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Why nutrition is important for animals?
Overall, the proper balance of protein, energy, vitamins and all nutritionally important minerals in diets is needed to make a successful nutrition program that is both productive and economical. Also, a crucial element to the nutrition program for animals is water.
Choosing the Right Food for Your Pet
Nutrition is the supply of materials (nutrients) required by organisms and cells to stay alive. Food is the vehicle to provide these nutrients.
Poor nutrition can be associated with poor skin and coat, chronic gastrointestinal issues, and other types of disease. While adequate nutrition enables an animal to survive, the ideal is to have our pets thrive. Optimal nutrition enables an animal to reach its full potential by maintaining a luxurious skin and coat, strong muscles, bones, and joints, and improving the animal’s day to day performance. Nutrition is one of the most important considerations for an animal’s survival and lifelong health, as well as disease prevention and management.
Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients that provide energy to an animal’s diet. It is the most important for providing a readily available energy source. A carbohydrate is a molecule consisting of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen (CHO). In nutrition, carbohydrates can be divided into three categories: sugar, starch, and fibre.
When people talk about “carbs”, they are typically talking about sugars (like glucose or fructose) and starches (like flour). Fibre is not digestible by dogs, cats, people, and other monogastric species (one stomach). For the purposes of this discussion we will consider only those carbohydrates that are digestible (sugars and starches).
Because they do not supply building blocks for the formation of tissues in the body, carbohydrates are not considered essential nutrients. However, carbohydrates in dog food and cat food serve many important purposes in the body.