Jan 3, 2008

Pets Need Good Nutrition Too

Aspen was with us from March of 1999 through August of 2013 when she passed away. I was with her when she was born, enjoyed her delightful life with her, and we were with her to help her leave when it was wise to do so. I wanted to share this to update this post on 1/22/16. 

We now have a new furbaby that we adopted in the Spring of 2015, a Pomeranian named Happy, pictured here.

Opinions vary on the types of foods that a dog should eat. I share the following with permission, what you choose to do is up to you and your furry friend.

The right diet can help pets to stay healthier and live longer. It can even help prevent or manage certain diseases. A high quality diet will provide your pet with the correct balance of essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients needed for optimum health.Your pet will benefit in many ways, from a shinier coat to a boosted immune system. Dogs and cats are carnivores. A raw diet or biologically appropriate raw food (BARF) diet is ultimately best for them. Dogs and cats have thrived in good health on real, raw food for many thousands of years. The best thing you can do to help your pets live the Longest and Healthiest Life possible is provide them with a quality Premium food.

Premium dog foods (the type of foods you do want) can be found in most natural or health food stores and pet supply stores. These type of foods may cost a bit more but the quality is definitely worth the extra money.

Prepackaged foods are full of preservatives and dead food/nutrients with no vital life force left in them. Foods containing artificial flavors, colors or preservatives are definitely the type of foods you want to try and stay away from. Colors are added for your benefit, not to appeal to the dogs or cats. Artificial flavors are added to enhance flavor or cover up off tastes of poorer quality ingredients.

Dietary fat, Vitamins, Minerals, and Water all play a very important part in the development and longevity of our furry friends. Dietary fat is the most concentrated source of energy for the dog and cat. Fat is involved in cell integrity and metabolic regulation. Saturated fat provides greater energy for dogs and cats than carbohydrates. Dietary protein supplies essential amino acids and helps in making antibodies, enzymes, hormones, tissues, and proper pH balance. Protein provides energy and is essential for growth and development. Vitamins are essential for metabolism regulation, normal growth and function. Vitamins are found in food and some are synthesized in the animals body. Minerals are essential to the dog and cat, and are involved in almost all physiological reactions. They contribute to enzyme formation, pH balance, nutrient utilization, oxygen transportation, and are stored in bone and muscle tissue. Water is an essential nutrient and is vital to every cell in the animals body. An adult animals body is approximately 60 percent water, with the percentage even higher in the puppy or kitten. Water transports nutrients and waste in and out of the cells.

Author: Donald Whitehead Donald is an avid animal Lover and feels that if you provide the absolute best care for your pet They will always be there for you.

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