The Nutritional Needs of Dogs

Like all living things, dogs require a balance of protein, fats, and carbohydrates in their diet as well as certain vitamins and minerals. When you think about the proper diet for dogs, you probably already know that meat plays an important role. This is true, but you should not overlook the other nutrients your dog needs.

In this section you will find an overview of the nutrients essential to your dog’s diet and where they come from:


Dogs do not have specific requirements for carbohydrate in their diet, but carbohydrates do provide dietary fiber as well as valuable vitamins and minerals. Your dog should get his carbohydrate from whole grains like brown rice or oatmeal – these are the most digestible sources. Gluten-free and grain-free alternatives like sweet potato and tapioca are also good choices. Just be sure to avoid low-quality carbohydrates made from corn and soy ingredients because they provide very little nutritional value – dog food companies just use them to add bulk to their products without increasing cost or nutritional value.


Fat is the most highly concentrated source of energy available to your dog. Like protein, fats should come from animal-based sources like chicken fat and fish oil instead of plant-based sources like flaxseed or canola oil. You should make sure your Yorkie Poo gets a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to ensure proper skin and coat health.


Protein is made up of amino acids and it is incredibly important for the growth and development of your Yorkie Poo’s tissues, organs, and cells. Dogs require animal-based proteins like fresh meat and meat meals because it provides them with the essential amino acids they cannot produce on their own. Plant-based proteins are less biologically valuable for your dog, though they are not essentially harmful.


Your dog needs to get certain vitamins from his diet because his body cannot produce them on his own. The most important vitamins for dogs are vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E.


Minerals are inorganic compounds, because of that your dog’s body cannot synthesize them; it must come from his diet. The most important minerals for dogs include copper, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and iron.


In addition to macronutrients and micronutrients, your Yorkie Poo also needs plenty of fresh water on a daily basis. About 70% of your dog’s bodyweight is made up of water so, if he doesn’t drink enough water during the day, it can have a serious negative impact on his health.

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