A SHORT COURSE ON CANINE NUTRITION
Since educated owners made for healthier pets, here is our short course on canine nutrition…
Proteins, fat and carbohydrates, the primary energy sources in food, are measured in calories. Proteins are complex molecules, made up of 20 amino acids. While half of these can be produced by the animal itself, the rest, called “essential amino acids” are proteins the animal cannot produce itself and so must come from the diet. Since most animals lack the enzymes to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk1, meats, meat byproducts, and eggs are the preferred sources for these essential amino acids.
Fats are a highly concentrated energy source and are actually an important nutritional requirement for healthy animal diets. They are critical for healthy cellular metabolism. In addition, fats improve absorption rates for vitamins A, E, D and K.