Yummy Zoom: Thoughts #2 on fat

When it comes to fat in your dog’s diet, it’s the right kind of fat you want

One thing is clear about a dog’s diet: Too much fat can make your dog grow fat in just a few years, and that state of obesity can be very harmful for his liver and pancreas. This is the reason why a dog should never be given excessive amounts table scraps or left-over food, even if your dog likes its taste, if these food items are high in fat content. Such table scraps are not a good substitute for high-quality dog food, because of the high fat and salt content. Salt in itself is a food item that dogs don’t need in addition to the salt content of normal, un-salted food. A dog that is fed only on table scraps may get too little of the vitamins, minerals, proteins or roughage (dietary fibers).

The important task for dog owners in this regard is to find the right balance in their dog’s daily diet. You cannot and should not phase out fat, completely, from your dog’s diet. Of course, there are different kinds of fat.

If you give your dog only carbohydrates and protein, your dog will also suffer. Fat is needed by a dog’s body on the molecular level. But if you give your dog too much fat, your dog’s weight will balloon.

Where do you find the desired balance in the diet? The key words are omega fatty acids.  These fatty acids – there are several and each have their own number like Omega-2 and Omega-3, are naturally occurring in many fish, both salty and clear water species, as well as smaller creatures such as krill.

Unlike fat from beef or pork, omega fatty acids do not cause damage but still supply the chemical components needed by the dog for survival. Adding fish to your dog’s diet is an ideal step toward optimum nutrition.


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