Keeping your pet healthy and happy through nutrition
Whether you are a dog or a cat owner, each animal species requires a specific nutrient profile at different stages of its life (e.g., young, adult, pregnant, lactating or old animals). A responsible pet owner will ensure that their pet is given an appropriate diet for their different life stage. This means that dogs and cats need to get all necessary nutrients such as proteins, amino acids (e.g., taurine), vitamins (e.g., various vitamins as vitamin A, B, K, D and E), minerals (e.g., calcium, iron, zinc, iodine and copper), and certain fats in sufficient quantities. 'Sufficient' and 'appropriate' represent 'not too much' but also 'not too little', because both imbalances can make an animal sick. Pet owners who want to prepare their pets’ food themselves face a major challenge in this regard and should do so only with the help of veterinarians who are specialized in animal nutrition. Anyone who feels overwhelmed with this, should seek high-quality ready-made pet food from companies whose products are composed based on recognized nutritional guidelines for pets (and disclose them in the product description).