As a pet owner, you’re responsible for the health and wellbeing of your cat or dog, and one of the most important aspects of your pet’s health is their diet.
Just like humans, your pet relies on food for energy, minerals and vitamins, as a fundamental basis of good health and vitality.
Therefore, feeding time requires more thought than just filling a bowl with some dry dog food or cat biscuits – you’ll need to make sure your best mate is getting the proper level of nutrition they need to maintain optimum health and strong bodies.
We’ve put something some information about food and nutrition for your pet, to help you ensure you’re feeding your companion a well-balanced and nutritional diet.
The Importance of Nutrients in Your Pet’s Diet
You’ll need to be aware of the importance of certain food groups and nutrients in your pet’s diet for optimal health and wellbeing.
All animals, including humans, require a balanced diet containing 6 basic nutrients. Proteins, fats and carbohydrates provide our bodies with energy, while vitamins, minerals and water are necessary for other metabolic needs.
In its own way, each nutrient is vital for your pet’s overall health.
- Proteins – essential source of amino acids (fact: cats need twice as much protein as dogs!)
- Fats – the most important source of energy
- Carbohydrates – an important energy source, providing fibre and calories
- Vitamins – for proper metabolic function
- Minerals – providing levels of sodium, magnesium and iron
- Water – the most critical ingredient, water accounts for between 60 to 70% of body weight
Creating a Balanced Diet for Your Pet
As you can see, it’s very important to cover all nutrients to ensure your pet’s wellbeing.
You can do this by providing a well-balanced diet of premium pet food that includes the major food groups needed for dogs and cats.
Natural foods, in the way of bones and vegetables, can also be used to supplement pet diets.
Maintaining Strong, Healthy Teeth and Gums
As well as being vital to their overall health, diet also plays a large role in dental health for animals.
Being able to regularly chew and gnaw on certain foods can help to remove plaque and tartar from your pet’s teeth, keeping teeth and gums strong and healthy.
Talk to your vet about creating a diet that will help your cat or dog maintain optimum dental and oral health.
Mt Eden’s Very Own Pet Doc Can Assist with Nutrition Queries
We very often recommend foods rich in the essential nutrients your cat or dog is lacking and recommend particular brands of pet food to start them on.
If you need assistance managing your pet’s diet, or would like to find out more about pet nutrition, talk to us pop in at our Mt Eden based Normanby Road Vet Clinic.
It’s always good to get regular vet check-ups for your pet as well. Preventative healthcare contributes to a happier, healthier life for your furry friend. Give us a call on (09) 638 8445 or use our online contact form to get in touch.