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Nutrition & Wellness

Is fat a good source of energy for a dog?

Fat is the most efficient form of energy for a dog and has so many other benefits for your furry mate! Fats help promote a healthy skin and coat, maintain that felling of “fullness”, facilitate absorption of vitamins (A,D,E & K), regulate inflammation and, most importantly, makes food taste great!

Unlike humans, dogs don’t have to worry about cholesterol and won’t end up with the same types of health issues humans can from eating a high-fat diet.

Fat is more energy dense than carbohydrates which is why Eureka has been formulated to be high in both proteins and fats. Our recipes deliver the essential building blocks to both grow and maintain muscle for peak physical performance.

“A diet that skimps on fat will contribute to a reduction in endurance and overall fitness. A visible effect in dogs that receive a diet lacking adequate fat is a dull, scruffy coat and flaky skin.”

Most dogs will actively seek out a diet that is high in fat.

“Specifically, dogs will seek a macronutrient profile equating to approximately 63% of their daily calorie intake from fat, 30% from protein and 7% from carbohydrate”

If you look at the ingredients for most commercial dog foods, between 30 to 70% are carbs. These are what we call “empty calories” & are typically added into food to reduce the overall cost of the food. Eureka food is fortified with quality proteins and fats and is boosted with superfoods such as green lipped mussels resulting in a food with less than 10% carbs and zero nonsense!

Sources

The Role Of Fat In Canine Nutrition (purinaproclub.com)

Dogs prefer high-fat diets | WALTHAM

Are Fats and Oils Good For Dogs? | PetMD

High Protein and Low Carb Dog Foods | LoveToKnow

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What you can tell from your dogs poo & toileting habits

As a general guide, you are looking for consistency in both your dog’s poo and their toileting habits. For example, if your dog goes from pooping once a day to 3 times a day, or the “firmness” of their poo changes, these could be signs of an issue. Keep an eye on this and if it is ongoing then this should be investigated with your vet.

Some toileting signs to keep an eye on include the following; Straining to defecate, Dry or overly firm stools, Diarrhea or loose stools, Changes in stool volumes and different coloured stools. There can be numerous reasons for these types of issues. Check out this handy article to provide more information on what might be going on… What Your Dog’s Poo Can Tell You About Their Health

For those with a curious mind on what the ideal poo looks like… here’s a visual Poop consistency chart that will help you identify the health of your dogs “business”. The Grades 2 – 3 stools in the chart are what would be considered “ideal” or “normal” in most situations.

When you change your dogs diet it’s not unusual to see some changes in either your dogs poo and/or their toileting habits. This will largely depend on either the change in the food format & the types of ingredients contained within your dogs previous diet vs their new diet. Sometimes changing your dogs diet can cause an upset stomach for a few days , however this should settle down relatively quickly. Taking time to transition your dog onto a new food should occur over a 5 – 7 day period and this is especially important when adding a food such as Eureka which is an energy dense diet, high in both proteins and fats.

It is highly possible that you will find your dog producing less poo when being fed on Eureka. This is because Eureka doesn’t contain any of the cheap fillers typically found in most pet foods. This means that most of the Eureka food that your dog consumes will be absorbed and utilised by their body ensuring they are in peak physical condition.

Sources

Preventative Vet Preventive Vet

Waltham Faeces Scoring System (waltham.com)  

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How feeding to a lean body weight extends lifespan

Detailed field studies of dogs spanning over a decade have proven that diet restriction can extend lifespan by up to 15% – that means up to two additional years with your best mate if you keep them lean and mean! This is why feeding your dog the right amount matters just as much as the type of food they eat.

“We all know that obesity, whether human or canine, is bad for health — that’s not new news,” says Dr. Dennis Lawler, who along with principal investigator Dr. Richard Kealy, led the study. “What’s exciting about this study is that, for the first time in a larger mammal, we proved that eating less resulted in longer life. That’s powerful stuff.”

This is also one of the reasons we started Eureka Pet Co. Our “Build a Bowl” process takes into account the most detailed possible information about your best mate – their age, breed, weight, body condition, activity level, health issues and dietary mix – before prescribing exactly how much Eureka they should be eating each day to maintain ideal lean body weight and maximise longevity. We all want more days with our loved ones, and that includes our pets!

To learn how to recognise the signs of obesity check out this handy guide from WSAVA on how to judge your pet’s “Body Condition Score”.

A great way of knowing whether you’re feeding your dog correctly is the quality of their stools – rubbish in, rubbish out as the saying goes! Check out our guide on “What you can tell from your dogs poo & toileting habits” for more helpful info.

Sources:

Waltham International Symposium: Pet Nutrition Coming of Age, “Weight Loss in Obese Dogs: Evaluation of a High-Protein, Low Carbohydrate Diet”

Purina, “First-Ever Study Proves Diet Restriction Can Add Nearly Two More Years Of Healthy Life for Canines” (14 Year Lifespan Study)