WHAT A DOG NEEDS

Let’s face it! Modern dogs over thousands of years have developed the ability to survive on a diverse diet. The first dogs shared food stuffs with humans.  Today many continue that tradition by offering their dogs table scraps and leftovers. The diversity of foods offered to modern day dogs have helped to develop todays thriving pet food industry where hundreds upon hundreds of dog food formulas based on the idea that a dog will eat about everything have been developed. Although most of the dog foods on the market will sustain a dog, is it the balanced nutritional diet that a dog needs to not just survive, but to thrive?

The diversity of foods offered to modern day dogs have helped to develop todays thriving pet food industry where hundreds upon hundreds of dog food formulas based on the idea that a dog will eat about everything have been developed. Although most of the dog foods on the market will sustain a dog, is it the balanced nutritional diet that a dog needs to not just survive, but to thrive?

Dogs have evolved from wolves, a meat-eating animal. Today’s dogs still have the teeth, digestive system, and nutritional requirements as their carnivore predecessors. So an ideal dog food similar to their ancestral diet, that of wolves, would appear to be the best diet for a dog.

 

​The ancestral diet for a dog is 50 – 55% protein, 25 – 30% fat, and 15% carbohydrates. However since a dog has developed the ability to eat about anything, many pet foods are produced using meat by-products and inexpensive fillers such as corn, wheat, and sorghum. They may contain less than 30% protein, 20% fat, but are high in unnecessary carbohydrates, as much as 45 to 7 percent. High carbs can lead to an over-weight pet and  cause diabetes as well as other health issues.

​Dog foods sold at Arnie’s Pet Food Store meet the high demands of nutrition that your dog needs. All meat sources are listed, there are no fillers, dyes, by-products or food additives, and meet or exceed the highest standards of the American Association of Pet Foods. 

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