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Correct Diet

What makes a correct diet?

Everyone would agree that a balanced diet is important, but what does a balanced diet look like?

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:

  • proteins
  • fats
  • carbohydrates
  • minerals
  • vitamins
  • water

This definition fails to take account of several important factors:

  1. Is the amount consumed appropriate?  (needs of individual pets differ)
  2. What if the food has excessive nutrients? (like too much protein or fat)
  3. Is your pet able to utilise nutrients in the food? (needs to be easily digested)
  4. Does the food contain non-nutrient substances?  (additives/impurities)
  5. Does the food suit your pet’s system? (many pets develop certain food intolerances)
  6. Can your pet’s body eliminate waste matter effectively? (how waste looks)

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:

  • overfeeding and incorrect proportions of nutrients, for example too much protein or fat,
  • inclusion in the diet of non-nutrients e.g. colourings or chemicals

Decreased output can result from:

  • insufficient exercise, a warm environment where less energy is needed to maintain body temperature
  • the organs of elimination (kidneys, intestines, skin, liver and gallbladder) becoming less efficient as they become clogged

Making a paws-itive change with Burns

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.

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