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2013-06-28 / Pets

The benefits of proper nutrition

What does good nutrition do for your dog?

The proper balance of nutrients is essential when feeding your dog. Animals (and humans) need a certain combination of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water every day in order to function normally. Balanced nutrition is no accident – pet food manufacturers work hard to determine the exact formula that goes into their products so that they provide everything your dog needs on a daily basis.

There are foods designed for specific stages of life (such as for puppies or geriatric dogs), while some provide hypoallergenic nutrition and other formulations are developed to control specific health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease, etc.

Each and every nutrient in your dog’s food has a purpose. Without adequate nutrition, your dog would not be able to maintain muscle tone, build and repair muscles, teeth, and bone, perform normal daily activities with ease or fight-off infection. Proteins provide a source of energy and help with muscle function and growth. Fats provide energy, help the brain function, and keep the skin and hair coat shiny and healthy. Carbohydrates supply a source of quick energy that allow your dog to be active and energetic. Vitamins and minerals are necessary for muscle contraction and nerve conduction and they work to prevent disease.


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Harley is a very big and loveable guy! He loves to give hugs and kisses and never passes up the opportunity to go for a walk or play outside! Harley is a very big and loveable guy! He loves to give hugs and kisses and never passes up the opportunity to go for a walk or play outside! Every single cell in the body is made up of protein. It is integral in building skin, hair, muscles, organs and other tissues. Protein is necessary to repair damaged cells and make new ones. Protein is especially important for young, growing and pregnant animals. The protein in your dog’s diet ensures that he is able to build and maintain strong muscles. This is why one of the first few ingredients on a dog food label should be a protein source (chicken, beef, etc.).

Skin and hair coat health

Everyone knows that a dog with a rich, shiny hair coat is most likely in good health. This is because dogs eating the proper balance of omega 6 and omega-3 fatty acids will have skin that is healthy which produces hair with a nice sheen. Skin that is dry will lead to hair that easily splits, breaks, and falls out easily. Foods with adequate omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect to reduce itching and other irritations caused by allergies or environmental conditions (like low humidity levels in the winter).

Digestion and elimination

Carbohydrates provide fiber that helps aid digestion and elimination. Dog foods are formulated so that the needed nutrients are readily available to your dog’s digestive system and thus easily absorbed by the body.

Digestibility is important so your dog can use all the nutrients in his food and easily rid his body of waste products. Your dog’s food should provide all the nutrition he needs while producing only a minimum of stool to be picked up as the end result.

Immunity and prevention of disease

• The vitamins and minerals found in every bag of dog food work together to keep your dog’s immune system and metabolism functioning normally.

• Vitamins work to reduce the damage done to body cells on a daily basis.

• Minerals promote the normal function of the cells that maintain health.

• Vitamins and minerals come from both plant and animal sources in the diet.

• Without adequate levels of vitamins and minerals, your pet would eventually become ill.

Source: www.petmd.com

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2305 Southern Drive, Virginia, MN We are a state licensed,inspected & approved facility rescuing stray animals for over 30 years.

ALL pets are SPAYED or NEUTERED

Our Cats:

Jam: (F) DSH tortie
Sassafras: (F) DSH black
Suess: (F) DSH black
Bonnie: (F) DSH black & white
Carolyn: (F) DSH black
Stella: (F) DSH brown tabby
Patricia: (F) DSH black
Henley: (F) DSH black
Tracy: (F) DSH white
Dolly: (F) DSH black & white
Fluffy: (M) DLH black & white
Sara: (F) DLH black & white
Madeline: (F) DSH calico
Mittens: (F) DLH black & white
Trevor: (M) DLH black
Penny: (F) DSH black & white
May: (F) DLH black & white
Cindy: (F) DSH black
Mortimer: (M) DSH black
Ashes: (F) DSH grey
Fester: (M) DLH black
Midnight: (F) DLH black
Webster: (M) DMH black & white
Daisy: (F) DSH grey & white
Genesis: (F) DSH black
Rio: (M) DSH brown tabby
Kitten: (F) DLH grey
Alexis: (F) DSH tortie
Nutmeg: (F) DSH brown tabby
Apple: (F) DSH black & white
Carrie Anne: (F) DSH orange/white
tabby

Our Dogs:

Charlie Brown: (M) Chocolate lab
Sally: (F) white & brindle Pit mix
Molly: (F) white/brown/black
Jack Russell terrier
Isis: (M) black & white Pit mix
Daisy: (F) black Lab mix
Carlo: (M) black & white Lab/
Sheppard mix
Harley: (M) Yellow lab

Looking For A Family Friend? Call Contented Critters (218) 638-2153

All pets over 8 wks spayed & neutered We are a state licensed and inspected facility for abused, neglected and stray animals, open 7 days a week.

Emma 1y Female Lab Mix
Spencer 4y Male Morkie
Chewy 2y Male Chow Mix
Bella 7m Female Aussie Mix
Isobel 2y Female Bouvier
Des Flandres
Buddy 2y Male Black Lab Mix
Koda 2y Male Hound Mix
B. D. 5y Male Bloodhound Mix
Daisy 8y Female Black Lab Mix
Sammy 3y Male Lab Mix
Grace Ann 1y Female
Sam 7y Male
Newfoundland Mix
Gwiny 4y Female Black Lab Mix
Kyra 2y Female Lab Mix
Bo 9y Male Blue
Heeler/Blk Lab

Also Beautiful Cats and Kittens

We collect aluminum cans!

Open 7 days a week. Visit us at: contentedcritters.org, petfinder.com & pets

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