We often get asked what we feed our pack. This section of the blog is to share with you what, when, and how we feed our pack in order to maintain optimal health. Click on the links below, or use the drop-down menu on the “Nutrition” menu tab to access the components of our pack’s diet:
The proper diet and nutrients is essential to a dog’s health. Dogs need a certain combination of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water every day in order to function normally. Each and every nutrient in your dog’s food has a purpose.
- Proteins: provide energy, and help with muscle growth, repair, and function
- Fats: provide energy, help the brain function, and keep the skin and hair coat shiny and healthy
- Carbohydrates: supply a source of quick energy
- Vitamins and minerals: necessary for muscle and nerve health, and help to prevent disease
Without adequate nutrition, your dog would not be able to maintain muscle tone, grow healthy teeth and bones, perform normal daily activities with ease, or fight-off infection. Competition dogs have even more specific needs as well. Reputable dog food manufacturers work diligently to determine the exact formula that goes into their products so that their food provides all the nutrients your dog needs on a daily basis. There are foods designed for specific stages of life (such as for puppies or senior dogs), while some provide hypoallergenic nutrition and other formulas are developed to control specific health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, etc. Keeping your dog on a nutritious diet not only helps to keep him or her at a healthy weight, but may also aid in reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease. As with any important life decisions you make for your dog, consult with your veterinarian, and/or speak to a nutritionist before planning or changing your dog’s diet.