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What to Feed Your Pets: Nutrients Needed for Pet Health and Diet

We all want the best for our pets. Providing them with a good home, comfy beds, nice toys and taking them to the vet regularly for check-ups.  

But just like us it all starts with a healthy lifestyle and diet. Feeding your pet, a well-balanced diet that contains all the necessary nutrients is crucial for their overall health and wellbeing. Let’s discuss the nutrients your pet needs for a healthy diet. 

Protein for your pet

Protein is essential for your pet’s growth, health and repair of tissues. It provides amino acids, which are the building blocks of cells, tissues, and organs. Meat, fish, poultry, and eggs are excellent sources of protein for pets. 

Carbohydrates for your pet 

Carbohydrates provide energy for your pet’s daily activities. They also help to regulate blood sugar levels and keep your pet feeling fuller for longer. Whole grains, vegetables, and fruits are great sources of carbohydrates. 

Healthy fat for your pet 

Fat is an essential nutrient that provides your pet with energy, insulation, and helps to absorb vitamins. But it’s important to ensure that your pet’s diet is not too high in fat, as excessive fat can lead to obesity. Good sources of healthy fats include fish oil and flaxseed oil. If you are buying high quality commercial pet food quite often, they will have healthy fats in their list of ingredients. 

Essential vitamins for your pet 

Vitamins are necessary for the normal functioning of your pet’s body. They help to maintain healthy skin, coat, and eyes, and support the immune system. Vitamin A, for example, is essential for vision, while Vitamin C is important for immune function. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamins for pets. 

Essential minerals for your pet 

Minerals are important for your pet’s growth, development, and maintenance of body functions. They help to build strong bones and support the immune system. Calcium and phosphorus are essential minerals for healthy bones, while potassium and sodium help to maintain proper fluid balance. Meat, fish and dairy products are great sources of minerals.  

Making sure your pet drinks water 

Having fresh, clean water accessible at all times for your pet is essential for their health. Water not only keeps your pet hydrated but can help regulate body temperature on hot days, flush out toxins and transport nutrients throughout the body.  

Supplements for your pet

If you have your bases covered with a high-quality food suitable for your pets' individual needs, you might want to consider adding a supplement to your pets' diet. Supplements such as Antinol Rapid  are great for extra immunity support and joint mobility. This is especially important with giant breed dogs such as Great Danes for joint protection. If you’re interested in reading more about natural supplements you can add to your pets diet, check out our post on natural supplements for dog joints. 

Feeding your pet, a well balanced diet that contains all the necessary nutrients is essential for their health and wellbeing. Ensure your pets diet contains:  

  • High quality protein 
  • Carbohydrates  
  • Healthy fats 
  • Vitamins and minerals 
  • Water 

If you’re feeling confused about what is the best diet to feed your pet, you can ask our experts who will reply straight to your inbox within one business day. 

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