We all know food labels can be hard to decipher, and the same is true about pet food labels. With so many brands and types available, how can you be sure you are providing your dog or cat the best quality nutrition? The 6 nutrients that support life are water, carbohydrates, protein, fat, minerals, and vitamins. Nutrient needs change throughout an animal’s life. This can depend on their life stage. Is your pet a puppy or kitten, an adult, or a senior? Your pet may also have other nutritional needs influenced by disease processes, including obesity and diabetes, liver or kidney disease, urinary issues, allergies, arthritis, or brain-aging. Here are some helpful links about pet nutrition and food labels.