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A pet owner should know that a well-balanced diet is important in maintaining the overall health of your pet. Just like humans, a pet needs to have a well-balanced diet that contains natural whole foods that is also rich in vitamins, minerals, supplements, and of course, flavor.
Proper nutrition will promote good health, prevent or reduce the side effects of disease. Pet owners need to know that each pet is individual as we are, and for that reason what Fido may like, Prince might not or benefit from for that matter.
Specifically speaking about the nutritional needs of dogs, they are carnivores and need a diet that contains a wide variety of meats. Commercially prepared Kibble is commonly given to dogs, primarily because of its convenience. However, it is more cost-effective and contains some all of the nutritional components that will benefit your pet.
Nowadays, pet owners as well as vets are becoming more aware of checking the nutritional components on dried Kibble as opposed to giving the dog the least expensive one. Remember we are what we eat!
Freshness is important. Nutritional values in processed foods are less than fresh food. And although a homemade diet is more beneficial, it is time consuming and expensive. A premium commercial diet of kibble versus a poor diet of homemade food is definitely better for your pet.
If you plan on giving your pet whole foods that you have made for them, make sure that you know all there is to know about whole foods and what is best for your pet. In other words, do lots of research into the matter.
Both dogs and cats are carnivores, their dietary needs are protein-based. Protein cannot be found in grains and both wheat and corn is usually the first thing listed on commercially prepared dry food.
If you plan on making homemade dog food, refrigeration and safe handling measures should be enforced. Use a variety of meats such as beef, chicken, turkey, ham, pork and so on. Remember to add in a little bit of cooked vegetables such as peas and carrots.
Nutritional needs for pets are almost like ours. You need to switch up the menu every so often so that dinner time is enjoyable, tasty, and beneficial to their health. It’s a good reminder for all of us to think about our pets and nutrition, what’s good for them so that we can keep them healthy and happy.