A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association [October 2010] has managed to bust several canine nutrition myths.
This canine nutrition study lasted 14 years and 48 pairs of Labrador Retriever littermates were followed.
Domesticated dogs are not true carnivores. In fact, they will get sick when fed a 100% meat diet!
Dogs may have a lower lactase enzyme activity, meaning they cannot digest milk sugar (lactose) as well as most humans. Exceptions exist though as I'm a human that cannot digest lactose pretty well either.
Most dogs are lactose intolerant, like me, but low lactose products are still fine. You can choose from cottage cheese to yoghurt and usually your dog won't have problems digesting these products. But stay away from milk when your dog is truly lactose intolerant. The lactose levels in milk are much higher than in cheese.
Some dogs may be lactose intolerant, but cottage cheese and yoghurt are two low-lactose options that are high in calcium.
Whereas you use mainly carbohydrates as fuel for movement and activity, your dog is better at metabolizing fat for prolonged exercises.
In dogs, fats are the main source of energy. Glucose provides less than 20% of the energy during exercise. This declines even further as the length of the exercise time increases.
Fat is also necessary for the proper absorption of fat-soluable vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K)
Your dog also needs low-saturated essential fatty acids, the socalled omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
Your dog has a much shorter digestive system then herbivores and true omnivores like you. Also enzymes activity differs resulting in differential processing of foods.
Dog can digest grains, but only to a certain extend ánd grains need to be pre-processed. Some dogs do better on this than others.
So saying that dogs are unable to digest grains is (only) partially true. Dpgs can digest starch grains that have been converted by the cooking process. Rice is a better option than wheat or corn, unless of course your canine is allergic to rice.
Research has shown that the quality of commercial dog foods is more than able to meet a dog's nutritional needs.
In most cases, the same diet throughout a dog's life will do.However, puppies need more food than seniors and older dogs may need nutritional supplements.
Well, course a dog must be well fed but most people probably feed too much of the wrong foods to their four-legged friends. Lots of dogs are overweight and this not only results in health issues, but can also significantly reduce their life span.
And you want to stay friends for a long time, right? Maintaining ideal body weight during your dog's whole life is of the essence.
The study showed that a 25% restriction of food intake or maintaining an ideal body condition throughout a dog's life increased the median lifespan of a dog by 1.8 years and delayed the onset of chronic disease symptoms.
“Knowing what to feed and how much to feed are equally important,” said Mike Grant, PA, the nutritional science director for SeniorPetProducts.com “Your veterinarian is always the best way to get the correct information. They are up to date on all the new science.”
In my opinion, veterinarians are like normal people: you have good ones and not so good ones, and logically bad ones or just overworked ones as well. So… assuming that your vet automatically is up-to-date on ALL new science articles that are published is a bit naieve.
You are your dog's guardian and you are responsible for his health and emotional well being. That's why it's also your task to find the best veterinarian for your pooch and do your due dilligence and research.
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