Balanced diets are crucial to the cell growth, maintenance, and overall health of your dog. Dogs should be able to get all the nutrients they need from a high quality kibble, and with a quality kibble it is not necessary to overfeed. Nutrients are substances obtained from food and used by an animal as a source of energy, apart of the metabolic machinery necessary for maintenance and overall health. 6 nutrients essential for healthy living include;
Water: 60-70% of an adult dog's body weight is water. Water deficiency leads to dehydration which can lead to serious illness or result in death.
Protein: Main component for cells, tissues, organs, enzymes, hormones and antibodies, and are essential for growth, maintenance, reproduction and repair within the body.
Fats: Most concentrated form of food energy, providing your pet with more than twice the energy of proteins or carbohydrates. Fats are essential in the structure of cells, needed for the production of some hormones, and are required for absorption and utilization of certain vitamins.
Carbohydrates: Provide energy, and play huge roles in health of the intestine and reproduction.
Vitamins & Minerals: Vitamins are necessary for normal metabolic functions. Minerals are structural constituents of bones and teeth to maintain fluid balance and involvement in metabolic reactions.
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