What you need to know of your dogs nutritional needs!
April 20, 2018
What you need to know about your dog’s nutritional needs!
A nutritious diet is a fundamental requirement of dog care. A dog’s nutritional needs change at every phase of his growth and these differ a great deal from humans. Many pet owners mistakenly offer the same food that they cook for themselves to their dogs. But the truth is, a dog’s metabolism is quite different to that of humans and there are some foods that a dog cannot digest as well as us.
While home-cooked food might lack in a few essential nutrients that are needed for your dogs, quality processed dog food contains most nutritional requirements that go into making a holistic meal. The best way to ensure that you are feeding your pet with the most nutritious food is to buy dog food that is made with premium ingredients that are sourced fresh. Look for recipes that incorporate the most essential nutrients in the right proportion.
Here is a handy guide on the right proportion of nutrients required in any dog food:
- Protein: Protein should be the primary nutrient in any dog food. Dogs need protein for their energy requirements, healthy joints and to fulfill their need of essential amino acids without which they cannot survive. Look for a superior source of protein and pay close attention to how it is presented in the recipe. For a puppy and lactating mother, the protein should constitute atleast 28% of the diet. For the adult dog, the ideal percentage of protein required is 18%.
- Fat Content: Fats are the most concentrated form of energy and are extremely important for dogs. Fats are essential in the structure of cells, needed for the production of some hormones, and are also important for absorption and utilization of certain vitamins. Fats also provide insulation and protection for internal organs. About 10-15% is the minimum percentage of fat that should be there in any good dog food. A deficiency of fats can cause skin problems and reduced growth.
- Fibers: Fibers play the part of the most important kind of carbohydrates in dog food. They are responsible for the health of their intestinal tracts and are required for good bowel movements in dogs. Common sources of fiber in dog food are beet pulp. Common cereal grains are also added as sources of carbohydrates. There is no minimum proportion of carbohydrates in dog food
- Calcium and Phosphorous: Calcium plays and important role in keeping a dog’s joints healthy. It is especially crucial in a puppy and old dog’s diet. Minerals like phosphorous are necessary for helping the body perform certain functions and prevent deficiencies. Crude ash is an important source of calcium and phosphorous. Other minerals needed for dogs are magnesium, sodium, chloride, sulfur, and potassium. Minerals in dog foods are provided by supplements, as well as ingredients like legumes, grains, meats, fruits and vegetables. Choose the brand that uses the freshest produce so that your dog gets the same quality of food that you would hand-pick for your family.
When it comes to providing your dog with the best possible dog food, the choices available in the market are many. At Now Fresh, we have put in all we know from our PhD in Pet Nutrition into our specially tailored dog recipes. Our tedious research coupled with the uncompromising requirement of the freshest of fresh ingredients has made sure that Now Fresh food is one of the best brands of dog food all across the world.