Pet Nutrition

 

Pet Nutrition is always a concern for pet owners

Pet Nutrition is always a concern for pet owners

Let’s be honest- Taking care of a pet for the first time can be just as overwhelming as having a child for the first time. You need time, dedication, and knowledge of how to care for them, and of course, love. There’s a theory that one should start out with a plant first. It’s easy to see why.  So what is the top choice in regards to food and nutrition to benefit your pet to its fullest potential?

Remember when the new “thing to do” while dieting, was to have food delivered to your doorstep? Calories were already counted and you need not worry about a thing. Well in today’s society, there are hundreds of methods pertaining to pet nutrition, and this happens to be a very popular trend. With a click of your mouse, you can now have healthy, nutritious proportioned food sent to your home, specifically for your furry loved one. Not only is a healthy meal sent per week, but the food is categorized based on what type of protein you’d prefer. There is even a recommended cleansing system. Juicing for pets, anyone?

As simple as that sounds, it’s pricey; however, there is some nutritional advice for pet lovers on a budget, such as myself.  Believe it or not, according to PetMD, hardboiled eggs and their shells are highly suggested. They provide a great source of protein, among other benefits.

The great thing about it? There are two options: You can crumble the shell itself and combine it with the usual given food, or you can chop up the entire egg into bits and pieces. There are also good carbohydrates that can be eaten to provide healthy amino and fatty acids, as long as they’re mixed with protein. Examples are:  lamb and rice, beef and potatoes, and chicken and pasta. Vegetables are a good basis as well for homemade foods. Some with a kick should be avoided such as onion and garlic, as they can be toxic to certain animals.

Another vital nutrition component includes vitamins. Is it a must for healthy pet nutrition?

It depends. Certain animals are prone to certain vitamin deficiencies; therefore, if your pet isn’t getting a balanced meal, there are vitamin supplements. Chinchillas are prone to Vitamin B deficiencies whereas Guinea pigs are prone to Vitamin A deficiencies, while too much Vitamin D can be harmful for birds.  Always, Always, Always check with your vet. before you make any decisions regarding your Pet’s diet and supplements.

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  1. Great article. If I may, I’d like to note that, when feeding potatoes, make sure they are organic as, if not, they will be Genetically Modified. Despite the industry’s best effort to obfuscate the issues, it is a well known scientific fact that GMOs are highly detrimental to our health, that of our 4-legged friends, and the health of our environment. Same with pasta made from any grain that is not organic. Best is probably Quinoa pasta, or simply cooked Quinoa.

    Lastly, I note that holistic vets recommend small amounts of garlic because it has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties from phytochemical allicin, as well as anti-cancer properties from the coumaric acid, both of which are found in garlic. Garlic is also an antioxidant, anti-allergen, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-protozoan, anti-viral and anti-carcinogen. And it contains sulfur, which is a natural insect repellent.

    One of the arguments against giving dogs garlic, is that garlic is closely related to onions, and we know onions are detrimental to a dog’s health. That’s because onions are loaded with something called thiosulphates, which can cause Heinz Body Anemia, where dog’s red blood cells break down. However, garlic only has minute amounts of thiosulphates, so it would take a lot of garlic to hurt dogs. Also, a few years ago, a Japanese university issued a research paper after studying the effects of garlic on dogs. This was a limited study in that only four of dogs were involved. Specifically, the researchers give “1.25 ml of garlic extract/kg of body weight (5 g of whole garlic/kg) intragastrically once a day for 7 days.” However, as I understand it, the researchers fed the dogs an extract of garlic, not the garlic itself, without specifying which part of the garlic was extracted. Also, the extract was injected directly into the dogs’ stomachs. Most importantly, the researchers overdosed the dogs in that they injected them with over 60 times the recommended amount. For example, as a 75 pound dog would have been fed the equivalent of 61 cloves per day! According to some vets, using Tylenol (acetaminophen) or benzocaine topical ointments to stop itching are far more likely to cause dogs anemia.

    I think it’s fair to say that anything you will overfeed your pet, or yourself, by more than 60 times the recommended portion will be damaging to a system. In fact, as you point out, though eggs are one of the best sources of protein for dogs, if you were to feed your dog 60 eggs every day for a month, it would certainly develop pancreatitis.

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