Balanced and complete pet food is probably the most important reason why pet owners can feed their dogs or cats the very same food every day in and day out and still see consistent results in both their health and general well-being. While vitamins and other minerals are all important micronutrients, which means that they are only supplemented in very small portions, they still play leading roles in your pet’s overall health. Some of the best, most complete pet food on the market today actually includes vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential fatty acids, and other key nutrients your pet needs for a healthy lifestyle. Not only that, but they’re also tastier than the majority of commercial pet food products. It is difficult to find pet-food products that meet those standards, and there are many good alternatives.
Pet owners need to understand what goes into the nutritional adequacy statement on the labels of many pet food products, including the words of protein, fat, sodium, carbohydrates, vitamins, and calcium. These four items should all be present, and they should be in an acceptable balance. The problem is that not all pet food companies take these principles seriously. Many use the term ‘nutritious’ in place of ‘balanced’, or they will use terms such as ‘real meat’, or ‘real fish’ instead of ‘fish oil’. And, of course, the cheapest and most commonly available pet food is high in fat and low in nutritional content.
When it comes to calculating nutrients and mineral content, a company has to take certain factors into account, and one of those is their moisture level, which can be measured using a moisture meter. And, although we’ve all been told that a balanced diet is the best, some pet food companies take advantage of our trust in these companies by providing us with low-grade, nutrient-poor foods that are full of preservatives and flavorings. This is called dry pet food, and it’s actually worse than junk food for your dog!