Do dogs need fibre in their diet?

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    skotta
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    I´ve heard that dogs don´t need fibre in their food. In almost every dog food there is fibre of some kind. Do you know if that´s true. I feed my dogs with Acana, and they are healty and their coat is shiny.
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    theBCnut
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    In the wild, dogs would eat some of the hairs from their prey and this would act as fiber. Some dogs do not need fiber, but some do. If your dog strains to defecate or has anal gland issue, then your dog needs fiber. If you are feeding kibble then you are definitely feeding fiber. Some fibers are even very beneficial because probiotics feed off of them. However, if the kibble is made up of mostly plant matter, your dog is likely getting way more fiber than it could possibly need. I think Acana has a pretty good balance of ingredients, however they are about to change up their formulas and add more peas, beans, and lentils, which are all high fiber foods, so you may see an increase in gas and stool volume.

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    Shasta220
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    I do personally believe dogs would need an amount of fiber. Agreed with Patty- hair (or feathers) would act like fiber in a wild canine’s diet. Also, I’d tend to think that a canine would consume the prey’s stomach, and therefore would get any fibrous vegetation from inside.
    It definitely is WAY easier to get too much fiber vs too little, as almost all kibble is plant-based

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