Humans need a diet that offers a combination of carbohydrates, protein, fats, minerals, vitamins, and water to keep their body functioning normally. At Van Dyke Animal Clinic, we tell our clients that this is no different for pets. Your pet also needs the proper nutrition for the best overall health. Without proper nutrition, your pet won’t be able to perform their daily activities and stay energetic, active, and healthy. If you’ve never thought much about the nutrition your pet is getting, here’s a closer look at some of the benefits of ensuring your pet gets good nutrition.


Boosts Skin and Hair Health

If your pet has a beautiful, shiny, rich coat, your pet probably enjoys good health. Pets need the right balance of fatty acids to ensure their skin and hair is healthy. If skin doesn’t get the nutrients it needs, it can become dry, resulting in a coat that falls out, splits, or breaks. Ensure your pet gets food that has plenty of healthy fatty acids, such as omega-3s and omega-6s, can prevent skin problems, reduce irritations, and fight inflammation that may result in skin and hair problems.

Improves Muscle Tone and Overall Body Condition

Protein is one of the essential nutrients your pet needs, since each cell of your pet’s body is made up of proteins. Protein is essential for building organs, muscles, hair, skin, and other types of tissue. When cells are damaged, your pet must have protein to repair those cells or make new cells. It’s even more important to animals that are growing, young, or pregnant. Ensuring your pet gets enough protein will ensure he’s able to build strong muscles and keep muscle tone. When you’re looking at your pet’s food, it’s important to make sure that a protein source is one of the first ingredients on the label.

Disease Prevention and Immune System Support

Your pet also needs food that is packed with essential vitamins and minerals, and vitamins and minerals are important for preventing diseases and supporting your pet’s immune system. Many vitamins work to help reduce damage done to the cells of the body each day, and minerals promote the healthy function of the immune system. Both plant and animal sources offer vitamins and minerals, so ensure your pet is getting a healthy dose of important vitamins and minerals in his food to support the immune system, prevent disease, and improve overall health.

Aids in Proper Digestion

Good nutrition also aids in proper digestion for your pet, and it’s the carbohydrates in your pet’s food that offer the fiber that helps with both digestion and elimination. Your pet’s food should be made to ensure nutrients are readily available to the digestive system, which allows the body to easily absorb them. A food that is easy to digest is important, ensuring your pet can easily use all the nutrients found in the food.

Many pet owners never pay any attention to the ingredients in the foods they feed their pets. Ensuring your pet gets proper nutrition is important. When you’re ready to buy your pet’s food, make sure you pay attention to the label, ensuring the food is packed with the nutrients your pet needs. Dr. Kahl at Van Dyke Animal Clinic is happy to suggest the right food for your pet’s unique nutritional needs.