Nutrition

Sam wonders what he should eat

“We completely changed Lillie’s diet based on Heather’s recommendations and Lillie’s chronic ’weeping eyes‘ disappeared within the week.“

L. Baird

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Your dog’s food is the fuel that enables him to run up and down the beach, wrestle with playmates and chase the ball again… and again. Proper canine nutrition also provides your dog’s cells what they need to ensure a shiny coat, healthy skin, smooth joint movement, and a strong immune system.

Canine nutrition needs are very different from those of humans, and the marketing by dog food companies is intense. Every dog food bag says “healthy” on the label, but it isn’t always true. The more we learn about what goes into processed foods for humans, the more we realize the same is true of many commercial pet foods. Processing and preservatives have depleted our dogs’ food of nutrients.

If your dog suffers from allergies, eye discharge, ear infections, skin problems or other chronic conditions, generally diet is part of the problem.

The majority of disease is rooted in digestion — what we eat, how much we eat, and how our bodies process this food. The same is true for your dog. A malfunctioning digestive system can cause imbalance within the body and can stress organs and glands. Allergies, arthritis, joint pain, autoimmune disorders, skin problems, irritability, and metabolic imbalances (e.g. Cushing’s, Addison’s, hypothyroidism, and diabetes) can all be linked in part to dietary imbalances and or mineral and vitamin deficiencies. By feeding a diet that balances your dog’s natural constitution, many health issues and “food allergies” can be eliminated without the use of steroids, other drugs, or reliance on a commercially manufactured “prescription diet”.

Diet, exercise, non-toxic products, herbs, and nutritional supplements can all contribute to a strong immune system. I seek out the very best all-natural dog foods, most effective supplements and other holistic products. Whether store-bought or home-prepared; raw, cooked, or manufactured; I will devise a healthy, nutritionally balanced diet that works with your lifestyle and budget and improves your dog’s health. Make an appointment today and feed your dog for health & longevity!