The study of Animal Nutrition is extremely important to the circle of life, and a wonderful way to expand on your love of animals. Animal Nutrition is often overlooked and not given its proper credit, so we wanted to take this post that share with you what Animal Nutrition is, as well as its merits. Animal Nutrition involves formulating a nutrition program for animals with the right balance of proteins, vitamins and minerals, and energy that these animals need.
Imagine a person who only eats potato chips. In the proper place and context, eating potato chips is not the end of the world But solely surviving on potato chips would lead to an unhealthy person who didn’t feel very good. The Animal Nutritionist would be like the person who recommends a meal replacement shake full of nutrients, like IdealShake, to this person and takes away the potato chips.
It takes a lot of study and care to understand what foods make the correct balance for individual animals, as well as ensuring they enjoy and eat the meal. It increases their productivity, reproduction, energy, and immune function to have the proper balanced diet, and so you’re ensuring that these animals are happy, healthy, and live longer.
An often overlooked part of Animal Nutrition is consideration to the amount of water intake the animal has. Without adequate water, the proper nutrition doesn’t do much. The animals need to be hydrated for digestion and overall well being. Water is a basic survival need, and we must not forget to ensure that animals in our care have plenty of fresh water available at all times, and that we get the proper vey care when they are not drinking enough.
But just as a person wouldn’t survive solely on meal replacement bars or a skinny shake, we can’t just pump animals full of vitamins and supplements and call it good. We need to take great care to make sure these animal’s dietary needs are coming from natural sources, as close to what they would eat in nature, for maximum health benefits. A variety of foods, that are in a variety of colors, available in the animal’s natural habitat will be the best foundation for a nutrition plan. The animal will be used to these kinds of foods, will digest them easier because they were made to eat these foods, and everyone will be happier.
As you can see, Animal Nutrition is much more than just throwing down a bowl of kibble. It is vital to the preservation and study of many kinds of animals. If it seems like this would be something you’d be interested in learning more about, I’d suggest you contact your local zoo and ask if you can shadow their nutritionist at some point. The lessons learned from hands on experience will no doubt be beneficial, and I am positive you would learn a lot in the meantime as well.
Life’s an adventure – get out there.