Your Pet's Health Starts with Nutrition!

Continued from the July 2011 holistic email newsletter

Did you know that the proper diet first starts with the core diet? That means looking at whether it should be canned, dry/can combo, raw, etc. Most people do not realize that feeding dry food alone can dehydrate your pet and end up causing organ damage. And while many people feel raw is great, it is not for every dog or cat.

The 2nd step is determining grains or if grain-free. Did you realize many animals are sensitive/allergic to grains like corn, wheat and rice? Many dogs and cats need to be on a grain-free diet. We have seen many dogs and cats that have had skin and inflammation issues that stopped after getting off of grains. Grains can even affect horses and other animals.

The 3rd step is determining what proteins they can eat. Did you realize many dogs and cats are sensitive/allergic to certain proteins (meats)? What are the top protein culprits you are probably feeding right now?!? This can be a shocker for many people, especially those who purchased what they thought was a great holistic food for their pet. #1 is chicken. Yes that is right. Many dogs and cats are having problems with this protein. It has to do with how the chickens are raised and the consequential energy of the chickens that is going into the food! Lamb is also a problem for many. Which proteins are best also have to do with the seasons and whether they are considered hot, cold or neutral, based on traditional Chinese medicine. Did you know a label on the front of the can or bag may say “turkey” but when you look at the ingredient label on the back, it includes chicken? This is very common because even the holistic food brands don’t always realize what they are doing.

How do you determine the proper core, grains or grain-free and proteins? You do this through muscle testing. Otherwise, it is a guessing game that is costing you time, money and your pet’s health. Through July 31st, we have our muscle testing for people and animals instructional ebook on sale for just $10, and it includes a chart to guide you through the diet formula.

Step 4 is finding out what ingredients your pet is sensitive/allergic to. Did you know some animals are sensitive/allergic to products such as dairy/lactose, eggs and brewer’s yeast? For instance, they may cause digestion issues and that yogurt or piece of cheese may not be good for them. You need to explore ingredients because more is not always better. Look at your labels to see what is in the food. Then you need to look for the brands that meet your pet’s needs.

Step 5 is looking at supplements. Most supplements should be determined AFTER you have determined everything else, THEN you find out what supplements are truly needed. Because after you find the answers to the first 4 steps, you may not need certain supplements (or medications, which can be discussed with your vet) or for as long as you thought. Some supplements you should consider are probiotics and omega fatty acids in the form of salmon or flaxseed oil. Daily probiotics are recommended. Mitomax is a premium, capsulized probiotic. (You can enter coupon code it08077 for a discount.) But, if your pet is allergic to dairy, this has lactose in it. You would want to look at another probiotic such as Probios. It can be purchased at many feed stores. Joint supplements can also be very beneficial. You need to determine what supplements are needed, the proper amounts, and how often they should be given. How can you determine this? Yes, through muscle testing. Through July 31st, we have our muscle testing for people and animals instructional ebook on sale for just $10, and it includes a chart to guide you through the diet formula. Muscle testing really will change your life.

You may wonder why animals are sensitive when it comes to food products. This can be for a variety of reasons. All of these things can weaken the immune system:

  • Environment (outdoors or indoors) – Some things you have no control over, some things you do, like smoking for instance.
  • Products (outdoor and indoor, topical and oral) – In other words, it can be products used in your home, your yard or on your pet, especially if they contain chemicals of any kind.
  • Vaccinations – Some animals have received some unnecessarily or they have been given at a time when their immune system was already compromised.
  • Medications – They can destroy the good bacteria in the body and damage organs.
  • Stress – Just like people, animals can get stressed out, too. They can be a reflection of you, whether you want to admit it or not.
  • While there are ways to address these issues to help your pet have a healthier immune system, they will be addressed in future newsletters. But #1, you must start with proper nutrition – ALL the supplements and therapies in the world will ONLY help temporarily without it! Consider this article a primer. Be sure to read our 11 page special report, What You Don’t Know about Nutrition May Kill Your Dog or Cat. You can get it here free now. Blessings!

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