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fatFat and Your Pet

We’re all well aware of the huge variety of low fat foods available for humans, but what about our pets? While humans rely mostly on carbohydrates for energy, dogs and cats use fat as their main energy source. They burn it more rapidly and more effectively than humans. Dogs and cats do well on diets that fat contents of 25-50%, as long as they are getting adequate exercise.

Baking commercial dog foods at such high temperatures can lead to unhealthy trans-fat formation. Unfortunately, there is no requirement to put the amount or type of digestible fat on dog food labels. A lack of fat in the diet can cause an animal to become deficient in the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K, and several minerals. An animal lacking the optimum amount of these vitamins and minerals may develop a whole host of problems, including: skin infections, hair loss, excessive shedding, hot spots, brittle hair, flaky skin, greasy skin, liver and kidney degenerations, weakness, retarded growth, impairment of vision, loss of ability to learn, symptoms similar to arthritis, and heart and circulatory problems.

How do I avoid issues with deficient diets?

In order to avoid these deficiencies, it is best to feed animals their natural diet, which is raw food. If choosing an alternate diet, make certain that your pet is getting enough good fat in the diet. Commercial pet foods should be supplemented with essential fatty acids.

Ensuring that your animal is getting the appropriate amount of fat will assist them in leading a high quality life. It helps our animals to have normal cell membrane synthesis, normal healing, normal skin and coat, and successful reproduction. So, while you stay away from most fats, go ahead and give them to your animal friends.