Dog Nutrition from admin's blog

Your dog requires a minimum daily amount of six essential elements: water, protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals. Your vet can help you pick out a good commercial dog food, or monitor a homemade diet. Always read store-bought food labels, and remember the following:

Animal proteins are digested more easily than soy and other vegetable protein in general.  You don't need to feed a dog as high a volume of food if it is easily digestible. The more digestible a food, the less stool will be produced.  Keep in mind that a sick or stressed dog may need more protein. An unbalanced diet too rich in carbohydrates and/or fiber can cause constipation, bloating and other digestive problems, as well as excessive elimination. Keep in mind that foods high in vegetable proteins are also high in carbohydrates.

Fats keep skin and coats healthy and provide energy. Even an overweight dog needs a certain amount of fat in his diet.

Rancidity can be a problem with food that has been sitting on the shelf for too long. Food treated with chemical preservatives such as BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin will last for up to 18 months, whereas vitamin E and other natural preservatives will keep food nutritionally sound for six to eight months.

A diet lacking in vitamins can lead to problems such as a weakened immune system, a greasy coat, bone disorders, thyroid problems or behavioral changes, to name a few. Never give your dog mineral supplements unless prescribed by your veterinarian.

Water keeps the bodily processes flowing. Make sure fresh, clean water is always available.

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