Does your dog have a fat deficiency?

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Hi Everyone from a warm evening in San Antonio,

We just finished with our daily flea-combing/brush/play routine with Roxie and Gypsy. Everyday, around five p.m., Roxie starts getting antsy because she know her daily fetch session is about to begin. She has gone so far as to go out the doggie door, get the ball, then bring it back inside to drop it at my feet!

I wanted to pass along some information I learned from Andy Lewis who created Dog Food Secrets. I’ve mentioned him in previous posts as he is a wealth of knowledge about dog food and dog nutrition. He learned the hard way about commercial dog food after losing his dog Noble to kidney failure.

But first, please allow me to digress and go on a short rant about the propaganda we have received over about the last decade to cut fat from our diets. We have listened, and processed food manufacturers have met our demand for low-fat or non-fat food products. I use the term food loosely as some of these items in no way resemble food. The result of avoiding fats is we as a nation are more overweight and sickly than ever! It boils down to common sense, balance, and moderation. We need a certain amount of the right types of fats for our bodies and brains to function properly.

Just like humans, dogs need the right types of fats in their diets. Their diets should be about 5% of monosaturated fats (olive oil, nut oils, canola oil), polyunsaturated fats (corn oil, safflower oil) and saturated fats (butter, lard, coconut oil, palm oil).

Your dog may have a fat deficiency if you see any of the following:

1. Dull coat

2. Delayed wound healing

3. Lack of energy

4. Heart problems

5. Growth deficits

6. Dry skin

Of course, you don’t want to go overboard, as excess fats can result in obesity, liver disease, diabetes, heart disease and more.

Hope you found this helpful.

Until next time,

Jean

May 12, 2009 | 0 | Homemade Dog Food