Why would your dog have nutrient deficiencies? Since your dog lives with you, he is dependent on you to provide food. Even with the best of intentions dog nutrition is often lacking.
Wild dogs would instinctively know what to eat and how to prevent a
nutrient deficiency problem. Only if they couldn't get enough to eat, or
if they were scrounging around in human garbage would malnutrition be
an issue. Think street dogs from some impoverished country.
Malnutrition is the insufficient, excessive or imbalanced consumption of
nutrients. A number of different nutrition disorders may arise, depending on
which nutrients are under or over abundant in the diet.
( Wikipedia )
Anyway, I don't want to get carried away with these examples. I just want to let you know what can happen if dogs are not fed a variety of fresh food in a way that is natural for their species.
Nutrient deficiencies in dogs rarely happen with dogs fed a commercial store bought dog food. No matter how poor the ingredient quality may be, there are still government regulated requirements ( AAFCO ) for macro and micro vitamins and minerals and some other essential nutrients that are met using a prepared vitamin premix that is added to the food after processing.
Here are some other reasons why a dog may be nutrient deficient.
Deciding whether or not to supplement your dog's food is not easy. Over supplementation can destroy nutritional balance and even harm your dog. However, I believe that some supplementation is necessary, especially if you are cooking for your dog. Only Mother Nature provides perfect dog nutrition.
Even if extra nutrients are added to food, who says that your dog is able to digest and metabolize those nutrients for proper assimilation? The ability of your dog's body to metabolize nutrients can be affected by...
If you have a sick dog, or if your dog has a chronic dog health problem, you might wonder if he has a vitamin deficiency? You might be correct, but how do you find out which vitamin or mineral is lacking? Don't bother trying to figure it out!
Almost certainly, your dog can benefit from whole food supplements that can address the nutrient deficiency problem overall and help restore nutritional balance while speeding the healing process. Over supplementing is as dangerous as not doing anything though, so ask for help if you're not sure.
Nutritional deficiencies are unnecessary and can be prevented when the diet is complete and varied. Feeding a variety of different foods goes a long way towards preventing nutrient deficiency problems.
Over supplementing is as dangerous as not doing enough. As always, providing excellent dog nutrition through food is not rocket science. When in doubt ask yourself this question.
" Would Mother Nature give my dog this food? "
*** Helpful hint *** pizza crust, ice cream, bread, peanut butter, hot dogs, granola bars and chocolate chip cookies are not on Mother Nature's menu! (wink, wink ! )
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