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TAS Country : July 21st 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011 Tasmanian Country 23 Special feature Working dogs Getting dogs right a balancing act IN CONTROL: Puppies need a balanced diet as well. FEEDING your working dog the right diet is vital to keeping them healthy and in optimal condition. It is important to pay attention to proper feeding and nutrition through- out the year, not just during peak seasons. After all, your dogs are your most loyal asset. A balanced diet is important to maintain a dog in good health. Insufficient amounts of essential nutrients can result in loss of weight, lethargy, poor condition -- not to mention a loss of focus. But too many supplements may lead to other serious complications. Unlike companion house dogs, work- ing dogs need a high energy diet to meet their special nutritional require- ments. Working dogs require a higher level of fat from their diet because fat is a preferential fuel source for endurance activity. Dogs need 10 per cent carbohydrates in their diet because they are an essential source of energy for their fast twitch muscles which are used during sprint-type activities. Working dogs need high protein diets to help the body repair tissue damage and to maintain lean muscle mass. Protein is also used as an energy source. Low-protein diets may result in greater time lost through injury and deficiencies may result in poor wound healing. It is important to note that: Homekill can be deficient in carbo- hydrates which can cause mild to chronic diarrhoea. All-meat diets can be deficient in calcium. Raw bones don't provide sufficient calcium. Bones can also pose a threat of choking or obstruction and can seriou- sly damage teeth. Raw meats and bones are at higher risk of infection from food-borne pathogens to both dogs and humans. Working dogs that have been fed a sole meat or an improperly balanced diet have shown deficiencies of the essential mineral Selenium that helps with the function of certain enzymes and protects their body against free radicals. A 100 per cent complete and balanced diet will have all the energy, vitamins and minerals needed for the dog to stay healthy. Supplementation is not required when a diet is complete and balanced. Using vitamin or mineral sup- plements without veterinary supervis- ion can actually be dangerous leading to disease or deformity. As long as the chosen diet is appro- priate for the dog's life stage and lifestyle, then an all Purina diet is 100 per cent complete and balanced which in turn ensures all the nutrients are provided in exactly the right amount to provide optimal performance. Purina is available from your local Roberts Rural Supplies store. Available from your local Roberts Rural Supplies Store Bridgewater Campbelltown Deloraine Devonport Flinders Island Hobart Huonville Launceston Legerwood Oatlands Scottsdale Sheffield Smithton Wynyard
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