A complete and balanced diet is key to keeping your pet in good health and full of energy. Without that proper nutrition, pets would not be able to perform their normal daily activities with ease, maintain muscle tone, fight off infection, or build and repair muscles, teeth and bone.
But what is proper nutrition? Simply stated, pets need a combination of water, protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals on a daily basis.
- Proteins provide a source of energy and help build and maintain strong muscles.
- Carbohydrates offer a source of quick energy so pets can be active and energetic.
- Fats are high in energy, and keep skin and hair coats shiny and healthy, and help with brain function.
- Vitamins and minerals keep a pet’s immune system and metabolism functioning normally.
While these elements are essential to good health, there are differing opinions as to which type of diet is best for a pet. It is recommended that you consult with your holistic health pet provider when selecting a food, especially since nutritional requirements vary, depending on an animal’s activity, medical history, age and stress level.
Raw and home-cooked foods including lamb, chicken, turkey and beef provide a healthy, nutritious diet for your pet. Home-cooked foods, however require time to prepare. They are especially good for sick pets, including those who may have GI or allergy problems, are recovering from surgery, or suffering with cancer because they aide with the body’s natural detoxifying processes.
When preparing home-cooked or raw foods, remember dogs primarily need meat, some vegetables (and some grains if not allergy sensitive or have a health condition). Unlike dogs, cats need less protein and could actually be vegetarians.
If using canned or dry food, use nutritionally balanced foods. Some of these processed foods tend to be too high in carbohydrates, which cause animals to gain weight, and demonstrate symptoms of hair loss and allergies, signs that your pet’s diet is not complete and balanced.
Look for foods that are natural, unprocessed, and free from GMOs and preservatives. You can find packaged raw foods in your local natural pet store that closely match the ancestral diet of dogs and cats.
A combination of these food options is always an alternative. Make sure that your dog food is nutritionally balanced, meets the canine nutrition guidelines of the National Research Council and is certified by the Association of American Feed Control Officials.
Consider limiting table scraps, which may lead to weight gain and create stress and imbalance in your pet. It’s important to maintain the nutritional needs of your animal’s ancestral diet to maintain their balance.
In addition, give your pets healthy treats as a reward for good behavior to offer the nutrition necessary to maintain his or her health.
A vitamin supplement is helpful when there is a specific health condition, such as a probiotic for digestive health, and Silver Hydrosol to prevent disease and promote a healthy immune system. Ask your holistic pet practitioner for which supplements may be beneficial for helping to sustain the health and vitality of your pet.
Karen can be reached at 303-725-1119 for questions or for more information visit: www.zeusiehealthypet.com.