Pet Health Care and Nutrition

Pet Health Care and Nutrition

Everyone knows that having a pet is a responsibility, our responsibility to them! They depend on us to protect them, shelter them, feed them and maintain their well being. Diet and nutrition for our pets is just as important as it is for us.

According to the ASPCA there are 6 major nutrients needed by our pets; Water, Protein, Carbohydrates, Fats, Vitamins and Minerals. As with humans, nutrients are substances obtained from food and used by an animal as a source of energy and as part of the metabolic machinery necessary for maintenance and growth. Remember that the ASPCA is not only a supporter of animals but a great source of information. From pet care to animal behavior, their website also provides a great deal of educational information.

Did you know you should not feed your dog chocolate? The American Kennel Club states: Dogs nutritional needs are different from humans, and you''re doing your dog a disservice by giving him a diet meant for you. There are plenty of nutritious dog treats on the market, which you can feed as a part of a dog''s overall food intake. For those who have dogs this is a great site for information on health, dental, grooming and many other topics of interest.

For in depth information regarding specific illnesses, treatments, genetics and a wide variety of health topics, the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine has an excellent website that provides a free animal health resource link directory.

Your veterinarian is your best source of information when discussing concerns you may have for your pet''s health. Remember, your pet can not speak to tell you what is wrong, so maintain routine checkups.