Yes, in most cases and in moderation. Bran is the outer shell of a grain, and it’s often removed during processing. This part of the plant is rich in fiber, which helps with colon health, weight management, constipation, diarrhea, and diabetes mellitus.
But keep in mind: most dog foods contain bran, even though bran is not an essential part of the canine diet, so your dog is probably already eating bran on a daily basis.
It’s best to serve bran only if you notice a need for it—if your dog is older and having digestive issues, if your dog is having a bout of diarrhea, or if he’s not having regular bowel movements.
In these cases, you might sprinkle a little oat bran, wheat bran, or rice bran on top of your dog’s food. But it’s best to consult your vet first. Too much fiber can cause digestive upset.
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