Q. Why is it important for my dog's food to be balanced?
A. Balance is vital for your dog's metabolism and efficiency. Dog food is formulated to be the main nutritional source and the ingredient ratios are essential in making your dog's diet complete and balanced. If, for example, an essential amino acid is low a pet food company may add another ingredient higher in that essential amino acid. However, too much of a certain ingredient can have an adverse effect. For instance, too much protein and the excess of phosphorus may exacerbate kidney issues. The need for balance is why reputable pet food companies hire trained veterinary nutritionists to select ingredients carefully and find the proper balance for optimal health.