How important are ingredients in dog food?

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Proteins are essential nutrients that have to be taken in through the daily dog ​​food ration. In essence, the dog needs proteins to form and maintain muscles, skin, hair or even bones. A high protein supply via dog food is particularly important during growth so that muscles, ligaments etc. can develop optimally. It is essential that the proteins in the dog food have a high biological value. This is the case when the amino acid chains, from which proteins consist, are as close as possible to the tissue to be formed.

Himalayan Yak Chews:

Himalayan yak cheese dog chew were discovered deep in the Himalayas. They are an all-natural, hardened cheese treat which villagers spent centuries perfecting. Called "Churpi" by locals, they were intended for human consumption and were known to be popular with locals. But there was something else that was widely known about Himalayan Yak Chews... they were often stolen by area dogs because they love to chew on them. 

Is there excess protein in dog food?

Basically it is possible. The protein intake through the dog food should always be tailored to the needs of the dog. A puppy and generally growing dogs, for example, need a very high protein supply through dog food for optimal development. However, an adult dog who enjoys its daily walks requires significantly less protein in the dog food and would have problems with an excessively high protein supply. Too little protein in dog food should be avoided as well as over-supply. In the event of over-supply, the organism would have to struggle enormously with "waste products" and would have to laboriously detoxify them via the liver and excrete them via the kidneys. So both should be avoided as far as possible.

How is a dog with kidney disease fed?

Dogs with kidney disease should always be fed low protein. Talk to a dog food with a low protein content. Kidney function is already damaged anyway and unnecessary processing of superfluous proteins is a burden on the kidney. Please discuss nutritional recommendations with your veterinarian after thorough diagnosis.

What's in dog food at MERA?

At MERA, of course, only the best dog food comes into the bag. We only use proteins of high biological value and high digestibility for our dog food. For dogs that suffer from a certain food allergy, we only use a selected, defined protein source in special types of food ( Pure line ). Because only if the allergenic protein is consistently excluded from the diet can the existing allergy risk be reduced to a minimum. In addition, our feed ingredients are equally suitable for human consumption. All MERA products meet the constantly growing requirements for healthy and responsible dog nutrition at a markedly high quality level that you can always rely on.

Vitamins in dog food

Every dog ​​owner knows that vitamins in dog food are vital. However, some dog owners feed the dog food freely according to the motto "a lot helps a lot" and are not at all aware that they could harm their animal with it. Because an oversupply of dog food can be just as harmful to your animal as an undersupply.

What do vitamins do in dog food?

A basic distinction is made between fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and water-soluble B vitamins (B1, B2, B6, B12). They strengthen the immune system, ensure the optimal structure of bones, cells and teeth and regulate the vital use of nutrients.

What happens in dogs with vitamin deficiency?

A vitamin deficiency in dogs, starting with dull fur and skin changes, can really lead to serious illnesses. In particular, raw meat feeding requires immense nutritional knowledge in order not to cause deficiency symptoms. With today's complete feed, on the other hand, a vitamin deficiency is almost impossible, since they usually contain all the necessary vitamins in the ideal ratio.

What happens if the dog is over-supplied with vitamins?

Here the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) play a greater role than the water-soluble B vitamins. Because the water-soluble vitamins are excreted through the kidneys and thus at the most burden the kidneys more. The body can store the fat-soluble vitamins in its organism, which can lead to considerable deposits and even signs of poisoning. Excessive administration of vitamin preparations can cause irritability, bone loss or weight that is difficult to regulate.

Which vitamin supply in case of illness?

If a dog is sick, the vitamin balance must also be individually adapted to the dog's needs. Your veterinarian will be happy to advise you. The dog's fat metabolism is closely linked to the use of fat-soluble vitamins. For example, if there is a disease of the pancreas, the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins is also disturbed. Depending on the severity of the disease, additions such as. B. Pancrex Vet took this into account and created ideal conditions for vitamin intake.

Conclusion:

Whoever feeds MERA dog food can rely on an optimally balanced vitamin ratio in dog food. All nutrients are contained in the ideal ratio. So you can be sure that you feed your dog optimally in all phases of life - from puppy to senior. Exceptions to the additional administration of vitamin preparations are special stressful situations in the event of illness. In this case, in consultation with the veterinarian, additional administration of vitamin supplements can make sense.

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