What is a “balanced diet”?
A balanced diet is a diet that provides all the nutrients necessary to meet the daily needs of the animal, as well as energy that ensures the flow of life processes. When using this diet, there is no loss or accumulation of nutrients. The role of a balanced diet is that it helps to maintain a long and healthy life of Pets and reduces their susceptibility to diseases.
There are two main types of animal feeding:
– Feeding with home-made food
– Feeding with industrial feed
The use of household food, especially if they are poorly balanced, can contribute to the emergence of various diseases. Even with careful implementation of all recommendations, home diets tend to remain unbalanced. Adding various minerals and vitamins to their composition, carried out on the advice of a veterinarian, can lead to various disorders. There is another drawback of homemade food – it is that it does not need to be chewed. In this case, the teeth are not cleaned of plaque and stone. Therefore, it is necessary to regularly inspect the pet’s mouth and offer something to clean the teeth.
What does the feed recipe mean?
This is a very important concept. Sometimes it takes many years to develop a recipe for making food intended for a specific group of animals. It all depends on how scientifically sound the product is. Not for nothing, there are huge research centers for serious companies that produce high-quality feed. Here they study: what ingredients, in what quantity and ratio should be used, in what sequence and in what mode they should be processed, what additional substances should be introduced to ensure that the feed is fully balanced. After numerous studies, a “trial” batch of feed is produced to test the taste qualities. Next, determine the nutritional value of the feed, comparing it with the content of nutrients in the feces and urine. This allows you to determine how much nutrients the animal has absorbed. After that, they proceed to long-term tests, which consist of long-term feeding of new food to different animals. At the same time, their health and well-being are carefully analyzed.If for some reason the food does not meet the standards, it is sent back to the laboratory for improvement.
What role does the equipment that produces the feed play?
The possibility of applying new technologies in the production of feed depends on the quality of the equipment. High-quality feed is produced exclusively on high-tech equipment, which is constantly being improved. This allows you to achieve the best taste, the best organoleptic qualities and the most guaranteed shelf life.
What should be indicated on the feed label?
The following information must be provided on the label or packaging of dog and cat food:
– Name of produce.
– Net weight.
– Analysis of the content of crude protein, fat, water and fiber.
– List of ingredients in order of their weight content.
– Name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor.
– Indication of the type of animal for which the feed is intended.
– Indication of the special purpose of this type of feed and its compliance with this purpose.