Are you going green? Join the club! Many people are becoming more aware of the benefits of reducing exposure to and intake of various chemicals and toxins … which, unfortunately, also includes many ingredients in both human food and pet food. Our canine pals can also benefit from a holistic lifestyle. However, there are some things to consider here. A Rancho Santa Fe, CA vet offers some advice on feeding Fido a holistic doggy diet in this article.
Why serve Fido holistic food? The same reason you would want to eat healthy foods yourself! A good, balanced diet contributes to your furry friend’s health and well-being in several ways. For one thing, you’ll know your beloved pet is getting actual nutrition, rather than empty calories. You’ll also be reducing his intake of less-desirable ingredients, such as corn syrup, which is bad for both you and your pup. There are also many health benefits. Ask your vet for more information.
When going holistic, the biggest thing is often just getting into the habit of reading labels. Unfortunately, that can be tricky. Companies use all sorts of slick marketing tactics to tout their products … which sometimes means that things look healthier than they actually are. For dogs and cats, you’d want meat, fish, or poultry to be listed first and most often on the label. Avoid products that contain a lot of fillers, unidentifiable ingredients, and/or preservatives.
There has been a raging debate over the pros and cons of feeding dogs raw food in recent years. Yes, it will get Fido’s tail wagging and yes, it is closer to what his ancestor, the wolf, still eats today. However, there is also an increased risk of your pooch ingesting dangerous bacteria and/or contracting parasites. Err on the side of caution here, and follow your vet’s recommendations.
Want to make Fido’s food? Go for it! This is a great way to ensure that Fido is getting quality ingredients, and avoiding anything he may be allergic to. Just be careful with recipes. There are plenty available online, but that doesn’t mean they are right for your four-legged friend. A Great Dane puppy has very different nutritional needs than a senior Chihuahua! Ask your vet for specific advice.
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