Pet nutrition can make all the difference in your pet’s overall health and can also have a great impact on your pet’s emotions. There are many brands of pet foods that provide the exact amount of necessary nutrition that our pets need to ensure them of a healthier, longer and happier life. Our pet’s overall nutritional health depends on pet owners giving the correct amounts and proportions of nutrients from pet food. Many pet foods on the market have the right amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins and water. Many pet foods either contain way too much fat, protein and carbohydrates and not enough vitamins and minerals. Just read the label the next time you buy your pet food.
Pet Foods that contain a high level of antioxidants, which combine Vitamin C & E, Beta Carotene and Selenium, help to give your pet a healthier immune system.
Vitamin A is necessary to give your pet’s body the necessary nutrients to healthier metabolism. Vitamins and minerals also give your pet healthier skin and shinier fur and to give your pet healthier eyes.
Vitamin D is necessary to help an animal to have stronger bones and teeth.
Vitamins E & C helps to protect the cells and also helps to provide a healthier immune system.
Calcium helps to support the functions of muscles and also promotes healthier stronger bones and teeth.
Phosphorus helps to provide healthier and stronger teeth and bones and supports the functions of muscle.
Omega 3 fatty Acids help the system to absorb and scatter the vitamins around in the body which adds needed moisture to the skin and fur to promote a healthier shine.
Proteins & Carbohydrates are necessary to build up and support lean muscles, skin, organs, fur and toenails. Carbohydrates also provide energy.
Proteins help to build strong cells.
Sodium helps an animal to maintain proper muscle functions and helps body fluid levels to stay built up.
If there is a lack of the right amount of nutrients in your pet’s food, this can cause a variety of health concerns for your pet:
Lack of protein in your pet’s food can stunt their growth.
Not enough fat in your pet’s food can cause dry, flaky skin.
Lack of sodium in your pet’s food can cause loss of hair, anorexia and fatigue.
Lack of calcium in your pet’s food can cause bones to break easily.
Lack of phosphorus in your pet’s food can cause their fur to look dry and dull.
Not enough fiber in your pet’s food can cause their poop to be not as firm as it should.
Lack of vitamins and minerals in your pet’s food can stunt their growth and anorexia.
Lack of magnesium in your pet’s food can cause anorexia, and abnormal growth and weaker muscles.
Now if there is too much of the necessary nutrients in your pet’s food this can also cause a variety of health concerns for your pet:
Too much protein in your pet’s food can cause any existing kidney disease to worsen.
Too much fat content in your pet’s food can cause obesity which will eventually cause diabetes.
Large amounts of sodium in your pet’s food can cause high blood pressure, seizures, constipation and heart trouble.
Too much calcium in your pet’s food can cause bladder stones.
Too much phosphorus in your pet’s food will cause thyroid problems, loss of bones and soft tissues will harden.
Too much fiber in your pet’s food can cause constipation.
Too much Vitamin A in your pet’s food can cause the skeleton to have abnormalities.
Too much Vitamin D in your pet’s food can cause hypercalcemia, which is an abnormal amount of calcium in the blood.
Too much magnesium in your pet’s food can cause bladder stones.
With over 15,000 different brands of pet food to choose from, it is hard to know which one offers all of the necessary nutrients our pets need. Pet owners can read the nutrition facts on the back label of pet foods to see just exactly what they are feeding to their beloved family pet. My cat Murphy Joe really enjoys her food I purchase for her. She eats Hills Science Diet Hairball Control canned food which is a seafood flavor. She also eats the dry food from Science Diet, Adult Light Dry to keep her from becoming obese.
I worked as a veterinary technician for 10 years & learned a lot of valuable information.
I am not a licensed vet but I did learn many useful tips and information during my years working for one. The above information is intended for educational purposes only and shall not take the place of seeking professional medical advice from a licensed veterinarian.