My dog started eating quinoa. I can see the entire grains in his poop. Can dogs digest quinoa?

Question by Sandra L: My dog started eating quinoa. I can see the entire grains in his poop. Can dogs digest quinoa?
My dog started eating quinoa last week. I mix it with raw buffalo meat. I can see the entire grains in his poop. This is an amazing food but I don’t think he is digesting it and I wonder if it is worth giving it to him?
I do cook the quinoa because I know he wouldn’t digest the raw quinoa.
Does anyone know this for sure? any vets out there?

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Answer by pikachuflatulates
Dogs’ intestines aren’t equipped to handle fiber. They are carnivors. They have short intestines. We have long intestines, so quinoa is good for us.

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3 thoughts on “My dog started eating quinoa. I can see the entire grains in his poop. Can dogs digest quinoa?”

  1. Coyotes in Arizona eat plants. I don’t know what plants they are. I see their poop droppings often and it mostly consists of seeds or what looks like sunflower seeds.

  2. Dogs have a very difficult time digesting uncooked grains. Quinoa is a healthy grain, but is most easily digested when cooked (as are all of the grains). It may be against your principles to cook it first (since you’re feeding raw meat), but dogs don’t get a lot out of uncooked grains-when cooked, they are able to receive the benefits of the grain (carbs, vitamins, protein, fiber,etc.).

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