Holistic Animal Care and Nutrition
Holistic Animal Care and Nutrition
When it comes to holistic animal care, getting the nutrition right is one thing you can do to optimise natural wellness and holistic health in your animal.
Nutrition is as important to our animals as it is to us. I really believe that eating foods that are not overly processed or processed at all, are better for our health than those that have been made from some sort of plant matter, manmade ingredients and regurgitated into a shape with added flavours.
Take note – nutrient awareness is trending!
People today seem to have much more awareness of what goes into their food, but what about what goes into food for our pets? Maybe you would you rather not know?
Don’t panic – I’m not going to tell you any pet food horror stories!
I don’t like gory stories or reading things that make me feel queasy so I won’t write about that, what I will write about is what you can do to make it better for your animals.
Most “meat” pet foods are made from meat derivativesand not meat itself, certainly not human grade meat and most definitely from “protein” that you wouldn’t recognise or want to eat yourself. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusion on this (and yes in my opinion it is disgusting!), but do ask yourself “If I wouldn’t want to eat it, why give it to my beloved cat or dog?”
Many dried foods, kibbles and biscuits contain fillers. Often things like potato and grains such as rice or corn. No cats will eat these by choice, they are added to foods to fill them out and make them more profitable. Cats do not need grains, they make their body ‘hot’, which makes the body ready for disease and ill health rather than equip them with wholesome nutrition.
In a human this can be the same, it is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to refer to food sources as either ‘hot’ or ‘cool’. A way you may relate to this if you haven’t encountered TCM before is alkaline foods and acidic foods. Either way, disease thrives in acidic or hot conditions and health and vitality thrive in cool or alkaline conditions.
So wherever possible scrutinise the ingredients label,do you recognise what all of those ingredients are? Do you really know where they come from? Are you happy putting them in your animal’s body? Taking a proactive approach to the health of your animals (and your own health) can lead to a longer and healthier life. Not feeding them with the right foods can lead to a shorter life, chronic health issues such as heart disease, weight gain or diabetes as well as dental issues I speak from experience on this.
If you are not sure how to approach the subject of nutritionthen please do some research. The Truth about Pet Food is a good place to start: https://truthaboutpetfood.com
Dr Karen Becker in the USA is a fantastic person to go to, and she creates a lot of videos that really help to explain things in a way we can understand. Visit her website here. https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/dr-karen-becker.aspx
Please be mindful that not all vets hold the same views on holistic practices. In my experience not all vets are pro feeding raw for example, and not always open to a more holistic approach to animal nutrition. This is because they follow a course of learning that doesn’t promote holistic alternatives – in much the same way that your GP is unlikely to be a homeopath or acupuncturist. Many practises receive a kickback from the prescribed diets they sell and are not of alternatives methods that you can yourself research.