Natural food and lifestyle choices for your pet.

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Natural and organic pet food, a raw food diet and natural therapies can help increase your pet's energy, improve their skin, relieve pain, reduceear wax, relieve itching and help with stress, nerves and other behaviour issues.

There are many vets now who offer services such as accupuncture, accupressure and homeopathy.   However, there are many simple ways that you can improve your pet's well-being at home, for little cost.  Here are some ideas which may help you with your pet today.

HERBS:

Herbs really are nature's best medicine.  I have listed here some herbs recommended by top Holistic Vetererinarians such as Dr Richard Pitcairn and Dr Juliete deBaircali Levy.

Parsely and rosemary for arthritis .... slippery elm for digestion (great for puppies) ... dandelion for kidneys and bladder.....honey for animals who are off their food like pregnant mums (it is nature's complete food)... coconut for fibre and worming ... kelp for thyroid and nerves and comfrey for broken bones. 

If you would like a specific recommendation then have a look at my store and contact me for ideas.

It can also be useful to try a de-tox for any pet that has recently been on antibiotics.  Antibiotics do reduce the body's natural bacteria, leaving it open to attack once again.  What we need to do is replace all the good bacteria.  One way to do this is with a balanced herbal supplement or with a non-dairy pre and probiotic.

A herbal supplement  is a good addition to any pet's diet to maintain overall health and well-being.  Antixodants like Vitamin C (Ester C) and natural Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherols) will also help your pet fight disease.  These vitamins are also abundant in vegetables, citrus fruit, honey and sunflower or sesame seeds. 

Start reading books by Richard Pitcairn, Allan Schoen, Martin Goldstein and Julliette deBaircali Levy for some really great practical advice.  Links to these authors can be found on my website (see below)

 

LABELS:

It is more important than ever to read the labels of the products we buy.  As pet manufacturers are taken over by large conglomerates, there is less and less transparency of just what the ingredients are that go into our pet foods.

Whilst the AFFCO does conduct feeding trials and produce nutrient profiles, these are limited in what they tell you about foods that are not good for our pets.  Did you know that two animals can die during a feeding trial and the product can still "pass" the AFFCO test?  Interesting isn't it. 

Here is a brief list of ingredients to avoid in your pet's food and products.  All these items have been highlighted by recognised veterinarians and scientists to have links to disease:

methyl/parabens

propylene glycol

propyl gallate

potassium sorbate

sodium lauryl sulphate

sucrose

ethoxyquin &  bht

sodium nitrate

artificial colours such as red no. 3, red no. 40, yellow no. 5 & 6, blue no. 1 & 2,

animal by-products and animal 'fats' (I list these because you really don't know what is included - it could be the hoof, the hair, diseased limbs etc.  You want the label to say "chicken meat" or "chicken meal".. NOT animal by-products, which could simply mean blood).

 

ALLERGIES

A food allergy happens when too much antibodyis produced on the surface of particular cells in the body called mast cells.  Chemical messengers (mediators) are then produced in excess quantities.  This then leads to various symptoms such as excess mucous (ears or eyes), dry or itchy skin and diarrhoea.

In a food allergy the antibody is reacting to an antigen that is an apparently harmless substance such as milk.  In some cases the reaction is actually a food intolerance, not an allergy.   With an intolerance if the animal follows an ellimination diet, and t hen slowly introduces the food back again they should be able to tolerate it, therefore it is not an allergy.

If you suspect your pet has an allergy or intolerance to a food try fasting for one day, then an elimination diet.  On the day of fasting you can feed honey and water, but you should not feed bones... that is not a fast.

Common ingredients you may want to avoid are beef, wheat, corn, soya and yeast.    For the first 3-4 days feed foods that are more neutral such as turkey and chicken with rice and/or barley.  Ideally you want to make up your own meal for your pet by cooking brown rice and adding organic chicken or turkey.  Add one food item for 2 days and watch your pet's reaction.  Do not add an item such as a biscuit, because this is made up of more than one food group.  You might want to start by adding raw beef or a sprinkling of yeast.  As you notice that your pet does not react to the introduced foods, then you can build up a list of foods that you can feed and can start to look at a suitable diet or food for him/her then. 

 

ORGANICS

A truly organic product will be manufactured with ingredients that have not been sprayed with pesticides or been genetically modified, nor are animals raised on antibiotics or hormones.  Why is this important?  Pesticides have been proven to stunt growth and cause an array of health issues. Most grains have been sprayed with pesticides.  Genetically modified ingredients mean you really don't know what you are eating.  Antibiotics and hormones can be carcinogeous.  Cancerous limbs from these animals are removed and the rest of the body is sent to the markets - and not just the pet food market. 

NATURAL THERAPIES

Flower essences are a natural therapy that works on the emotional, physical and cellular level of pets and humans.  A practitioner will choose from a range of flowers, herbs and crystals that have their essence captured in water. Each essence will work on a specific issue such as stress, nerves, fears, grief, anger or a physical problem such as arthritis, allergies or thyroid problems.  By treating your animal and yourself with an essence you are helping to heal on all levels.

Start today, to bring your pet closer to a natural diet and lifestyle, and you won't regret it.

If you would like advice on therapies or diet, or would like a healing arranged for your pet, please contact me through my store.  You can also subscribe to a natural animal wellness magazine and learn more as you go from the experts. 

 

 

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