Protein is an essential nutrient that works at the cellular level to keep basic bodily functions running. It helps build new cells, produces antibodies, keeps the immune system going, strengthens muscles and more.
Protein is made up of amino acids. Just like for people, some of these amino acids are essential. There are 22 amino acids altogether; some of them are made by your dog’s body, but some must be consumed. NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® Dog Food provides all of the essential amino acids your dog needs to stay healthy. The high-quality protein sources help dogs build muscle and maintain a healthy metabolism. Your dog will enjoy the taste and you’ll love the results.
Carbohydrates are necessary for a host of functions in your dog’s body: They do everything from providing energy to supplying the necessary fiber for digestive-tract health. The starches in carbohydrates are broken down into glucose, which is used by many cells in the body for energy.
Carbohydrates come in two forms: simple and complex. Your dog’s body easily breaks down simple carbohydrates, but complex ones need to be broken down further before they can be useful. Complex carbohydrates also provide fiber, which is good for digestive health and wellness. NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® Dog Food uses whole grains, such as oatmeal and whole brown rice, to provide carbohydrates and help with proper nutrient absorption.
Fats are important for your dog’s skin. Essential fatty acids can keep your dog’s coat from becoming matted, and can prevent dry skin. Omega-6 and omega-3 are essential fatty acids that come from sources such as sunflower and soybean oil. NUTRO® NATURAL CHOICE® Dog Food uses both of these to provide a healthy level of essential fatty acids.
Vitamins and Minerals
Just as for humans, vitamins and minerals help your dog’s body function in a variety of ways. For instance, vitamins C and E are antioxidants that are important for immunity function and fat metabolism.
There are several types of B vitamins, and each of them is important to your dog’s body in a different way. Biotin, riboflavin and niacin help your dog synthesize glucose, contribute to skin and coat health, and protect skin. The mineral zinc helps increase skin hydration and cell replication.
Water is the main component in the body — both in humans and dogs. Without it, the body cannot function properly. Water carries nutrients, aids digestion, helps maintain body temperature, cushions joints and more.
It’s very important to provide your dog with fresh, clean water daily. Dogs generally drink enough on their own to stay hydrated, but sometimes a dog can become dehydrated because of illness or overexertion. If you think your dog is suffering from dehydration, it’s important to talk to your vet right away.
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