I.
Millet is also a good source of magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, iron and is particularly rich in manganese.
Benefits of millet for dogs
One of nature’s least allergenic foods, millet is a healthy carbohydrate choice for hypoallergenic dogs with sensitive tummies.
Gluten-free and easier to digest than wheat, millet is not just good for wild birds. It’s a major source of food for human. And, used in moderation, it’s even good for dogs too. Providing it’s not used to replace more canine-appropriate bioavailable sources of protein, millet can be a nice addition to any dogs diet.
As a canine nutritionist, I am often asked to devise recipes for dogs with hypoallergenic sensitivities.
In that regard, millet is excellent for dogs who suffer from allergies.