The question most people ask is, “What should I feed my dog?” It’s essential to give your dog a balanced diet because this will enhance its overall health and well-being. You have to understand a dog’s nutritional requirements to know how and what to feed it.
Carnivore or Omnivore?
We all know that dogs are members of the scientific order Carnivora. The dietary needs of members of this order vary. Some members are true carnivores, meaning they have an absolute requirement for meat but dogs are omnivores and can feed on other foods alongside meat. Both the intestinal tract and tooth structure in dogs are adapted to an omnivorous diet. Your dog can meet its nutritional requirements by eating a combination of plant and animal foods. An all-meat diet would be unbalanced and might not meet your dog’s dietary needs.
Dogs and Carbohydrates
There is a common misconception that dogs can’t digest carbohydrates, but this isn’t the case. The dog’s digestive system produces enzymes specific for digesting sugars and starches, which show dogs can digest carbohydrates.
Comprehensive Nutritional Requirements
A healthy dog meal should consist of proteins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and water. These essential nutrients will support all the basic functions of a dog’s body.