Balanced Nutrition is the Key to a Healthy Diet For FIDO
November 07, 2013 • Health & Wellness
We all have heard the old saying “if a little does a little good; then a lot will do a lot of good”. We also know that this is not always true. While it seem like a good ideas at the time, FIDO knows that when we eat too many treats we get a tummy ache !
The same thing holds true when it comes to pet food. For example, if our kibble has too much of a basic need for life such as sodium, that is not good for or heath either. The best approach to just about everything in life is “balance” – work / life balance, and a balanced diet. Nutrients are essential to health for us and for our pets. We can control our diet choices, but our FIDO’s rely on us to choose for them.
FIDO’s friends at Hill’s Ideal Balance shared the following information with us. Let’s look at key nutrients that your FIDO’s body needs to maintain good health and energy. Those nutrients are protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber:
PROTEIN - is a vital nutrient that helps support lean muscle tissue for adult pets. For growing puppies and kittens, protein nourishes growing muscle tissue. If a pet’s diet is too low in protein this could lead to poor growth. If a pet’s diet is too high in protein, this could increase the workload of the liver and kidneys to get rid of excess nitrogen. That’s because your pet’s body will only absorb a certain amount of protein – everything in excess must be processed by the liver and kidneys. You can see how over time this extra work could affect these organs.
FATS - are very beneficial in your pet’s diet. Fats – in the appropriate levels – are excellent for healthy skin. Fats nourish the skin and make it soft. What’s more- fats help with a luxurious coat and contribute to shiny fur! We know what happens with too much fat: weight gain. But what if there isn’t enough fat? Potential for a dull, dry and flaky coat.
VITAMINS AND MINERALS - are also essential in your pet’s diet. Vitamins support the immune system; minerals help puppies and kittens grow strong muscles and healthy teeth. If the vitamins levels are deficient, your pet could experience fatigue or weakness. If the vitamin levels are too high, this could lead to organ stress. If the minerals are too high, your pet could be at risk for bladder stones.
FIBER - we all love fiber! It’s great for healthy digestion, but if your pet’s diet is too low your pet could experience loose stools. Not good! How about too much fiber? Your pet could experience gas! Equally NOT GOOD!
So the moral to the story is “balance.” Each of these nutrients is critical to survival. For optimal health, choose a food for your pet that provides proven, perfectly balanced nutrition... and a great choice is Hill’s® Ideal Balance™
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