Heavy Fats or Heavy Carbs?

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    John B
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    Disregarding protein for a moment, in general which is better for my dog: a food heavy in fats vs. carbs, or the other way around?

    Thanks,

    John B

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    Hi John B:

    Since dogs do not technically have a carbohydrate requirement, I would say that a diet with little to no carbohydrates would be best for your dog. Corn, wheat, potatoes, rice, squash-all are heavy in carbohydrates and therefore unnecessary unless you have a dog with a high metabolism and you need to add calories to help them maintain weight. Fat is an essential nutrient to a dog but those suffering from sensitivity to high fat levels and/or pancreatitis may have issues, so it’s not really very easy to say one is better than another across the board.

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