Our pets often do fine on commercial foods, but problems like itchiness, gastro-intestinal upsets, diabetes etc can be corrected by a change in diet. Dog and cat diets are commonly starch-based (carbs). It provides the “glue” that holds kibble together and is a cheap source of calories. Unfortunately, carnivores like dogs and cats are not designed to eat starch. Food processing destroys many nutrients. Only those believed to be important are then added back in!
Home-cooked and raw diets contain the full spectrum of nutrients nature has endowed them with, including those not yet considered essential but which are undeniably helpful, such as antioxidants. The quality of processed diets is limited by our nutritional knowledge; balanced home-cooked and raw diets usually exceeds it. Just because one has to feed kibble some of the time doesn’t mean you have to do it all the time. Get your pet accustomed to the taste of real food by top-dressing their kibble or canned food with organs, meat or veggies.
Many companies say that their products are grain free but then they use foods with high carbohydrate ingredients like potatoes and peas which are not grains but still contribute a significant carb load (and plant-based protein) to the food. ‘Grain-free’ has become very misleading.
- The Ideal diet for cats, by wholistic veterinarian, Dr Jean Hofve
- Treat Recipes
- Free Treat eBook from Dr. Mercola.com
Toxic Food and Plants
Onions, Garlic and Chives
Grapes and Raisins
Azalea and Rhododendron
Holly, Mistletoe and Poinsettias