Feeding ourselves and figuring out the latest healthiest way to eat isn’t easy. Logging food, calculating calories, percentages of carbs, proteins, fat and all the other nutrients in food can be overwhelming. Try doing it for your dog and it becomes even more of a task. You can rest easy because Hill’s Ideal Balance food for your dog or cat has already done it for you. It’s important that you know what is your dog food or cat food.
Many Pet Parents today have gone to feeding their pets a natural diet. However, is natural enough? What about nutrients and what is the difference? Reading the ingredient list on your pet’s food is very important, but do you know what the nutrients in those ingredients are? Ingredients contain the necessary nutrients for a healthy balanced diet.
To make is simple; ingredients are chicken, vegetables, fruits, etc. Just like your own diet, nutrients are what your pet’s body absorbs from those ingredients. The higher to quality of the ingredient, the better a pet’s ability to absorb and use the nutrients from those ingredients. No single ingredient makes a food better or worse. Too much of one nutrient (like protein) or too little of another (like phosphorus) can be harmful to a pet’s health. A pet food is a sum of its parts.
If you create your dog or cat’s food, or if you buy it, the goal is to make a pet food with quality ingredients that deliver nutrients like protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals balanced in the right proportions to provide optimal nutrition for your dog or cat.
Many Pet Parents believe that feeding your pet what they would eat in the wild is the best diet for them. However, comparing the food of dogs and cats in the wild to that fed to our pets misses the main point that optimum food in the wild is that which allows maximum reproduction as fast as possible. Both dogs and cats need protein in their diet to provide essential amino acid requirements and cats need more amino acid than dogs need. Just like for people, carbohydrates in your pet’s diet provide energy. When carbohydrates are used for energy in a pet’s diet the level of minerals or other nutrients are controlled to avoid excessive levels that are not optimal for their health.
A diet with a balance or proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals from a number of different sources is ideal. So what’s a pet parent to do? Is there a dog food or a cat food that has the ingredients you want AS WELL AS the nutrients in the right balance?
Hill’s® Ideal Balance® line of pet foods accomplishes this. With Hill’s® Ideal Balance® you’ll find natural ingredients you’ll want to feed your pet with 100% balanced nutrition. It will make you feel good to know that Ideal Balance is a true natural pet food crafted by pet nutritionists who know how to perfectly balance natural ingredients for better health for your dog and cat. Watch this video featuring Hill’s Pet Nutritionist Kathy Gross, who chooses to feed Hill’s Ideal Balance to her own pets:
Check out the Ideal Balance website http://www.hillspet.com/ideal-balance/ideal-balance-home.html for great information about finding the right Ideal Balance food for your pet, compare for yourself how Ideal Balance stacks up against the competition, and be sure to take advantage of the Try Me Free rebate.
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