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 health care - or curative - dimension. These new dimensions mark the birth of Health Nutrition.
1. Body development and maintenance
Amino acids, minerals, trace elements, vitamins and fatty acids provide the basic nutritional needs for the development and maintenance of the body.
2. Energy provision
Lipids and carbohydrates are the main energy sources for dogs. Cats are also dependent on proteins for their energy metabolism.
3. Nourishing and prevention
Some nutrients are incorporated (antioxidants, prebiotics, fibre, essential fatty acids, etc), to help assist such risks as kidney disease, digestive problems and the effects of ageing.
4. Nourishing and caring
Certain nutrients are added and others limited in diets to support the therapeutic or convalescence process, which may help cats and dogs recover from various ailments.