Dog's Food Requirements

Dogs could adapt easily to most environment as they are adaptable creatures. For instance, they can utilize meats as protein foods, for energy if their carbohydrates intake is insufficient. However, in order for dogs to stay healthy, a minimum level of each of about thirty nutrients, which include the vitamins and minerals must be provided. All the modern prepared dog foods, and the great majority of home-mixed dog diets, should provide an adequate supply of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals to keep a dog healthy.


Some animal protein is essential to maintain a dog's health. A vegetarian diet for dogs can be devised but requires skill, although there is no doubt that dogs do not need the level of animal protein in their diet that is commonly provided.


Some fats are also vital in the diet, providing certain essential fatty acids, and acting as carriers for the fat-soluble vitamins. Carbohydrates form the bulk of most diets, including normal dog foods, whether commercially compounded or home-mixed.


Provided your dog's diet has a reasonable balance of the major nutrients, and the foods are not themselves wildly out of the ordinary, the owner's concern need only be with the actual quantity given to the dog, and the total calorie provision.

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