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The Benefits of Proper Nutrition

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They Are What They Eat

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.

It's All About Balance

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.

Each 'Cog' Has Its Role...

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.

Protein

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.).

Omega Fatty Acids

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

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.

Vitamins and Minerals

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.

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  • Misleading
    03/29/2013 03:09pm

    what a misleading slide show! As if pet food manufacturers are using fresh meats and the optimal nutrients for pet health in their kibbles.
    Ingredients for kibble are necessarily DRY, and overloaded with more grains and other plant-based materials and carbs than pets should be eating. This is bad for dogs, and even worse for cats! And according to the Merck Veterinary Manual, there is no known requirement for carbohydrates in the diet of dogs and cats.
    Thousands of pets have been sickened and killed by "complete and balanced" pet food. It is a myth to believe that any one food product can possibly be "complete and balanced". Freshness and variety are the key components of healthy and wholesome foods.
    Along with the grains that are unfit for human consumption, our pets also receive various poisonous mycotoxins. According to a 2006 article in the International Journal of Food Microbiology and available in PubMed, "aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, and Fusarium mycotoxins have been found in both raw ingredients and final products of pet food around the globe. Aflatoxin, a hepatotoxin and carcinogen, has caused several food poisoning outbreaks in dogs, and aflatoxin content is regulated in pet food in many countries. Ochratoxin A and Fusarium mycotoxins including trichothecenes, zearalenone, and fumonisins may have chronic effects on the health of companion animals."
    There have been deaths due to overdoses of minerals in pet foods and there have beeen deaths due to vitamin deficiencies. So much for "complete and balanced". Yet the pet food companies keep churning out their propaganda studies....performed by those hired by the companies that produce the food.
    The type of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) that dogs and cats need come historically from prey animals, like rodents and birds. But dog food companies use flaxseed almost exclusively as a cheap source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Flax is NOT a source of DHA or EPA, but it is a source of ALA. Dogs and cats cannot reliably convert ALA into EPA and DHA. The optimal source for these nutrients is fish or seafood.
    Do your pets a favor and avoid commercial pet foods. Check my four-part article on Topics in Nutrition for more information:
    mysite.verizon.net/res8w765/id57.html

  • More concerns....
    03/29/2013 03:24pm

    Almmost forgot to mention the huge problem with ingredients sourced from China. Have we all forgotten so quickly the thousands of pet deaths from melamine and cyanuric acid that was INTENTIONALLY used in pet food ingredients sourced from China?
    Virtually all pet foods add powdered taurine (an essential amino acid) to their mix to avoid the inevitable taurine deficiency that results from cooking commercial pet foods under high heat and pressure. However, most all powdered taurine is sourced from China. A simple change to feeding fresh meat and eggs will provide a natual source of fresh and healthful taurine for your pet.

 
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