Your pets’ nutrition is important too. Every owner wants their pets to be happy and active but, in order to accomplish that, it is essential that pets eat a healthy diet too. Just like us, pets need a complete and well-balanced diet which contains all the essentials such as vitamins, minerals, protein, fats, carbohydrates, and fresh water: lots of water.
The American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has set nutritional standards that provides the complete source of nutrition required for your dog or cat. This information is extremely important for manufacturers of pet food as every single product should be manufactured in accordance with AAFCO standards to provide complete nutrition for your pet.
Extensive research goes into the development of pet food. Manufacturers are always working to increase their knowledge of pet nutrition, ensuring food is palatable, healthy and completely meets the nutritional requirements of your pet.
Table scraps do not offer the nutrition that most pets need and may add unneeded calories to their diet. While it may seem safe and nutritious to prepare your own pet food, there are a number of important factors to consider. Cats and dogs have different nutritional needs than humans and it may be quite difficult for pet owners to know and to meet these requirements. Additionally, improperly prepared food may become contaminated with bacteria such as E. coli or Salmonella which can make your pet sick.
Natural and organic pet foods represent the safest and most balanced food choice for pets. It’s important to remember that the most appropriate choice of food should be made in consultation with your veterinarian, taking into account your pet’s lifestyle, age and overall health.
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