We all know that your dog requires a good, balanced diet for optimum health. However, many dog foods on the market today are seriously lacking in a balance of proper nutrients. This is mostly due to over-processing.
So what does a balanced diet look like for dogs? Well, it’s the same as for humans. It’s a balance of the key essential vitamins and minerals that the body needs to function correctly.
The food you feed your dog should provide a balanced mix of energy, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. Whole food sources such as Chef’s Best Dog Food provide far better balanced nutritional profiles than canned or dry dog food because the meat and vegetables in Chef’s Best Dog Food has not been processed. It has simply had the moisture removed through the process of freeze drying. Freeze dried food is the closest food nutritionally to raw food – even NASA send their astronauts to space with it.
Let’s take a look at 10 essential vitamins and minerals that you’ll find in Chef’s Best Dog Food, that your dog requires to maintain optimum health and happiness.
Vitamin A enhances your dog’s immunity, takes care of their eyes and skin and is essential for bone and teeth formation. Vitamin A is found in Chef’s Best in carrots, liver, sweet potatoes, fish oil, chicory root and eggs.
Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption which is also important for the growth of bones and teeth. Vitamin D also helps to regulate the heartbeat, aids in thyroid function and can help to prevent cancer. Vitamin D is found in Chef’s Best in fish oil, fatty salmon, egg yolks, liver, and beef.
Vitamin E is a rich antioxidant which helps to prevent cell damage and promotes healthy skin and a healthy coat. It also reduces blood pressure and prevents cancer and heart disease. Vitamin E is found in Chef’s Best in liver, plant oils, and especially in flax.
Vitamin K is very important in building strong bones. It also promotes healthy liver function, prevents heart disease and increases longevity as it is a crucial part of many other bodily processes. Vitamin K is found in Chef’s Best in fish and liver.
Vitamin C assists in the formation of calcium and iron and strengthens immunity. It is a powerful antioxidant required for tissue growth and repair. Vitamin C is found in Chef’s Best in apples, blueberries, cranberries, ginger, pea flour, carrots, potatoes, pea flour and chicory root.
The B Vitamins are made up of B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, and B12. They have a myriad of amazing functions from aiding digestion, healing wounds, strengthening the nervous system, creating red blood cells, preventing anemia, fighting infection, and assisting in the absorption of fats and protein. They can also be helpful in treating allergies in your dog. Vitamin B is found in Chef’s Best in liver, potatoes, salmon, flax, and eggs.
Calcium builds and fortifies your dog’s nails, bones and teeth and helps maintain a healthy heartbeat. Calcium is required for digestion, blood clotting, muscle function, and nerve function. Calcium is found in Chef’s Best in ground bone, flax, chicory, chicken, turkey, egg, beef, and salmon.
Magnesium prevents the calcification of soft tissue. It is required for metabolism, and is an activator for more than 300 enzyme systems. It also helps reduce the likelihood of kidney stones. Magnesium is found in Chef’s Best in fish, turkey, beef, chicken, chicory root, ginger, flax and egg.
Zinc is also one of the more powerful anti-oxidants in the body. It’s key to the function of the entire immune system. It promotes growth, accelerates healing, and plays an important role in cellular reproduction. Zinc also helps to maintain healthy skin and eyesight and is essential for normal skeletal development and collagen synthesis. Zinc is found in Chef’s Best Pet Food in beef, chicken, turkey, salmon, egg, and pea flour.
Iron is essential for metabolism, and it combines with copper and protein to form hemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen. Iron also is necessary for certain enzymes in the body to function normally. Iron is found in Chef’s Best in beef, salmon, pea flour, flax, chicken, eggs and turkey.
Manganese is essential for the use of protein and carbohydrates. Small quantities of manganese are needed for healthy nerves, blood sugar regulation, normal bone growth, and thyroid hormone production. Manganese is found in Chef’s Best in chicken, turkey, egg, beef, salmon.
Copper is necessary for the formation of collagen, bone and connective tissue, the absorption of iron, and the development of red blood cells. It is also a renowned antioxidant. Copper converts iron to hemoglobin and protects against anemia. Copper is found in Chef’s Best in chicken, turkey, egg, beef, and salmon.
If you need reassurance that you’re feeding your dog a truly balanced diet, packed with all of the necessary vitamins and minerals, Chef’s Best Pet Food can provide you with the peace of mind you’ve been looking for. Because Chef’s Best is freeze-dried you need only add water and you’ll instantly have a healthy, balanced meal ready to serve your best friend. And doesn’t everyone’s best friend deserve to eat well.