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Pets and Nutrition

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.

By on April 26th, 2014

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I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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39 thoughts on “Pets and Nutrition”

  1. I have never thought about making their foods. I have given my furry friends our leftover stews now and then. I didn’t want to make it a habit, because then they would not eat their regular foods. My finicky cat though wouldn’t even eat the stew at times. (Everybody else liked it and ate it)! I believe in variety. I don’t like eating the same thing everyday, so I know they would not either! I do give them vitamins. My dog’s vitamins are geared to help his hips. This was pin worthy for sure! Thank you for sharing this very important information to keep our furry friends healthy and happy ????

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  2. Thanks for the great info. I have two awesome canine family members, and want to take the best care of them that I can.

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  3. I have 5 animals. I have 3 cats and they get soft food Friskies pate everyday a different can and they always have the dry food available. I have 2 dogs used to be 3. I feed them treats and real chicken breast or steak at times. My bichon is so picky. He will put his nose up to steak at times and then scarf it up. Great ideas. I have joint medicine and more for them. They are our babies!

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  4. Great information! We always look at the nutrition content of our pet’s food. It’ important to take care of your pets.

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  5. Thanks for sharing this information. I will be sure to look on the label of the cat food I buy. I want to make sure I am feeding my cats what’s best for them. Just like I do for m y kids.

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  6. Very true! Too many people are clueless about the nutrition/food needs of pets; they just feed them table scraps. My cousin used to feed her little dog pieces of chocolate, unaware that chocolate is very bad for dogs.

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  7. Thanks for the interesting read! I think it’s just as important to feed our pets healthy food as it is for us to eat it!

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  8. Your article is very good, very helpful and very important. The hardest part bringing up kids with dogs is the kids would throw their food leftover from their pizza or whatever. They would do it without even thinking. The dogs used to get chubby once in a while.

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  9. Pet owner also need to know what there animals can not eat. Like for example, grapes can be deadly to dogs. Two grapes for a 10lb dog can give them liver failure.

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  10. We’ll be on the road soon full time with our furbaby Hootiecat. It will be interesting and quite a challenge making sure her nutritional needs are met. Thank you for this article, it really is important.

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  11. Great article, thanks! More people need to be aware that just feeding your pet any old thing isn’t what’s best for them.

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  12. We just switched our puppie’s food when we realized what was “really” in it! Thanks for this informative post

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  13. Great information. We try and give our pets the best food that is good for them. We always make sure with our vet that we are feeding our dogs the right kinds of food.

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  14. I agree! I always make sure my dog has a well-balanced diet. I even make him homemade dog food ans store it properly as I have been doing this for a few years now. Nutrition is so important for humans as is for animals.

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  15. I wish I had known about this before my dog passed away. I made homemade dog food for him and i’m sure it wasn’t that nutritious, but he did live for 16 1/2 yrs.

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  16. Good information and things people need to know to raise a healthy happy pet. And knowing that nutrition needs change as a dog matures and that this is important to good health

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  17. Great information to know! I’ve always tried to balance out the meals by combining wet and dry, and to give the same amount daily with lots of water.

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  18. All great points to remember. My dog loves homemade treats and I can monitor what is in them better than store bought.

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  19. My furbabies’ food always has meat as the first ingredient and I try to make sure they get a bit of both wet and dry food daily, as it’s good for their digestion to vary their intake. Their food also gets a sprinkling of lysine too, but that’s mostly for the kitty.

    Thanks for the article! It’s so great to see responsible pet ownership encouraged in a world filled with stories about people who don’t do right by our furry friends.

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  20. I take an active part in my daughter’s dog as we share her due to me not being able to have a dog full-time where I live. I get the opportunity to babysit her, take her to the doggie park and take her during the summer to the lake to make sure she stays active. I am also careful to make sure Kyla gets the proper nutrition and gets a balanced diet. Thanks for the great article!

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  21. Great article Michelle! I’ve been feeding both Kenny and Rachel only grain-free, soy-free food for years now. I’m convinced it’s why they are so healthy! When I first adopted Rachel, I didn’t know any better and gave her sub-standard food – and man, when she passed gas, oh my gosh!!! Stinky!!! When I switched her off of grains, no more gas, at least not that I’ve been able to smell 🙂

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  22. There are some great tips in here! I know quite a few people who have pets, but they’re not very careful with them when it comes to their diets, including what and how much they eat. Thank you for passing this information along!

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  23. Thanks for this post- it is easy to forget that pets need to be taken care of with good nutrition and fresh food.

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