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One good way to know if your dog is getting the proper nutrition is to read the pet food labels. Your dog should be eating a proper well balanced diet that includes the following:
Carbohydrates: This helps your dog's energy levels, prevents constipation, and includes well-cooked grains, starches, and sugars.
Proteins: This is for proper growth and the maintenance and repair of tissues. Protein sources include meat, eggs, fish, and soy products.
Fats: This gives your dog energy, a healthy and shiny coat, and adds flavor to his meal.
Vitamins and Minerals: They are the basis for the day-to-day functioning of your dog and promote good eyesight and growth. Your dog can get vitamins from products like meat, eggs, fish, and vegetables.
Dogs, as carnivores, cannot get nutrition from carbohydrates and they should not be fed. They get their energy from protein.
And soy products can cause allergy problems so avoid that as well.
Dogs are not able to get any nutrition from vegetables and they should be avoided.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|