You don't want your dog eating sawdust – do you

Lucky for me, my dogs aren’t the least bit interested in my shop. Sometimes I let them in only to watch them excitedly circle the tablesaw twice and then run back in the house. But for those of you who’s canine companions actually want to stay out there with you, you have a decision to make. And although some may see this as common sense, it bears repeating: your shop is just as dangerous to your pets as it is to you, if not more. Bottom line is, everything we try to protect ourselves from will also hurt dogs, only they can’t wear ear protection and respirators (with the exception of Shannon Rogers’ Safety Dog Alex- pictured left). Additionally, we have to consider all the little choke hazards that are laying on our shop floors. And finally, think about all that dust getting into your dogs coat. I wouldn’t want a 4-legged dust bag running around the house spreading that fine dust everywhere. My dogs are dirty enough as it is!

Do you think feeding pure sawdust will do good to your dobe? I'm planning to serve it cooked.

Sawdust is not a good substitute for food. It’s a great additive but I wouldn’t feed it alone as a meal. Dogs may get constipated. Sawdust naturally acts a bit like glue that they add to commercial kibble.

SDC Talk! - Sawdust for dog yard surface

Meat by-products is a common ingredient you see in commercial dog food Nearly every major dog food includes some variety of grain, including corn, soy, rice, wheat and even sawdust and mill waste. Despite being advertised as nutritionally significant, grains added to dog food are used indisputably as bulk fillers, low-cost ingredients with no added value. While cited as important sources of energy, these simple carbohydrates are not the natural energy producers for canines. Those roles should be filled by quality proteins and fats. In addition: Grains, and even certain vegetables, are digestively strenuous. Digestion takes up the most energy in any living being and the dog’s short and simple digestive tract is not designed to breakdown high-starch carbohydrates.

Natural Diet for Dogs – Web Resources

Understanding the composition of the food you are feeding your dog is only one aspect of choosing a good food. It is imperative to also understand the dangers, risks, and nutritional availability of its ingredients. Many ingredients in pet foods are typically not even biologically recognized as nutrients to dogs, such as flaxseed. Flaxseed is added for its omega-3 properties however they are about as absorbable as sawdust. The reason that dogs and humans receive little to no nutrition from the ALA omega-3s in flaxseed is because they do not contain EPA or DHA omega-3s that are found in fish oil. Omega-3s are called essential fatty acids because the body does not produce them and must acquire them through diet. In a nutshell, the flaxseed omega-3 fatty acids (ALA) have chemical chains that are simply too short to fill an animal’s nutritional requirements, therefore it is often not recognized as a nutrient. Another very important thing to keep in mind is that Omega fatty acids are so volatile that whether they are already contained in the meat or if they are added afterwards, they are completely inactive because the heat from extrusion and cooking destroys the oils.

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