On this page, you’ll find the newest of functional dog food ingredients. These unique ingredients are rarely used in dog food at the time. These come from the most recent discoveries in canine nutrition research. You may know of some that are already present in super premium dog food or nutraceuticals, but others may be completely new.

Functional Proteins In Canine Nutrition

Dehydrated Fermented Whey

apricot poodleDehydrated fermented whey is a dried fermentation product, manufactured from food grade dairy products and by-products including milk and cheese.

Fermented whey is a protein and bioactive nutrient-rich ingredient. It provides quality amino acids such as lysine, leucine, and threonine. Furthermore, it’s also a good source mineral, vitamins, beta-glucans, and mannans.

Whey consists of about 40% protein. Eggs have approximately 50% protein and you can replace part of eggs in a ration. Both protein sources have a high bioavailability.


L-Carnitine is an amino acid that plays a role in energy metabolism as it helps to utilize dietary fat for energy. It also impacts normal carbohydrate and protein utilization though. In this way, it helps to maintain muscle tone and weight loss.

Functional Fats And Oils In Canine Nutrition


Lecithin is a phospholipid (a fat), that is extracted from soybean oil. It is made of choline, phosphate, glycerol and fatty acids.

Lecithin aids in the digestion and dispersion of fats, so they can be put to use in the body. This helps to improve skin and coat condition.


Algae are the only marine organisms that actually synthesize omega-3-fatty acids (EPA and DHA), which is why I’ve listed these in the fats & oils paragraph (in case you were wondering).

You may know salmon is a very good source of these essential fatty acids, but this is because salmon eat those microalgae (and/or other organisms that have fed on microalgae) and accumulate the omega-3s.

An advantage of using microalgae to obtain these essential fatty acids is because these organisms are the beginning of the food chain: They don’t feed on other organisms and they do not absorb and accumulate heavy metals.

Addition Of Enzymes In Pet Nutrition


Bromelain is a protease enzyme, which is extracted from pineapples.

It helps to digest mucoproteins that hold hair together in the digestive system of your pet. This way it helps to prevent the formation of hairballs in cats and dogs that wash themselves (my dog is like a cat in this respect).

Rarely Used New Dog Food Ingredients

Now, let’s see what else we can discover. This time it’s your turn.

Well, that’s was just a simple puzzle to relax. 🙂


Betaine is extracted from sugar beets and up until now it is rarely used in pet foods.

  • Helps prevent dehydration as it’s an excellent osmo-regulator. Betain helps every cell in the body to maintain an optimum amount of intracellular liquid (this is the liquid ín the cells).
  • Helps liver function.
  • Maintains digestive, intestinal and urinary health.
  • Maintains skin health.
  • Help reduce energy needs related to metabolism and help maintain an optimal weight in normal feeding conditions.

Betaine was suggested as a new functional dog food ingredient by Trouw Nutrition, Highland, Illinois, USA [Oct 2010].

Dog Food Recipes

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