Why Can’t Huskies Digest Grains and Starches
It’s time for a little biology 101 lesson. Dogs and cats need a lot of good quality protein. The kind of protein and food found in a raw fresh food diet without any chemicals or additives. So, it’s no surprise that dogs and cats can’t easily digest vegetables or grains unless they are partially digested first. Unlike humans, dogs have a short digestive tract so it doesn’t have the ability to fully break down vegetable matter.
When starches are broken down, they must first be broken into sugars in order to be usable. Primary sources of carbohydrates in most diets are barley, brown rice, oats and rye, cooking of cereal grains is necessary for your animal to properly digest starches. Dogs and cats do not normally produce enzymes in their saliva to actually break-down carbohydrates and starches. Essentially, it’s a no-brainer: dogs and cats can’t digest grains and starches. Their pancreas is forced to produce large amounts of this enzyme to deal with the starches.
Since dogs and cats are not efficient or successful at digesting and assimilating plant material as high quality protein, it’s apparent that feeding your pet as if they were humans is not a wise choice. Instead, the BARF diet or raw food diet should be administered as soon as possible. Instead of grains, ponder the possibilities: beef hearts, lamb hearts, chicken, pork, finely ground beef bones, beef liver, egg, cultured kefir, broccoli, celery, spinach, carrot, ground flax seed, bok choy, dried alfalfa meal, beef kidney, unbleached beef tripe, apple, pear, grapefruit, orange, dried kelp powder, cod liver oil, garlic, capsicum, Vitamin E supplement, Zinc oxide, Mangenous Oxide.
Feeding your dog and cat pure ingredients which are easily digestible is the ultimate way to go for your pet’s overall nutrition. Since you now know your husky’s digestion limitations I recommend learning how you can go one step ahead and cook your husky’s own food.