While out with my eighteen month old kelpie pup recently I noticed that his tongue was out and he was looking tired much earlier that my eight year old bitch. Now, while this didn't overly concern me, as he's only a pup so not his "true-self" yet, it did get me thinking about feeding for stamina so I did a little research this morning.
I found one PDF of some research by a Canadian vet which said that while adding carbs to a human diet increases stamina (as is the case with marathon runners for example) this won't work in the same way with dogs because of the different ways in which our bodies use the different elements of our diet. She recommended increasing the fat content. I also found another site (though admittedly I believe it was a research paper pertaining to "complete" foods) which agreed and recommended feeding 20% fat and said that lowering this amount to 10% would mean you'd need to increase portion sizes by 20% to keep dogs in the same condition.
What are peoples thoughts on this and, if you agree, what would you say was the best way of adding fat (there was a lot of stuff about the different types of fat but I was in a rush and my brain started hurting ).
Incidentally I feed mine using frozen 400g packs of chicken and liver, chicken and rabbit, beef and tripe etc combined with either turkey necks or chicken wings plus whatever else is left over from food preparation or after the kids have eaten. The info on my packs said they vary from 10% to 16% fat.
Also, not that it matters as every dog is individual, Rusty weighs about 35 lbs and gets 300g (he's fifteen so just manages to bimble into the garden for a wee and then goes to sleep again), Scout is about 27 lbs and gets 400g and Noggin is about 40 lbs and is on 1kg +...greedy pig!
Edited by Neal, 11 August 2015 - 09:49 am.