Humans often think of carbs as bad, but that simply isn’t true. They’re a very important part of your diet and your dog’s diet as well. Without carbs, your body wouldn’t function properly. They’re the main fuel source for nearly every function.
Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are all sources of healthy carbohydrates. It’s a good thing they’re so common in foods, because they’ll make up a large percentage of your dog’s diet. About 50-60% of their food should come in the form of carbs.
Make sure you’re always checking the back of dog food bags before purchasing. There are percentages on the back that tell you how much of each macro is present. It doesn’t just have to be in their kibble though. There are a wide variety of foods you can share with your dog or use as treats, but we’ll get to those a little later.
So, for what reasons is this macro so important?
Produce isn’t only full of healthy carbs, it’s also full of fibre! About 5% of the carbs in a bag of dog food will consist of fibre. It’s important to help maintain the digestive system and to keep bowel movement regular. This helps to prevent bloating and stomach upset.
Eating healthy, unprocessed carbohydrates can help to prevent weight gain. Vegetables aren’t just good for you, they’re good for your dog too! The fibre in carbs will help keep your dog feeling fuller longer, so they’re less likely to overeat or beg for scraps. They’re also low in calories, but nutrient dense and full of water, so they can snack on more without you having to worry about them gaining weight.
As we said before, carbs are fuel for the body. Have you ever skipped breakfast and then felt sluggish? That’s because your body didn’t have what it needed during the day! The same goes for your dog. All of that running and playing takes energy. They need to fill up too so that they’re ready to go.