How many and which types of fats are good for dogs?

Fat is fundamental in a dog’s diet: the right amount and type of fat is essential to the vital functions and the overall health of our pets.

Despite being our most loyal and affectionate companions, dogs’ specific nutritional needs are very different from ours!

Our bodies are completely different, and our organs and processes often work in opposite ways: a component potentially harmful to humans could be essential to dogs, and vice versa.

Considering the carnivorous origins of the species, dogs’ metabolism is designed to digest fat in significant quantities.

Therefore, choosing a balanced and complete diet also in terms of quantity and quality of fat intake, is essential to the general health of a dog.
As a matter of fact, fat:

  1. Is a pure source of energy and provides almost twice as much energy compared to carbs and proteins.
  2. As a structural component, it contributes to building cell membranes
  3. It provides mechanic protection in the form of elastic cushions in the articulations
  4. It helps the absorption of the right amount of liposoluble vitamins A, D, E, and K
  5. It is essential to the health and good condition of dogs’ coats, which require not just a good amount of fat, but also a correct balance between different sources of fat. The lipid sources we use for our dog food are of the highest quality and are the right combination between animal and vegetable fat, offering the best lipid balance and the right amount of essential fatty acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6), a very important part of the diet also because they are essential to fighting efficiently against inflammatory processes and for the good health of the dog’s coat.
  6. It is used by the body to keep warm
  7. It helps puppies grow and develop
  8. It contributes to the dog’s capacity to reproduce