In nutritional terms, oils and fats are two words for the same thing. The broad term 'oils and fats' encompass all oils and fats from any plant or animal source.
Like all animals, dogs need a certain amount of fat from their diet to survive. Fat is found naturally in many types of foods but because dogs find fats so irresistible, extra is often added to dog foods. For fussy dogs it is often a good idea to look for foods with higher fat levels but be careful as too much fat can lead to the same kind of problems as in humans.
Umbrella terms like 'oils and fats' can make choosing the right food for your dog difficult as it gives very little indication of what is actually in the food. It could, for example, refer to beneficial oils or high quality animal fats, or it could be used for low grade, potentially harmful or highly processed oils.
Because it is impossible to know what oils or fats are included, we generally recommend assuming the worst and avoiding foods with this ingredient. This is particularly important if your dog is prone to dietary intolerance as identifying and eliminating problem ingredients is impossible unless you know exactly what you are feeding.
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