What is crude fat in dog food?

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What is crude fat in dog food?
Choose a dog food containing at least 16 per cent crude fat. (Close up of dogfood and rewards. image by Saskia Massink from Fotolia.com)

Purchasing dog food can be a complicated task when you consider how many varieties exist. Dogs require specific proportions of protein, fat and carbohydrates for optimal health. Understanding crude fat's role in your pet's diet will help you choose the best food for your dog.

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Good Dog Magazine describes crude fat as the minimum amount of fat in the dog's diet, before he metabolises the food.


Pet food manufacturer Purina indicates that all animals, including dogs, need a certain amount of fat and fatty acids for optimal health. According to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), who determines guidelines for animal nutrition, dogs require the linoleic acid, DHA and EPA in chicken and fish ingredients that usually contains crude fat.

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Although a dog's nutritional requirements depend on the age, size, metabolism and activity level, the AAFCO recommends that his diet consists of at least 16 per cent crude fat.

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