Where cats are obligate carnivores, dogs are omnivores. Evolution alongside humans have given dogs the ability – and need – to digest fibers such as grain.
Where it was once considered unhealthy and useless for dogs, studies are starting to show that having a little fiber in your dog’s diet might be essential to their wellbeing.
What Is Fiber For?
Fiber isn’t the most digestible thing in the world, but it does convey the following benefits:
1. Reduces constipation, much in the same way it does in humans.
2. Makes a dog feel fuller faster with fewer calories. Good for dogs who need to lose weight!
3. Ensures that your dog’s bowel movements are smooth and easy.
How Can I Add More Fiber To My Dog’s Diet?
Your dog doesn’t actually need a lot of fiber – so don’t go piling up their bowls with veggies just yet. This might actually cause more harm than good. Some of the side effects include:
1. Increased flatulence.
2. Loose stools.
3. More excrement.
Instead, find yourself a reputable dog food manufacturer. (Your vet can advise you.) Most commercial dog food products already include some sort of grain as a filler. One that is properly balanced for dogs will already contain the right amount of nutrition and fiber from the getgo!
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