Keeping a healthy pet is all about balance and most importantly a balanced diet offering all essential nutrients they need to keep health problems away for a long and happy life.
So, how do you know if your dog or cat’s food is balanced correctly? Here’s a simple way to break it down.
A DOG'S FOOD SHOULD CONTAIN:
• Animal protein
• Whole grains
• Micronutrients (omega 3 fatty acids)
• Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate for older dogs
Foods marked as “balanced” or “complete” mean that they have to contain certain amounts of key vital nutrients to improve functionality and prevent deficiency. These foods need to have large amounts of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium chloride, sulfur, and potassium and smaller amounts of trace minerals like iron, zinc, copper, chromium, iodine, selenium, manganese and fluorine.
By law, a “balanced” or “complete” pet food can only be advertised as such if the food meets certain minimums or maximums that comply with the Australian Standard: Manufacturing and Marketing Pet Food AS 5812:2011.
It is important to change your pet’s food according to their life-stage, which means they have difference requirements of certain nutrients. For example, puppies and kittens require the assistance of calcium and magnesium for bone strength and growth. Older pets have a different requirement of many key minerals and vitamins than their younger counterparts. They also benefit from the addition of glucosamine and condroitine for joint health.
Pets already suffering an existing disease will benefit from eating a food that is specifically designed to aid such problems. For example, arthritis in dogs can be assisted by this food and cats with renal disease would benefit from this food.
PET GUARDIANS has a wide range of life-stage specific and disease specific foods that benefit dogs and cats from all walks of life. However, if you decide to make a change to your pet’s diet, it is important to remember not to switch foods too suddenly. Make the change gradual over a week as your pet may suffer vomiting and/or diarrhoea if forced to adapt too quickly.
If you are unsure of what food would suit your pet please consult your Veterinarian for more information.