Reference: Schnauday's post, 3rd November 2015:
I have to confess that I have not researched the nutritional values of butternut squash, pumpkin and sweet potato so cannot offer a comment at this point. However, I have just received a message from a retailer who has knowledge of this subject and here are those observations:
1. Butternut squash, amount Per 100 grams:[/color]
Calories 45 % Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1 g 0% Saturated fat 0 g 0% Polyunsaturated fat 0 g Monounsaturated fat 0 g Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 4 mg 0%
Potassium 352 mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 12 g 4% Dietary fibre 2 g
2. Google search give slightly different results, squash is part way between the other two. Pumpkin and squash are from the same family, whereas sweet potato is higher in carbs and is more akin to a turnip.
3. The important component for regulating stool consistency is soluble fibre, all 3 contain this is good proportions, but the squashes are lower carb/calorie.
4. Our "magic recipe" for stool problems is actually sweet potato, butternut squash, carrots and peas with some chicken or white fish, all cooked together and pureed to aid digestion.
There is some useful information there and I thank the member who passed this information on. Number four may be of particular use to our original poster, KatrinH.
I suppose that one could argue that if one purchases a complete food, it should not require supplementation to enable the dog to produce a normal stool. My personal view is that a nicely formed, easy to pass stool is a fundamental requirement of any product and that it is one of the indications that the food is suiting the dog. I refer again to the Protexin chart Poop Points