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Nutrition and Heart Health

Dogs and cats, like humans, can begin to suffer from various problems as they age. Aging is a process that happens to all species. The trick is to slow the process as much as possible in order to have the best chance for a long, happy and healthy life for our beloved pets.

Starting early and encouraging good eating habits with our pets is as important as pet parents developing good feeding habits. One must keep in mind that we have 100% control over what our pets eat as well as how much they eat. Maintaining a lean body condition by providing regular exercise and a balanced and nutritious diet are the keys to developing good eating habits as well as good feeding habits.

The heart is one of those organs that benefits greatly from maintaining a lean body condition. In overweight animals, for all of the excess weight and fat we see just under the surface of the body, there is an equal amount around the organs within the body, especially the heart. Excess fat around the heart creates resistance and makes the heart have to work harder for each beat. Over time, this can have harmful effects on the heart’s ability to pump blood.

In addition to preserving a lean body condition throughout your dog or cat’s life, feeding a diet that contains optimum levels of certain natural ingredients can help to support a healthy heart.

L-Carnitine is essential for fat metabolism and energy production. Optimum levels encourage a lean body condition

Taurine is an essential amino acid for cats. Many cat foods are supplemented with increased levels. Dogs also benefit from ideal levels in their diet.

B Vitamin deficiencies can cause heart problems and should be in adequate amounts.

newsletter_oct_clip_image020Antioxidants are essential for a healthy heart and immune system. Vitamins C and E, Beta Carotene, are all found in superior pet foods in ideal levels. In addition, the natural antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables are an ideal source of these natural protectants.

Adequate protein for older animals helps to maintain a lean body condition and is a natural source of Taurine.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are an anti-inflammatory and enhance the immune system and are known to be cardio protective.

Wellness® Recipes for dogs and cats contain many of the nutrients mentioned in optimum levels designed to encourage a healthy heart and a long life. Providing a natural diet designed to encourage a long, happy and healthy life for your pet is a goal we all share. Our quality protein, fat and carbohydrates in addition to the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in all our diets assures that your pet is getting the very best.

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