Now that MyBowl has taught you what goes into good nutrition for your dog, we will take a look at the benefits of good nutrition and why your dog deserves the very best food you can possibly provide. All necessary vitamins and minerals are included in complete and balanced dog foods. This means that additional foods or supplements do not need to be given to maintain your pet’s general health.
The proper balance of nutrients is essential when feeding your dog. Animals (and humans) need a certain combination of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water every day in order to function normally. Balanced nutrition is no accident -- pet food manufacturers work hard to determine the exact formula that goes into their products so that they provide everything your dog needs on a daily basis. Each and every nutrient in dog food has a purpose.
Without adequate nutrition, your dog would not be able to maintain muscle tone, build and repair muscles, teeth, and bone, perform normal daily activities with ease or fight-off infection. Proteins provide energy and help with muscle function and growth. Fats provide energy and keep the skin and hair coat shiny and healthy. Carbohydrates supply a source of quick energy. Vitamins and minerals are necessary for muscle contraction, nerve conduction and they work to prevent disease.
Every single cell in the body is made of protein. Protein is necessary to repair damaged cells and make new ones. Protein is especially important for young, growing and pregnant animals. The protein in your dog’s diet ensures that he is able to build and maintain strong muscles. This is why one of the first few ingredients on a dog food label should be a protein source (chicken, beef, etc.).
Everyone knows that a dog with a rich, shiny hair coat is probably in good health. Dogs eating the proper balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids have healthy skin and hair coat. Dry skin will lead to hair that easily splits, breaks, and falls out easily. Omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect to reduce itching and other irritations caused by allergies or environmental conditions (like low humidity levels in the winter).
Carbohydrates provide fiber that helps aid digestion. Dog foods are formulated so that nutrients are readily available to your dog’s digestive system and easily absorbed by the body. Digestibility is important so your dog can use all the nutrients in his food and easily rid his body of waste products. Your dog’s food should provide all the nutrition he needs while producing only a minimum of stool to be picked up.
The vitamins and minerals found in every bag of dog food work together to keep your dog’s immune system and metabolism functioning normally. Vitamins work to reduce the damage done to body cells on a daily basis. Minerals promote the normal function of the cells that maintain health. Vitamins and minerals come from both plant and animal sources in the diet. Without adequate levels of vitamins and minerals, your pet would eventually become ill.