Essential nutrients in dog food
Minerals are one of the six essential nutrients in dog food. They are key to good canine health just as they’re necessary for good human health. As with protein and fats, dogs need minerals in their diet. They need minerals in dog food.
Calcium is the most abundant and arguably the most essential mineral in your dog’s body. It helps build strong teeth and bones. It also assists with heart and muscle function, aids digestion and helps with hormone secretion.
If you home cook for your dog, it is absolutely essential that you supplement your dog’s diet with calcium. This needs either to be in the form of regular raw meaty bones (RMBs), or, the better option for most people, a calcium supplement. To that end there is no better, no more natural calcium supplement that my Essential Calcium for Dogs. Unlike so many calcium supplements, my dog calcium supplement is 100% natural!
Next to calcium, phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in your dog’s body. Calcium and phosphorus work together and need to be equally balanced in your dog’s diet.
If you make homemade food for your dog, your dog’s calcium to phosphorus balance is likely to be perfect providing you supplement with my Essential Calcium for Dogs.
There are a number of other minerals vital for your dog’s health. Chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, iodine, iron, potassium, selenium and zinc.
Providing you feed your dog a varied diet, you will be providing a good and healthy balance of minerals and no other supplementation should be necessary.
Homemade dog food
The best way to get all six essential nutrients into your dog’s diet is to feed homemade dog food. If you really want to improve your dog’s health, nothing beats homemade dog food.
Especially for anyone new to home cooked dog food, I’ve created a step-by-step guide to making healthy homemade dog food. It includes a number of canine nutritionist- formulated homemade dog food recipes.