So, what's the big deal about food? Why does it have such a huge influence on a body's health? Well, simply put, food is body-fuel. It nourishes each and every cell in the body and creates the energy necessary for life to happen. It's an overly simplified analogy, but food is to living beings like gas is to cars.
There’s an old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is especially true when it comes to cancer. Our pets cannot tell us when they feel poorly so we need to pay special attention to their behavior and physical appearance.
Protein. Dietary protein supplies essential amino acids and is needed for the manufacture of antibodies, enzymes, hormones, tissues, and proper pH balance. Protein provides energy for cats and is essential for growth and development. Complete proteins contain ample amounts of essential amino acids and are found in foods such as meat, fish, eggs, and poultry. Incomplete proteins do not provide all essential amino acids and are found in many foods including legumes, grains, and vegetables. Plant proteins don’t supply the essential amino acids that a cat needs, such as taurine which come from animal protein. Cats need protein from animal sources as the amino acids from vegetable sources are not well utilized. Overall, cats have a very high requirement for protein.
With our busy lives, it can be difficult to strike a balance between work, family, and personal time. In an effort to succeed, we need to place a focus on staying healthy. This includes a good diet, plenty of exercise, and seeing your doctor regularly. Your family veterinarian plays the same role for your pet as your primary care physician does for you.
Food is the foundation of health. How long an animal lives and, most important, the quality of its life, depend greatly on the quality and quantity of the food that it eats. Simply put, food is body-fuel, and provides the energy needed for an animal to maintain good health and condition. With regard to nourishment, quantity is not necessarily synonymous with quality. It is very possible for an animal to receive adequate quantities of food and yet still suffer degradation of health due to poor quality ingredients.
Welcome to the first Pet Care Column! As one of only 178 board certified veterinary oncologists in the country and Chief of Staff at Veterinary Cancer Group, the largest private comprehensive cancer center in the world, I look forward to bringing you educational information about cancer in animals, as well as, other important tips to help you keep your four legged family members healthy and happy for years to come.