Natural Diet for Dogs and Cats
is your pet? Most people feel that if their
pet is not actually sick, that s/he is "healthy".
But health is more that just the absence
of symptoms. There are many levels of health,
and most dogs and cats, even those that
are not overtly sick, could be a lot healthier.
The essence of preventive medicine is to
strive for the highest level of health,
thereby precluding the need for the body
to produce symptoms.
influence an animal's health: diet, vaccination,
exposure to toxins, drugs, and infectious
agents, exercise, emotional factors, and
many others. For many of the animals I see,
poor quality diet has commonly been a factor
reducing health and contributing to health
pet foods, whether dry, canned, or soft-moist,
are highly processed convenience foods,
and that convenience usually carries a high
price in terms of nutritional quality. Nearly
all of them use inexpensive poor quality
protein sources, such as diseased meat and
organs condemned for human consumption.
Most are laced with preservatives and food
coloring. Canned foods have high levels
of lead, dry foods have rancid fat, and
soft-moist foods contain up to 25% sugar.
Even the best commercial pet foods are highly
processed and thoroughly cooked, so there
are no fresh or raw foods in the diet. This
also destroys many of the vitamins, which
are added at low levels to begin with. Commercial
pet foods bear little or no resemblance
to the diets that dogs or cats would naturally
choose for themselves in the wild.
now ask, what should I feed my pet? I strongly
recommend a homemade diet of fresh wholesome
foods, such as raw meat, dairy and soy protein,
whole grains, fresh vegetables, and a variety
of supplements. A homemade diet must be
nutritionally complete and balanced for
your pet's species, age, and physical condition,
so they must be prepared knowledgeably.
It is neither
very expensive nor especially time-consuming
to prepare a really high quality pet food.
There are many ways to save time by preparing
larger quantities in advance, freezing certain
items, and so forth. The cost is comparable
to or less than that of higher quality commercial
foods. I have developed a comprehensive
nutritional program that is practical, economical,
and, of course, nutritionally excellent.
It is entitled Natural Diet for Dogs (or
Cats): Guidelines for Optimal Nutrition.
The Natural Diet program is available to
download from this website for $15.00.
of a natural diet go beyond merely preventing
disease. After only 3-4 weeks on the new
diet, people usually notice a dramatic improvement
in the skin and coat, less odor, fewer fleas,
brighter eyes, and better energy and behavior.
Not only can you see the signs of improved
health, but you will also save money in
the long run due to fewer and lower veterinary
bills. The healthier your pet is, the less
likely s/he will be to have fleas, skin
problems, allergies, heartworms, feline
leukemia, dental disease, and many other
common disease problems.
diet is one of the many factors that influence
your pet's health. Regular exercise, grooming,
and plenty of love and attention are also
quite important. There are many health problems
that are not completely responsive to nutritional
measures, which is why I recommend homeopathy
for treatment on a deeper level. But preparing
a high quality food for your pet is a first
major step toward taking responsibility
for your pet's health, toward practicing
preventive medicine, and toward a healthier
and happier pet.
Supplementing Commercial Pet Foods
When it comes to nutrition for your pet's
health, there is nothing that surpasses
the quality of a natural diet of fresh unprocessed
foods. I strongly recommend to my clients
that they avoid all commercial foods, and
spend the hour or two every few weeks that
it takes to prepare a really high quality
many folks that are concerned about their
pet's health, and recognize the importance
of nutrition, but are unable, for whatever
reason, to prepare a natural diet. It is
for these people that I have formulated
these nutritional suggestions based on supplementation
of commercial food. Whereas it is less than
ideal, it is certainly a considerable improvement
over most pets' diets.
all, feed one of the better quality commercial
foods, such as Wysong, NaturaLife, Nature's
Recipe (not the non-meat kibble), PetGuard,
Solid Gold or Cornucopia. In general, canned
foods are best, and, for dogs, can be combined
with dry kibble. Cats should be fed canned
food only. Never feed soft-moist foods,
or dry kibbles that contain 'bits' of spongy
that I mentioned are more expensive than
poorer quality pet foods, but are worth
the extra cost. There are some popular "top
of the line" foods that cost as much,
but contain preservatives and/or food coloring,
or have other substantial problems. Also
beware of "natural" pet foods
with "no preservatives" that contain
the same by-products (waste products) and
poor quality ingredients as most pet foods.
there is a great deal that you cannot tell
from the label on a pet food, there are
certain things to look for. Any commercial
food that you buy should be clearly labeled
as "nutritionally complete and balanced"
for your pet's species and age. Read the
ingredients. Is an animal protein listed
first? If not, don't buy it. Look for any
by-products or "digest". Look
for preservatives, food colorings, additives,
or long chemical names (other than vitamins
and minerals). These should all be avoided.
best commercial pet foods have some big
problems, so by all means stay away from
the cheap ones. If you save money in the
short run by buying cheaper food, you, and
your pet, will certainly pay in the long
dogs and cats should be fed no more than
once daily. I do not advise leaving dry
food out between meals. In addition, most
dogs and cats should be fasted at least
once weekly. That means no food for 48 hours
(e.g., Saturday's meal to Monday's meal).
Fresh spring or purified water should always
I have given below the recommended daily
amounts for the most important supplements
for an average healthy animal. Remember
that I'm keeping this as simple and basic
of natural supplements for protein, vitamins,
and minerals will significantly improve
the quality of any commercial pet food.
Improved nutrition is a basic first step
towards improved health. The next step is
homeopathic treatment, which can do even
more to allow your pet to enjoy a longer,
healthier, and happier life.
Supplementing the diet with high quality
raw protein is very beneficial. Added protein
should not exceed 20% of the diet or the
calcium/phosphorus ratio of the diet could
o Raw lean meat (not ground meat, and
no pork or lamb)
o Raw organ meats (especially chicken
or calf liver)
o Fish, calamari, etc. (fresh or frozen,
o Raw eggs
o Cottage cheese