What are the ingredients that pet parents should look for in pet food?
When it comes to developing a recipe for pet food, ingredients are selected based on their nutritional content and their functional properties. Every ingredient serves a function and these ingredients, as well as their formulation, will vary between cats and dogs. Generally, dogs and cats should be supplied with proper amounts of protein, fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins which are found in meat, poultry, seafood, and agricultural products or plant-based sources. Cats are considered carnivores so they should be fed with lots of meat products to sustain their need for protein, taurine, and fatty acid that keep them strong and healthy. They are totally dependent on their food consumption to maintain the right balance of nutrients as compared to dogs, because cats lack the ability to metabolize enzymes and synthesize certain amino acids and vitamins—they need to derive these from meat sources.
Dogs can produce certain nutrients through enzymes. That is why both species have their specific nutritional needs. Dogs are primarily meat-eaters but can survive on plants alone, which makes them omnivores. Plant-based products such as grain can be good sources of nutrition for dogs. Pet owners should look out for undernourishment in case their dog lacks meat intake.