Grubby Paws - For Your Pets Healthy Eating

The dog is, by all scientific standards and by evolutionary history, a domesticated wolf.

Section 1 illustrated the anatomical features of dogs and cats that classify them as carnivores, and explained how these features adapt dogs and cats for digesting proteins and fats from animal flesh, – not carbohydrates from plants.

This raises the question of which foods are appropriate for their carnivorous anatomy, and which are not?

As the dog's internal physiology does not differ from the wolf, dogs have the same physiological and nutritional needs as their wild predator cousins, whose diets are almost exclusively proteins and fats. Modern dogs of all breeds are not only capable of eating the food of their wild ancestors, but actually require it for maximum health. This is because their basic physiology has changed very little with domestication—despite the obvious differences in their physical appearances.

Animal Source Proteins

Protein is the staff of life for dogs and cats – essential to basic body functions, including cellular regeneration, tissue maintenance, hormone and enzyme production, and the provision of energy. Although protein is essential, not all proteins function equally, with protein qualities varying enormously between various sources. Three factors effecting…

Animal Source Fats

While often viewed negatively by health conscious people, fat is an essential dietary requirement for dogs and cats. As many people are concerned with reducing their fat intake, we often fail to realize the essential role that fat plays in the diets of our dogs and cats. Just as with…

Carbohydrates - As Few As Possible

Carbohydrates are usually the first source of energy available to the body. Proteins and fats also provide energy but carbohydrates are called upon first. According to the NRC guidelines, “Carbohydrates provide an economical source of energy in the diet of dogs.” Carbohydrates are divided into two broad groups: SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATES…

Feeding Dogs & Cats According To Their Anatomy

Cats and dogs evolved as hunters and despite a modern lifestyle, their digestive systems and internal anatomical features have remained unchanged for hundreds of years Despite obvious and dramatic changes in their physical appearance, the basic physiology of the modern dog has changed very little with domestication. Today‘s modern dogs…

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