Dog Breeds and Nutritional Requirements
There has not been much research done in the field of nutritional requirements for the various breeds of dogs in today’s society but certain things are evident. The evolution of all dogs is linked to similar ancestry but some breeds have distinct nutritional requirements, processing nutrients in totally different ways.
For example; most of the toy breeds often experience difficulties in maintaining their blood/calcium levels when pregnant or lactating and commonly develop eclampsia (which we know as “milk fever”). When their diets are supplemented with additional calcium the blood/calcium level still doesn’t return to normal.
All animals require energy in the form of calories but for some breeds an excess of energy food will result in weight gain and sometimes obesity. There are certain groups of dogs where it is necessary to limit how