Sunday, February 23, 2014
From the desk of Sharda Baker.
Hi and welcome everyone!
This is Sharda with a wonderful newsletter about dog food ratios!
Here we go!
When choosing healthy dog food for your pet, it is important to understand that your pet requires specific ratios of proteins, carbohydrates and fats in order to be healthy and achieve adequate levels of development and growth.
When your pet is fed foods that contain either too little or too many nutrients and your dog’s health could be in danger.
Many of the foods that are available on your grocery store shelf often contain numerous preservatives.
Therefore, it is imperative that you educate yourself about what should be present in the ideal and high quality dog food in order to keep your beloved pet in good health and in shape.
One of the most important types of nutrients that your dog needs to be healthy is protein.
Ideally, your dog’s food should contain a ratio of protein that is around 18-28 %.
Proteins are important to your dog’s health because they contain amino acids.
Amino acids are an integral part of muscle development in dogs as well as antibody regulation.
Some of the best sources of protein include soy beans, fish and meat.
Your dog also needs healthy levels of carbohydrates. In order for your dog to be healthy, he needs between 40% and 60% carbohydrates from his food
Carbohydrates include sugar and starches. These items are transferred into energy which your dog can use. When carb levels are too high in pet food, they are often stored as fat.
This can result in obesity as well as other health problems such as digestive issues. Excellent sources of carbohydrates include sweet potatoes and oats
Believe it or not, your dog does actually need some levels of fat in order to be healthy. One of the main reasons that your dog needs fat is the fact that it works to keep his skin healthy.
Fat can also be beneficial in assisting with health problems such as blood clotting and inflammation.
Ideal sources of fat include meat, fish and vegetable oil.
Of course, you will want to make sure that your pet does not receive too much fat, because that can be unhealthy as well. Healthy dog food should contain about 9-17% fat.
VITAMINS AND MINERALS
Dogs also need vitamins and minerals in order to remain healthy. Healthy dog foods should be rich in minerals and vitamins in order to assist the dog’s development as well as his ability to fight diseases.
Numerous vitamins and minerals are needed and each one is essential to good health.
Vitamin A, for example, is imperative for your dog’s vision as well as for the healthy development of teeth and bones.
Vitamin D is critical for calcium absorption while Vitamin E provides anti-oxidant properties that can assist your pet’s body in eliminating toxins.
Minerals such as magnesium and calcium are also important as they assist in the development of strong bones and teeth.
These minerals are also important for your dog’s heart health, as well.
Choosing healthy dog food for your pet will not only help him to enjoy a more active and healthier lifestyle, but it can also help to prolong his life as well.
When a dog is fed a healthy dog food that is well-balanced with all of the elements he needs, it can actually increase his lifespan by as much as 134%.
I hope you learned a lot from today’s dog food newsletter.
I will be back for more!