Your Pets on Fiber

Have your pets ever had stomach problems? Constipation? Or even diarrhea? Most likely, it means your pets need some fiber but you should always consult with your veterinarian first. 

There are many health conditions that can arise in your canine and feline friends if they aren’t receiving a well-balanced diet (this includes fiber), exercise, and love!  Some of these include obesity and diabetes. If their health issues can be solved with fiber, it’s super easy and delicious to incorporate some fiber into their diets. Da-dada-da! Fiber to the rescue! 

Cats & Dogs are Just Different

When it comes to fiber, and a lot of other things, cats and dogs are different. It may surprise you, but your canine companions are actually omnivores and cats are strictly carnivorous. This means, dogs actually need more fiber in their diets than cats. It also makes it easier to give them fiber since their bodies are made to digest protein and plants. 

Now, my cat lovers may be asking themselves, “So does my cat need fiber???

The answer isn’t as simple as yes or no. First, you need to consider their lifestyles. Are they an outdoor cat getting constant exercise or are they an indoor cat who’s on the sleepier side? 

If you have an outdoor cat hunting birds and other small prey, they don’t need additional fiber in their diets. They actually get enough fiber from the prey they eat! But if you know your outdoor adventurer doesn’t hunt because she has food at home, then they can use some fiber. 

Under all conditions, indoor cats benefit from adding some fiber into their diets. Indoor cats are more prone to obesity than outdoor cats because they aren’t as active. But remember, cat’s diets should remain mostly meat protein so they don’t need a lot of fiber. Just enough to provide hunger satisfaction!  

Now that we understand the basics, let’s discuss how fiber in your pets can prevent and manage obesity and diabetes. 

Obesity and Diabetes in Your Pets

In the United States alone, 25%-30% of the dog pup-ulation are diagnosed with obesity. For our feline friends, it is approximately 30%-35%. That’s a cat-astrophe! 

Obesity happens for our little fluff-balls the same way as it happens for us humans: eating overly processed foods and not getting enough exercise. 

Studies have shown diets high in fiber and low in fat dramatically help your dogs lose weight compared to high protein diets. Fiber is a major key component of a healthy pet lifestyle. 

Fiber helps manage body weight by making you and your pets feel fuller for longer. So, there’s less overeating and more hunger satisfaction. Soluble fiber slows down digestion by creating gel like substance in your and your pets stomach. That’s why we all feel fuller with fiber! 

Fiber also helps your pets avoid spikes in blood sugar, and can even help treat diabetes!

Now since diabetes is more common in older pets, your vet may recommend exercise, insulin injections, and an improved diet (including more fiber). Fiber helps manage diabetes in your pets by slowing the absorption of glucose and improving blood sugar levels. All these are essential for managing diabetes. 

How Do I Give My Pets Fiber?

You may be asking yourself, “How do I give my pets more fiber???”

Fortunately, there are a lot of pet foods out there that contain fiber. Unfortunately, the fiber can be just as processed as the food itself. It’s important to read labels and research how to identify which pet foods contain harmful by-products, and which have good nutrients in them. 

The best kind of fiber for your pets are plant-based! This includes sweet potatoes, pumpkin puree, and green beans. Throw in some steamed veggies or puree into their meals next time. But be careful not to give them too much fiber too quickly! As with any fiber, too much can cause constipation, bloating, and diarrhea.

Also, don’t forget,  cats and dogs have different dietary needs. Although, cats can still eat some plant-based fiber foods, dogs can eat much more than cats. Check out the list below!

“Did that list say psyllium husk fiber powder???” It sure did! 

Psyllium husk is all natural which means it’s safe for your pets. But do NOT give them flavored psyllium husk powder. We recommend our Naturlax™ Pure Psyllium Husk Fiber Powder for your constipated pets. 

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LET’S REVIEW

Fiber is your pet’s best friend when it comes to constipation, diabetes, and weight loss. Dogs need more fiber than cats and can eat a lot more fiber enriched foods because they are omnivores. Depending on the lifestyle of your cat, they may or may not need additional fiber added to their diets. 

And as always, check with your vet for your pet’s best bet!

Fiber & Safer Pregnancies

Fiber is important for everyone, but especially if you’re pregnant!  On average, a high-fiber diet supports weight loss, lowers blood pressure, prevents constipation, and lowers your risk of heart disease. If you are pregnant, a high-fiber diet will do all these things and more! 

Constant Constipation

“high-fiber diets in pregnancies helps avoids constipation and hemorrhoids”

For those who are pregnant, their body will undergo dramatic changes to make room for the baby. The body will experience organ displacement as the baby grows larger, which may cause some constipation. A study found high-fiber diets in pregnancies helps avoid constipation and hemorrhoids during this time.  So, to relieve any constipation, try some fiber, but not too much! Ease into it and drink plenty of fluids along the way. 

Although, constipation is a quick fix, there are other conditions that can occur during some pregnancies like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Keep reading to find out why these aren’t great to have. 

Pregnancy Diabetes and High-Blood Pressure!

If you didn’t know before, there is a specific type of diabetes that occurs only when a person is pregnant. This is called gestational diabetes and occurs within 2% to 10% of pregnancies every year! Usually this kind of diabetes leaves with pregnancy or it may turn into type 2 diabetes!

Fortunately, if you are planning to get pregnant, you are able to prevent these outcomes before they start! As always, we recommend speaking with your doctor to find the options that best fit you. 

To prevent gestational diabetes, make sure you are at a healthy weight before getting pregnant and getting constant physical activity. And remember, fiber is a great way for you to control your weight!

“What if I’ve already been diagnosed with gestational diabetes?”

Well, it can be managed by checking your blood sugar, eating a healthy and well-balanced diet (this involves a high-fiber diet), getting moderate physical activity, and monitoring your baby’s health with a doctor. 

Now, on to the next condition. 

Preeclampsia occurs during pregnancy spiking up a person’s blood pressure. In fact, 1 out of every 20 pregnancies will experience this condition in the third trimester! The most common cure is delivery but luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to prevent it!

It’s No Secret, it’s Just Fiber!

“high-fiber diets significantly reduced a pregnancy’s risk of experiencing preeclampsia in their third trimester by 67%!”

As soon as your first trimester, it is recommended to start eating more fiber! The majority of the U.S. population’s fiber consumption is below the recommended standard, so quit slacking! As we’ve discussed in previous blog post, it is recommended for men and women to consume 20-38 grams of fiber a day. This is around where most studies have determined what is a high-fiber diet for pregnancies. And believe me, you’ll know when you’ve had enough!

One study found high-fiber diets significantly reduced a pregnancy’s risk of experiencing preeclampsia in their third trimester by 67%! That’s over half!

Even by adding two slices of whole-grain bread into their daily diet found to reduce the risk by 14%. Thats, near half…

The Many Shapes and Forms of Fiber

You may be asking yourself, “how do I get more fiber into my diet?”.

Luckily there a lot of the foods you probably already eat that contain high amounts of fiber. But remember, it’s important to ease your way into fiber and always drink plenty of fluids with your fiber. Do as your doctor recommends! 

Some high fiber foods include fruits, veggies, beans and legumes, and nuts but if all these make you sick, try natural fiber supplements like Naturlax!  

At Naturlax, our fiber supplements are naturally derived from the husks of the Plantago ovata plant, safe enough for your pregnancies and but still effective. Some studies even recommended natural fiber supplements, like psyllium, for those who are pregnant and struggle to achieve a high-fiber diet. 

Pop Quiz! Just Kidding, Let’s Review!

Let’s review what we learned today: fiber is especially important for those who are pregnant. Among the benefits fiber already provides, fiber can also help manage gestational diabetes and prevent preeclampsia. Fiber is easy to find in anyway grocery store! But it’s also easy and effective to try natural fiber supplements.

Enough fiber a day, can keep these conditions away!