Most commercial dog foods provide an adequate amount of fiber for a dog’s diet, but at times a vet will recommend adding fiber to your old dog’s diet. When recommended, here are sources of healthy fiber for dogs, courtesy of Dogington Post.
Apples are also very rich in fiber and many other good nutrients, and your dog can eat them. Make sure to remove the core and the seeds, because the seeds contain bits of cyanide which can be toxic to your dog. Your dog may choose from either red or green apples for his diet and unsweetened applesauce can also work for your dog’s kibble.
Canned pumpkin that is unseasoned is also good for your dog. Spoon some on your dog’s food, around ½ teaspoon for smaller dogs and around 1 tablespoon for medium-sized and bigger dogs. It helps relieve them from constipation and diarrhea and even has a good taste. They can also be put in ice cube trays on the fridge, and then put in freezer bags.
Brown rice is also rich in fiber, and even has three times the fiber of regular white rice. Make it a family meal and give some to your dog as a topper on his kibble. You can also put plain broth as a flavoring.
Vegetables are also helpful in establishing a good fiber diet for your dog. Use them as treats (e.g. carrot sticks, green beans, peas, etc.) or mix them with your dog’s meal. However, DO NOT feed him canned vegetables because these contain a lot of sodium, which is known to be harmful to pets. You can try the ready-made mixed vegetables which are normally frozen and easily cooked, as they are low in sodium content. Chicken broth can also be added to put flavor, especially if your dog is a picky eater and likes flavored food.” Learn more about fiber in your dog’s diet here.
The right amount of healthy fiber for dogs can help prevent gastrointestinal problems that are common in old dogs. Know what these problems are and how fiber can help solve them by clicking here.