Making sure that your puppy grows properly and remains healthy, requires several vital nutrients. This article will list those nutrients and explain how to make sure your dog’s diet contains enough of them.
Vital nutrients: proteins, carbohydrates and fat
Animals and humans need a number of nutrients in order to stay alive. These are nutrients our bodies do not produce (enough of) and therefore need to be ingested with our food. All of Yarrah’s organic pet food contains precisely the right amount of nutrients, vitamins and minerals your dog needs in order to develop properly and stay healthy.
The three most important nutrients for dogs are proteins, carbohydrates and fat.
A dog needs proteins for the development of its bones and muscles. Proteins are required for your dog to grow but also for recovering and maintaining of its body cells and tissues. Proteins are very important for the immune system. The dog gets its proteins from meat and fish, but plant-based proteins are beneficial as well.
Fat is an important source of energy. It helps transport substances throughout the body and supports the development of joints and the nervous system. They are also known as fatty acids, omega 3 and 6, and oil. A shortage of fat may cause a deficiency in vitamin A, D, E and K. Your dog may get a dull coat and damaged skin as a result.
Carbohydrates provide sugar and fibres. Sugars in turn provide energy and the fibres facilitate good digestion. Carbohydrates are found in wheat and peas. Yarrah provides dog food based on grains, but it offers grain-free alternatives as well. Most dogs have no problem processing grains, but some dogs do. For those dogs, there is Yarrah Grain-Free dry food and Yarrah Sensitive dry food based on rice. In addition, all Yarrah alu wet food is grain-free.
Vitamins and minerals
Vitamins and minerals are vital for proper growth and development. They ensure a healthy immune system and a properly functioning body. Some examples are calcium for the development of bones and teeth, magnesium for a properly functioning nervous system and vitamin E, an antioxidant. You can always check the nutritional values list of our food (click on a product in the web shop and check the tab ‘nutritional values’ beneath the product image) to see exactly what your dog will get thanks to Yarrah food. Want to know exactly how much food to give? Use our food calculator.