As a pet owner there are some basic principals of nutrition for dogs that you should be aware of – including how to read a pet food label, how to identify marketing claims vs. factual claims, and how to compare dog foods. But for those looking to go beyond just choosing a food – Dog Nutrition Basics will provide you with information about the unique nutritional needs that dogs have. And potentially explain why certain diets are formulated in certain ways.
According to AAFCO (the Association of American Feed Control Officials), and the NRC (the National Research Council) there are four main “essential” fatty acids for dogs: Linoleic acid, alpha-Linolenic acid, arachidonic acid, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and Docosahexaenoic acid.
If you go into any pet food store you will see claims of “Grain Free” plastered all over pet foods. The question becomes – should I feed my dog a grain-free diet?