Since dogs are omnivores, they are able to digest carbohydrates well. In contrast, carbohydrates are not an essential nutrient for cats, as they derive energy mainly from proteins and fats. Each diet of the animal should be individually considered, taking into account its lifestyle and physiological needs.
Carbohydrates are needed by all pets, especially if the state of health (diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, kidneys) requires limiting the amount of protein and fat in the diet.
Why you should not be afraid of potatoes in the diet:
- Potatoes contain many vitamins and minerals, especially potassium
- The phosphorus content of potatoes is limited, which is why they are suitable for animals with kidney disease and urolithiasis
- Cats and dogs eat potatoes with more pleasure than cereals
Raw potatoes contain solanine alkaloid, which can cause poisoning. Therefore, potatoes can only be given boiled. Despite the many benefits of potatoes, they can only be added to the diet after consulting a veterinary nutritionist.
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