Why Fiber is Good for Your Dog or Cat
You already know that fiber is important to humans because it helps maintain a healthy digestive tract. The same holds true for dogs and cats. They also need fiber in their diets to help keep their own digestive systems in good working order.
Fiber comes in two varieties: soluble and insoluble. The former helps push through the digestive system digested particles and hair that your dog or cat might ingest when grooming. It also adds bulk to stool, helps prevent constipation and can assist in weight loss because it helps Fido or Kitty feel full on much fewer calories.
Insoluble fiber is much like its soluble cousin. It has all of the same characteristics as soluble fiber, but is also prone to fermentation. This means that it is prebiotic and has the ability to keep the good bacteria living in the digestive tract alive so that they can aid in the digestive process.
One form of insoluble fiber that often gets used in dog and cat food is beet pulp, which is what remains of a sugar beet once the sugar has been extracted. Beet pulp helps maintain stool solidity, bulk and moisture content. It also helps to move digested particles through the bowel at a moderate rate, which reduces the chance of constipation and diarrhea.
Beet pulp can be especially helpful in the treatment of such conditions as colitis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and overgrowth of bacteria harmful to the digestive system. It may even be a helpful ally in the fight against cancer, as it can work to eliminate toxins and abnormal conditions in the digestive tract that can lead to the disease.
The DVMs (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) at Austin Pet and Bird Clinic are happy to talk to you in greater depth about how fiber can help your dog or cat maintain optimum health. Our experts can give your furry friend a thorough checkup to make the best possible recommendations. Your pet gives you the gift of joy every day. Shouldn’t you give your pet the gift of health in return?
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