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Dogs need a balance between the amount of phosphorus and calcium they get in their daily diets.
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Guidelines for Making a Complete and Balanced Diet for Dogs
One other concept of balance that should be addressedis the idea perpetuated by the pet food companies: "Dogs need completeand balanced nutrition in every meal." This is nothing but propagandadesigned to make people buy into commercial dog food. This is not howthe canine body—or any other body—operates! Take your own diet, forexample. Do you eat a complete and balanced meal every time you eat?No! You eat a variety of foods over a period of time, and yet your bodygenerally does very well and exhibits no signs of nutritionaldeficiencies. Dogs do not need "complete and balanced" nutrition atevery meal. If they did, then any time they did not receive completeand balanced nutrition their bodies would get out of skew and problemswould suddenly develop. This is not how it works. This is where onesees the concept of "balance over time" developing. This is theprinciple that many feel is adequate to explain how all living thingsobtain the proper nutrition. Nutritional needs are met over a period oftime, and balance is achieved through time as the animal eats what itneeds at the time it needs it or whenever it can get it. The nutrientsthe body MUST have and cannot synthesize for itself are supplied insufficient amounts in the food the animal eats. Nutrients are storedwithin the body when they are eaten and are not needed, but when theneed arises, they are essentially pulled out of storage and used. Thisis what allows animals (and people!) to fast for sufficient periods oftime without starving or dying. They not only have fat reserves andprotein reserves in their muscles, but stored up nutrients and vitaminsin their tissues (fat soluble vitamins, for example, like A, D, and K).We can go one step further with this concept ofbalance. No one except nature conclusively knows exactly what is neededand in what proportions. Why? Well, a million years of evolution shouldbe sufficient enough to show any naysayer that the diet nature providesfor her creatures is precisely what they need to function, thrive, andsurvive. No one but nature knows exactly what the animal can actuallyuse and absorb. We can only guess. So forget 'balance' of any kind whenit comes to feeding our pet carnivores. There is no such thing as'balance'. Think "carcass". "Carcass" is what sufficiently sustainswolves, dogs, wild cats, and ferrets, and that is what nature hasperfectly provided for them. "Balance" is nothing but an insufficienthuman term, a vague concept that pet food companies employ to makepeople buy the foods for their pets. When feeding your pet carnivores,always remember the concept of "carcass".