Supplementing your dog’s diet with fiber is usually recommended by the vet in many cases: to help it lose weight if it is an overweight dog, to fight diabetes or treat diarrhea, in case of constipation or other intestinal problems. Apparently, as with humans, your dogs can also benefit greatly from dietary fiber.
Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that is not digested by the body (note that some animals digest carbohydrates better than others, and dogs not particularly inclined to do so). The fibers manage to pass more or less intact through the digestive system.
So if the fiber cannot be digested by the body, why does it bring benefits? Because moderate amounts of fiber can bring many benefits throughout their gastrointestinal journey. Here are the most important:
– Improve digestive function: fiber has an incredible ability to regulate digestive function. It can help draw water in the intestine to combat constipation and can help absorb water in case of diarrhea. Increases the dog’s stool volume, helping to ensure normal bowel function. Be careful though: too many fibers can cause foul smelling gases. It is always important to slowly increase the fibers and always get advice from your veterinarian.
– Reduce blood sugar levels: fiber helps keep the dog’s blood sugar levels in a normal range, helping to prevent obesity and canine diabetes.
– Satiety effect: the fiber takes up a lot of volume in the dog’s stomach, and since it is not digested, it can be used to help the dog’s sense of satiety at 0 calories. That’s why fiber is often an important ingredient in dog food in order to help it lose weight.
Obviously, the dog will also need carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
But how much fiber can the dog eat? Since fiber content above 10% can be potentially problematic, it is important to choose dog feed with a fiber content (or raw cellulose) within 6%.
One of the alternatives for getting your dog to ingest the natural fibers he needs is to use feed that is already rich in fiber. However, you can decide to include the following foods in your diet:
– Whole grains (oats, rice): Try adding these fibers to your dog’s feed. Moistening it with a little water will facilitate digestion.
– Apple: This fruit is extremely rich in fiber, and is therefore ideal in these cases. However, be careful with the quantities, because an excessive dose could be harmful to the animal. Also avoid letting them ingest the seeds of the fruit, which could be toxic.
– Cooked pumpkin: Here is another perfect food for our goal, if given in small doses. You can incorporate a spoonful of pumpkin into its daily meal.
– Vegetables and legumes (peas, carrots or green beans): Once cooked, you can add them to your dog’s feed.
Another faster way to integrate fiber into your dog’s diet is to use 2G PET FOOD complementary foods: DIET FLAKES and DIET FLAKES HERBS. They are special natural mixtures of cereals, legumes and vegetables, ideal as a supplement to fiber with every dog meal. They consist of selected raw materials, in the total absence of by-products, dyes, flavorings and preservatives.
They are quick to add to the meal, because they are already steamed and dehydrated. Just add them to the normal daily ration from 10% to 25%, moisten them with water or broth and serve.
If you are away from home, try the new FIBER BREAK bars. A tasty pocket snack to always carry with you to satisfy your dog’s hunger. A natural bar, made only with top quality ingredients for a dose of extra fiber, essential for proper intestinal functioning.