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Ensure Proper Nutrition For Your Dog

Jul 4, 2008
There is more to do for your dog, when it comes to buying food for him or her to eat, then simply going to the grocery or pet store and picking up the cheapest bag of food you can find. Different formulas for foods mean varying levels of quality and effectiveness in helping your dog. The following ingredients that are listed have different, albeit positive, effects on your pet, utilizing them properly can be beneficial towards reaching a long and productive life.

Protein

Protein is a vital ingredient in a lot of puppy formulas that populate the pet food market. This is mainly rooted in the fact that protein helps in the promotion of developing the muscles of your pet at an early stage. It also becomes beneficial to the aiding the natural growing process of your dog.

Fat

While too much fat is harmful for any animal (both humans and dogs alike), a proper, controlled amount can be very beneficial for the health of your dog. For one, fat helps provide energy for your pet throughout its life. It also helps in the promotion of healthy skin. Finally, and this is very important during the winter months, it aids in the growth of a lush fur coat. Finding a formula with just the right amount of fat included can make for a healthy animal.

Vitamins and Minerals

These ingredients probably spring to mind first when trying to decipher what exactly constitutes a healthy formula for providing nutrition to animals. Various vitamins exist that provide varying, yet beneficial, effects. Ditto for minerals. Mainly, they provide help in the promotion and development of the bones in your animal's body. There are a slew of additional benefits, but they are discovered on a case-to-case basis depending on the specific vitamins and minerals.

Fiber

In a way, fiber can prevent your dog from putting on too much weight. In a nutshell, fiber helps digestion to become a faster process. This makes excretion more frequent and less uncomfortable. Also, fiber, and the sped up digestion, increase the metabolism of your dog. This metabolism keeps your pet lean and also promotes an increased lifespan.

Even the cheapest of dog foods have some redeeming qualities, as there are a minimum number of nutrients for manufacturers to put in their formulas. But to find a quality product, locating the aforementioned ingredients is key to providing your canine with food that will promote health, aid in development, and prolong life. Certain circumstances may require additional ingredients (such as particular health issues), but discussing any and all problems with your normal veterinarian will lead you to the right blend of nutrients in the dog food you should purchase. But, as long as you have a healthy dog, a basic formula containing the ingredients listed above, and any others you or your vet deem beneficial, should do more than suffice. The bottom line, however, is that if you love your dog, you should not hesitate to spring a little more for a higher quality formula as opposed to feeding your pet any old dog food.
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