Pet Health and Nutrition Basics

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Across the globe, there is a general notion that a pet is like a family member and thus it is extremely vital that we take special care in providing our pet with good upbringing. Even though you may love your pet, you are strictly advised against feeding him with huge quantities of food. Nutrition and health forms the essential components of the strict regimen that pets should follow. One has to be particular about health and nutrition of one’s pet because that will contribute to a fit and playful pet.  There are several ways to provide proper care to ones pet, given below are some basic tips to provide good health to your pets.
Food For Dogs

While you may believe in it, there is no one food item that is best suited for every species of dog. Luckily the market is full of many well researched dog food items to choose from. The food chosen should be appropriate for a dog’s age. There are two separate nutrient profiles for dogs – one for growth (puppies) and the other for adult maintenance. For instance, While the need for other vitamins and minerals remain same, puppies require higher amounts of protein for their growth whereas adult dogs require higher amount of fat. Cooking for dogs at home is also one of the best ways to feed them, but certainly not an easy one.

Food For Cats

Unlike dogs who can still eat anything that we humans do, cats have special nutritional needs. Cats need more protein and certain amino acids with fatty acids and also require a preformed Vitamin A content that is present only in foods of animal origin. The food chosen should also be appropriate for cat’s age. While a kitten eating adult cat food will not get the higher amounts of calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals she needs for proper growth, a adult cat eating kitten food is likely to become overweight. An older cat may need food especially made for her, has fewer calories and is more easily digested.

Food For Birds

Feeding pet birds with the right foods is important for their health. A balanced diet based on sound bird nutrition recommendations is the key for imparting your pet bird with proper health. Balancing a parrot’s diet from the beginning may prevent many health and behavior problems but it’s never too late to get ones pet bird on a firm nutritional footing.
Food For Fish

No single food item can provide all of the nutrients a fish needs. A food should contain protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals in the forms each species prefer. Thus, the key to provide good food to your pet is variety. Appropriate use of a staple diet, a supplemental diet, vitamin and nutritional supplements will ensure that fish receives all the nutrients necessary for good health. Also, because fish enjoys a spectrum of tastes and textures, variety in food enhances the quality of their lives.

Surely, prevention is better than cure. Preventive health care can save you and your pet from needless suffering and a larger financial burden. Annual physical exams, vaccinations and regular consultations with a veterinarian go a long way in preventing diseases.

Nevertheless, subscribing to a pet care e-newsletter, a magazine or joining an interest group on a networking site will keep you updated on the pet health and nutrition basics.