This past Saturday I came to the daunting realization that Brooklyn, my beautiful two year old German Sheppard, was, yet again, out of dog food. Zipping up my coat, lacing my boots, and strapping on my winter hat, I left the house to embark on what I knew would be quite a journey. I say this, because every time I buy dog food I feel compelled to peruse the pet food isle and read every bag that catches my eye. These days that includes just about every bag, with their bright colors, adorable dog pictures, and promising claims. I realized, 1 hour into my shopping adventure, that the phrase “100% Complete and Balanced” was on many of the bags. Having limited knowledge on this topic, I decided to do some research and share my findings with you.
A “100% Complete and Balanced” diet is one that contained nutrients from the 6 essential groups: water, protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Water is important in permitting the daily functions of life. It aids in temperature regulation, body tissue lubrication, and chemical reactions. It is so important that even dry foods contain water to help keep our pets hydrated! Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates are all excellent sources of energy for our furry friends, as well as enable growth, repair, nutrient transport, and immune responses. And, to put it briefly, vitamins and minerals allow our four-legged children to run, jump, and play. Their jobs include hormone production and transport, digestion, bone and muscle growth, blood flow and clotting, fluid balance, and even eye sight.
I like to believe that Brooklyn was just as excited about my research as I was. A complete and balanced diet means a healthy Brooklyn, which makes for a happy momma. I can definitely say that my co-workers and I all fully support “100% Complete and Balanced” diets and encourage you to do the same. If you would like additional and more detailed information on the phrase, please visit https://www.purinaveterinarydiets.com/HealthAndNutrition/DogNutritionBasics.aspx. Additionally, feel free to call us at 314-878-8454 for any and all of your nutritional inquires.
The Crazy Dog-Food lady,