With the growing concern for their animals’ increasing quality of life, food has held a special place in the minds of pet trainers when considering what is best for their pets. There are those who value practicality when eating, while others are looking for natural ways. If you still do not know the best option for your dog or cat, we will help you!
“Both forms of food, natural or synthetic, have advantages and disadvantages. What we cannot do is reduce one in order to enhance the other, and convey the idea to the guru that there is only one and better option,” explains animal husbandry expert and Nutricol Technical Director, Maiara Petri Vilvert.
Synthetic rations have evolved a lot in recent decades, they are completely complete and provide the variety of nutrients and balance pets need, as well as the speed and ease of teachers’ daily life. The main types of pet food on the market today are dry diets, semi-wet diets, and wet diets (bags or boxes). The main difference between them is the amount of water present in each category.
This choice does not mean feeding your pet leftovers lunch and dinner, as in the old days. If you want to provide a balanced diet, you always need to consider selected types of quality meat and vegetables. Many owners believe that by providing “homemade food” to their pets, they are providing “natural food”, however, the two diet patterns are different. The big difference in these cases is the composition and preparation of the meal.
“We cannot confuse a homemade diet with natural (AN) pet food. In natural food, the diet is prepared by a professional who specializes in dog and cat nutrition, and proper food preparation must follow the specialist’s instructions,” says Mayara.
Ingredients can be provided cooked or raw. The cooking process is necessary to remove impurities, however it significantly reduces the amount of nutrients and requires a longer preparation time. This choice should be made in accordance with the characteristics of the animal and the availability of time for the owners.
Also remember that some foods are toxic to cats and dogs, so they should not be on your menu! Among them: sugar, fried foods, spices such as onions and garlic, seasoned salt, chocolate, raw or fried potatoes, green tomatoes, citrus fruits, etc.
In theory, it is difficult to find something against natural food, but it is not so for many teachers. In addition to requiring a lot of time from owners throughout the week, the AN also requires regular visits to the vet to monitor the animal’s nutritional status and adjust the diet, if necessary, as well as periodic trips to the supermarket.
Fodder, an industrial product, is a traditional and practical food. Manufacturing aims to ensure that food is safe and nutritionally balanced. Rites, whether dry, semi-moist or wet, have evolved a lot in recent decades, and are quite complete and provide the variety of nutrients and balance pets need.
On the market, we find several types of feed, where the constituent ingredients range from the noblest and nutrient-rich, with great nutritional value for dogs and cats, to simple and low-digestibility ingredients. According to Mayara, “The higher the quality of the feed, the more expensive ingredients are added by manufacturers, which can become an expensive option for a teacher, but is the maximum guarantee for animal use and absorption.”
“With regard to the preservatives found in most industrial products, which are highly criticized, we need to clarify that the ingredients added to animal food are the same as those used in products intended for human use,” the animal husbandry specialist explains. “But if a teacher sees this as a problem, there are options on the market for rations that contain natural antioxidants, for example,” he adds.
For Mayara, “In the world of industrial foods, there is a great variety of dry and wet foods that meet the idiosyncrasies of pets, if available, and the teacher’s point of view.”
We are sure of one thing, the main ally of industrial rations is practicality, planned distribution by the owners, who can simply purchase products adapted to the age and size of the pet, without worrying about occupational problems.
It also makes it easy to organize your monthly budget, with the option to choose between budget, premium, specialty, and ultra-premium foods. Serving food that is truly balanced, requires no preparation and is widely accepted by pets, still appears to be the most interesting alternative for educators in the twenty-first century.
Consult an expert
Strengthening does not hurt, and choosing one of these diets is necessary to consult a specialist, who will be able to determine the number of servings in the most appropriate way. In addition, if you want to change from one type of diet to another, a professional in this field can also tell you how to do it correctly, avoiding sudden changes that can cause problems and unpleasant symptoms for animals.
Therefore, each owner must weigh the pros and cons of each diet and choose the one that best suits his lifestyle and that of his pet. It is important to emphasize once again that expert participation is essential for animals undergoing this nutritional transition.
For animal husbandry expert Maiara Vilvert, Nutricol products feature the blend and quality of ingredients, delivering nutrients that benefit your pet’s health in optimal doses. And for that, it has qualified professionals with experience in the field of nutrition in its technical team.
With balanced, delicious and nutritious nutrition, Nutricol offers a special line, Sidekick, that meets the needs of every type of animal. We always strive to prioritize animal welfare and customer satisfaction.