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Pet Food: Nourish Your Pet Love

Even if you are a child or a grown individual, you would have had a pet at least once in your life. Chances are, you have one right now at home, waiting for you to return. Pets are like a first child, you only want what’s best for them and that includes their precious nutrition.

That is why it is critical to provide the proper pet food; after all, who doesn't want their little pet to be healthy and happy?

Sounds like something you want to know about? Well, then read along.

Why is Pet Food Important?

Providing your pet with the best diet possible is one method to increase the length and quality of their lives. Your pet's health directly depends on what you give them. Although the components used to make your pet's food matter, quality is the primary factor in improved health. Animals are subject to the same ancient proverb that states, "You are what you eat."

Given that you are the pet's carer, take care to only give him what he needs. What is essential for your pet's nutrition cannot be assembled in a chart since it varies for each pet.

This means that arbitrary dietary recommendations are a poor approach to assessing the quality of your pet's diet.

While most mammals need the same fundamental elements in their diets, according to Dr. Dr. Cailin Heinze, MS, VMD, DACVN and Associate Professor of Nutrition at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, various species have distinct mechanisms for absorbing and using several crucial vitamins and minerals.

She further added, "For instance, all mammals, birds, and reptiles require vitamin A, though the sources may differ. For example, canines, humans, tortoises, and parakeets can convert plant-based precursors of vitamin A, such as carrots and other dark-green leafy vegetables, into active vitamin A. Cats, however, require pre-made vitamin A, which is only found in animal tissue, i.e. meat."

Should the Pet Food Be Chosen According to the Ingredients?

As consumers, we're used to being told that the most nutrient-dense foods are those made entirely of natural ingredients. And it turns out that a lot of us also think the same about our pets.

A 2016 Nielsen study indicated that more than half of all pet owners believe the type of food used to be the most essential consideration when deciding what their pet will eat.

Yet according to Dr. Heinze, the arrangement of the ingredient list on pet food labels is done so for marketing reasons. It is therefore typically useless for determining nutritional quality. One of the prominent pet food brands is Royal Canin, a US brand.

What Does a Proper Balanced Pet Food Look Like?

The proper balance of nutrients is essential when feeding your dog. A specific ratio of protein, carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water must be consumed by both animals and humans each day in order to maintain proper body functions. Pet food manufacturers work hard to identify the precise formula that goes into their products so that they supply everything your dog needs on a daily basis. Balanced nutrition is not a coincidence.

While some diets offer hypoallergenic nutrition and other formulations are created to address particular medical disorders like heart disease, kidney disease, etc. There are foods tailored for specific life phases (such as for puppies or geriatric dogs).

Every component in your pet's food serves a specific function. Your dog wouldn't be able to maintain muscle tone, grow and repair muscles, teeth, and bone, go about his daily business easily, or fight off infection without enough nutrients. In addition to serving as an energy source, proteins support the growth and function of muscles. Fats give us energy, support cognitive function, and maintain our skin and hair healthy and lustrous. Carbohydrates provide quick energy, allowing your pet to be active and energised. In addition to preventing disease, vitamins and minerals are required for nerve conduction and muscular contraction.

Should You Give HomeMade Food Or Commercial Food as Pet Food

The majority of pet owners choose to give their animals leftovers from the dinner table. Nothing is wrong with that. But you must make sure the food contains the proper ratio of nutrients. It is preferable to feed your pets commercial foods if you have the means to do so. This is so that they contain a variety of vitamins, cereals, veggies, and meat. You can consult your veterinarian about the ideal feeding strategy for your pet as no two animals are the same. Pet obesity is on the rise and, if ignored, can eventually result in major health problems.

Why You Should Keep Note on Your Pet Food?

By-products are another typical component of pet food to watch out for. Numerous pet meals contain by-products, which are nutritionally worthless. Furthermore, we are unsure of the precise contents of it. Everything that cannot be used in the production of meat for human consumption is a by-product, such as an animal's feet, hooves, beak, feathers (yes, feathers), teeth, etc. There is no additional meat in byproducts.

Beef by-products, chicken by-products, meat by-products, etc. will all be labelled as by-products in the ingredients. Even though it may be classified as "meat," it may also be "chicken taste," "chicken fat," "chicken by-products," "chicken digest," "chicken meal," etc.

Unfortunately, there are no rules for pet food businesses, so they often attempt to evade prosecution by doing more than they ought. You should pay close attention to the items on the above list. Like many other products on the market, high-quality foods typically don't have extra, unlisted substances that are harmful to your pets. Your pets' general health will be much enhanced by switching to a better brand of food and eliminating just a few additives.


At the end of the day, we all want our pets to be as healthy and long-lived as possible, and we want to support everyone's pet in doing so! Their food, health, and quality of life in general will improve as we learn more about better options.

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