• Changes In Your Aging Dog
• Changes You Can Expect As Your Dog Gets Older
• Does Your Aging Dog Have Lymphosarcoma
• Health Concerns of Older Dogs Part 1
• Health Concerns of Older Dogs Part 2
• Health Concerns of Older Dogs Part 3
• How To Determine If Your Older Dog Is Sick
• How To Handle Your Dogs Emergency Heat Stress
• Hyperplasia In Older Male Dogs
• Is Your Dog Loosing His Hearing
• Older Dog FAQ Part 1
• Older Dog FAQ Part 2
• Older Dog FAQ Part 3
• Older Dog FAQ Part 4
• Older Dog FAQ Part 5
• Older Dog FAQ Part 6
• Older Dog FAQ part 7
• Older Dogs Diet
• Prescription Drugs for Your Dog
• Surgery for Older Dogs
• Understanding Balanoposthitis In Your Older Dog
• Understanding The Benefits Of Fat Protein and Carbohydrate
• Use Care With Obedience Training For The Older Dog
• Watch For Pain Or Symptoms When Training The Aging Dog
• What is a Slipped Disc
|Understanding The Benefits Of Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrate
Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrate for the Older Dog
In the hopes that your older dog can enjoy a golden age that you never thought possible, it is wise to look into the evolvement of a nutritionally wholesome, additive-free, all-natural dog food. The rewards would be a constant improvement in the overall health of animals fed on such a natural diet. Such rewards include the improvement of almost every disease and condition affected by nutritional deficiencies.
Food is a highly significant factor in your older dog's health. The broadest food classifications are proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. The three classifications help us in assessing the major components of a food. Foods are generally considered to be of the category that predominates in their composition. But this does not mean that a carbohydrate such as wheat contains no protein because it does. Or that a protein such as liver contains no carbohydrates because it certainly does. Similar to people, pets need a proper ratio of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in their diet in order to maintain proper health.
Proteins are vital to the growth and development of all body tissues. Protein helps in the formation of hormones; it regulates the acid-alkaline and water balances; and it helps the body to form enzymes and antibodies. Protein also aids in the formation of milk during lactation, and in the process of blood clotting. Protein can be used as an energy source when fats and carbohydrates are insufficient in the diet.
Fats (lipids) are the most concentrated energy source in the diet. When oxidized, fats yield more than twice the calories of proteins or carbohydrates. Fats act as carriers for the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. By helping vitamin D to be absorbed, fats make calcium more
available to body tissues. Fats also aid in the conversion of carotene to vitamin A. Fats insulate major organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys, and help to maintain body heat.
Carbohydrates are the major source of energy for all bodily functions. They are a splendid source of quick energy. They assist in the digestion of other foods, and they are essential in regulating protein and fat metabolism. Carbohydrates are considered the fuel in which the fat burns. Carbohydrates consist of sugars, starches, and cellulose. Simple sugars, as in honey and fruits, are easily digested.
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