Small Dog Metabolism and Other Unique Characteristics
- Rondo P. Middleton, PhD
- Nestlé Research Center St. Louis
- Although small dogs are the same species and subspecies as large dogs, it is now clear that they have very notable metabolic differences.
- In comparison to larger-breed dogs, smaller dogs have higher energy demands, higher percentage of lean body mass, and a lower level of total antioxidants, increased ability to digest protein, differences in gut microflora, and differences in kidney biology.