What is Natural Pet Nutrition?
Natural pet nutrition is a "fresh, live food" diet strategy, raw, semi-raw or cooked, based on the study of natural diets of wild canines and felines, yet modified for the not-so-wild lifestyle of our pet companions.
Natural pet nutrition strategy respects the ancient genetic makeup, evolutionary intelligence of the species and their nutritional needs, while taking full advantage of modern nutritional and environmental research.
Basic natural pet nutrition mimics the diet of wolves and wild cats using healthy ingredients available to us today.
What can Natural Nutrition do for my Dogs and Cats?
Imagine yourself eating so called 100% nutritionally balanced dry breakfast cereal and canned luncheon meat every meal, every day, for the rest of your life. Healthy? I think not!!! And boring!!!
Natural pet nutrition offers:
|More ‘live’ energy
||Less odorous stools
||Healthier digestive tract
||Stronger immune system
|Stronger gums and teeth
||More optimal overall health
Natural nutrition for animals improves symptoms such as:
What does a Natural Pet Diet consist of?
A natural canine diet usually consists of filtered water, meat, minced vegetables, fruits, big raw bones, organs and supplement (as needed). Eggs, goat's milk, fresh de-boned cooked fish and no-salt, human-grade canned fish can also be added from time to time.
A natural feline diet can consist of filtered water, mostly meat, organs, raw bones, some cooked and mashed up vegetables and supplements (as needed). Fresh de-boned cooked fish, eggs, goat's milk and no-salt, human-grade canned fish (e.g. tuna, salmon, mackeral and sardines) can also be added from time to time.
While a raw diet is best for its live enzymes and vital energy, a semi-raw or cooked diet can be substituted in part or in whole for sensitive dogs and cats. Organic raw is always preferred.
How do I incorporate a Natural Pet Diet?
To do it yourself, make sure you phase-in the new diet gradually to minimize gastrointestinal upset. Test one new food and supplement at a time and in small amount. Build it up from there. In general, add new diet 25% at a time, 3-4 days at a time, to transition over.
Diarrhea and some stomach upset are common symptoms at the beginning as the ‘live foods’ stir up and eliminate built-up toxins from the body. It is not uncommon that a load of worms or green, black or mucus stools will be eliminated. These symptoms should disappear on its own after 2-3 weeks. If not, the live foods may have stirred up some existing imbalances and/or deficiencies, and you will need to address these problems before your pet can handle the diet change.
In addition to the diet change, it is recommended that you detoxify your pet twice a year for good body-housekeeping. It is especially important to detox the blood, liver, kidneys and the lymphatic system and supplement your pet with extra nutrition, especially at the beginning of a diet change. This will assist your pets in their recovery from a long history of dead (no life force), processed commercial foods. Years of improper nutrition will need help to turn the damaged and malnourished body around.
Our Holistic Pet Wellness Consultation can help you individualize a sound nutritional plan for each unique animal. We can also customize vitamins, minerals, herbs, cell tissue salts, essential fatty acids, pro-biotics and other dietary supplements, if appropriate, based on the dog's or cat's needs. We have lots of tips that can help your pets, especially cats, to ensure a healthy dietary transition!