Understanding Fresh Pet Food
Of the many pet food options available, it's difficult to know what option is the healthiest for your pet. Learn about what fresh pet food is and how fresh food can improve your pet's health and happiness.
Our NomNomNow recipes are formulated for all life stages, meaning they are approved as a senior dog food. Our philosophy isn't just about being good enough for senior dogs, though. We have worked hard to make sure every NomNomNow meal is ideal as a senior dog food.
Providing a fresh cooked diet gives your dog what they already want, while at the same time providing carefully balanced nutrition. In our experience, even the pickiest dogs have liked one of, if not all of, NomNomNow's fresh cooked recipes.
Cooking dog food, rather than serving ingredients raw, typically increases digestibility of the meal and helps release nutrients such as proteins and carbohydrates. Vitamin losses through cooking the food are fairly negligible, and our NomNomNutrient blend counteracts any such losses.
Determining a dog's healthy weight is not as easy as looking at a chart of average age and breed weights (though that can give you a place to start). As a rule of thumb, a dog at a healthy weight should have a visible waist when you look at them from the side and from above, though we encourage you to talk to your veterinarian when determining an exact number.
Nutrient numbers in dog food labels can't always be treated as high = good and low = bad. A few general guidelines for thinking about the role of key nutrients in maintaining the health of your pet.
The first thing you'll want to look at is the guaranteed analysis at the top of the nutrition label. This tells you the minimum amount of certain nutrients (by weight) within the food.
While dogs don't need carbohydrates to survive, there are many studies that have found impressive benefits of including carbohydrates in a dog's diet, which is why we include them in the food over here at NomNomnow.
Your dog may be temporarily placed on a bland diet by your veterinarian. How does this factor into your typical NomNomNow feeding routine? After a fasting period of about 12 to 24 hours, you can reintroduce NomNomNow by mixing half of a meal with equal portions rice (or another gentle carbohydrate).
To perfectly portion every one of your dog's meals, we carefully calculate calories using the individualized data that you provide, including weight, activity, and age. Beyond that, past diet history and specific breed conditions are pulled together using the latest veterinary information to determine how many calories are optimal to maintain your dog's ideal weight.
If your dog is still having loose stools after the first week on NomNomNow, but otherwise acting fine, you may consider adding a probiotic to your dog's diet. Probiotics are strains of live bacteria that assist in normal digestive function and help the overall immune system within the gastrointestinal tract.
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