Fiber is something of a filler element in the human diet and was looked upon as a good factor to include in a diet that one wanted to go on to add on some bulk; however, the equation has changed to accommodate the needs of pampered pooches today – and fiber is increasingly being considered the best thing after sliced bread for your dog’s diet now!
Yes, the nutritional value of fiber cannot be emphasized enough and for it to be included in your dog’s daily diet is as important for the animal’s well being as it has been for the master’s – so it is being realized by medical science today. A part of carbohydrates, fiber takes time to be digested by the body and therefore the amount of fiber to be consumed on a daily basis needed to be controlled and balanced for it to have any good effects on the health of a human as well as a dog’s; excess fiber can actually have undesirable effects as it’s hard to digest so the system way get out of gear for a while.
Therefore, it is advisable to speak with your vet about the exact benefits of fiber and how much would be too much for your dog, depending on his breed, amount of exercise he undertakes, weight, age and other factors that can affects a dog’s diet.
If your dog is a bit on the chubby side, you may consider the goodness of fiber in his diet to loss that excess baggage and to also ensure a long and healthy life for your furry friend; of course, it is not a miracle food and for fiber to have any good results as a weight loss trigger factor, it does need to be combined with good exercise and all round balanced meal planning.
But, what is important to remember is that fiber ensures your dog feels full and contented without the bane of having to fill him up with calorie-rich foods, so just a little extra fiber in your dog’s diet can help him attain that desired weight though you do have to maintain a record of the right proportion of it in the meal.
Too much fiber in the human or animal diet can result in problems for the digestive system that can cause constipation also; dogs that are advanced in age typically suffer these problems more than their younger kinds, therefore it is usually not recommended for older dogs.
Just for the record, fiber is filling because it absorbs water that gives the impression of the intestines being filled-up, so the right proportion will help bowel movements become regularized and of the right consistency and prevent the problem of loose or messy stools.
Research has also suggested that one form of diabetes mellitus can be controlled by including fiber in the diet as it works to slow down the absorption of sugar from the intestine; but whatever else it can do, a dog’s diet can definitely be enriched with quality, hygienically prepared fiber-rich foods such as rice bran, apple, peanut hulls, beet pulp and soybean hulls besides oats (in moderation).