Our dogs’ food must supply the nutrients our canine needs for growth, energy, and body repair. The basic nutrients needed alongside vital water are; protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins and minerals - all of which are involved in a wide variety of life processes.
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The key to optimum canine health, alongside regular exercise and a happy lifestyle, is 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 your veterinarian if you are unsure of the nutrition content of your canine's feed.
The common source for carbohydrates in dog food are cereals, providing our dogs with extra nutrients and energy. Though carbohydrates are not essential to the canine diet, they can offer an easily absorbed energy source! The carbohydrate source must be of good nutritional quality to ensure it can be digested easily. Carbs commonly include wheat, bulgur, oatmeal, cornmeal, brown rice, buckwheat, barley, rye, millet and quinoa.
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, so provides an essential element to the canine diet. High protein feeds are very important for growing puppies and working dogs.
Fats and Oils
Fats and oils are high in digestible energy and also very good for health offering our canine friends Omega 3, which has anti inflammatory properties. Supplying fat in the diet as well as calories helps to promote a healthy coat and skin, and often makes food more palatable!
Vitamins & Minerals
Vitamins and Minerals are necessary for good, all round general health. Vitamins and minerals play a multitude of roles within the body, including supporting the immune system, bone and teeth structure, benefiting eyesight and assisting nerve and muscle functioning.
Remember, feeding poor quality food is a false economy, as not only are cheap dog foods often packed full of filler ingredients which often leave your dogs hungry and wanting more food, but also health comes from the inside out, and cheap food can be detrimental to health long term.
Scientific Nutritional Products provides a range of canine and equine supplements. If you would like to find out more about Glucosamine for Dogs Canine Joint Right Supplement, visit our website to find out more www.horsesupplementsdirect.co.uk. Alternatively, contact our nutritional expert Peter Fishpool on Tel: 01377 254900 or FREEPHONE 0800 032 7774 to receive one-to-one nutritional advice specific to your dog.