Canine Nutrition Basics

No matter what type of food or what brand you plan to feed your dog, every pet owner needs to know some basic information about nutrition. These things include figuring out how much to feed your dog, supplements to give, how to transition onto a new food, and how to know if your dog is on the right diet for them.

Some things to Consider:

  • How much to feed your dog
  • How to Transition to a New Food
  • Supplements – should you them?
  • Protein Requirements
  • Fat Requirements
  • The purpose of Carbohydrates

Understanding Protein Requirements in Dogs:

Understanding Fat Requirements in Dogs:

Understanding the use of Carbohydrates for Dogs:

How To Guides:

In this section we start to look and compare dog foods: looking at the bag to find information about general composition, the ingredients, the AAFCO statement, the caloric density – all while ignoring all the marking marketing statements on the bag, and website.

Choosing the Right Supplement:

The pet supplement industry is literally the “wild wild west”. It’s rare to see supplement companies that actually do third-party testing, clinical trials, or research on their products. And unfortunely most products on the market are based on in vitro (laboratory petri dish) testing, or research in other species. My aim with these blog posts is to give you some guidance in this space to make sure you are making the best decision for your pup.

Healthy Dog Treats:

Probably the number one issue I see when I do dog food consultations is people giving an unbalanced diet because they are feeding way to many treats! I cannot express the importance of keeping your dog’s treats to 10% of their overall caloric needs. And in order to help you do this I’ve put together several articles on low calorie treat options, how to use balanced diets during training, how to add fresh food to kibble, AND MORE!

About the Author: Nikki is a Registered Veterinary Technician (Veterinary Nurse) and Dog Mom with over a decade of experience with dogs and cats. Since graduation from college (BS Biology, Dip. Animal Nutrition, AS Animal Science) she has adopted two mixed breed dogs – Ranger and Ash, and has focused her time learning about pet food and nutrition.

Nikki shares information on a range of dog nutrition topics: from how to create a homemade complete and balanced dog food recipes, to how to choose a dog food. Nikki strives to give dog parents the information they need in order to make the best nutrition decisions for their pup!

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