The best high fibre dog food

Around 70% of the immune system is in the gut, but most dog food isn’t made with that in mind.

A high fibre dog food is crucial to building up beneficial gut bacteria and preventing overgrowths of the bad stuff that causes ear infections, skin conditions and stubbornly upset tummies.

Let’s look at the role that fibre plays in a dog’s health.

Feeding High Fibre Dog Food

What is fibre?

Fibre is a carbohydrate found in plants & veggies that keeps the digestive system healthy and helps to prevent it from digesting too quickly. Dog’s don’t actually absorb it (neither do we), but it helps them to absorb the rest of the nutrients in their food and to keep them feeling fuller for longer.

There are two types of fibre in dog food:

  1. Soluble fibre – Absorbs water like a sponge and slows digestion to absorb food properly.
  2. Insoluble fibre – Speeds up food passing through the gut, but adds bulk and keeps their digestion ‘regular’. Also helps to keep anal glands working well – something that you and your vet will really appreciate.

The best high-fibre dog food like Scratch really gets the balance of these 2 fibres right.

How much fibre does a dog need?

Different ingredients offer different amounts of soluble and insoluble fibre. Wheat for instance is basically all insoluble fibre. But the small amount of beet pulp we use offers both. It’s really important to get that balance right or it can really create distress for dogs.

While we think of fibre in terms of soluble and insoluble fibre (dietary fibre), dog food industry discloses fibre content as ‘crude fibre’ which is more easily measured. We really shouldn’t be using this method anymore, but until the industry changes in unison, it’s important to measure and compare in the same way.

Most dog foods range from 1.4 to 3.5% crude fibre, so not very much. Most dogs will benefit from more fibre from their healthy dog food.

Scratch High Fibre Dog Food levels (on a dry matter basis):

Good sources of fibre

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Vegetables

Chickpeas

Legumes

Berries

Fruit

Turkey, Beef & Lamb

Our most popular option for dogs of all ages - even large breed pups.

$79 PER 8kg

Sensitive Kangaroo

For any woofer that can't seem to shake tummy, skin or joint issues.

$90 PER 8kg

Pasture-raised Lamb

Delicious new recipe with plenty of hypoallergenic lamb and some nutritious ancient whole-grains.

$87 PER 8kg

The best high fibre dog food

All Scratch recipes are high in fibre, using minimally processed, whole Australian produce. We ship fresh on subscription, free to your door.

Full control over if, when or what food you want
Two freshly sealed 4kg bags at a time
Money back if your pup isn’t into it
Free delivery to metro areas

We’re not just talking 💩 – Read what our customers say!

Hugo dog with box

“Hugo had been having GI troubles for months- with lots of diarrhoea (as well as many trips to the vet!).

Scratch has helped settle his tummy, and helped him put on weight”

Duke the Labrador

“Since starting Duke on Scratch he isn’t scratching so much & no more runny #2’s!!!

Now onto the customer service. Hands down THE BEST, customer service around!”

Dog food for allergies

“We came across scratch and we haven’t looked back!

Number 2’s are wonderful, no more itchy pooch and he absolutely adores the taste.”

4.9/5 Average Rating from
over 20,000 Aussie dogs

Frequently asked questions about high fibre diets for dogs

If your not starting with a high fibre dog food like Scratch and need to add more fibre to their diet, these foods can make great high-fibre food toppers:

  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Flaxseed
  • Kelp
  • Pumpkin
  • Apples
  • Brown rice (avoid white)

Anything above 3.5% crude fibre is considered high-fibre dog food, with 5.5% as much as you’d want to go.

Scratch fibre levels:

Too much of anything is bad for you. Fibre for dogs is no different. Fibre is a crucial for a dog’s digestive system but more than 6% of their diet can lead to diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal troubles in dogs.

Scratch recipes contain no more than 5.1% crude fibre.

Often the easiest way to know if your dog needs more fibre is to look at their poo. Too sloppy or too hard and they likely have a fibre or gastrointestinal issue.

Take our dog poo test.

Dog Poo Comparison

If it’s not a 2 or a 3 then this isn’t fun for your dog (or you).

Yes, a high-fibre diet does make your dog poop more – just like your fellow humans after a little too much bread.

Dogs should ideally poo 2-3 times a day but with so many low-fibre dog foods out there, most dogs only go once a day – leading to long-term health challenges.