What is it that is so special about veterinary pet food? It s not strange for veterinarians to suggest that veterinary pet food is not only for their pets but also for us, the owners. In fact, it s even common for Veterinarians to say that icky foods are not really for our pets but just for us. That is quite comparable to the pediatrician telling you with equal certainty that the only nutritious food you will ever feed your young child is going to be bought right through them.
There is no doubt at all that veterinary pet food is an exceptional food meant exclusively for the maintenance and sustenance of our best friends. However, what is equally clear is that this kind of nutrition does not come cheap and that it requires us to pay a considerable amount of money in order to satisfy the needs of our animals. The veterinary professionals who have made this statement often point out the obvious – the cost of maintaining our pets and the huge investments we make in them in terms of veterinary medicines, surgeries, etc. But this does not mean that the nutritionists who write books on this subject are merely trying to encourage people to spend more money in order to buy better quality food for their dogs and cats.
There is a great deal of truth in the nutritional recommendations that are contained in books like these. Even though it is true that some prescription diets, like those sold by some veterinary pet food companies, contain only supplements rather than the real thing, we all have to admit that some level of malnutrition occurs frequently in our own homes. We all need to ensure that we provide our pets with everything they need, and this includes ensuring that their diets contain all of the nutrients necessary to maintain their health. As with all other types of diets, a proper balance between the required quantities of vitamins and minerals as well as the right amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fats, and other nutrients is very important. This is why it is best for anyone choosing a dietary program for their pets to consult a veterinary professional.
Many people think that by purchasing cheaper synthetic products such as ‘common’, ‘well-balanced’ or ‘natural’ pet foods that their pets will be receiving everything they need. However, many of these are actually very unhealthy for our pets, and this is often true even within the cheapest of these pet foods. Most veterinary pet food contains a number of chemicals as well as harmful fillers, and these often do not meet the standards set by the AAFCO Animal Feeding Regulation. Some of these chemicals and fillers are known to cause cancer, and other diseases. There is no doubt that veterinary diets should contain only healthy alternatives, but this is not always the case, and this is why you should consult your vet before you decide which of the many pet foods available on the market are ideal for your pet’s nutritional requirements.
In recent years, there has been a great increase in the availability of quality natural and organic veterinary pet food available. The majority of vets now encourage the use of these alternatives, because they are simply better for your pet. The big three manufacturers, namely Hill’s Pet Food, VPI, and Iams, have made a commitment to improve the quality of the ingredients used in their products. In addition to this, many vets feel that these big three brands provide a higher quality of nutrition for their pets. The big three are always developing new recipes and making sure that all of their ingredients meet the strict regulations of the FDA (Food & Drug Administration). They also conduct regular research into what is happening in the veterinary world to ensure that they offer consumers the very best advice available.
A further concern that many veterinarians have is the way that some commercial foods are marketed to homeowners. Many of these contain preservatives and chemicals that are actually harmful to pets in large quantities. This is because these additives can interfere with the metabolism of pets and cause them to become overweight or be unable to exercise well. While many vets believe that commercial pet foods provide an important nutrient value, many pet owners have turned away from this type of nutrition and have chosen to feed their animals exclusively from home. However, many veterinarians believe that home-prepared food can actually be as healthy as veterinary pet food, as long as the correct balance of vitamins and nutrients are provided.