The nutritional requirements of each pet varies from each other and are very different from humans’ requirements. These speechless species can not even explain the food they like or dislike. Also, any error in feeding may have serious consequences on their health. A badly-balanced diet, composed of table scraps and over-rich foods may cause health problems such as obesity, liver dysfunction, renal insufficiency, etc, and may shorten the life of the pet.
To understand the diet needs of your pet, it is important to have a detailed consultation with your pet. He/She may guide you to achieve a balanced diet, select the pet food, and identify the foods that the pet owners should avoid feeding their pet either due to negligence or otherwise.
The nutritional requirements of a pet will vary according to its size, age, and activity. A hunting dog will not be fed in the same way as a pet, just as a puppy will not be fed in the same way as an aging dog. With a number of pet foods available in the market, most commercial foods available contain the right mix of all nutrients that are required for a pet based on his needs and life-stage. Having these alone or when complemented with fruits, vegetables, and different forms of meat, can suffice the nutritional needs of your pet.
To get a basic understanding about pet feeding, refer the sections below: