List of Soluble Fiber for Dogs

by Betty Lewis
    Oats are a source of soluble fiber for dogs.

    Oats are a source of soluble fiber for dogs.

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    You may notice a difference for yourself if you aren't getting enough fiber, but what about your pup? There's a tendency to focus on fat, protein and carbohydrates in dog food, but Jax needs fiber in his diet, too. Fiber helps regulate how his digestive tract processes his food.

    Fiber isn't digestible and tends to have little nutritional value, but it's important to Jax's digestive process. It increases water and bulk in the intestines' contents, either slowing or speeding how quickly food passes through the digestive tract. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and encourages smooth passage of food to the digestive tract; insoluble fiber makes food pass through the tract at a faster pace. If Jax could use a bit more soluble fiber in his diet, you have a wide variety of options. Fruits and vegetables containing soluble fiber include root tubers and vegetables, pumpkin, carrots, apples, pears and beans. Other fiber sources include oats, rye, flaxseeds, psyllium husk, barley, some legumes and nuts.

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    About the Author

    Betty Lewis is a writer and editor specializing in pet care, animals, careers and emergency management. She previously ran an animal shelter, where she also served as a kennel attendant and dog trainer. Lewis holds a bachelor's degree in journalism, an M.B.A. and a master's degree in professional studies.

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