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How can I tell if my dog’s new diet is causing health problems?
Is it possible to know if I’ve been feeding high-volume or high-protein diets?
What do you need to know about eating an over-the-counter dog supplement?
What does a “no-see-UM” mean?
Who makes the dog food that’s good for Iams?
Does feeding my dog this or that diet prevent health problems?
Which are the best dog food manufacturers, and why?
What should I do when I buy a new dog food?
Dog food is made by combining the food of three “active” ingredients: carbohydrates, protein, and fat. The ingredients in a diet are generally referred to as the nutrient composition. They have a specific chemical makeup and molecular structure (or structure), and therefore what they do to your pet is dependent on the formula.
Carbs: Carbs are the body’s primary fuel source. Carbohydrates are stored in the liver and muscles, where they’re mainly broken down into glucose. When your pet eats them, the glycogen is broken down and taken up into the bloodstream as energy. When your pet drinks food, their bodies receive this glucose from the food. Your dog should get a diet that contains at least 30 grams (2 tablespoons) of carbs per day.
Protein: Protein provides a source of protein, protein breakdown products, and energy throughout the day. Many pet diets contain protein in varying forms, which your pet can dig through like the treasure room of the zoo. Most of us can handle 50 grams of protein a day, and only 10 percent of dogs can tolerate even less. The most common amino acids are: leucine (L-alanine), methionine (M-methionine), histidine (H-histidine), and phenylalanine (P-phenylalanine).
Fat: Fat is a complex protein that provides the protein your pet needs to support muscular development and muscle strength. It’s also a precursor to blood sugar. Your dog should get at least 50 grams of fat per day.
What does this mean for dogs who get the most fat for their meal?
In a high-fat diet, your dog burns more calories than he produces. That makes fat gain a problem and the body tries to use the excess calories as fuel.
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