Could Your Pet’s Diet Be Causing Them to Feel Tired?
Have you noticed your pet acting a little slower and more tired than usual? Do you get a sense they’ve lost their usual enthusiasm or zest for life? Maybe they sleep more often, run a little less around the yard or don’t climb on furniture as often as they used to? There are many reasons why a pet’s energy levels might decrease, common ones include:
Age – Typically cats are considered “senior” around 8 and 10 years old while dogs are considered so between the ages of 6 and 7. These are averages however; for example some smaller breeds of dogs are known to live longer than larger breeds.
Disease – When your cat or dog is hit with a cold or another illness, their energy level is bound to decrease. So if you notice signs of them slowing down, make sure to schedule an appointment with your vet and give your pet a thorough check-up.
Allergies – Like with humans, allergic reactions in pets can cause itching, coughing, wheezing and other unpleasant symptoms. And with the immune system under so much stress, don’t be surprised if your pooch or kitty seems a little slower than usual.
Once you’ve ruled those causes out (preferably with your vet’s assistance), it’s time to turn to nutrition. Remember the energizer bunny from the commercials (the one who just keeps going and going and going…)? Feeding pets a sub-par diet is like using old batteries. The remote control still works, just not at full capacity. Thankfully maximizing your pet’s nutrition for energy is not all that complicated, you just need to include a number of key food groups in your pet’s diet.
Three Simple Nutrients To Boost Your Pet’s Energy Levels
Carbohydrates are important compounds that, once broken down into smaller sugars, provide energy that powers muscle contraction. That’s why long-distance runners and other endurance athletes always “carbo-load” before big events! You should always check to make sure the food your pet is getting contains some form of carbs (often in the form of rice, potatoes or oats). In the case of high-performance dogs, you may want to cook some extra rice on the side to mix with their regular food—it can even help with digestion!
Proteins are found in all cells of the body and are therefore a necessary nutrient for all living beings. Not only can they help increase energy levels but they also contribute to building muscle tissue, repairing damaged tissue, forming blood cells as well as hundreds of other functions – protein is extremely important! And to ensure your pet gets enough – we recommend a high-quality meat meal to be the first ingredient of a pet food because it contains less water and can provide up to four times more protein. Just make sure the meat meal is only composed of high-quality ingredients like the ones found in By Nature® and stay away from generic names like “meat meal” or “animal meal.”
Although fats are found in abundance in almost all pet foods, the most important ones are called “essential fatty acids”. Like their name entails, they are fats that are necessary for the body’s maintenance, especially when it comes to producing metabolic energy. In fact, fatty acids produce twice the energy as carbs and proteins! Only two are known to exist: omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. But since the body does not produce them naturally, they must be absorbed through out diets. Check to confirm that your current pet food includes them!
Please remember that these are general guidelines. All pets are unique and may have different dietary requirements. By Nature® always encourages you to speak to your veterinarian as your first resort. As your pet’s primary caregiver, they are the best equipped to help you make sense of your pet’s nutritional needs.
With that said we heartily recommend our pet food and hope you’ll give them a try. All our formulas are especially formulated with carbohydrates, proteins and fats to keep your pet active and energetic.