Know Your Pet Food Label: Nutritional Facts For Dogs Of All Sizes

If you are concerned about the health of your pet, you probably are concerned about your own health and know something about the various vitamins and minerals that your body needs every day. Your dog needs many of the same nutrients, and for of the same reasons, but there are differences that you should be aware of. It does not matter if you are shopping online or if you are going to the store for the food, these are some of the most important things that you should be looking for.

Vitamin A

Your pet’s health starts with the bones and the coat, and Vitamin A is the nutrient that makes the most difference. A diet that contains a lot of Vitamin A will not only help to strengthen your dog's bones and teeth, but it will also help to give your dog's coat a nice health shine. You will most often find Vitamin A in things like root vegetables, specifically carrots or potatoes. The problem with traditional dog foods is that they rely on fillers like wheat, or soy, which do not have any real nutritional value to your dog, much less the Vitamin A that is the foundation for good health. The increased Vitamin A content will also help to keep your dog's eyes working correctly and prevent some eye related problems as your dog starts to get older.

Vitamins D and B12

As your dog grows and when it starts to age, proper regeneration of tissues proves to be incredibly important to good health, and it is one of the reasons why older dogs can have such a hard time moving around. B12 is especially necessary for puppies because it aids in the process of bone development and muscle growth, but in older dogs the B12 provides assistance in keeping the nervous system running properly. Vitamin D, a key component in milk for , also aids in bone growth, but in dogs it helps to promote a healthier heart and better circulation. More important, however, is the aid that Vitamin D gives to the body when it to absorbing critical minerals like phosphorus.

Vitamins C and E

You should already know how much Vitamin C helps to keep the human body healthy and free of disease, but you may not know just how important it is for dogs. Both Vitamins C and E are powerful antioxidants that stave of bacterial and viral infections, and dogs that tend to be sluggish or unresponsive tend to have Vitamin C deficiencies. This is the result of ingredients containing Vitamin C being cooked in most regular dog foods, and the cooking process fatally damages the nutrients to the point that they provide no benefit. Check the Vitamin C content carefully and also look for foods that are considered "raw" or uncooked so that your dog is getting the full benefit of the nutrients. Vitamin E will also help to improve overall health by increasing blood flow and keeping the entire circulatory system working at an optimum level.

The only way to get the kind of nutrients that your dog needs is through the custom dog food market. Traditional foods contain too many fillers and chemicals to be considered healthy, and most of them cook out all of the good parts of the ingredients. If you are serious about giving your dog better food, check out companies like Yourpetchef or other custom or organic dog food companies online.

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I am Wanda Stevens and I have been a dog owner for more than fifty years. When I got my last puppy I did research on nutritional requirements for dogs and found a wealth of information that has helped her grow fit and strong, so I decided to share what I know.

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