The four objectives of Health Nutrition
Thanks to scientific and veterinary research, the traditional concept of nutrition, i.e. developing, sustaining and providing energy to the body, now has a preventive and, in certain conditions, a curative dimension. These new dimensions mark the birth of Health Nutrition.
Nutrition has four objectives :
- Body development and maintenance : Amino acids, minerals, trace elements, vitamins and fatty acids respond to the basic nutritional needs for the development maintenance of the body.
- Energy provision : Lipids and carbohydrates are the main energy sources for dogs. Cats are also dependent on proteins for their energy metabolism.
- Nourishing and prevention: Some nutrients are incorporated in the ration (antioxidants, prebiotics, fibre, essential fatty acids, etc), to prevent such risks as kidney disease, digestive problems and the effects of ageing.
- Nourishing and caring: Certain nutrients are added and others limited in food to support the therapeutic or convalescence process, helping pets recover from a number of ailments.