We all hear pet food commercials claim their food provides the proper nutrition for your dog, but what actually is proper nutrition and why is it so important?
Good nutrition consists of the proper balance of essential nutrients (such as protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water) that your dog needs everyday in order for their body to function properly. This specific balance requires perfect formulation on behalf of the pet food manufacturers. The specific nutrients that are being put into the food all serve a different functions. Here is a list of 4 nutrients your dog could be missing:
1. Protein: Protein is an essential part of a dog’s diet and should be one of the first ingredients listed on their pet food label. Protein allows cells to be repaired and regenerated. This allows your dog to build and maintain strong muscles.
2. Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acid: Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids allow your pet’s skin to be healthy, which leads to a healthy and shiny coat. In addition, omega-3 fatty acid is known to be anti-inflammatory, which will reduce any itching or irritation caused by allergies or seasonal dry skin.
3. Carbohydrates: When people think of carbs they automatically associate it with bread and junk food, however, healthy carbs from unprocessed fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes are required in your dog’s diet. Carbs act as a source of glucose and provide energy when metabolized, fueling the body. In addition, carbs provide fiber that aids in digestion and waste elimination.
4. Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamins such as A, B, C, and K, to name a few, are all vital for your pet’s health. The mix of vitamins and minerals all work together to keep your dog’s immune system and metabolism working properly. They also promote healthy cell function and maintain overall health.
Feeding your dog high quality food is vital for their overall health and longevity. The old saying “you are what you eat” rings true for dogs as well. Better quality food leads to a better quality of life. Many ailments can be prevented with a good diet such as skin conditions, itching, ear infections, and bowel issues in addition to providing more energy, stronger bones, and immune support. The higher the quality of the pet food, the more nutritional benefit your pet gets from it.
What to look for in a dog food:
-Meat protein listed first
-Whole proteins as well as a balance of nutrients
-Responsibly sourced ingredients
-No dangerous ingredients such as onion or garlic
-No artificial ingredients
-No chemical preservatives
-No artificial colors or flavors
Many people are apprehensive about buying high quality dog food because of the high expense, however, the cost could be higher in the long run if your dog gets sick due to lack of proper nutrition and runs up high vet bills. Your dog’s health and longevity is the most important thing, so making sure you are giving them all the nutrients they need is vital. It is a good idea to consult with your vet when choosing the proper food for your dog's specific health needs, breed, and age.
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