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Articles about Animals and Pets – Healthy Nutrition for Pets

A common question or concern in some of my animal communications seems to be based on diet and nutrition and what to feed our pets. Countless times I have had clients tell me that their beloved pet is sick, acting strangely, has allergies to this or that, is eating too much or not enough, can't sleep, is pulling its fur out, or a host of other symptoms they don't know the reason for. I have learned through listening to what the animals have to say that a lot of these symptoms are caused by what they are eating. Most pets when I ask them about their food, give me a similar response... “I would prefer my food to be raw,” or “I like my meat fresh and some veggies would be nice too.”

It is important to consider when feeding our pets what their individual needs may be. Just as we are all unique and require a variety of foods to thrive on, so do our pets. Feeding them one type of food over and over again for years can lead to difficulties later on in life. Could you imagine eating nothing but cereal and cookies your entire life? This diet is similar to what some cats and dogs have to survive on. Is it any wonder that they become arthritic, lethargic, obese, start to develop allergies or behave strangely in some way. What is in their food could well be the key to unlocking some of these mysteries.

When we go to the super market to buy our foods we need to be aware of what we are purchasing by reading labels. We also need to be aware of what is in our pet's foods. The same rule ought to apply to both....“Consumer beware!” All pet foods are not created equal. Labels can be very confusing as is much of the information out there. It is important to do some research first before you switch your pet's diet or type of food.

Animals need to be introduced to new foods very slowly and over a period of time or they can become even sicker than before. Consulting with a holistic vet is of course the best route as well as educating yourself on the topic. A good rule to follow is, the more simple and natural it is the easier it will be on your pets system. One book that changed my life forever on the topic of diet was, “Food Pets Die For” by Ann Martin. I highly recommend reading this book if you are interested in changing your pet's health and well being.

So many animals have made a dramatic turn-about in their health, behaviour and attitude when their food has been made the way nature intended, with care and love. Bessy; a friend's beagle used to chew her paws raw until I recommended changing her diet to more raw foods. She is now one of the healthiest and happiest dogs I know. Creating healthy, nutritious and simple meals for your pets can be easy and fun. Why not start now? Your pet will thank you forever.

What's for dinner Mom?! A feverishly wagging tail and big pleading brown eyes looking up at me wanted to know. I'm sure this is familiar to some of you so I thought it would be helpful to expand a little on the subject of nutrition for pets.

There are as many theories on animal nutrition as there are on human nutrition and I can't tell you what the “best” diet is. I have however learned over the years to listen to and trust in my pets to tell me what they need, as well as doing a lot of my own research. Most researchers seem to agree on at least one or two common ideas and these are; the simpler the better and when possible eat organic. Animals have different needs and what may work for one may not for another, so trying out different recipes may be necessary at first. For instance dogs and cats have unique requirements. Dogs need more of a balance between protein, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables whereas cats need almost twice as much protein, so it's important to know what is required before making up meals.

“I don't have time to cook!! It takes too long! I don't know where to get the ingredients and they're usually so expensive!” Sound familiar? Well, I've discovered that it is actually less time consuming, easier and far cheaper to make my own pet foods than it is to buy them. Healthier home made foods may add years to your pets life and will save money on vet bills too.

Most of us have busy lives and we may not always have the time or the means to do what's ideal. If time is an issue adding some whole foods to your pets diet such as carrots, celery sticks, whole grain crackers, apple slices, left over meats, yogurt or eggs can be an easy way of making meals healthier. Thankfully there are now more and more natural pet foods being made that are using real animal protein and human grade ingredients. Also most Health Food and grocery stores, pet stores and some vets are now offering healthy alternatives. As always, read your labels and don't be afraid to ask where and how they were made.

Healthy Recipe for Pets

Here is one of my favourite recipes because you can use it both for dogs and cats by simply altering the amount of protein versus carbohydrates. For dogs the recipe is one third of each of the ingredients combined and for cats you simply add more protein making it two thirds protein and one third carbs and vegetables. Don't be afraid to experiment by using different meats, grains and vegetables.

Lamb and Rice Diet Recipe
Chicken, beef, turkey and organ meats can be substituted for lamb.
Substitute carrots, celery, parsnips, etc for the veggies.
1lb. ground lamb
2 cups cooked organic brown rice (long or short grain)
½ cup chopped parsley (organic)
1 cup grated zucchini (organic)
½ cup of plain yogurt
Steam or fry lightly in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (olive, sunflower or safflower oil). Add the rice and veggies. Just before serving mix in the ½ cup of yogurt. This can be made in batches and frozen to be used throughout the week.

Being creative with meals for your animals can be very rewarding both for you and your pet. Your pet will love you for the home cooked meal; the extra care and attention.

Written by Stephanie: Articles on Animal Communication