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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