You're the expert on your dog, but are you the expert on his nutrition? Take this quiz to find out!

1. Nutrients help the body to function properly by:

  1. Providing energy
  2. Supporting growth & maintenance
  3. Supporting immune function
  4. Promoting health through complete & balanced nutrition
  5. All of the above
  6. None of the above

Get The Answer to Question 1

e. All of the above

2. What matters more to a dog's body:

  1. Ingredients
  2. Nutrients

Get The Answer to Question 2

b. Nutrients
A dog's body needs nutrients to function, not ingredients. (In other words, it's not oat meal that's promoting a healthy skin & coat, it's the linoleic acid inside the oat meal that does trick). So try not to get caught up on if a certain ingredient is in a dog food formula or not. It's about what the total formula delivers rather than the presence or absence of a particular ingredient, nutritionist Chris Wildman says.

3. What's the best source of energy for dogs?

  1. Protein
  2. Fat
  3. Carbohydrate

Get The Answer to Question 3

c. Carbohydrate
While a dog's body (& yours) can break down all three for energy, carbohydrate is the most efficient & easiest for the body to use. If the body is like a car, protein, fat, vitamins & minerals are all structural components needed to build the car. Carbohydrate is the fuel; its only job is to keep the car running.

4. What does fat do? (Select all that apply)

  1. Enhances palatability
  2. Influences food texture
  3. Provides a major source of energy
  4. Helps remove waste from the body
  5. Carries fat-soluble vitamins & other vital nutrients
  6. Maintains healthy skin & coat
  7. Contributes to healthy brain & vision development in puppies
  8. Manages inflammation in the skin & joints
  9. Helps immune response
  10. Promotes blood clotting
  11. Supports reproduction
  12. Aids in temperature regulation
  13. None of the above

Get The Answer to Question 4

All answers are correct except d. Fat does not help remove waste from body.

5. Both plant & animal sources of protein can be used to develop a dog food.

  1. True
  2. False

Get The Answer to Question 5

a. True
Wait, there's protein in plants? Yep. Is it just as good as animal protein? Yep. Don't believe us? Check out our post called Is Plant Protein Good for My Dog? to see how.

6. How much protein does a typical dog need in his diet?

  1. 10-25%
  2. 17-30%
  3. 40-60%

Get The Answer to Question 6

b. 17-30%
Every dog will have different protein needs based on their life stage & lifestyle, but typical dog's protein needs should fall between 17-30% according to the dog food pyramid.

7. The more protein in a dog food, the better the food is.

  1. True
  2. False

Get The Answer to Question 7

b. False
Quantity ≠ quality. When a dog's diet provides him more protein than his body actually needs, his body can't use it for more muscles or store it for later - the excess protein is excreted at potty time.

8. How many dogs in America are considered overweight or obese?

  1. 1 in 2 (~50%)
  2. 1 in 3 (~33%)
  3. 1 in 4 (~25%)
  4. 1 in 5 (~20%)

Get The Answer to Question 8

a. 1 in 2 (~50%)
According to the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, 56% of dogs in America are overweight or obese. AND, according to a Just Right survey in 2016, only 5% of dog owners with overweight or obese dogs realize that their dog's body condition isn't normal. (Do you know how much food is really right for your dog?)

9. Fiber can help manage a dog's weight.

  1. True
  2. False

Get The Answer to Question 9

a. True
It's true! Insoluble fiber absorbs water, takes up more space in the stomach & small intestine, & creates a sense of fullness, which can help prevent your dog feeling the need to keep eating more than he should. But that's not all fiber can do - different kinds of fiber can help firm up stools, minimize constipation, promote mineral absorption, & even enhance your dog's immune system by keeping his gut bacteria healthy. Learn lots more here.

10. What does DHA do?

  1. Helps support healthy cartilage in joints
  2. Helps your dog's body metabolize fat, glucose, & amino acids for energy
  3. Acts as a building block for a puppy's brain, central nervous system, & developing vision
  4. Enhances the palatability of dog food

Get The Answer to Question 10

c. Acts as a building block for a puppy's brain, central nervous system, & developing vision
DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid & a crucial nutrient in your puppy's diet! Here's why.

11. Feeding a raw food diet can put a dog at risk for

  1. Salmonella
  2. E. Coli
  3. Spreading salmonella to human family members
  4. Gastroenteritis
  5. Septicemia
  6. Major nutritional imbalances
  7. All of the above

Get The Answer to Question 11

g. All of the above
The truth is that feeding raw can get pretty nasty. Check out our post called Raw Food Diets: Right or Risky? for more info.

12. Pick the best poop! (Select all that apply)

  1. Extremely dry, separate, hard-to-pass & pebble-like
  2. Firm, but not hard, segmented
  3. Log-shaped, moist, holds form when picked up
  4. Soggy, log-shaped, leaves residue & loses form when picked up
  5. Soggy pile rather than log-shaped

Get The Answer to Question 12

b. Firm, but not hard, segmented
c. Log-shaped, moist, holds form when picked up

Did you know that dog poop can be a great indicator of your dog's overall health? Even though it can be gross, it's important that you know how to determine a normal poop for your dog & what to do when diarrhea & constipation strike. Luckily, we've got infographics for that. Check out What's Your Dog's Poop Telling You? parts 1 and 2.

13. Skin problems are mostly caused by food allergens.

  1. True
  2. False

Get The Answer to Question 13

b. False
Food allergies are pretty rare; in 90% of cases, it's hypersensitivity to flea saliva or an environmental allergen (like pollen, dust, etc.) that causes a dog's itching, not an ingredient.

14. What percentage of dogs are allergic to grains?

  1. ~1%
  2. 10-20%
  3. 30-40%
  4. 50-60%

Get The Answer to Question 14

a. ~1%
Believe it or not, only about 1% of dogs are sensitive to grains, while beef & dairy make up the most common food allergens. So why do grain allergies seem way more common than they actually are? (Ever heard of things going viral?) You can thank the Internet for this myth, says veterinarian Lauren Pagliughi.

15. Grains in dog food like corn gluten meal, wheat, soy, & rice are just filler ingredients.

  1. True
  2. False

Get The Answer to Question 15

b. False
Nope, no fillers there. Grains are a highly digestible source of carbohydrate for energy & contain a ton of important nutrients like protein & essential amino acids, fat & essential fatty acids, vitamins, & minerals.

16. Corn gluten meal has more protein per gram than chicken breast.

  1. True
  2. False

Get The Answer to Question 16

a. True
Corn as a raw kernel is only made of about 9% protein per gram, while raw chicken is made of about 10 to 20% protein. However, when corn is milled & the protein is concentrated, corn gluten meal contains 60-67% protein, which is more concentrated than chicken alone!

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