Happy Dog vet, Carina Mederle, explains why feeding your dog on a highly-digestible diet is so important. A diet with very ‘high-digestibility’ guarantees that the nutrients in the food can be easily absorbed and used by the body without having to go through complicated digestive and metabolic processes. The higher the digestibility, the less metabolic ‘waste’ products there are to put the body under pressure. High digestibility is important for your dog’s health and will ensure he absorbs all the nutrients he needs for optimum health and vitality.
Small feeding amount
Small faecal volume (‘Less Poop to Scoop’)
Good faecal consistency
Digestibility is not wholly due to the type and quality of food but also dependent on the individual animal itself. In very nervous or older animals, digestibility can be reduced because of an excessively fast intestinal transit or a decrease in function of the digestive organs.
It’s important to note that a complete food cannot be 100% digestible because a proportion of insoluble fibre is necessary for the passage of food to ensure the maximum absorption of nutrients.
Moreover, of course, health problems like parasites, pancreatitis, etc. can have a negative influence on the digestibility. A food with high-digestibility is especially important to sensitive dogs that suffer from digestive issues.
Feed Your Dog a Highly Digestible Diet for ‘Less Poop to Scoop’
- by Hugo Griffiths
- October 20, 2015
- 2 min read