Our dogs and cats are carnivores. Feeding them a biologically appropriate diet is essential to helping them achieve optimum fitness, health, and well-being. Let’s take a closer look at the digestive anatomy and physiology of the dog and cat. Then we’ll apply the scientific principles of feeding a biologically appropriate diet to determine exactly what we should be feeding our dogs and cats to allow them to live a longer and happier life. The percentages on the screen represent the relative capacities per each section tract of the dog and cat. Protein is on top priority broken down in the stomach. Fats and carbohydrates primarily in the small intestine and water absorption is occurred in the colon to allow for fecal formation.
Applying the principles of physiology, the ideal diet for dogs and cats that matches their carnivore anatomy would be: High protein up to 55%, low to moderate in fat usually 10 to 20%, almost absent of any carbohydrate, 5% should be good enough highly concentrated and highly digestible, also low in fiber and other plant residues. Unfortunately, most commercially available pet foods have the opposite ratio; they are low in protein and high in carbohydrate. This inverse ratio has been creating problems for the dog and cat ever since the very first commercially prepared diet was conceived.
So what happens to our pets when they eat a diet that is low in protein and high in plant-based carbohydrates? They experience low energy levels, weight gain obesity is approaching epidemic levels in both dogs and cats, conformational and genetic defects, skin and hair coat problems, reproductive problems, behavioral problems, and many other different health problems. If you want to improve the health of your dog or cat you should read about the optimum nutrition for your pets and understand about their behavior and diet.