A balanced diet is essential for the health of your canine. If you feed your dogin a rational way it allows him to grow, develop, reproduce, and live healthy as long as possible. It’s also fundamental to keep in mind that during the different stages of a dog’s life, it has different needs as far as his nutrition goes whether this is in calories or protein.
Elements of a dogs diet: Feeding a dog consists of providing the animal with six nutritional categories, these include: water, sugars, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Water is the most important and vital element for a dog to live. The daily consumption of water must replace the continual loss of liquid a dog eliminates through its urine, feces, and sweat during the day. Dogs extract the quantity of water they need from their food, the water they drink and from the metabolic water in their bodies (in other words, water that is produced by the organism of the dog due to the oxidation of nutritional
substances). The amount of water a dog needs varies depending on the type of diet the dog has, (dry foods contain 7% of water, and canned ones contain about 80%) the temperature of the environment, the physical activity of the dog, and the physiological state and health of the dog. Animals tend to vary the amount of water they drink creating their own balance depending on their need. In carnivorous animals for example, a decrease in body temperature does not work by sweating, but by increasing their breathing, and this is how they cool themselves down. COOKING FOR DOGS.
The sugars constitute an optimal source of energy and therefore these are very important in a dog’s daily diet. Doing this will avoid the dog’s body from using up the proteins it has, which is important for a dogs body and which helps heal a dog and assists the growth of tissue. Fat represent the main source of energy allowing the absorption of some vitamins (A, E, and D) and providing the essential fatty acids. Fat also provides energy (as well as sugar), and it is indispensable for the adequate increase of certain metabolic processes of essential importance, such as the regulation of body temperature and physical activity. Proteins are destined mainly to the growth and formation of the dog’s hair, coat, nails, tendons, cartilage, and muscles. Proteins also have hormonal functions (insulin), are in charge of transporting oxygen (hemoglobin), and help create immunity in the dog’s body (antibodies). Minerals constitute of the inorganic part of the organism, however some are essential in order to live.