Dog and Cat Nutrition for North Miami Beach Pets
Many pet owners unwittingly compromise their pet’s health and wellness by providing the wrong kinds or quantities of food on a daily basis. Administering the proper pet nutrition and diet is complicated by the fact that dogs and cats have different nutritional requirements.
As convenient as it may sound to buy one extra-large bag of pet food for the canines and felines in a household to share, this casual approach to pet nutrition can cause serious health issues for cats and dogs alike. Proper dog and cat nutrition calls for different foods in different formulations. Dogs are omnivores, which means that they can derive their sustenance from a wide range of food sources, including fruits, vegetables and meats. By contrast, cats are carnivores, meaning that they must derive the outstanding majority of their nutrition from meat alone.
The specific nutrients involved in dog and cat nutrition also differ. Canned food is more water-rich than dry food and is processed more easily by a cat’s digestive system. The complete proteins in fish, beef, chicken and other feline favorites contain the amino acids, vitamins and minerals cats require. The amino acid is particularly important to a cat’s diet, because these animals’ bodies cannot produce their own taurine. Cat food should also contain essential fats such as omega-3/omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid. Carbohydrates are helpful for maintaining glucose levels, while non-digestible fiber encourages digestive health.
Dogs have the same need for water as cats, but since they are more likely to drink water as needed to hydrate, they can subsist happily on either dry food or wet food. Dry food, however, offers more protection against the buildup of dental plaque, a factor in tooth decay and gum disease. They can obtain vitamins and minerals from both meats and plant matter, though the proteins in vegetation are not “complete” proteins unless combined with specific carbohydrates such as rice. Dogs also require many of the same fats and amino acids as their feline counterparts, though they do not require dietary taurine as cats do.
Pet Nutrition at Arch Creek Animal Clinic
Dog and cat nutrition and diet may also vary with age or in the presence of certain diseases with older or more sedentary pets requiring smaller portions or precise nutritional mixes. Our clinic can devise a wellness plan to help you provide your beloved animal with the proper pet nutrition, in the proper quantities, for all stages of his life and health. Let us make sure your pet is eating right and living well.