FAT FOR DOGS – WHAT TYPE AM I FEEDING MY DOG?
Do you know the right fat for dogs and what you may be inadvertently feeding them?
If you feed your dog commercial pet food such as kibble, you may have noticed the pungent smell when you open a new bag of food… This is due, very often I’m afraid, to the odour of rendered fat, restaurant grease, or other oils too rancid or deemed inedible for humans. Yet this unpalatable and indigestible form is still used and listed as ‘fat’ under the guise of it meeting your pets nutritional requirement.
Restaurant grease has become a major component of feed-grade animal fat over the last fifteen years. This grease is often held in huge drums that may be kept outside for weeks, exposing it to extreme temperatures with no regard for its future use. It is taken to rendering plants where it is mixed with other types of fat which end up as fat for dogs and cats in their food.
These fats are then stabilised with powerful antioxidants (chemicals) to stop further spoilage, and then this blended product is sold to end users, including pet food companies…
These fats are sprayed directly onto the kibbles and pellets to make an otherwise bland or distasteful product palatable. Pet food scientists have discovered that animals love the taste of these sprayed-on-fats and the manufacturers are masters at exploiting this.
The best source of fat, which your dog needs, is direct from a fresh, dietary source and if you feed your dog a raw food diet, then chances are it is already included in the food.
However, if you do feed your dog commercial food, then there is a high likelihood they are missing Omega 3 in their diet.
So, what is a good fat for dogs that provides omega 3?
An easily accessible oil that is rich in Omega 3 and provides essential health benefits, is cod liver oil or fish body oil.
Cod liver oil helps to overcome more problems seen in modern food than any other single supplement. Cod liver oil supplies vitamin A, vitamin D and the Omega 3 essential fatty acids in an activated form.
Vitamin A – essential for a healthy immune system and healthy mucous membranes, which includes the gastro-intestinal (digestive) tract, the urogenital (reproductive and urinary) tract, the ears and the eyes.
Vitamin D – essential for healthy calcium metabolism, which means among other things healthy bones.
Omega 3 fatty acids balance out the Omega 6’s in the diet, produce vital anti-inflammatory effects and are essential for normal growth and development, including most especially the nervous system.
If you have any questions on good and bad fat for dogs, comment below, we’d love to hear from you.
To your dog’s health!