Fats in Canines

By: Hannah Bates

Fat Function

Fats are necessary for all living things. They provide canines with energy, helps them maintain healthy skin and hair coat, and helps transport fat-soluble vitamins. It also helps provide protection from the cold and even protects the nerve fibers.

Excesive Fat in the Diet

By eating foods that are high in fat, much like in humans, dogs will put on more weight and if not corrected then the dog can become obese which will cause other problems for the dog. Some overweight dogs can develop arthritis and joint changes can contribute to hip dysplasia.
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Lack of Fat in the Diet

Dogs that don't get enough fat typically will be underweight which is just as bad as dogs that are overweight because this means that the dog is not obtaining the proper nutrients it needs. Dogs need to get enough omega 3 and omega 6 in their diets. Without these essential nutrients the dog will have loss of energy and can potentially have hair loss or even develop mange.
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Nutrient Source

Dogs get this nutrient in their food, but is important for owners to check the ingredients to see just how much fat is provided in that particular brand of dog food.

3 Common Sources of Fat

The three most common sources of fat for dogs is fish oils, canola oils, and flaxseed. All of these contain a good amount of omega 3 and omega 6 which will help keep your dog happy and healthy.


* Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. "Nutrition for the Adult Dog." Vetmed. Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2015.

* Liu, Kari, and Nathanial Fastinger. "Fatty Acids and Their Importance in a Healthy Diet." Natura Pet. Natura Pet, 2011. Web. 20 Jan. 2015.

* The Benifits of Fats in Your Dog's Diet." Feed Bag Pet Supply. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2015. <http://www.feedbagpetsupply.com/PDFs/The_Benefits_of_Fats_in%20_Your_Dogs_Diet.pdf>.