Canine Fat

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  • Supplies energy.
  • Supplies essential fatty acids.
  • Transport the fat-soluble Vitamins A, D, E and K.
  • Helps to maintain a healthy skin and hair coat.

What happens if the animals doesn't recieve this nutrient?

If the dog doesn't receive the essential fatty acids needed, then it will damage their health. Their body condition score should be a 5, but if the dog doesn't get the fat that it needs then the score will be lower.

What happens if the animal recieves too much of this nutrient?

· If the fat intake is very high, it may result in the dog eating a large amount of energy that may cause growth spurts, rapid growth, developmental orthopedic diseases, weight gain and obesity.

How can the animal get this nutrient?

The dog can get this nutrient from the food it eats. For example, commercial dog food.

3 most common sources of this nutrient:

  • Poultry fat
  • Fish oil
  • Hydrogenated vegetable oils


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  • Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Nutrition for the Growing Puppy. N.p.: Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, n.d. Print.

  • Encinias, A. Manuel. Body Condition Scoring. Fargo, ND: NDSU Extension Service, 2000. Web.