Dr Felicity discusses the dangers sugar and why it shouldn’t be a feature in your dogs diet

Sugar sweeteners are often added to pet foods a flavour or taste enhancer, but the reality is these are unnecessary additives that should always be avoided.

Dogs, like people, have no nutritional requirement for sugar in their diets. It causes inflammation in the body and contributes to a number of health problems, including dental disease and obesity.

Dietary sugar contributes directly to blood-glucose levels. when glucose levels become elevated, the body’s organ systems have to work hard to normalise blood-glucose. This is a normal process that occurs after every meal, however extra sugar in the diet makes extra work for the body. Extra sugar also adds empty calories, often leading to weight gain. Excessive sugar consumption and obesity can lead to the development of diabetes and other health problems.

Dental disease in dogs is one of the most common ailments in general practice. Over 80% of dogs over the age of three have some sort of dental disease process occurring in their mouths!¹

Not only does dental disease lead to gum damage, tooth rot damage and tooth loss, studies have shown that periodontal disease is linked to microscopic changes in the heart, liver and kidneys.² Dental disease can therefore contribute to organ dysfunction, particularly in older dogs.

While the occasional treat is ok, consistently excessive dietary sugar is linked to obesity, diabetes, dental disease and organ disfunction in pets. Sugar should never be a feature of your dog’s daily diet.

4Legs Pet Food is proudly free of all preservatives, artificial colours, flavours or added sugar – you can rest assured that your dogs total nutritional needs are being taken care of with our natural and fresh food.

¹Dental Disease in Dogs, VCA Hospitals (https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/dental-disease-in-dogs)
²Periodontal Disease, American Veterinary Dental College (https://www.avdc.org/periodontaldisease.html)