That ” your food will be your medicine ” also applies to dogs.
As we all know, nutrition plays a fundamental role in the proper development of the body, being decisive for health.
When we debut as adopters, when we are faced with the nutrition of our furry, we may make the mistake of thinking ” if it’s good for me, surely it’s good for him too “.
That doubts assail us is a wonderful sign that shows concern and love from us, so we start our task as caregivers very well.
If today we have reached this post, it is because we are on the conscious search to provide a diet that favors the quality of life of our four-legged relatives.
There is a close relationship between what we are and what we eat, so finding a functional diet will be the best preventive against the development of diseases.
As we all know, communication with our furry ones is not an easy task, so it is important not to compromise their well-being in order to avoid suffering.
Do you think your dog is a carnivore or omnivore?
As science shows us and despite its adaptability and ability to evolve its metabolism after the relationship it maintains with man, the dog is still carnivorous .
It is not a strict carnivore like cats, but it has not evolved so much in its physiology as to be called an omnivore.
We classify the dog as a facultative carnivore .
And you will ask yourself: what does their condition have to do with nutrition and the development of certain diseases ?
At this point, we must know that mainly certain biochemical processes that take place in the digestive tract differentiate us from them.
This differentiating fact tells us that what is good for us is not always going to be good for them .
If you’re thinking that a healthy dog can eat anything without serious repercussions, you’re wrong.
The digestive system has the great task of obtaining from food the nutrients and energy that the body requires for its proper functioning.
To this is added the development of both tissues and cognitive development, and it is the main engine of the immune system.
However, the biochemical processes that take place in your body are somewhat different from ours.
Many of the foods that are good for us, for our furry companions, are going to be difficult or impossible to digest.
In fact, many substances or excess nutrients act as toxic , or force their metabolism in the processes of digestion and excretion.
There are essential nutrients that they cannot do without, just as there are excesses of these nutrients, which cannot guarantee that the body does not suffer damage.
Thus, a well-balanced diet, considering the nature of the dog and taking into account the differentiating needs found between:
- Particular states: pregnancy, lactation, growth or other specific needs.