We do not believe that we really have “competition” in the healthy, homemade food for dogs world; actually, other companies that are similar to ours, help in our overall mission to educate pet owners on the truth of what your really feeding your dog when you buy commercial dog food.
We do however believe that we differentiate in many ways, in this particular case, it is in our balanced meals that we offer. For example, Homemade Doggy Dinners, is homemade food, however they would like you to believe that you only need their food in order to provide a healthy meal for your dog. This is not the case, they do not offer a balanced meal.
That being true, it is helpful to understand some fundamentals of canine nutrition. Nutrients are comprised of six basic categories: 1) carbohydrates 2) protein 3) fats 4) minerals 5) vitamins 6) water.
1. Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates main role is to supply energy for your healthy dog. During digestion, carbohydrates are broken down into glucose which travels through the bloodstream and provides energy to requiring cells.
Carbohydrates are stored in small amounts in your dog’s muscles. They release energy that is used for short and quick bursts of energy. Carbohydrates that contain fiber also play a healthy roll in digestion and bowel health.
2. Protein. Protein is required for heathy tissue growth, maintenance and repair and is an important source of calories. There are 22 essential amino acids and, out of those, only 12 of them are produced by your dog’s body. The others must come from diet and are found in food sources rich in high quality protein such as beef, lamb and turkey.
3. Fats. Fats are energy yielding nutrients and the only source that can be stored long term for future use. If there is more fatty acids than needed, they are converted and into fat and stored in the body. They provide the most concentrated source of calories and add flavor and texture to food. Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids contribute to skin and coat condition, aiding in relief from itching, scratching, dry skin, dull coat and hair loss. Fat also contains vitamins A, D, E and K.
4. Minerals. Minerals are required to aid in nerve transmission, muscle contraction, development of bone and cartilage, regulate blood, maintain water and electrolyte balance among many others.
5. Vitamins. Vitamins are comprised of two major categories, fat soluble and water soluble.
Fat soluble. It is not possible for an excess of these vitamins to be excreted from the body via urine so toxicity levels can be reached more quickly compared to water soluble vitamins. However, the advantage in fat soluble vitamins is that your dog’s system can store them in the liver for future synthesis.
Water soluble. Water soluble vitamins are absorbed in the small intestines and excess amounts easily leave the body via urination. Because these vitamins cannot be stored, your dog needs his daily portion of each.
6. Water. Water is considered the most important nutrient. It regulates body temperature, maintains hydration and lubricates joints and eyes among many other functions. Always keep plenty of clean, fresh water available for your healthy dog.