The Importance of a Proper Diet for Your Pet

Pet Proper Diet Image - Nashville TN - 5 Points Animal Hospital You know that you need to eat a healthy and balanced diet to function at your best, but did you realize that your pets should also be on a proper diet as well? Just like people, animals need to eat the right combination of nutrients to stay healthy and strong. Knowing how much protein, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats, and water your dog or cat needs to be eating every day is important in maintaining a happy and healthy pet. At 5 Points Animal Hospital, we are frequently asked about the best diets for dogs, cats, and other pets, so we would like to share with you helpful information about the nutrients you should be feeding your pets each day. While a specific diet plan can differ from pet to pet depending on age and breed, the following nutrients are the essential building blocks of a proper diet for your pet.

Protein

According to PetMD, one of the first ingredients on a dog food label should be a protein source. Protein is essential in building new cells and repairing damaged cells because every single cell in the body consists of this nutrient. Pets need protein to build muscles, skin, hair, organs, and other tissues, which means it is especially important for young and growing pets as well as pregnant animals.

Fatty Acids

For a shiny and healthy coat, your pet needs to be eating a diet with the right amount of both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Not only are these fatty acids important for your pet’s fur, but without enough fat in his diet, he could have dry skin problems. Dry skin leads to itching, split ends, and hair loss. If your pet has allergies, omega-3 fatty acids can be especially beneficial as they reduce inflammation.

Carbohydrates

In order to digest and eliminate properly, your pet should be eating a diet that includes carbohydrates to provide fiber. Good digestion is important so that your pet can absorb all of the needed nutrients from food and get rid of waste products. A proper diet needs to give your pet good nutrition while producing a minimum of stool.

Vitamins and Minerals

Your pet needs vitamins and minerals to keep his immune system and metabolism working as it should. Without the right amount of vitamins and minerals, your pet could easily get sick. Vitamins are also needed to reduce cell damage, and minerals are necessary to promote normal cell function.

If you want to keep your pet in good health, feeding him or her a balanced diet is very important. Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital for recommendations on the best diets for dogs, cats, and other animals.

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