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Hypo-allergenic dog food range

Designed to be kind to your dog's stomach

Nutritional needs

The nutrient requirements of dogs are the subject of ongoing research but nutrient guidelines have been established indicating the recommended value of nutrients for dogs of different life stages.1 These standards encompass all nutrients that have been identified as essential for a dog's health.

When a complete pet food is fed as the only source of nutrients, it will provide all the nutritional needs of the particular dog of the given life stage for which it is intended. As a rule, puppies have higher overall nutrient requirements than adult dogs; overweight dogs benefit from a less energy-dense diet, and senior dogs and lactating bitches have yet again different needs.

Protein

Historically, dogs ate a diet consisting primarily of meat which means they consumed a high percentage of their diet as protein.
The meat would obviously also provide fat and some carbohydrates (inside the prey animal's stomach would often be pre-digested plant food) but a dog would not be able to survive without protein.

Dietary protein comes in many different forms ("amino acids") of which only 10 are called essential because the dog's body cannot produce them - they must be supplied through the diet. These amino acids are used by the body as "building blocks" for tissues, organs, hormones and fulfil many other functions - they truly are essential.

In contrast to protein from plant sources, high quality meat protein provides all essential amino acids together and is therefore referred to as "complete" or balanced protein.

Fats

For dogs, fats are highly palatable and digestible. Just like in humans, fat is needed for the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. In addition, fat is used for energy, for the natural production of sex hormones and plays a role in kidney function. So-called essential fats or fatty acids cannot be produced by the dog's body and must come from dietary sources. Essential fatty acids fulfil various important roles in the body and are also necessary to keep the dog's skin and coat healthy.

Energy

All dogs need a certain amount of energy to sustain the normal activities of their daily lives. These normal energy levels increase when the dog is a puppy and growing, then again during pregnancy, lactation and with any higher level of exercise. A dog's main dietary energy sources are protein and fat.

Vitamins

Vitamins are needed for many different body processes in a dog. Most vitamins can not be made by the body and need to be supplied with the food in sufficient quantities. In contrast to humans, dogs can actually make their own Vitamin C.

Minerals

As with the other nutrients, minerals too need to be present in the body in the right proportions for good health. Dogs can get too much or too little of a specific mineral if they are fed an unbalanced diet - so feeding a reputable complete feed appropriate to a dog's life stage is very important.

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FEDIAF nutrient recommendations for dogs


Nutrient recommendations for dogs unit per 100 g dry matter
Nutrient Unit Adult dog Early Growth
(< 14 weeks) &
Reproduction
Late Growth
(> 14 weeks)
Legal
maximum
Protein g 18.00 22.50 22.00 -
Arginine g 0.52 0.79 0.71 -
Histidine g 0.23 0.39 0.25 -
Isoleucine g 0.46 0.65 0.50 -
Leucine g 0.82 1.29 0.80 -
Lysine g 0.42 0.88 [max. 2.80] 0.70 [max. 2.80] -
Methionine g 0.31 0.35 0.26 -
Methionine-cystine g 0.62 0.70 0.53 -
Phenylalanine g 0.54 0.65 0.50 -
Phenylalanine-tyrosine g 0.89 1.30 1.00 -
Threonine g 0.52 0.81 0.64 -
Tryptophan g 0.17 0.23 0.21 -
Valine g 0.59 0.68 0.56 -
 
Fat g 5.5 8.50 8.50 -
Linoleic acid n-6 g 1.32 1.30 [max. 6.50] 1.30 -
Arachidonic acid mg - 30.00 30.00 -
Alpha-linolenic acid g - 0.08 0.08 -
EPA + DHA g - 0.05 0.05 -
 
Minerals - - - - -
Calcium g 0.50 [max. 2.5] 1.00 [max. 1.6] 0.80 [max. 1.8] -
Phosphorus g 0.40 [max. 1.60] 0.90 0.70 -
Ca / P ratio 1/1 2/1 1/1 1.5/1 1/1 1.5/1 -
Potassium g 0.50 0.44 0.60 -
Sodium g 0.10 [max. 1.8] 0.22 0.22 -
Chloride g 0.15 [max. 2.25] 0.29 0.33 -
Magnesium g 0.07 0.04 0.04 -
 
Trace elements - - - - -
Copper mg 0.72 1.10 1.10 2.8
Iodine mg 0.11 0.09 0.15 1.1
Iron mg 3.60 8.80 8.80 142
Manganese mg 0.58 0.56 0.56 17.0
Selenium µg 30.0 35.00 35.00 56.8
Zinc mg 7.2 10.0 [max. 100] 10.0 [max. 100] 28.4
 
Vitamins - - - - -
Vitamin A IU 500 [max. 40,000] 500 [max. 40,000] 500 [max. 40,000] -
Vitamin D IU 50.0 [max. 320] 55.2 [max. 320] 50.0 [max. 320] 227
Vitamin E IU 3.60 3.00 5.00 -
Thiamine mg 0.23 0.14 0.14 -
Riboflavin mg 0.60 0.53 0.53 -
Pantothenic acid mg 1.00 1.50 1.50 -
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) mg 0.15 0.15 0.15 -
Vitamin B12 µg 2.20 3.50 3.50 -
Niacin mg 1.10 1.70 1.70 -
Folic acid µg 18.00 27.0 27.0 -
Biotin µg - - - -
Choline mg 120 170 170 -
Vitamin K µg - - - -

1 FEDIAF, Nutritional Guidelines for Complete and Complementary Pet Food for Cats and Dogs, February 2008 (www.fediaf.org)

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