Features January 2018 Issue

Dog Food Digestibility Levels Matter

To calculate digestibility, researchers analyze the nutrient content in the food that is consumed and in the feces that are excreted.

Dog Food Digestibility Levels Matter

A lab test may find that your dog’s food contains all the nutrients she needs – but are they present in an adequately digestible form? And, if so, wouldn’t a dog food maker want to advertise that?

What is digestibility and why does it matter? Digestibility reflects a food’s ability to deliver essential nutrients to the dog who eats it. This ultimately affects not only defecation quantity and quality (how much your dog poops and how the poop looks and smells), and a dog’s propensity for flatulence (no explanation needed), but more importantly, a dog’s long-term health and wellness. The graphic on this page summarizes how digestibility is measured using feeding trials with dogs.

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