Just figuring out how to balance your own diet can be plenty difficult. Are you getting enough calcium? Drinking enough water every day? Getting the vitamin everyone's talking about?
Lucky for you, feeding your dog with just what he needs doesn't have to cause you any extra headaches. Just by feeding him the right pet food for his lifestage, you're giving him a completely balanced diet.
But just how do we break that down? Well, the foundation of a balanced diet is getting the right proportions of the following seven required groups:
This one is the most important. All animals depend on water, so keeping your dog well-hydrated is key. The level of water he receives from food varies, depending on whether you're serving up wet food or dry food. Check out this article for more details on preventing dehydration.
Made up of amino acids, dietary protein serves numerous functions in the body, including muscle growth, tissue repair, enzyme creation, immune functions and more.
While too much fat can lead to health problems, we all need fat to survive. Not only is it the most concentrated form of energy, but fat sources that provide Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are important for healthy skin and coat. Fat also serves as a carrier for fat-soluble vitamins.
Carbohydrate is a group of nutrients including sugars, starches and dietary fibers. Many can be used as energy, although pets don't require them in the amounts that we do. Getting enough fiber is important for the gastrointestinal tract.
Minerals help with many of the regular processes that happen inside the body, like forming bones, maintaining fluid balance and transporting oxygen in the blood.
Vitamins work best as a team with each other and other nutrients. Vitamins play many different roles in nourishing your pet, including helping to maintain a healthy coat and immune system.
The other crucial measure of a dog food is energy, measured in calories. Energy in the form of calories provides the driving force in metabolic reactions and allows for the utilization of all other nutrients. Depending on your dog's age, breed size, environment and activity level, energy needs will vary. While you need to make sure you're giving your dog enough calories, you also don't want to give too many or your dog's body will store the extra energy as fat, which can lead to obesity.
All Purina ONE SMARTBLEND and beyOnd products have been carefully developed by nutritionists and food scientists to provide a balanced selection of the nutrition your dog needs. We hope you can see the evidence. To learn more, browse our site for plenty of in-depth looks into just what vitamins, minerals and other nutritional elements can do for your dog.