The popular view is that a diet is balanced if the food contains sufficient quantities of the various nutrients needed to meet the needs of the body for maintenance, growth, reproduction and exercise:
This definition fails to take account of several important factors:
Production and elimination of waste are normal functions of the body. Wastes are produced as a result of breakdown and utilisation of nutrients. Protein and fat produce more harmful waste products than carbohydrate, so a diet high in carbohydrate and low in protein and fat will reduce toxic load, which has to be eliminated.
This means over a period of time the body will maintain a good state of health and normal function and all wastes will be efficiently eliminated. In practice many domestic pets do not have a balanced diet.
In most instances, food INTAKE exceeds OUTPUT.
Excess intake can result from:
Decreased output can result from:
Get in touch with the Burns Health and Nutrition Team for individually tailored advice on the right food type and amounts for your dog. At Burns we work to address pet health conditions brought about by unhealthy lifestyle and especially diet. Drawing on the link between health and nutrition, we developed dry pet food that offers the same benefits for your favourite furry friend as simple homecooked food.