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Know Your Pets Nutritional Requirements

A large number of pet owners trust different brands of pet foods to have the correct mix of essential nutrients as they don't know what their pets' specific requirements for nutrition are.

This is due to the technical language employed by the manufacturers such as "scientifically advanced" or "scientifically formulated" which provides consumers with reason to believe that all their pets' dietary requirements will be met by the product. 
There have been several studies done which indicate that both dogs and cats choose low carbohydrate diets which is essentially the make-up of raw diets that are balanced.  This is of course the opposite of processed pet foods, including kibble.  The explanation for this is simple as felines and canines allowed to source their own food would balance their nutritional needs by lessening their intake of carbohydrates over time.

Veterinary nutritionists are much more like human nutritionists now as they work out the specific caloric as well as nutritional needs for the different breeds of felines and canines at various ages whereas prior to this veterinarian nutritionists mostly focused on nutrition for animals of production such as cows or pigs to obtain optimal milk or meat from them.
Chronic conditions, such as obesity and cancer as well as kidney and heart disease are also being treated using the correct nutrition.

It is a lot easier to feed your pet an excess of carbohydrates than any other type of nutrition and although carbohydrates still form part of their nutritional requirements, a balance of different nutrients is essential. Included in regular dry pet foods are at least thirty to seventy per cent carbohydrates because they cost a lot less.  Sometimes in certain pets, obesity can be a result of excess energy being stored as fat. Ensure that you give your pet the correct nutrition for their specific needs so that they don't become obese as losing excess weight can be difficult.

The nutritional needs of your pets' will vary as they will depend on their medical history, stress levels as well as how active they are.

Your pet derives their energy from protein as well as carbohydrates and fats but they use this energy in various different ways.  As an example, pets that spend a lot of time outdoors will have a lot more exercise than a pet spending more of its time indoors.  This means that active pets will require more protein and fat to provide energy than the indoor pet.  Pets in different stages of their life will need differing quantities of nutrients too.
Good quality food for puppies has benefits over food for adult dogs as it has been designed to provide for a puppy's extra nutritional requirements as it will contain the correct quantity of calcium.  As puppies grow rapidly, nutritional "mistakes" while they are puppies can have consequences that are acute, causing irreversible problems for the duration of their lives.  Puppies will generally have completed their growth around eight to ten months of age so that most puppies can then progress to food for adult dogs around twelve months of age.