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Keto for Dogs?
June 17, 2020
Keto for Dogs?
How the Keto diet is good for dogs
Low Carb DietsDogs and humans have lived along side each other for thousands of years. Humans have shared with their pet dogs throughout this history.
It feels natural to think that what's good for us is good for them. But this is where I get concerned. We're omnivores, dogs are omnivorous carnivores. We're not the same. BUT is just so happens that neither omnivores nor carnivores should be consuming massive amounts of processed foods or carbohydrates. So, in this instance of seeking out a low carbohydrate diet for ourselves and projecting it onto our pets, I couldn't be happier!
The Ancestral diet for dogs ( aka the Paleo for humans) promotes feeding low carbohydrate, with high species appropriate proteins and moderate fats. This is a HUGE step in the right direction to feeding a dog (and cat) what it's designed to be fed!
But an even BETTER AND BIGGER step in the right direction is the Keto diet.
This diet is made up of high fat content, moderate protein content, and very low carb content.
The goal is to get the animal into a state of ketosis (this is NOT to be confused with diabetic ketoacidoses.)
Ketosis is a natural metabolic state where the body uses fat as its primary fuel source.
When an animal is in a state of ketosis, there are many benefits:
- Reduced inflammation
- Improved fat burning and weight loss
- Blood sugar balancing, especially for diabetic animals
- Improves insulin sensitivity
- Suppresses hunger hormone ghrelin
- Fewer cravings
- Increased and longer-lasting energy
- Improve liver health
- Less risk of chronic diseases
- Help with epilepsy and neurodegenerative disorders
- Mitochondrial biogenesis (meaning increased production of mitochondria)
- Cancer cell shrinkage, and cancer tumor shrinkage
Yep, you read that last one right!
Click here for a deeper look into the K9 Ketosis diet and check out KetoPetSanctuary.com while your at it.
There's some pretty darn compelling info out there on it, and we've got what you need to help you get started if your interested.