Ingredients of Dog Food
The meat used usually comes from the slaughter house. The chain makes the animal bred for consumption to be transported in the most convenient fashion and sacrificed in minimal stress conditions. The meat should be dispatched following official hygiene regulations. Although it contributes a large amount of protein and lipids (and, in consequence, energy), meat can’t be the only food source for a dog.
In order to guarantee an effective maintenance of the organism, cereals and vegetables should be provided, since cellulose contributes alimentary fiber and starch provides energy.
On the other hand, fish is an excellent protein source, and should be prepared in similar conditions as meat so it doesn’t lose part of its nutritional value. Rich in vitamins A and D (virtues of cod liver are no secret), it is divided in two types: blue fish (such as tuna or cod), rich in fatty acids, and white, much less caloric.
Eggs are an important protein source, they can be ingested whole and cooked or just the raw yolk, although without over doing it.
Amongst the rest of the protein sources it’s important to mention dairy products such as cheese and yogurt, although they are not too important in canine diet, they are often administered in small doses and are to be considered as a complement to the ration or as a snack. Cow milk is not recommended, not only because of it’s over diluted composition, but also because of its lactose content, a potentially allergenic substance in dogs. However, a shake prepared based on cow milk enriched with egg and cream can be used sometimes as an emergency measure.
Cereals should be in perfect conditions. They can be established in two groups:
|Cereals containing gluten||Cereals without gluten|
Gluten is a protein
substance that, when mixed with a liquid, turns viscous and malleable and can