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Fatty acids are healthy for the dog

A balanced diet must also provide the dog with essential fatty acids. The animal's body cannot produce it itself, but it depends on it. On the one hand, they provide valuable energy, on the other hand, they are needed to utilize fat-soluble vitamins. Here you will find useful information about fatty acids. Fatty acids are healthy for the dog - Photo: Shutterstock / dogboxstudiojpg

Healthy eating: functions of saturated fatty acids

Fatty acids are lipids and are basically divided into saturated and unsaturated. The former are only a carrier of energy for the dog. When carbohydrates and saturated fatty acids are fed at the same time, the energy from the more quickly digestible carbohydrate is consumed. If the dog's body does not need any more calories, fat deposits are created.

A healthy diet for your four-legged friend should therefore only consist to a certain extent of saturated fatty acids. This varies from animal to animal and breed to breed. A husky that is used in dog sports naturally has a higher energy requirement than a pug that does not take more than three short walks a day.

Unsaturated Fatty Acids: Importance of Omega-3 and Omega-6

Unsaturated fatty acids are essential for a healthy diet because they fulfill important functions in the metabolism. Two subgroups of these lipids are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. You should feed them in a ratio of 1: 5 (Omega-3 to Omega-6). Omega-6 is naturally found in the meat that is used for dog feeding and therefore usually does not need to be fed separately. Fish oils and some vegetable oils are a good source of healthy omega-3. You can add these to the feed several times a week according to the guide value of 0.3 grams of oil per kilogram of body weight if you prepare the feed for your four-legged friend yourself.

Keeping your dog's diet balanced and healthy minimizes the risk of metabolic, coat, or skin problems. Your animal will thank you.

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