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Study roundup: Adding Inulin to a raw diet improves canine digestion

21/01/2022
Published article:https://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/abs/10.2460/ajvr.73.7.1016Effects of inulin or yeast cell-wall extract on nutrient digestibility, faecal fermentative end-product concentrations, and blood metabolite concentrations in adult dogs fed raw meat–based diets Where and When:Dept of Animal Sciences, University of IllinoisPublished July 2012 American Journal of Veterinary Research4/5month Dietary Intervention StudyAuthors: Alison N. Beloshapka, MS; Laura M. Duclos, PhD; Brittany M. Vester Boler, PhD; Kelly S. Swanson, PhD Question in research: Does […]

Published article:
https://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/abs/10.2460/ajvr.73.7.1016
Effects of inulin or yeast cell-wall extract on nutrient digestibility, faecal fermentative end-product concentrations, and blood metabolite concentrations in adult dogs fed raw meat–based diets

Where and When:
Dept of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois
Published July 2012 American Journal of Veterinary Research
4/5month Dietary Intervention Study
Authors: Alison N. Beloshapka, MS; Laura M. Duclos, PhD; Brittany M. Vester Boler, PhD; Kelly S. Swanson, PhD


Question in research: Does adding Inulin or a yeast extract to a canine raw diet provide benefits to the dogs, and if so what benefits?

Study Participants: 6 Healthy Adult female dogs, aged 6months - 5yrs, Housed in the same un-variable conditions.

What they did:
Participants were fed a certain diet for 21 days
6 diets in rotation including : Raw Beef & Raw Chicken, both meat with Inulin and both meats with Yeast Cell Wall extract. Day 0-14 transition, 15-21 measurements collections.

What was measured:
Blood, Urine and Faecal output, Microbiota and SCFA’s (Short chain fatty acids).

Findings:
Low stool volume observed. Faecal scores considered ’’desirable’’.
Body weights did not change.

Results:
Results suggested the raw meat–based diets evaluated were highly digestible in dogs.
An increase in faecal short-chain fatty acid concentrations was achieved when inulin and YCW extract were included. There was a higher ‘’significant’’ increase in Short Chain Fatty Acids when the dogs were fed Beef with the added inulin. Which is great for the dog.

Is having more SCFA’s good for dogs?
Yes. They are biologically known to be of benefit and need. These fatty acids play a role in weight loss, diabetes, IBS and colon health, even inhibiting cancer cells in the colon.1

Caroline Griffith

1 https://muenstermilling.com/short-chain-fatty-acids-come/

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