Understanding Your Dog's Dietary Requirements
Today we’re going to talk about the 6 nutrients that your dog needs to stay healthy! We’ll also provide examples of some good food sources for each one.
This one is pretty obvious. Filtered tap water is just fine for your pup! Always have water readily available for your dog. Water is essential for eliminating waste from the body, regulating body temperature, transporting nutrients and preventing dehydration.
Protein supplies energy to your pup! Protein is made up of amino acids – basically the building blocks of life. Dogs need essential amino acids from their diet, as their bodies don’t produce them at the levels they need. Eggs and chicken are a great source of protein for your dog – plus they love them!
There are three types of fat (saturated, polyunsaturated, and mono-saturated) which supply the most concentrated source of energy your dog needs. Sardines are a special treat for your pup and full of essential omega-3 acids! Most dog food also has different oils (fish oil, sunflower oil, olive oil etc.) that satisfy your pup’s fatty acids needs!
Vitamins are important for your dog’s metabolic function. They boost your pup’s immune system, regulate their calcium levels, act as antioxidants, and maintain nervous system function. Dark leafy greens have a lot of vitamins! Most dog food has fruits and vegetables in it to provide proper vitamins for your pup.
Along with vitamins, minerals are necessary for your dog’s metabolic functions. The body can’t create minerals, so food with minerals is essential! Minerals in dog foods are provided by supplements, as well as ingredients like legumes, grains, meats, fruits and vegetables. There are also plenty of vitamin and mineral supplements you can provide your dog in pill form!
Carbs are the main source of glucose, which is the fuel your dog’s body runs on! They power the tissues in your pupper’s body and keeps their intestines healthy. Common cereal grains like wheat, corn, rice, barley and oats are incorporated in most dog food and provide your pooch with the carbs they need!
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