You’d do just about anything for those big sweet eyes and that dopey grin, including spending money on the best, most nutrient-dense pet foods. But if you want to make sure your pet actually gets those benefits (rather than them just ending up in a poop bag), it helps to understand a little about how dogs digest food and how supplements can help.
Their small intestines are really SMALL.
And honestly, so are their “large” intestines. When it comes to digestion, we have a big advantage over our canine associates —in that we’re just bigger. Because nutrient absorption happens in the intestines, your dog has less time to get the most out of their food.
Pick foods that go down easy.
One thing you can do is start looking for dog foods without hard-to-digest ingredients. Things to avoid include corn, wheat, soy and meat by-products.
Listen to their animal instincts.
Your dog’s ancestors needed super acidic stomachs to let them gobble up meat (bones and all) on the run. By giving them a diet high in protein, you’re working with what their stomach does best — not against it. Dogs don’t have the enzymes to break down plant matter, so veggies will basically just pass through, undigested, unless they have a little extra help – like a digestive supplement.
Digestive aids are a dog’s best friend.
Digestives enzymes are key for breaking down food to unlock vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients (especially as pets age and produce less of their own enzymes). Probiotics flood the system with beneficial bacteria that assist in digestion and nutrient absorption. Together, these supplements help your dog break down, synthesize and assimilate their food so they get more nutrients than ever before.