If you want your dog or cat to live a
long and healthy life you need to provide them with optimum nutrition Hello, I’m Doctor Bill Barnett. The key is knowing what optimum
nutrition means for your pet. So let’s talk for a minute about the
factors that have a profound effect on pet nutrition Including, what and how much you should feed them. To feed your pet an ideal diet you need to consider factors like: their breed, age, gender, physiological state, body weight, composition, activity level, and even stress. Breeds of similar size and weight can
differ greatly in energy needs. The big commercial pet food companies take an overly simplistic approach to energy needs. They only use body weight to
determine the quantity of food to feed. Not all breeds mature at the same rate.
You need to know how fast your breed ages. Is your pet male or female? Males usually
have a greater amount of muscle mass than their female counterparts. This
means they expend more energy per pound of body weight and have a lesser tendency to become overweight or obese. What life stage is your pet in? I
completely cover all of the physiological states in a separate life
stage nutrition section because outside of growing or healthy adult cats and dogs
most commercial products do not provide for the special nutrient needs of our
pets. Reproduction and senior life are a good example of this. Body weight is the primary factor used in determining the base level of energy required by any animal. It should be noted that base energy levels must constantly be adjusted based on all of the other factors. When we fail to adjust food levels our pets can become overweight or obese. Next to weight, activity is the second most important factor in determining dietary needs for a healthy pet. Some of our human and canine athletes
require up to ten times the normal calorie intake for their weight. It is impossible to comprehend how an animal could be ten times the normal amount of food and still perform at peak levels. High activity dogs need specialized
nutritional support. It is sometimes hard for us to consider that a well groomed
dog sleeping on a couch is really under any level of increased stress. However, many of our pets are experiencing levels of stress, that can greatly affect their
overall health. Optimum health can only be achieved when you understand what actually drives canine nutritional needs. What food and
supplements your pet really needs. To find out what foods and supplements can improve your pet’s health and longevity click on the link to optimum nutrition.
To learn more about the major factors affecting pet nutrition, read the full
report that accompanies this video.