In this section we break down the primary food components necessary for a healthy, active dog. We talk about sources, both good and bad, plus give you an idea of why each of these is important in your dog’s diet.
In canine terms, fats mean energy. Dogs use this energy to build muscle and sustain their daily activities, from hunting to herding. Fats are the most efficient source of energy for a dog. If there is too little fat in the diet, the dog will pull energy from other sources, depleting other body processes of necessary nutrients (food). A good dietary goal is 25% to 30% of food calories from fats. Essential fatty acids also must come from external sources for the dog’s best health. Linoleic acid in particular must contribute approximately 2% of the total calories in the dog’s diet.