Sunday, May 21, 2017

Is Your Dog Always Starved? How To Help Your Ravenous Dog Feel More Satiated

Does your pet act STARVED all the time? Always looking for food? While a good appetite is a sign of a healthy pet, never feeling satisfied can also be indicative of a diet that is too high in carbohydrates. Say what? To keep costs down, most pet foods use fillers such as potatoes, rice, grains and legumes. This is especially true in dry dog food. Ever eat just cereal or a pastry for breakfast and find you are starved an hour later? Same concept. Diets high in carbohydrates cause your pet's insulin to spike causing a drop in blood sugar which creates excess hunger. Insulin spikes lead to excess hunger and excess eating which contributes to obesity. Protein on the other hand is more stabilizing and keeps your pet's blood sugar regulated.

Here are three tips to help keep your pet feel more satisfied:

1) Add green vegetables to meals. You can purée them for small or finicky pets. Green vegetables are low glycemic fiber which helps your pet feel more full and helps regulate blood sugar.

2) Feed at least two regularly scheduled meals each day. If possible give your pet some treats or a small lunch.

3) Increase the protein in your pet's diet. Look at the label on your pet's food. If it's dry food, then your pet may be getting too many carbs and not enough protein. Be sure to add some high quality grain-free canned food or ideally raw frozen food. Limit or eliminate dry kibble if possible. Freeze dried raw food is also high in protein and a little goes a long way.