Tara, our family dog, passed last night and we wonder if we did all we could? The Top 5 Nutritional Needs of Every Pet: Choosing the Right Food
Last night we lost Tara, our energetic, loving Lab/Shepherd cross that has been our family dog for 13 and a half fun filled active years! She was an outdoor dog and often spent her nights sleeping on the sawdust with our herd of llamas. Her best bud was Shazam. They were 2 crazy peas in a pod. This morning she did not come when called and we found she had passed in her sleep overnight. Like all pet owners you ask yourself if we did everything we could.
We all want the best for our furry companions, and one of the most fundamental ways to ensure their health and happiness is by providing them with the right nutrition. Just like humans, pets have specific nutritional requirements that need to be met for them to thrive.
Let's look at the top five nutritional needs every pet has and on how to choose the right food to meet these needs.
- Hydration: Keeping Them Well-Quenched
While a raw diet already contains a significant amount of moisture, ( more than kibble) which can contribute to your pet's hydration they always need access to lots of fresh clean water for many of their biological functions to be working at its best.
- Vitamins and Minerals: The Micro-Nutrient Powerhouse
To ensure your pet receives all necessary micro-nutrients, consider adding organ meats and bones to their raw meat diet and for dogs some fruits and veggies. Organ meats like liver and kidneys are rich in vitamins, while bones provide essential minerals, including calcium and phosphorus. In wild this is a natural part of their diet as is some fruits and grasses to round out their diet. Some folks will use these items as a toppers or supplement to ensure they are getting all the WELLYTAILS - MIGHTY GREEN PHYTONUTRIENTS + VITAMINS & MINERALS, CARNIVORA EARTHGREENS POWDER, WHOLISTIC CANINE COMPLETE
- Protein: The Building Block of Health
Protein is a crucial component of your pet's diet, as it supports muscle growth, repair, and overall well-being. Cats and dogs are both carnivores by nature, so their diets should contain high-quality animal-based proteins. We need to be sure we rotate those protein sources.
My personal favorite is our Carnivora mixed dinner cases. This makes a great base. Other great options many folks like is the K9 Rotational, the Natural instincts variety pack for dogs or for all the awesome cat folks the Natural instincts cat variety pack is a great option.
- Essential Fatty Acids: Shiny Coats and Healthy Hearts
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are vital for your pet's skin, coat, and cardiovascular health. These nutrients help reduce inflammation, promote a shiny coat, and support heart health. Consider foods that include ingredients like fish oil or flaxseed to provide these essential fatty acids. Consider supplements like GRIZZLY - SALMON OIL PLUS to provide these essential fatty acids.
- Fiber: Promoting Digestive Health
Fiber aids in proper digestion and helps prevent constipation and other digestive issues. While dogs are omnivores and can handle a moderate amount of fiber, cats are obligate carnivores and require very little. Be sure to select pet food that matches your pet's dietary needs in this regard.
You can add NOAH'S ARK - DEHYDRATED SWEET POTATO CHIPS as a fiber supplement to their diet.
When choosing pet food, consider your pet's age, breed, size, activity level, and any specific dietary requirements or sensitivities they may have. Consulting with your veterinarian can provide valuable insights into the ideal food for your pet's individual needs. By prioritizing these top five nutritional needs, you can make informed choices and provide your beloved pet with the best possible nutrition for a happy and healthy life.
Tara lived a long and vibrant life, playing with the kids and enjoying the freedom of our 3-acre property and be best llama friend Shazam, all while thriving a balanced diet. Her passing was a testament to a life well-lived and well-nourished. I pray I can be so lucky to be active to my last day and lay my head to rest and wake up on the other side of a rainbow.