|Barked: Mon Apr 8, '13 1:30pm PST |
|I feed a bit of veg with dinner because my dogs seem to benefit from the extra fiber. Usually about 3 unleveled tablespoons over 3/4 - 1 lb of meat, but it's not terribly important. Plus it can't hurt that a lot of veggies have proven health benefits too, although I'm sure being carnivores dogs aren't getting the same amount of benefit we are out of them.
The thing to be aware of is that dogs can only digest well cooked or pureed veggies. Whole, raw veggies come out the same way they went in. Neither way is wrong, but you have to stick to what's appropriate for your situation. I puree since I'm looking for smooth fiber. Poorly chewed chunks of raw broccoli aren't going to give me that. If I were looking to a fill a stomach while encouraging weight loss, I'd be giving whole, raw veg.
If certain health conditions are present, veggies can be your friend or worst enemy. For example, with Vance I needed a lot of extra fiber to absorb the overproduction of bile in his GI tract. But if I had fed raw greens, I would have actually contributed to bile production and made things worse. Fox tends toward allergy/inflammation issues, so if I feed a lot of high-glycemic veggies like carrots and peas, she gets worse.
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