Why We Put Inulin in Stay Loyal Dog Food

Looking over the Stay Loyal ingredients, you should recognize almost everything in the list because we use natural items and no chemicals or vague things such as “meat meal.” But there is one item on there that you might stop and say, what is that? And that is Inulin.

What Is Inulin?

Inulin is a powerful soluble fiber found in many plants. Some of the main plants that are used as Inulin sources are: asparagus, chicory root, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, jicama and yacon root. Due to the way its molecules are linked together, inulin is not digested by the small intestine. Instead, it travels into your lower gut where it acts as a prebiotic.

What does Inulin do for the body?

A prebiotic is a food source for the beneficial bacteria that you want to have in your intestine. Studies have even shown Inulin can help stimulate the growth of those beneficial bacteria.

Those good bacteria convert inulin into fatty acids that provide nourishment to colon cells. Also, because it’s increasing those good bacteria, it helps with immunity, improved digestion and overall health.

Inulin can also help relieve constipation and creates more consistent stools.

In short, inulin helps with overall digestive health that will keep your dog regular – something every dog owner who has to pick up their dog’s poop can appreciate!

But that’s not all! Inulin also:

Controls Diabetes

Interestingly, Inulin can also help control diabetes by improving blood sugar control. With all the overweight dogs that are heading in that direction, this could be a very important part of all dogs’ diets.

Improves Mineral Absorption

If that’s not enough to make you think this is a great ingredient, there’s more! In studies, inulin has also been shown to improve mineral absorption and bone health by increasing bone density. This is especially important for growing puppies and aging dogs.

Prevents Colon Cancer

Incredibly, inulin has also been shown to help prevent colon cancer. An animal study showed that 88 percent of the animals given inulin saw a reduction in precancerous colon growths. While the research is still being conducted, preliminary findings suggest it does reduce the risk of colon cancer.

Makes food more Palatable

Have a dog that isn’t interested in his food? Inulin is sweet, making food taste better which can help those picky eaters stay interested in their food. Unlike sugar, however, inulin is low in calories – 25 percent less than sugar and 10-12 percent less than fat.

So as you can see, there are many reasons to have inulin in a dog food, yet one study found that only 8 percent (approximately) of dog foods on the market contain inulin. We are happy to report that Stay Loyal is one of those because we carefully selected our ingredients to give your dog the best health possible.

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8 Comments

    1. Hi Lyn, you can buy inulin on its own or fiber supplements with both soluble and insoluble fiber combined.
      id go for the later as too much inulin can cause constipation.

  1. Hi
    Sounds very interesting, where in Perth can I buy this product.
    Is it a wet food or dry food
    What are all the other ingredients
    I have. three pedigree Shihtzu’s, I make my own dog food for them because of the junk in commercial dog foods.
    If your product is dry food maybe I could add to the foods they have now.

    Regards
    Marcella

  2. A great article, thank you. I almost feel like buying inulin for myself.
    I was a little surprised to read that you can add fruit and vegies to your dog’s diet as I thought Stayloyal dry food was all our pet needed. I do give her a beef brisket once a week.
    Also (are you sitting down?), I discovered her eating her own poo the other day even though I always clean up after her regularly. I did some follow up research and clearly she learn’t this behaviour from her mother who liked to keep the kennel clean. Our new lab is still adorable and it hasn’t affected our bonding.

    1. Hi Basil,

      So yes, the food has all the nutrients they need but many of our customers like treating their dogs and fruit and veg snacks are better than the store bought treats. Adding small amounts of fresh food also has its benefits.

  3. Hi Robert
    Could you please tell me how much Zinc to give my 2.5 yr old German Shepherd.
    The capsules are 30mg and Zeva weighs 30kg. She only eats Stay Loyal, lamb bones and vegetables but she is still very itchy. The vet prescribed steroids but they just made her drowsy.

    1. So the recommended dosage is up to 10mg per kg of dog that would mean you can give up to 300mg of zinc per day. However i find you can get results on much smaller doses. I would start with 3 tablets which will be 120mg per day and see how that goes. Remember with these techniques it can take weeks to see results. usually the longer the dog has been itching the longer it takes to heal. Hope that makes sense.

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