ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Nutrition Needs of Pets - How to Raise a Healthy Pet

Updated on February 9, 2015

Nutrition Needs of Pets

It is best to give your pet food that is closest to their natural diet .There are certain things to remember while choosing healthy pet food-

Be careful to choose pet food that has the main ingredient as named animal like dog food containing main ingredient as chicken meat rather than those mentioning poultry meant which may contain all kinds of dead dying diseased birds. Therefore dog food containing named animal meat is higher grade than unnamed meat.

Food allergies are very common and the main cause for it in dogs is beef, Diary products. Vegetables should be washed properly to remove pesticides and if possible be crushed and given as it is easier for them to digest.

The best method to know if your dog is maintaining correct weight is to slide your fingers into its hair and if you can feel the ribs then your dog is probably of correct weight.

How to choose best pet food

It is better to choose food that does not contain artificial sweeteners, preservatives and colors like BHA, BHT.

Some canned food might contain digests of animals to increase flavoring. This is very unhealthy and should be totally avoided.

Many of the pet owners give table scraps which can actually be healthy if it is home cooked like half sardine, bread, vegetables etc. one should however remember that they are not high in calorie as it can cause obesity related problems. Also while introducing new foods it should be introduced gradually.

Do not lay down pet feed for more than 20 minutes as it can get bad.

Nature pet enzymes and probiotics can be given as they help to breakdown proteins and carbohydrates and help populate pet stomach with useful flora. With proper flora, the pet makes enough vitamins it needs.

A check for approved signs from AAFC Association of American Feed Control officials is a must.

High grade pet feeds contain natural preservatives and mixed tocopherols and Ascorbic acids, rosemary extracts.

Pet treats are often given by owners and should not be given always except for training sessions. Natural treats like fruits, vegetables or even ice cubes can be good treats.

Onions and garlic should be avoided as these can cause hemolytic anemia.

Nutrition Needs of Pets
Nutrition Needs of Pets

How to Care Pet Health

Allergies –Fleas are single most cause of pet skin allergies and can be received from carpets, blankets etc. Sprays for fleas should be sprayed.

Heart Worms-They cause major health problems and are passed through mosquitoes. vaccines should be given.

Diarrhea-they are caused by some components in the food like artificial preservatives etc .

Nails- Nails should be trimmed and cut if a clicking voice is heard while your pet walks.

Dental-pet toothpastes are available which do not contain fluoride and sodium laurel sulphate.Finger brushes are also available which makes it easier.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • LensMan999 profile image

      LensMan999 4 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Hi tessa,

      Thanks a lot for the wondeful recipe. I will surely try it for my pets.

    • profile image

      tessa b. 6 years ago

      Absolute BEST homemade dog food recipe:

      I spent 7 years studying canine nutrition and find this to hit all the marks. Highly recommend this over any commercial or homemade dog food I've found.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)