Dog Nutrition Basics
A dog's nutritional needs are much more complex than most pet parents understand. Find a list of articles here to get a full view into the nutritional complexities of dogs and how to address them.
Water is an essential nutrient, as it’s required for normal body functions and survival. Exactly, how much water a dog needs depends on several factors, but clean fresh water should be readily available to your dog. Water makes up more than 50% of a dog's body weight. However, they still are limited in their ability to store water, and lose it via normal daily activities (panting, walking, relieving themselves) — thus it is critical that they regularly consume enough water each day.
Nutrient numbers in dog food labels can't always be treated as high = good and low = bad. A few general guidelines for thinking about the role of key nutrients in maintaining the health of your pet.
While dogs don't need carbohydrates to survive, there are many studies that have found impressive benefits of including carbohydrates in a dog's diet, which is why we include them in the food over here at NomNomnow.
Sugar means many things to many people. To most of us, it’s how we sweeten our coffees and bundt cakes. To scientists, it’s the carbohydrate that all living things need to function. To dogs, sugar is both a necessary part of their diet and a mouthwatering danger.
Fiber is a component of food that most animals cannot digest, but their gut bacteria can. It is linked to numerous health benefits but it also plays an important role in keeping the microbiome happy and healthy.
Your dog’s specific caloric and nutrient needs will vary widely based on age, size, breed, activity level, overall health, and other factors. While all commercially-produced dog foods have to meet or exceed benchmarks for nutrients to be labeled as “complete and balanced foods” by the AAFCO.
Wondering why your dog is not eating? Our veterinary nutritionist, Dr. Justin Shmalberg, reviews possible reasons from behavior issues to medical conditions and discusses treatment options.
From raw, fresh leaves to hard candies, asking can dogs eat mint? is sort of like asking can people eat mint? It depends on the mint, and how it’s ingested.
Why are some dogs so weird about their food? More often than not, the answer lies in a behavior called resource guarding.
It’s not likely that your dog has grown sick of their food, but there may be something else going on.
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