The Ketogenic Diet and Its Popular Growth for Dogs

The ketogenic diet for your dog is the newest diet being talked about. This is currently trending as the diet for human health, but just recently it is becoming popular with many animal owners. Of course, there are ins and outs of this type of diet. 

Increase in this diet

The “ketogenic diet for dogsis largely focused on its influence on the management and the prevention of disease – especially as related to cancer. More studies on uses as well as the number of foods supporting this diet are increasing considerably. An internet search will show nearly 60 million results and over 450,000 research articles on this type of diet. 

Not new

Ketogenic diets are not new. They were once used by ancient Greek physicians and were also popular as a treatment for epilepsy during the 20s and 30s – but then new drugs for anti-seizure replaced them. 

What it is

Keto is a very-low-carbohydrate, high fat, and moderate protein diet. It influences the body to burn fat for fuel rather than carbohydrates. 

How it works

Cells that are healthy will use either fats or carbohydrates in order to produce energy. If the diet is mainly carbs (such as kibble as well as some cheaper diets), the body will do one of either two things – transforms carbs to glucose for fuel or saves glucose in the liver as glycogen.

Fat into ketones

But when a diet mostly delivers fat – and little glycogen is stored, then the body will change that fat to ketones. These are short-chain fatty acids the body can use in the production of energy. This process is natural and produces a metabolic state that is called ketosis. Don’t confuse this term with life-threatening ketoacidosis often experienced by diabetics. In periods of fasting or famine ketosis ensures survival and bodily functions.

If you are interested in this diet for your dog, do some research prior to changing.

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By Jessica

Jessica is a passionate pet lover and veterinarian with over 15 years of experience. Her blog serves as a reliable source for pet health advice, ranging from preventive care to handling emergencies.