Ensure your pets stay healthy by providing them a nutritionally balanced diet.
One common misconception is that dogs are carnivores — the reality is that even their wolf ancestors eat only 70 percent meat. Today’s dogs are omnivores (meat and plant eaters), built to consume a more balanced diet — and that’s a good thing. Depending on the breed, dogs can live twice as long as wolves.
Dogs have preferences about the smell, taste and texture of food. Dogs have a strong preference for meat flavors, but they also show liking for flavors typically associated with plant-derived foods (e.g., sweet).
Cats are carnivores (meat eaters) and thus have higher dietary protein requirements and require certain nutrients in their diets. Cats are motivated to eat by aroma, taste and texture. They tend to eat many small meals (for dry food) throughout the day (10-20 meals/day). Cats can’t survive on a vegetarian diet; they require meat protein for certain amino acids in order to survive.
Both cats and dogs get excited at mealtime, but they display their excitement in different ways. A dog’s excitement for food is often preceded by licking their lips, possible drooling, and tail wagging and barking. For cats, a lot of their behaviors are directed toward the person feeding them, such as running with their tail straight up, weaving between the person’s legs, rubbing against their legs and meowing.
Key ingredients to look for in dog food:
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