The most important nutrients for your pet
On our last post we discussed the types of food that animals in the wild consume: natural prey. What nutrients are supplied to the pet with a natural prey diet? Understanding the answer to that question is crucial if we are to succeed at feeding our pets the most natural, balanced, and healthy meals.
In the wild an animal’s diet contains: protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, probiotics and enzymes– at every meal.
While we want to keep our pet’s diet as natural as possible, no one is going to release a rabbit into the back yard and let their pet get his own dinner. So, what choices do we as pet caretakers have? We head down to the local pet food store and find shelves packed with dry kibble food, raw frozen food, canned food, roll food, dehydrated food and so on. On the other hand, some pet caretakers make home cooked meals for their pets. In the end, the majority of pets will consume some sort of dry kibble or canned food at some point in their lives. From those foods we can select from the good, the bad and the downright ugly.
I personally feed my own dog “Paddy” a high grade of commercially produced kibble, and she is thriving now in her fourteenth year. I recommend choosing the highest quality food that you can afford, with meat as the number one ingredient. But that is only the first step. Find out what more is needed in our next article.