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My dogs have been eating Weruva for a while now. One senior dog just got his labs checked and all is pretty good with the exception of higher glucose and low phosphorus. It is my understanding that the low phosphorus can be due to a food that is also low phosphorus. Can anyone help me out on the amount of phosphorus in this food? Thanks so much.
Hi.. I have switched my dog to the CaniSource after she took a real liking to it at Woofstock. It is quite expensive and I was surprised to see it had such a low rating as dehydrated is suppose to be better than dried. The one thing that concerned me after the switch was that her stool turned black. I’m not sure if it is because the food is darker than what I was feeding her before (Fromm grainfree surf and turf) or if she has some sort of allergy or problem with the food. I plan to try switching her back to see if that fixes the problem, however I was wondering if it was normal for dogfood to have a strong effect on a dogs stool? Other than that.. I find that my dog eats more and more happily than she did on the Fromm. She went from 1 bowl of Fromm every day or two from a constantly filled dog dish to eating the whole bowl full in the morning when I put it out and begging for more in the evening when I come home. Is the increase in her appetite a good thing or does this indicate that the food is not well balanced? She does not appear to be gaining weight despite the double quantity of food she is eating. I’m a little nervous of this dog food over all despite loving the idea of a food re-hydrated with water. I’m interested to hear what other people have experienced.
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When shopping for a low carb dog food you want to use the same degree of caution you would use when shopping for any other type of pet food. First and foremost, you want to check the label for an AAFCO statement of nutritional adequacy that confirms the product is complete and balanced for your dog’s life stage (or for all life stages). Next, take a look at the guaranteed analysis to make sure the product exceeds your dog’s minimum requirements for protein and fat. Adult dogs need a minimum of 18% protein and 5% fat while puppies need at least 22% protein and 8% fat. Remember, protein is the most important nutrient for your dog so you want that number to be as high as possible. Fat is a concentrated form of energy for your dog so it should be higher than 5% but not so high that it leads to an excess in calories that could cause your dog to gain an unhealthy amount of weight.If you want to feed your dog a pet food that mimics the kind of natural, meat-rich diet he was evolved to follow, a low carb diet might be your best bet. Shopping for a low carb diet can be tricky, though your odds of finding one are better if you stick to the 4-star and 5-star brands. If you need help getting started in your search for the perfect low carb dog food, consider one of our top-rated brands reviewed above. Each of them offers multiple product choices that are high in protein and low in carbs – exactly what you are looking for.Nulo – Though not one of the largest brands on the market, Nulo is unique from other pet food manufacturers in their commitment to offering fresh, protein-rich, and low carb recipes for dogs. This brand currently offers two product lines – Medal Series and Freestyle. Both of these product lines are grain-free and made with high-quality ingredients like real meat and fresh fruits and vegetables. Nulo makes sure that each of their recipes contains at least 80% protein from real meats like chicken, turkey, salmon, and lamb. They also state that each of their recipes in low in carbs and contain only low-glycemic ingredients like lengils, chickpeas, and sweet potatoes. They promise not to use any corn, wheat, or soy ingredients and every product is supplemented with probiotics to ensure healthy digestion.Complex carbohydrates are further categorized as either starches or fibers, and are digested more slowly than simple carbohydrates. Starches require additional breakdown by enzymes, produced by the pancreas and intestinal wall, before they are absorbed and utilized by the dog. Starches are contained in grains; vegetables such as potatoes and peas; and beans.
Fiber is resistant to enzymatic digestion; some fibers are fermented by intestinal microbes. Dietary fiber is found only in plant foods: fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains, and comes from the portion of plants that is not digested by enzymes in the intestinal tract.