Iron is an essential trace mineral for all life, including animals, plants, bacteria and fungi. It is the most prevalent trace mineral in the animal body, with about 67% of iron found in hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body.
Who should read the focus on nutrients blogs? Anyone who cares about nutrition for their dog or cat. Essential nutrients are those that the dog or cat must consume in their diet.
There’s an old saying “You are what you eat.” If that’s true, then it’s important that animal lovers take extra care when we decide what to feed our pets.
Recent nutritional science increasingly supports a whole food, ancestral-type diet; high protein, balanced fats, mineral and antioxidant rich—as the healthiest approach to feeding most dogs and cats.
I always strive to make canine diets complete and balanced, using whole foods and that includes vegetables. Some people who feed “prey-model diets” think that vegetables don’t belong in the canine diet, and question my recommendation of feeding vegetables to dogs, and a much lesser amount for cats.
Simply, it means it meets the latest scientific standards. Or that the food’s nutrient content meets or exceeds standards developed by various American and European agencies based upon the latest scientific studies of nutrient requirements of dogs and cats.
Rather than write another book, I decided to write a blog series, so that this valuable information is available to all for free. In this series I will give the details you need to know to provide the best foods for your dogs.