A good diet can save in the long run many problems with our pets. Eating yogurt mistake common to think that if something is good for us too it will be for them. This statement in 95% of cases is a big mistake.
Never we will be able to get through homemade diets one nutritional balance as complete as offered us a feed formulated by veterinary professionals, and the feed has no greater purpose than to make life easier for the owner, not having to give food to Your pet and being calm with what you give.
If your pet does not eat as a base, a good feed, eventually you may have problems such as obesity, resulting in joint problems, gastrointestinal, pancreatitis excess fat, liver problems … susceptibility to oral diseases such as gingivitis or disease periodontal, problems with hair like tarnishing and fall, for lack of Omega 3.
It is a mistake to think that a healthy diet for us, it is for our pets
Now we know that our food can never be a substitute for a feed, we must learn to differentiate between the feed.
What kind of food do I buy?
Types of feed
There are generally three ranges of feed, the low, medium and high:
Feeds that are high ranges, always going to find in veterinary clinics, pet shops, superstores and gardening and pets exceptionally in some other supermarket chain.
Unfortunately, another way to rule out “bad” feed “good” is the price. While it is true that there are some important differences between high-end feedings. I think low-end: Richer but much less healthy. It’s like comparing vegetables VS hamburger.
Nutritional characteristics in dogs
For dogs, must know that the digestion of carbohydrates, as is the case of corn, wheat, and other grains, is not particularly good, therefore we try to prevent feed with high percentages of hydrates. Nor do we obsess about this, because the clear majority have too high amounts of hydrates.
I think a high end is always going to have more protein than a low – end think. A high percentage of dried protein is a good sign since it only can dehydrate the best parts, whether chicken, beef, lamb.
I buy feed with high percentage of dehydrated protein and not in carbohydrates
The ashes that have the feed is also important to pay attention since it indicates that percentage is a waste and therefore a part, is worthless. Up to 8% is considered normal. Exceptionally there are medicated feeding kinds of stuff that have a high percentage of ashes due to, for example, the remains of crustacean shells.
The fat that has the feed is also a key point. Feed low protein substitute for fats ranges, causing our pets to them more. They are richer but also feed less healthy. It’s the same as if we compare a dish of vegetables with a hamburger and fries.
Nutritional characteristics in cats
In feeding the cats, there are a few basic differences with respect to the dogs. Cats are strictly carnivores, so their feed carries a higher protein load. But the biggest difference nutritionally between dogs and cats is a nonessential amino acid, called Taurine.
Taurine is very important in the diet of cats because they are unable to produce it
Taurine is important in the diet of cats because they are unable to produce in sufficient quantities. In freedom, these animals hunt small rodents, birds, minnows or almost anything to be shot. This amino acid is found naturally in almost all animal tissues (liver, nervous tissue, skeletal muscle, lungs …) and that where they get when they hunt.
If our friend is home to more adventurous and not regularly hunt anything, we consider these two aspects (protein and Taurine) when choosing their feed.
If your cat does not receive the nutrients your body needs, your coat will be affected
We must have clear that a good diet is very important but it is not everything. We need to complement it with deworming, vaccination, daily exercise and reviews regular veterinarian who alerted us to any problems that may exist.
Remember that feed low ranges, they do not are beneficial, and in many cases, can cause problems in the long run, as stones in the urine, obese animals, etc.