Pet nutrition has emerged as one of the most discussed and relevant topics in the realm of our pets' health. What we feed our pets, just like what we feed ourselves, has a direct impact on their energy levels, overall well-being, and health.
What is High-Quality Pet Food?
Knowing what is the best food for dogs and cats is essential for pet parents. The ingredients that comprise the diet are the source of high-quality pet food. Unrefined, minimally processed foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and proteins are included in higher quality diets.
Higher-quality foods are free of by products, fillers, chemical preservatives, and artificial colors and flavors. These diets may include all-natural supplements like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Importance of Feeding Your Pet High-Quality Food
What you feed your pet is the fuel and energy they require not only for survival, but also for their overall health and well-being. Many foods will provide and meet the basic needs of life, but higher-quality foods will result in optimal dog nutrition and cat nutrition.
Higher quality foods digest better than lower quality foods. The amount of nutrients from a food source that are absorbed by the body and converted into energy and metabolism for life is referred to as digestibility. This means that more of the food they eat is converted into usable nutrients, resulting in more energy and better health.
Feeding your furry friends foods of high quality has a lot of other benefits including:
- Healthier Coat
- Improved Oral Health
- Fewer Allergies
- Healthier Bones
How to Make Sure my Pet is Eating High-Quality Food?
Examine the ingredient list. On the package, all ingredients in a diet are listed in descending order of weight. So, in general, the first 5-7 items on the list are the most important ingredients in the food. You want real meats, whole grains, and vegetables at the top of the ingredient list, and you want to avoid diets that list by-products, unnamed meat meals, and partial grains.
Avoid using potentially harmful ingredients. Check the ingredient list for any potentially harmful additives. Avoid ingredients containing artificial preservatives, synthetic chemicals, artificial flavours, and fillers (wheat mill run, rice bran, corn brain, hulls, and certain pulps), as these can pose health risks and have a negative impact on your pet's overall health and well-being.
Finally, we all want our pets to be as healthy as possible and to live as long as possible, and keep them healthy and happy! The more we research and learn about better options, the better their diet, health, and overall life will be.