Nutrition

Dogs and Cats – Different in so many ways

In terms of nutritional requirements and maintaining a balanced diet, we as humans have nothing in common with our pets.

There are many differences…

Smell: this is the sense that animals use the most

For both dogs and cats, smell is a real reference. The sense of smell is the first sense they use when eating. The shape of the kibble should therefore be designed to be “efficient” for the animal (crunching, brushing effect) rather than for visual appeal. Specific aromas are decisive factors for dogs and cats when choosing food.

Taste: far less developed than in humans

Your pets sense of taste is nowhere near as refined as ours. In particular, pets hardly detect sweet flavours.

What about colour?

Colour has no impact on the selection and attractiveness of food by a dog or cat. They do not see colours in the same way as we do.

Their whole digestive system is different….

The stomach is much heavier in dogs and cats, representing more than 60% of the total weight of the digestive system, as opposed to only 10% in humans. Dogs and cats have very short intestines with a much smaller capacity than humans. Transit time, and therefore digestion time, is much shorter for these animals. This particularity requires highly digestible food, enabling rapid assimilation of the largest possible quantity of essential nutrients.

Weight of the digestive tract

The small intestine in dogs and cats cannot digest carbohydrates like humans can. Pet diets should therefore comprise a precise amount of carbohydrates as well as highly digestible proteins.

Digestion

Transit, and therefore digestion time, is much shorter in cats and dogs than in humans. The dog’s stomach stretches after each meal and can fill up to half of the abdominal cavity.

Digestive sensitivity is revealed mainly by diarrhoea (of varying consistency), flatulence, and occasionally constipation or vomiting. Puppies and kittens are particularly sensitive because their digestive systems are not fully developed.

Some nutrients are more difficult to digest than others

The high digestibility food guarantees digestive security and affects the smell, quantity and consistency of stools.

Common misconceptions about digestion and nutrition

"My dog eats what I do" FALSE

Dogs do not have the same eating habits as humans. Their digestive system works in a totally different way so, unlike humans, they can digest larger quantities of fat (provided it is good quality fat!). They cannot digest starch (e.g.: rice) unless it is perfectly cooked.

"Kibbles cause calcium stones in urine" FALSE

In fact, some kibbles are actually formulated to prevent the formation of calculus. Remember to leave a dish of water constantly accessible for your pet.

"My dog needs variety in its diet" FALSE

Ideally, your dog should have the same food in the same dish, in the same place, at the same time every day! Dogs are perfectly happy eating the same complete, balanced food and do not get fed up! We sometimes imagine such things by putting ourselves in their place, but remember that any sudden change in their diet can cause digestive disorders …

Food transition

A varied diet is actually harmful to your pet. Each diet change means that the digestive system has to adapt, which may cause disorders like loose stools or diarrhoea. To avoid such issues if you want to change, introduce the new food gradually into the usual diet and slowly reduce the “former food” one day at a time.

Health Nutrition- Why choose premium quality kibbles?

There is no room for improvisation in feeding your dog or cat. Pet health requires daily care with a balanced diet that provides all the essential nutrients.

What is a nutrient?

Nutrients are the elements of food that are essential for the organism to function.

They can be grouped into families: proteins, carbohydrates, fat, fibre, vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

What are the advantages of premium quality kibbles?

  • Highly digestible

The animal assimilates all the nutrients in the food; the digestive system is not overloaded and produces less faeces.

  • High energy value

A small amount is enough to provide all the required energy.

  • Highly palatable

Even the fussiest dogs and cats like them.

  • Nutritional precision

Kibbles provide a very precise response to the varying needs of your dog or cat, according to its age, size, breed, level of activity and lifestyle.

  • Unique, patented nutritional concepts

Premium quality kibbles are the product of research carried out by canine and feline nutritional experts. They help preserve your pet’s health and long life.

Their purpose:

Build and maintain

Proteins, minerals, trace elements and vitamins encourage cell renewal in the body.

Provide energy

Dogs and cats need fat to provide the energy for their physical activity.

Support health

A balanced diet contributes to the prevention of certain disorders like skeletal growth, digestion, etc.

Producing nutritional food is like completing a complex jigsaw puzzle with more than 50 pieces, each representing an essential nutrient for the animal. Cheap food contains only about fifteen nutrients.

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