Our dogs’ food must supply the nutrients our canine needs for growth, energy, and body repair. The basic nutrients needed by all living things are protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water- all of which are involved in a wide variety of life processes. Scientific Nutritional Products takes a brief look at the basic nutrients and what they provide for our dogs. Protein Proteins are made up of amino acids and are found in meat and vegetables. Protein is easily metabolised into energy as well as assisting with repairing wear and tear of the body. High protein feeds are recommended for growing puppies and working dogs. Fats and Oils Fats and Oils are sometimes misunderstood as they are often considered the cause of obesity. However though oil is high in calories, fats and oils are also very good for health offering our dogs Omega 3 which has anti inflammatory properties and providing a healthy coat and skin for our canines alongside making their food more palatable. Carbohydrates The common source for carbohydrates in dog food are cereals, providing our dogs with extra nutrients and energy. The carbohydrate source must be of good nutritional quality to ensure it can be digested easily. Vitamins & Minerals Vitamins and Minerals are necessary in small quantities for good all round general health. The key to optimum canine health, alongside regular exercise and a happy lifestyle is their diet. Thus it is incredibly important to choose a dog food which is rich in high quality ingredients. In order to provide your dog with the best food possible consult the label of the feed carefully and ask a professional if you are unsure of the nutrition content of your canine's feed. Remember if your dog's skin is dry or flaky, he's not maintaining his weight or your dog is suffering low energy or mobility then it may be beneficial to try a different food source, after ruling out he is not suffering from a medical problem. Your canine may also require a supplement to be added to his diet such as the range available from Scientific Nutritional Products such as Canine Joint Right providing Glucosamine for Dogs or Canine Super Coat promoting a healthy coat and condition. Canine Joint Right and Canine Super Coat are available from www.horsesupplementsdirect.co.uk or for more information or to receive one-to-one nutritional advice specific to your dog contact our nutritional specialist Peter Fishpool on FREEPHONE 0800 032 7774 or Tel: 01377 254900
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