Benefits of a balanced diet for your pet – Vida de Bicho

When a pet does not receive enough food, the skin is usually the first organ to show deficiency changes (Photo: pexels/rarnie-mccudden/CreativeCommons

There is a growing group of owners who are choosing to provide unprocessed food, otherwise known as natural or homemade food. “For those who choose this type of food for their fur, we always recommend consulting a veterinary nutritionist, because pets have very different nutritional needs than ours, and if we choose to feed them the same foods, the proportion of each ingredient changes, as well as the need for vitamin and mineral supplements to meet their requirements. These two groups are nutrients,” explains the professor. Marcio ProntoDeputy Director of the Veterinary Hospital of the FMVZ/USP.

A study by Cepen Pet Group showed that all homemade diet recipes published online, when evaluated in the laboratory, were lacking in at least one nutrient. 84% of them are deficient in at least three essential nutrients. Food with this profile can lead to important changes in a pet’s health and even jeopardize its longevity. A balanced diet ensures that you take in all 40-41 essential nutrients, those that the body cannot manufacture.

It is important to choose the feed based on the nutrients provided (Photo: pexels/mathew-coulton/CreativeCommons)

It is important to choose the feed based on the nutrients provided (Photo: pexels/mathew-coulton/CreativeCommons)

For a kibble-based diet, it is generally recommended that it be at least in the Premium category. If there is a possibility, superfoods will always be the best choice. For teachers with financial constraints, budget foods are also a good option, but it is recommended to know what nutrients they provide. When in doubt, a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition will be able to guide you in this choice.

a second Silvia AngelicoThere are several types of diets: vegetarian, vegan, and omnivorous. At the time of preparation, some of them are raw, others are cooked. It is worth noting that for pets, no frying, too fatty components and strong spices are indicated. “It depends on what line of diet the teacher is going to follow, whether it’s a diet or a natural food, there are many modalities with different formulations and philosophies, no matter the choice, what should be a concern of balancing and always providing what dogs and cats need depending on their age group and condition health”.

Leaving free food for your cat is one of the biggest contributors to diabetes and obesity (Photo: pexels/capriauto/CreativeCommons)

Leaving free food for your cat is one of the biggest contributors to diabetes and obesity (Photo: pexels/capriauto/CreativeCommons)

Another question about how many times an animal needs to be fed per day, and this also depends on the need, state of health and age of each one, for example: an adult dog can be fed 1-3 times a day, and cats 2-4 times. Leaving your cat’s food empty is one of the biggest contributors to diabetes and obesity. “They end up eating a lot more than they need, so it’s recommended to divide the amount of food they should eat during the day and serve it to them at different times,” explains Sylvia..

When the pet does not receive enough food, the skin is usually the first organ to show the changes caused by the deficiency. Usually, animals tend to lose hair, but it is important to know how to differentiate between shedding time and the change of season. According to the teacher Marcio Brunetto, when food suffers from a lack of protein, animals begin to lose weight and in more severe cases develop ascites, which is the accumulation of fluid in the abdomen, due to a lack of protein intake. “In cases of chronic intake of foods that are low in calcium, animals tend to have difficulty walking due to changes in bone calcification,” he explains.

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