Why Pet Nutrition is an Important Factor When Caring For Your Pet

We all have the best of intentions for our furry little friends, but when money is tight pet owners can fall to the temptation of buying cheaper pet food in a bid to save money. Supermarkets are awash with bargain products which you may believe are just as good as the more premium brands, particularly when they are packaged in attractive cartons and tins. However, choose the wrong food and it could actually have very little nutritional value. In the worst case it could be thought of as feeding “junk food” to your pet at each meal.

In the early stage of any animals’ life certain nutritional qualities need to be enhanced, for instance protein and calcium levels. The calories required at this stage will also be higher. Throughout the lifespan of your pet the nutritional requirements change so wherever possible try to purchase pet food suitable for your pets’ stage of life. For example look for puppy or kitten food and senior dog or cat food. Premium suppliers of such foods have performed extensive research into the nutritional requirements throughout the various life stages of each animal they produce for. The products therefore provide a tailor made nutritional meal at each feed.

Vitamins are not only for Humans – Your Pet needs them too!

Vitamins and minerals are vital to the health of any pet, but many pet owners are unaware of this. Many cheaper brands of pet food will claim to be “enriched” with vitamins and minerals and these claims are easy to believe. However, through the manufacturing process many vitamins and minerals from the core food source can be broken down and lost. Quality pet foods will only use protected vitamins, which cannot be degraded throughout manufacture.

By being fed the right amount of vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins and calcium your pet is more likely to be healthier and happier, with a shiny, glossy coat. It is important to remember that your pet will also need fresh water on a daily basis, supplied in a clean bowl.

The variety of premium pet food available on the market is vast. In addition to food which suits your pets age you will also find foods which have specific qualities, such as “light” pet food for animals where weight is currently an issue. You can also find pet food designed for animals that do not go outside. There are even foods which are great for pets with sensitive skin or excess plaque on the teeth. Your Vet will be able to guide you on the right choice of food for your pet and can be a great source of information on pet nutrition.

A Question of Cost versus Quality?

You may have looked into purchasing a premium quality feeding product for your pet and instantly been put off by the price. However, take some time to read the packaging and think of the benefits of feeding your pet a quality, nutritional meal at each feeding time. The nutritional value of many quality pet foods can be so high that the actual amount you need to feed your pet is drastically reduced. You will more than likely find a 1KG bag of dry premium pet food lasts significantly longer than 1KG of budget food. Therefore the cost per bowl can be equal, or the premium brand could even be cheaper. Bear “cost per bowl” in mind the next time you are purchasing pet food. By trialling a bag of premium pet food you may be pleasantly surprised with the results, both in terms of your pets’ health and the impact on your finances.

Pet Nutrition – Essential Steps to Keep Your Dog Healthy

Puppy Stage

When you first bring your puppy home, you are keen to do all the right things. These are formative months of development and lay the foundations for a healthy, happy and obedient dog in later life. All puppies need the basics including correct nutrition, lots of attention and love, time to play and a comfortable, safe environment. Pet nutrition is perhaps the most important part of a puppy’s development, laying the groundwork for strong bones, teeth and muscle and a healthy immune system. A growing puppy, like any baby, needs precise levels of essential nutrients to stay at their healthiest. Their bodies require a puppy food with increased amounts of energy, protein and calcium compared to adult dogs’ needs. Consider adding a daily multivitamin to your pet nutrition to ensure that your puppy is receiving the correct nutrients, vitamins and minerals in a supplement which has been specially formulated by veterinarians.

Adult Dogs

As time goes by your puppy becomes more adult with lower energy levels and requiring less sleep. Commercially prepared dog food is the most convenient way to provide his nutritional needs, along with a more adult-oriented dose of essential vitamins. A daily multivitamin in chewable tablet form can supplement his diet perfectly to maintain peak fitness and health. Antioxidants will maintain a healthy immune system whilst vitamins and essential oils care for a dog’s joints, brain function and shiny coat. A joint and hip maintenance program with chondroitin, flaxseed and extra glucosamine will support and maintain joint and cartilage flexibility at this stage of life.

Senior Pets

Alas, we all age in time and slow down a little, feeling the wear and tear we have subjected our bodies to over the years, and our dogs are just the same. Those years of pet supplements along with balanced pet nutrition should have paid off, and now a new specially formulated multivitamin for senior dogs will continue to care for your older dog’s needs. Additional glucosamine may be necessary for optimum joint and hip health whilst good pet nutrition and a balanced vitamin intake will give increased vitality and an improved quality of life for many years to come.

Our Family Health – Why Pet Nutrition and Care Is So Important!

As with most families we have had many pets that became like family to us. We have had hamsters, gerbils, guineas, rabbits, birds, ponies and even a monkey. The monkey was a mistake and didn’t stay long – too messy and more unruly than a two-year old!

I’ll never forget the time we watched the youngest boy child carrying a large black mutt home claiming it “followed him” LOL. No pets have been with us consistently through the years as have our dogs and cats. Of course the main reason for this is that they live the longest, but also because they are just the most loveable!

Every pet owner wants their pets happy and healthy, and a huge part of achieving this is by knowing your pet’s nutritional requirements. Whether you have a dog or cat, take care to give them the best food to sustain their health.

There are many dog and cat nutritional products available from local pet stores and online. Pet foods are different for dogs and cats, but in both there should be enough protein, vitamins, healthy fats and minerals that these pets require every day.

Purchase pet food that is specific to cats and dogs, since these animals have different ways of processing nutrients in the body. For example, the essential vitamin B, amino acids like L-arginine and other nutrients are acquired in a different ways for both cats and dogs. Generally, dogs are able to break down vitamins and amino acids more readily than cats, and pet food manufacturers take this into account.

Another aspect of maintaining your pet’s health is by finding the right medication should your pet fall ill. Vet visits are usually expensive and the medications they sell are quite expensive. You can save up to three or four times the price of vet costs by purchasing cheap online pet medications that are just as effective. Take care to buy your online pet medicines from verified sites recommended by veterinarians.

There is a strong connection between spring and fleas and ticks picked up by pets and brought into the household and family illness. Although fleas and ticks are small insects, they can cause lots of problems not only for your dog or cat but also for the whole family. A flea infestation can cause your pet to lose blood gradually, and also get skin problems, diarrhea and weakness. Ticks are even more problematic because of the risk of transmitting Lyme disease to both pets and humans.

Lyme disease is a very serious problem in humans and can cause:

Flu-like symptoms. Fever, chills, fatigue, body aches and a headache may accompany a rash.

Migratory joint pain. If the infection is not treated, you may develop bouts of severe joint pain and swelling several weeks to months after you’re infected.

Neurological problems. In some cases, inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain (meningitis), temporary paralysis of one side of your face (Bell’s palsy), numbness or weakness in your limbs, and impaired muscle movement may occur weeks, months or even years after an untreated infection.

Other signs and symptoms. Some people may experience heart problems – such as an irregular heartbeat – several weeks after infection. Eye inflammation, hepatitis and severe fatigue are possible as well.

Some things to do to keep ticks off of your pets are to keep them clean and well-groomed. This however can only do so much, the best way to avoid this is to treat them twice a yearly. Protect your whole family, pets included by maintaining hygiene and excellent health with proper nutrition and regular flea and tick treatment.

I hope this short article how our family has saved money and added value to our dog and cats nutritional intake by buying online and how you can too. Also the dangers of flea and tick dangers for your whole family! Please follow the link below for more information on pet nutrition and cheap pet medications!

Three “Wild” Reasons Why Your Pet May Need Pet Supplements

Unequivocally, our four-legged furry friends play a special role in our lives.

They don’t nag us about our dirty socks or turn up their noses at our less fashionable duds. They comfort us when we’re down. And play with us when we’re feeling good. They keep us active. They help us relax.

But they aren’t just a feel-good part of our lives. They DO good. They’re great medicine – excellent for our health.

Research shows that pets can help prevent heart attacks and decrease the number of times you go see a doctor. [1]

With all the good they bring to our lives, of course we want to give something back to them. And what better way to do this than to keep them healthy with some good pet nutrition.

The sorry truth is most pet food doesn’t do much to provide this. Just like us humans, pets have had to settle for food bulked up with carbs and missing many of the vitamins and minerals they would get from a wild diet.

As a result of this skewed nutrition – not to mention too much food overall – our pets now suffer from the same problems we have – diabetes, heart disease, skin problems and rusty joints.[2]

However, it doesn’t have to be that way.

By adding a good pet supplement to your pet’s diet, you can help them return to a diet that’s closer to the complex diet their ancestors enjoyed in the wild. You can supplement their diet to give them the nutrients many brand-name foods are missing. Like…

Antioxidants Energize And Defend

For hundreds of years, carnivores like dogs and cats got a good dose of healthy antioxidants that we usually associate with vegetables and fruits. While they weren’t necessarily avid broccoli-eaters, much of the meat they ate came from grazing animals – wild or domesticated. And the antioxidants these prey animals got from their food kept showing up farther up the food chain.

However, today, most of the meat in pet food comes from grain-fed animals. And pet food manufacturers do little to make up for the absence of vitamins critical for your pet’s health.

For this reason adding a power-packed, antioxidant and chlorophyll-rich food like the algae, chlorella, can make a huge difference in your pet’s energy and wellbeing.

Lecithin Keeps Cell Membranes And Skin Healthy

Along with grass-fed meats, our pets’ ancestors varied diet included organ meats, eggs and fish. And again, this wide spectrum of food sources gave them nutrition that today’s pet foods can’t match.

The phospholipid, lecithin, is one of these important nutrients. A critical component of every cell membrane, lecithin plays a fundamental role in good health. In particular it supports brain and nerve health and makes a big difference in your pet’s glossy coat.

Fiber Supports Digestion

As holistic pet veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker explains, in the wild, our pets’ ancestors used to not only eat the tender cuts of meat, but the ligaments and fur. Even some of the partially-digested stomach content would end up as part of dinner. These special parts of their diet served a very important role in their digestion. It’s how our animal friends got enough fiber.[3]

Fiber helps your pet’s body move food through the colon, helps them clean out toxins and supports healthy intestinal bacteria.

Of course, your pets don’t get much of this out of a can of pet food. But they can get it from supplemental nutrition like chlorella. Chlorella’s fiber is particularly helpful in both cleaning out toxins. And boosting healthy intestinal bacteria growth.

Help Your Pets Revitalize Their Wild Side With Extra Pet Nutrition

So give your pet some extra love with some extra special pet nutrition. If your pet food doesn’t list these nutrients in one form or other on the label, consider adding it as a supplement.

By strategically adding some nutrients from your pet’s ancestral past, you’ll make sure your 4-legged companion will be your side for years to come.

Sources:

[1]Westgarth C et al. Family Pet Ownership during Childhood: Findings from a UK Birth Cohort and Implications for Public Health Research Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2010 October; 7(10): 3704-3729.

[2] Brody J. The truth about cat and dog food. New York Times May 31, 2010.

[3] Becker K. Is your pet getting too much fiber or not enough? Dr. Mercola’s Healthy Pets website. November 19, 2012.