What is it about high fiber dog foods that help keep your dog healthy? Well diabetic dogs needs a diet that is high in fiber but low in glucose or simple sugar.High fiber diets consists of two types of fiber namely soluble and insoluble fibers.
Insoluble fibers are from the “woody”part of vegetation that are not well absorbed in the intestinal tract and because of this they tend to build up and push any other food quickly through the tract and out as waste. Thus there’s less time for absorption of any simple sugar still in the intestinal tract. Examples of Insoluble fibers would include green beans, dark green leafy vegetables, fruit skins of apples and pears, root vegetable skins, whole-wheat products, brans (wheat, corn bran).
The other type of fiber is soluble fiber it is the type you find in fruits, vegetables and cereal grains. These fibers don’t build up instead they form gels which slows down glucose absorption, but they don’t speed up digestion. This is also good for diabetic dogs because they do need some amount of sugar absorption. can dogs eat pears Good examples of soluble fiber will include oat/oat bran, dried beans and peas, nuts, barley, the meat of fruits like apples and pears, and some vegetables such as carrots.
Take note that not all fibers are the same but all fibers are good for dogs with diabetes. If you do make your own dog food just remember to consult with your vet once in a while to make sure you are getting the right mix of nutrients for your beloved pet. When looking for high fiber, commercial dog food should be made especially for diabetic dogs or should have all natural ingredients. As Studies have shown that a dog’s blood sugar is can be significantly lowered in dogs that eat a high fiber diet (“Effect of dietary insoluble fiber on control of glycemia in dogs with naturally acquired diabetes mellitus.” J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1998 Feb 1;212(3):380-6).