Sporting Dog Health & Nutrition

Understanding your sporting dog’s unique needs

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OWNER: BARTON RAMSEY

BREEDER: SOUTHERN OAK KENNELS

Critical Nutrients Sporting Dogs Need for a Healthy Coat & Skin

Setters and springers have long hair and leg and tail feathers while pointers, GSP’s, and Labs sport high-and-tights that reveal incredible muscular definition. The similarity of all breeds is that the skin and coat are the dog’s largest organs. And, they are the dogs’ first line of defense against illness. Hair and skin helps protect a dog’s immune systems from allowing infection to be introduced to their bodies. Infection can enter the dog’s system through skin cuts, tears, and wounds which is why the topic is so important.

Carbohydrates: They’re as Important as Protein and Fat

Sporting dog handlers and trainers know that to perform at their best their strings require a lot of energy. Those dogs derive energy from three nutrient classes: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. A lot of attention in recent years has been devoted to protein and fat, so much so that carbohydrates have taken a backseat. Let’s take a moment and explore what makes carbohydrates so interesting.

Eukanuba’s Focus on Scientific Research to Help Bring Out the Best in Sporting Dog Performance

Over two decades after he first founded the Iams® dog food company, Paul Iams was still dreaming about making a premium dog food. He was inspired by the abilities of sporting and working dogs, and he looked to science to create a food that could help fuel all that they did. So in 1969, as most brands continued designing products to keep costs low, Paul Iams chose a different path: he launched the first high protein dog food that put performance and nutritional science first, even if it cost a little more. He chose the name Eukanuba™, a jazz term meaning “supreme” to symbolize his vision for next-level canine nutrition.

Over 50 years later, we’re proud to continue what he started. The best never rest. We’re constantly pushing to advance nutrition, improve dogs’ lives and enhance performance. Over the past 50 years, that’s often meant our formulas broke new ground. We were the first to use beet pulp and prebiotics to help optimize digestion. The first to use omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids to support skin and coat health. The first to create antioxidant blends to support immune function in puppies and senior dogs. We’ve patented levels of DHA that promote brain function in adults and improve trainability in puppies, developed optimized energy and minerals for large-breed dog. The list of breakthroughs goes on — and our commitment to next-level nutrition will as well.

Focus on Scientific Research

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