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The best diet for dogs and cats

13th Jun 2016
Beryl Shuttleworth
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[vc_row][vc_column][minti_spacer][vc_column_text]The best diet for dogs - The Herbal Horse and PetWhat do you feed your dogs and cats? There is such a variety of pet foods available. As well as different feeding theories. And they all claim to be everything your pet will ever need. How does an ordinary pet owner like myself decide?

Dr Martin Zucker, a veterinarian in the USA, describes a very alarming situation – a gradual decline in the general health and well-being of our pets. Vets are noticing:

  • More serious diseases in ever younger animals
  • More allergies
  • Weaker immune systems
  • Increased skin problems
  • More behavioural problem

Why is this happening? Amongst other things, Dr Zucker believes that the factors contributing to this alarming trend are:

  • Bad breeding practices
  • Low quality, unnatural pet food
  • Pollution
  • Stress

To a very large extent, we can help this situation in our own pets’ lives, by changing the way we feed. Vets comment on how even a small change in the way we feed our animals can ‘cure’ a lot of diseases.

Not many of us have hours spare in which to formulate and feed elaborate diets to our pets. What is the best we can do with limited time?

Option 1 – for very busy people

You want to feed your dog or cat a good diet, but really don’t have time to do more than fill the bowl with kibble. If this is you, then buy the best kibble you can afford. In most cases, you get what you pay for. Do the best you can.

Option 2 – busy, but can spare a bit of time

Feed the best quality food that you can afford as a base. To this base, add broth, table scraps, oils, meat, eggs, vegetables, fruits. Keep it varied, keep it fresh, keep it natural and unprocessed.

Option 3 – deluxe diet

There are various theories about the best way to do this. Here is one option that Dr Blakely recommends:

  1. One half of the diet – cooked whole grains (eg. Brown rice, oatmeal)
  2. One quarter to a third – high quality protein (eg. Raw or cooked meat)
  3. Up to a quarter –lightly steamed vegetables and grated fruits
  4. Add a good relevant supplement

Another excellent Deluxe option is the BARF diet.

Choose 1 and start from there

By changing to any of these three options, you are going to see a real difference in your pet’s health. Give it a try, then let me know your opinion.[/vc_column_text][minti_spacer][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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What do you feed your dogs and cats? There is such a variety of pet foods available and different feeding theories. So many foods claim to be everything your pet will ever need too. In this article we explore the options open to pet owners.
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