Proper Nutrition for Dogs

Many a dog owner will have noticed that her four-legged friend eats almost everything. Particularly interesting is the food, which lies with master or mistress on the plate and also the leftovers in the trash can find a grateful customer, if not paid attention. But the dog is not omnivorous. The ancestors of the dog, the wolves, are grouped into the group of carnivores. This does not mean that the wolf only eats meat. On the one hand he eats his prey animals completely, so with skin and hair, on the other hand, he complements his diet with berries, grasses, herbs and roots. This is how the wolf covers its nutritional needs. This nutrient requirement also has the domestic dog, whose genetic pole differs only slightly from that of a wolf. 

Species-appropriate food for domestic dogs 

In principle, it would be the most natural form, if the dog can hunt himself from time to time to a rabbit or a chicken. He is then full for days, no longer takes up food. On the one hand, this is not feasible for many dog owners, and moreover, live animal feeding is not permitted in Germany for animal welfare reasons. Of course, the dog would eat the animals if they are already slaughtered. Again, the mess in the garden or in the apartment would be enormous. Therefore, food is now produced that contains all the nutrients that the whole prey animal, together with its stomach contents, yields. In such industrially produced food, the vitamins and minerals are included, moreover, this food should consist mainly of meat. 

The meat content of dog food 

The meat content needs, as already mentioned, not 100%. A share of about 70% is completely sufficient. In these 70%, however, the internal organs of the animals should be included. These are often listed as “animal by-products” and are viewed critically by many dog owners. Of course, this may mean that many parts have been processed apart from the muscle meat, but it also indicates that the whole animal has been processed. The dog owners should be more critical in the cereal share be. Although a dog needs carbohydrates, its pancreas is not designed to consume 50% or more of its food. The proportion of grain should therefore ideally be 20-30%. A small amount of fruits or vegetables completes the menu. 

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