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Sources of Dietary Fiber for Dogs

Perhaps the awareness of the benefits of fiber in human diets has prompted pet owners to ask about its benefits in pet foods. Once described as “filler” or “bulk,” fiber has gained recognition for the beneficial effect it has on the gastrointestinal system.

Fiber is difficult for the digestive system to break down and use, but despite its limited digestibility, fiber does have benefits for dogs:

Sources of dietary fiber in dog food:

In assessing the role of fiber in a dog’s diet, the old adage "more is not better" holds true. Excessive dietary fiber is associated with adverse effects such as loose stools, flatulence (or gas), and increased stool volume or density. Reputable dog food manufacturers formulate diets to provide balanced nutrition with proper levels of fiber in the diet.