Respectfully, this is completely false and misleading. First, while dogs should be metabolizing fat for energy, many do not and its not because of what they eat. Fat is metabolized once a dog reaches an aerobic state (fat adaptation) and since many dogs are not in competition-like physical condition and only receive normal amounts of activity like running in the yard or playing at the dog park, they actually burn more carbs than fats. Protein should never be used as an energy source. It is extremely inefficient as a source of energy. Protein is best used for muscle repair and not energy. It has been shown in sled dogs studies by Kronfeld that even highly stressed sled dogs do just fine on a dry food with 32% protein.second what LisaT just said .
Dogs metabolize fats and proteins .
I had the privilege to work with a professional sled dog racer to prepare his dogs for the season's competition circuit , which included the Iditarod . The energy came from fat -- unadulterated , in other words raw fat, not heated fat or drippings which many people resort to and wreaks havoc on digestion. Added chicken fat to the diet.
These people never stop.Corn is not good for our dogs so the main thing to look for in a food is the source of the carbs. Corn is traditionally the source in lower end dog foods. Feed a high quality grain free dog food and your dog will be fine When mine are on a tough deployment,hunt tests etc I give them a little canine red cell.
No, take some time to research what the others said and you will find virtually everything stated as completely false.excuse me, your second post here and I don't see 'your' credentials
You might want to go to the Introduction forum and introduce yourself it will make you more credible.
I respect what you do in service to the community. You are an angel for that but you are dead wrong about corn as an allergen. There are at least 7 peer reviewed studies that put corn between 1% - 3% of real food allergies, which is just slightly higher than rice. Also, most dogs with allergies react to multiple protein sets, so frankly the dog has a bad immune system.It is a known fact that corn is an allergen. This is nothing new. You show ME studies showing it is okey dokey. I have personal experience for 25 years feeding all breeds. I have seen for myself what happens when feeding corn. THEN I did research Also, with the recalls later due to cheap Chinese corn being used. no thanks.
What exactly is YOUR experience with feeding,training, etc etc dogs.
Exactly what do you feed?
Could you please cite your references so all can learn?There are at least 7 peer reviewed studies that put corn between 1% - 3% of real food allergies, which is just slightly higher than rice. Also, most dogs with allergies react to multiple protein sets, so frankly the dog has a bad immune system.
If your dogs has a real allergy, 90% chance it is Chicken, Beef, Eggs, Dairy and isolated wheat protein, not whole grain wheat.
It is impossible you read any real studies showing corn (or any grain for that matter) was a primary cause of allergic reactions. They simply do not exist.those are not the studies I have read and not been my experience in the 25 years that I have been importing breeding and training,
Now, I will say one thing. there are tons of pet mixed breed dogs out there doing well on grocery store food. Personally, I think the mutts have a stronger system. We lose something in the linebreeding that we do. That being said. I have helped a ton of folks get their dogs off of cortisone shots by taking them off of a grain based cheap dog food. Right or wrong.,tons of GSDs have issues with it. I feed Orijen to all of my dogs,but I will say, that my labs and goldens were on junk from Wal Mart and looked fine when I bought them. so there ya go
Now, I will say one thing. there are tons of pet mixed breed dogs out there doing well on grocery store food. Personally, I think the mutts have a stronger system.
So if a dog is NEVER fed any carbs how would that affect their energy level?they actually burn more carbs than fats.
I don't want my dogs to do "just fine". Stray dogs on the street that live off garbage do "just fine".It has been shown in sled dogs studies by Kronfeld that even highly stressed sled dogs do just fine on a dry food with 32% protein.
I don't think you understand the point. If sled dogs at the height of training in very cold and nasty conditions remain in peak condition on a food with 32% protein why do you believe more is better? More protein for the average dog is waste at best and damaging at worst. "Just Fine" was just an expression.So if a dog is NEVER fed any carbs how would that affect their energy level?
I don't want my dogs to do "just fine". Stray dogs on the street that live off garbage do "just fine".
I want my dogs to be in the best possible physical condition that I have the ability to get them to.