Carnivores in the wild forage for berries and select grasses. Even felines consume a tiny amount of the pre-digested green stuff when they devour their prey. So, this veterinarian gives you the green light to feed healthy “people food”, namely fruits and vegetables, to your dog or cat! With a little guidance, this can be a lot of fun!
There are a few foods considered dangerous to pets. Everyone is aware of the toxicity of chocolate, but in addition, AVOID grapes, raisins, onions and macadamia nuts. Although in the onion family, a small amount of garlic is OK for dogs and cats. Indeed, many pet supplements contain garlic. Some sources cite avocado as a problem, but a well-respected joint supplement and an entire dog food line contain avocado; pets have been eating these for years without adversity.
Be Cautious with Vaccines, Provide Natural Nutrition, Socialize!
Human doctors and veterinarians promote vaccination as a means to a good early start for babies. There are some vaccinations which save lives, but some vaccination protocols are excessive, risky, and a waste of money!
A puppy or kitten’s immune system is not competent to respond to a vaccine until eight weeks of age. Therefore, breeders and veterinarians should not begin vaccinating until eight weeks. Vaccines should never be given closer together than two to four weeks apart.
Behavioral problems are one of the most common reasons for pet relinquishment. Put yourself in your pets’ paws. If you were confined indoors, eating bowls of cereal all day long wouldn’t you go a little stir crazy?
Some dogs and cats exhibit destructive behaviors when left alone, not allowed to exercise
or fed diets high in starch. Conventional veterinarians attempt to change these behaviors
with antipsychotic medications such as amitryptilline, clomipramine or Prozac. .
Conventional veterinarians and even many holistic veterinarians are hesitant to recommend essential oils for pets, however when prepared, selected and utilized properly, they can be an effective and safe modality to prevent and treat many conditions which afflict our dogs and cats.
The biting, blood-sucking little monsters that ruin family gatherings and make your pets’ summers miserable have begun to invade. Ticks, fleas and mosquitoes are a nuisance, may cause significant skin irritation and can transmit serious blood-borne disease.
How should you best retaliate?
So, you’ve resolved to feed your pet healthy meals, but just as snacks can undo your diet, poor treat choices can mess up your dog or cat’s nutritional program. A few simple suggestions can keep your furry friend happy and on the right lifestyle track!
Pets love praise. Sometimes a treat is not needed. A hug or kind word of encouragement is greatly appreciated!
Pets love exercise! Taking your dog for a good run, throwing the ball, squeaky toys and glitter balls for kitties with your interaction is a “treat” for pets with cabin fever or battling a weight issue.
Healthy “human” food can make perfect treats. Your little carnivore may love a piece of cooked chicken or liver or a nibble of canned salmon, tuna, or sardines. Many dogs will enjoy a baby carrot, green bean, slice of pepper, piece of banana, chunk of apple or floret of broccoli. Starchy foods are not a good choice for you or your pet, so avoid the pasta, chips, crackers, cookies and breads! Also, avoid cooked fats, and greasy cheeses as these could cause a pancreatic episode in your pet. Remember, chocolate, grapes, raisins and onions have been found to be toxic to pets.
Our environment, food sources and even conventional health care are contaminated with toxins bombarding our immune systems everyday. Can you imagine being a dog or cat with your nose to the ground, smelling and tasting everything you shouldn't, licking your paws contaminated by lawn pesticides or floor cleaners and then being expected to handle excessive vaccines?
What can you do to help your aging pet?