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Features November 2017 Issue

The Right Amount of Fiber in Your Dog’s Diet

Should you be adding fiber to your dog’s diet with more vegetables and other produce?

The Right Amount of Fiber in Your Dog’s Diet

Should you be adding more fiber to your pet's food than what's already there?

Since we’re in the middle of fall, let’s start this discussion about fiber with pumpkins. Dog owners, as well as veterinarians, often add pumpkin to pets’ diets to increase the food’s fiber content, according to the head of the Clinical Nutrition Service at the Tufts Cummings School, Lisa Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN. She hears it all the time, she writes on Tufts’s Petfoodology site ( Most commonly, they report to her that they add anywhere from a quarter teaspoon to two tablespoons of pumpkin to their dog’s chow. What does that amount of fiber do?

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