The Importance of Digestibility in Dog Food

The Importance of Digestibility in Dog Food

The Importance of Digestibility in Dog Food

Does your dog have a sensitive stomach? If yes, you aren’t alone. 

In fact, digestion issues are remarkably common among companion animals like dogs and cats. A high-quality pet food will help your four-legged best friend live a long and healthy life. On the other hand, foods made with less-than-optimal ingredients and that lack digestibility can result in lethargic, ill, and unhealthy pets

Of course, being a responsible fur parent, you want to avoid this! That’s why you have taken the first step towards researching the best food for your dog. 

Let’s figure out if your dog’s food is digestible and truly providing the nutrients they need. Plus, we explain how our bestselling products accomplish just that!

What is “Digestibility” in Dog Food?

To start, let’s define the term “digestibility.”

According to Whole Dog Journal, this refers to how much nutritional value your dog’s body absorbs after eating a bowl of dog food. Dog foods with superb digestibility fall over 82% on a scale of digestibility value. Anything less than this number is considered moderate in quality. Less than 75? This is a very low digestibility value food. 

Basically, the math works out as follows:

Digestibility = How much nutrition goes into your dog – The undigested food particles that go into their poop!

Digestibility = How much nutrition goes into your dog – The undigested food particles that go into their poop!


Good vs. Bad Digestibility: the difference between good quality, and bad quality pet food.

Now, we understand the definition of digestibility. But how good quality pet food support digestion? The answer lies in the ingredients. To maintain excellent overall health, your pup requires unique ingredients added in their foods. These act as a team, providing a healthy digestive environment.  

Signs of poor digestibility in dog food include:

  • Diarrhea and loose stools
  • Constipation 
  • Flatulence
  • Bloating 
  • Stinky poops 


Instead, let’s look at what constitutes good digestibility. For instance, some ingredients that promote both digestive and intestinal health include yeast extract, fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), fumaric acid, lactic acid, citric acid, malic acid, thyme extract, and of course, black solider flies (which are an extraordinarily digestible superfood!) - Not to brag, but all of these ingredients are in Dienon recipes.

Astonishingly, researchers have found that the black soldier fly is more digestible than animal proteins. It is also safe for sensitivities.

When combined, all these ingredients maximize food digestibility and efficiency, while also maintaining a healthy digestive environment, promoting beneficial bacteria development, and reducing the presence of pathogens. 

For your pup, that means better digestion. And for you, picking up less smelly doggy poops, and less visits to the vet! It’s a win-win.

Ready to Try Digestible Dog Food? 

In summary, Canadian pet parents are increasingly paying attention to what goes into their dog’s food. After all, not only our pets deserve to live happy and healthy lives, but also we want to reduce visits to the veterinary.

A big part of this comes from feeding biologically appropriate, nutritious, and balanced diets, that avoid fillers and are designed taking in consideration digestive health.

So, if your dog has been struggling with digestion issues, check Dienon ingredients and order a free sample from our shop.

With dog foods formulated for puppies as well as small, medium, and large breed adult dogs, there is a digestible dog food for every pup!