Do Dogs Need Fiber?

You may notice a difference for yourself if you aren't getting enough fiber, but what about your pup? There's a tendency to focus on fat, protein and carbohydrates in dog food, but Fido needs fiber in his diet, too. Fiber helps regulate how his digestive tract processes his food.

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Why Fido Needs Fiber

Fiber isn't digestible and tends to have little nutritional value, but it's important to Fido's digestive process. It increases water and bulk in the intestines' contents, either slowing or speeding how quickly food passes through the digestive tract. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and encourages smooth passage of food to the digestive tract; insoluble fiber makes food pass through the tract at a faster pace. If Fido could use a bit more soluble fiber in his diet, you have a wide variety of options.

Healthy Soluble Fiber Sources

Fruits and vegetables containing soluble fiber include root tubers and vegetables, pumpkin, carrots, apples, pears and beans. Other fiber sources include oats, rye, flaxseeds, psyllium husk, barley, and some legumes. Please visit our reference links below for more details on the types of fiber that will keep Fido in tip top shape.

By Betty Lewis


References

WebMD: Dietary Fiber: Insoluble and Soluble Fiber
The Whole Dog Journal: The Facts You Need Before Feeding Your Dog a Fiber Regiment
Healthy Pets: Is Your Pet Getting Too Much Dietary Fiber ... or Not Enough?

About the Author
Betty Lewis has been writing professionally since 2000, specializing in animal care and issues, business analysis and homeland security. Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University as well as master’s degrees from Old Dominion University and Tulane University.