Learning nutrition for puppies is the first step in choosing the best food for your puppy. Hopefully this information will help owners figure out the best food for their puppy. Puppy nutritional requirements differ from dogs.
The building blocks for puppy growth are carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water. Puppy foods that meet these nutritional needs are COMPLETE and BALANCED. With a puppy the biggest concern is growth and making sure it is growth at an average rate or else skeletal problems can occur. Bones grow faster than they should resulting in joint or bone problems as the dog gets older. Large breed puppy nutrition is different than smaller breeds because of these growth issues.
Fats are used to help transport fat-soluble vitamins, gives energy and provides fatty acids. Fats for dogs just like humans make food taste better. The fat levels must be kept to a minimum to guard against obesity and irregular growth. Fats tend to go bad fairly quickly and when they do they deplete the food products of some vitamins. Antioxidants are used to help give the life of the fats in dog food longevity.
Proteins provide amino acids which help in growing tissue. A dog can produce 13 amino acids while 10 must come from outside sources such as meat or plants. The 10 extra amino acids are call essential amino acids. Meat products do a better job at supplying these essential amino acids in the proper proportions for your dog.
Carbohydrates along with fats provide energy through the natural sugars they contain. Carbohydrates also contain fiber and starch. Fiber is for gastrointestinal health. Starches are cooked to become digestible.
Some vitamins need fats to be absorbed by the body, some vitamins need water to be absorbed. Vitamin C is produced by a dogs body so it’s one they don’t need.
Growing bones and chemical reactions in the body are helped through minerals and vitamins. Minerals similar to vitamins should not be over done with a growing pup as some, such as calcium, which can affect bone growth. It is important that all elements of a puppies nutrition be given in the property proportions.
Fresh water should always be given to a dog whose body can control proper water intake.
Fats, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water are the essentials your puppies nutritional needs to assure proper growth and health through this most crucial period in a dog’s life. Be sure you research and get a food that is listed as COMPLETE and BALANCED and you will be doing the very best for your pal.