Do you hear often about low-fat dog food? Do you think the human food is good for your dog? I think it’s not the same thing, and I’ll prove it to you. Many food companies promote these low-fat dog foods, but is it the best option for your dog?
Let’s Try To Figure It Together
Saturated fats cause health problems in humans, raising the risk of clogged arteries and heart attacks. But it’s not the same problem with dogs. They are resistant and even if they consume a high-fat diet, they rarely suffer circulatory conditions. Dogs may suffer from high blood cholesterol, though it is not bad for them as it may get for humans. Rather, cholesterol helps dogs to be resistant to developing atherosclerosis, the cause of heart attacks and strokes.
Sometimes dietary fats can be a problem. Let’s see how.
Two of the most common health problems that may demand a low-fat dog food are pancreatitis and chronic obesity.
How can you figure out that your dog has problems with high-fat food and must be transferred on a low-fat diet?
There are some visible signs. Weight loss, diarrhea, and steatorrhea are the common symptoms. Steatorrhea is a condition in which there is too much fat in the stool. Excessive fat in stool results in pale, greasy stools. For dogs with digestive problems, you should try a low-fat dog food, but if the situation doesn’t improve, you shouldn’t continue.
What is Low Fat Dog Food
Specialists consider that a diet comprising less than 10 percent fat is considered as low fat, while diets with 10 -15% fat are considered as having a moderate amount of fat. More than 20% fat in any food is considered high.
However, with commercial low-fat food diets, you should consider whether it is low or high in protein.
Even if the food is low in fat, try to find one that is not low in protein because dogs get more nutritional value from proteins.
Another important tip for you to know is that low-fat food is less tasty than other foods, so try to improve the taste with canned or fresh food to make it more attractive if your dog doesn’t accept it.
Want To Make a Low Fat Diet for Your Dog By Your Own
You can do it! You should use half low-fat meat, eggs, dairy, and half carbohydrates. The carbohydrates can be found in rice, oatmeal, barley, quinoa, potatoes, pasta, sweet potatoes, winter squashes, and pumpkin. The other half of the diet should contain low-fat meat or meat that has been cooked enough to remove much of their fat.
Skinless chicken breast is quite low in fat, turkey, venison, goat, buffalo, and rabbit. You must use eggs, organ meat, apple, banana, melon, papaya, and blueberries, but in very small portions because they are high in fat, but your dog needs them.