Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Excess Hunger Can Be A Sign Of A Diet Too High In Carbohydrates

Does your pet act STARVED all the time? A good appetite is a sign of a healthy pet, but excess hunger can signal a diet too high in carbohydrates and low in protein. To keep costs down, dry pet food manufacturers use fillers (e.g. rice, grains, legumes) as a source of calories. But pets need protein for good health. Diets that are low in protein and high in carbohydrates can spike a pet’s insulin resulting in a drop in blood sugar. Excess carbohydrates contribute to obesity and a still hungrier pet. You can help your pet lose weight and feel less hungry by feeding 2 - 3 meals of a higher protein diet (preferably raw frozen made with meat or poultry) and add in green vegetables for fiber to help pets feel more full. Freeze-dried raw treats given during the day (rather than high carb biscuits made with flour) can help too.