The Importance of Good Nutrition

Nuvet labs review sweet doggieWhen it comes to eating right, cats and dogs need proper nutrition in the same way as humans. The difference is that they depend on you to make sure they get it. Proper pet nutrition is essential to your companion’s overall health.
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) establishes guidelines for pet food manufacturers. Animals need water, protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Each piece of a proper diet helps your pet build and repair muscle, bone and teeth; maintain muscle tone; support for a strong immune system; and easily perform everyday activities.
Water makes up a large percentage of an animal’s body. Therefore, even slight dehydration can cause problems for your pet. Energy and muscle growth and function rely on protein intake. Fats, too, provide energy while also benefiting your pet’s coat and skin and proper brain function. Carbohydrates are another source of energy, keeping your pet active, while providing fiber that aids digestion.
The nutrient profiles set by the AAFCO, however, are only part of the picture of good pet nutrition, and they also provide only the requirements necessary to sustain life – not to optimize your pet’s health. Your individual pet’s needs and situation are essential in considering what to feed him. Is your pet overweight? Feed your pet according to the weight you want him to be, rather than by his current weight. In recent years, raw food diets have gained popularity among pet owners. The variety and lack of processed items and fillers are advantages of such meals, but they often lack a balance of some essential nutrients a cat or dog needs.  The American Animal Hospital Association recommends a nutritional assessment for companion animals. This process, conducted by a pet health professional, takes into consideration the individual pet’s health, his diet and the environment and management of feeding. These factors help determine the proper steps to ensure a healthy diet for your pet, leading to a full, active and long life for the animal you love.