What does healthy pet nutrition mean and how do supplements help? 

Puppies slowly learn to use solid food after the 40th day of birth, and after two months they are already used to it. Kittens completely stop taking breast milk after the eighth week and are fed with moist and solid food. 

To be healthy and active as long as possible, an appropriate balance of six main groups of nutrients is needed: proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water. 

When choosing the right food, the most important factors are: the pet’s age, level of physical activity, and size. 

Regardless of whether you feed your pet commercial or homemade food, it is important to understand the principles of their diet. 

Dogs are carnivores and their basic need for protein and fat from which they get energy is of animal origin. 

On the other hand, while evolution has partially moved the dog from a strict carnivore to an omnivore, so today they take ingredients from plants such as minerals and fibers that are not in sufficient quantities in meat, cats are “exclusive carnivores”, which means that they must eat meat, and they need protein, as the main source of energy.

There are three types of food – ready-made dry food, ready-made canned food, and home-cooked meals.

Any change in diet should take place gradually over a period of one week so that appetite, digestion, and metabolism can be properly adapted. 

Ready-made dry food is the easiest way for optimal feeding because it is easy to dose and can be stored for a long time in a cool and dry place. It usually contains high-quality ingredients and is produced by softening carbohydrates, which makes digestion easier for pets. 

High-quality canned food can be recognized by its high meat content, firm consistency, and low jelly content, while low-quality canned food has a lot of water content, high jelly content, and often contains soy as a meat substitute. 

When it comes to home-prepared food, it is important to know that it must contain over 20 necessary ingredients in order to maintain the guaranteed quality of the raw materials and avoid malnutrition of the pet. In addition to being financially less favorable, this option also involves a lot of time and work required for shopping, preparation, and storage. The advice is that only those who have a lot of knowledge in this field should opt for this possibility.  

It is important to note that leftovers from the table, are too salty, with insufficient minerals and main nutrients to be properly balanced. Bones are particularly dangerous, as they can injure teeth and get stuck in the throat or intestines, causing major problems. On the other hand, although it seems that it is a natural food that should be given to dogs, raw meat can contain bacteria that are dangerous for pets. 

Chocolate, onions, garlic, and grapes or raisins are considered dangerous foods. Even the smallest amounts can be fatal. Spinach and beets are also poisonous to dogs. 

Pets love treats and in addition to being excellent for training, they strengthen the bond between owner and pet, and there are already luxury sweets for pets made from game meat or sturgeon caviar containing 4% pure caviar. Also, there are liquid supplements and drinks and among the most popular are “wines” for cats and dogs; cat wines are catnip liquid products, while dog wines contain 100% Alaskan fish oil and glucosamine for bone health. 

Treats are often high in calories, and it is recommended that they make up no more than 5 to 10 percent of the daily diet. 

In the Pet Travel Advisor webshop, you will find premium quality dog ​​snacks.

Your pets will definitely be the happiest when they eat one type of food, at the same time and in the same place. When traveling together, adjust their diet to their existing habits and be sure to bring the food they are used to in order to avoid stomach problems. One teaspoon of probiotics for dogs as a supplement to the meal helps to avoid diarrhea and ensures the proper functioning of the intestines. Our partner Purina produces a pleasant-tasting probiotic that pets love.

It is enough to sprinkle ¼ bag per meal to avoid diarrhea.     

Fresh and clean water should always be available. 

The “PTA certified” emblem means that the business meets the basic criteria for standardization and the quality mark. In addition to the bed for the pet, the basic equipment according to Pet Travel Advisor standardization also includes a bowl, which is certainly important if the space in the luggage is limited. 

SUPPLEMENTS 

As humans, pets also need vitamins, minerals, and other substances to develop properly. This is especially important in situations where they have different needs that cannot be satisfied by diet alone (surgery, lactation, old age, stressful circumstances). Then the veterinarians help the owners in choosing the supplements that the pet should receive in order to maintain the vitality and proper functioning of the body. 

Supplements do not replace a meal but are its addition. 

They are also important if you are preparing to travel with a pet. Changing habits can be extremely stressful for your furry friends, especially since, in addition to nausea, fear of driving is a common problem that prevents pets from enjoying themselves.

 If your pet has similar fears or you just want to strengthen their body, we have a solution for that! 

Dog in Shape is a protein-mineral supplement that provides a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and plant extracts useful for the balance in the body of dogs older than one year. It is recommended to use it for a period of 15 days to strengthen the body and maintain vitality, especially for working dogs. This supplement increases resistance and improves general health. 

Traveling involves the entire experience, not just staying at the destination, and everything starts with good preparation. 

Visit www.pettraveladvisor.com  and in addition to the map of pet-friendly accommodations and tourist attractions, you will also find veterinarians, pharmacies, places to shop, parks, and much more. Also, you can order a personalized Travel Guide and get everything organized according to your plans, interests, and budget. 

Author: Marina Stančević

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