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Nutrients dog must to have in their diet

Dogs need to have a balanced diet full of water, protein,carbs, fats/oils, minerals, and vitamins. Having a balanced diet will have your dog feeling healthy and happy. First thing you need to make sure is that your dog drinks water! Water is as important to dogs as it is to humans and dogs need to have water available throughout the day. Next, your dog's diet needs to consist of about 20-30 percent protein that comes from high quality sources like chicken and lamb. Protein in dog food should contain all the essential amino acids that dog require. The rest of the diet comes from fats and carbs.Fat is the main source of energy for dogs, supplying twice as much energy as protein and carbs. Good fats include omega 3 and omega 6. Although carbs are not essential in a dog's diet, they are used for energy as well and are a big part of the diet. Finally, when it comes to minerals and vitamins, make sure your dog is getting the necessary amount of calcium, copper, Iron, Iodine, sodium, chloride, magnesium andpotassium, Zinc, Vitamin A, VitaminB1, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, and Vitamin B12.

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What is dog food?


Dog food isbasically food that's made specifically for the nutritional needs of dogs. Itincludes all the basic nutrients that humans need as well (carbs, protein,minerals, and fats).

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how do I know if my dog needs vitamins?


By eating processed dog food, most dogs receive a completeand balanced diet. If your dog eats homemade food, he may need the supplements.In any event, you should consult with your vet and by understanding the dog'sdiet, he will be able to give you the proper vitamins, if needed.

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It is hard to know if a dog food is good apart from what the stockiest tells you. If you are really unsure you should ask your vet, they would have all the information you need. I also found this website that tells you about all the ingredients of dog food and what each one is for http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/dogfoods.html

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