Just wondering if anyone know if dogs can have beet pulp? I know my mom uses it on her horses and on the phone the other night we got into a conversation about possibly giving it to the dogs to put on some weight and help maintain weight. Does anyone know?
Yes Eagle Pack Holistic Selects has sugar beet pulp. If you look on their website, they use it for fibre. However, I've also read that it is often used as a filler. There is fibre in it so I don't think it would harm your dog.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland
I feed beet pulp to my horse also but I would never feed it to my dogs. Beet pulp is fiber,a major necessity for horses. If you notice all the animal species listed on the bag are grazers (goats, rabbits, horses, etc..) Those animal's nutritional needs are COMPLETELY different than that of a dog. Would you feed you horse a nice big serving of meat? I would think not. I'm not saying the beet pulp would hurt them but it would certainly fill their tummy with ingredients that do not satisfy their nutritional requirements, therefore leaving less room for what they do need. I would imagine they would loose weight on it. The dog foods that contain it have it in very small amounts. There are many ingredients in dog foods that you wouldn't necessarily feed alone, in larger amounts. A nice big bowl of blueberries, a big plate of yucca, a couple of potatoes? If you insist on using it at least don't forget to soak it first because it hydrates many times it's dry size. Just out of curiosity, why would you even want to feed it to your dogs? Is it a cost issue? And no, you cannot feed your dogs hay. Ha Ha!!! Sorry, I couldn't resist!
I was reading on a dog food rating site today and beet pulp was specifically mentioned as a questionable filler when used in dog food. Even in the cheap brands it would only be used in fairly small amounts, definitely not as a major part of the diet. It also mentioned that it can cause liver and kidney problems, so I certainly hope you decided against trying to feed it to your dogs. Also, most dogs would not find it palatable in large amounts.