Dog Nutrition Articles

Dog Nutrition Articles

Top dogs need nutrition that helps them be their best. Learn about the role
proper nutrition plays in the success of show and sporting dogs, as well as
in healthy development from puppyhood into a dog’s senior years.

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Hardworking sporting dogs benefit from higher proportions of fat in their diet. Why? Because, a dog’s metabolism relies primarily on fat for energy during rest and light to moderate intensity exercise. Ingesting higher levels of fat in the diet actually “primes” or “metabolically conditions” an active dog’s metabolism, even when not active or exercising1. So while a greater proportion of fat in the diet helps to deliver more calories to an exercising dog, another important benefit is that it helps to optimize a dog’s metabolism. 

Muscle power depends on protein. Not surprisingly, canine athletes that do not receive adequate dietary protein may suffer from fatigue and have a lackluster attitude and performance. Nutritionists recommend feeding active dogs a diet made with highly digestible, quality protein sources. 

Active dogs, especially those that take part in endurance exercise, experience oxidative stress due to their prolonged increase in oxygen consumption. Antioxidants help minimize oxidative damage to cells during intense activity and following exercise during recovery.