Animal Nutrition Perth

Have you noticed the number of
pets in today’s society that seem
to be getting sick, maybe even
your pet and you can’t seem to
figure out why? One of the major
factors contributing to ill health
is poor diet.

One of the major factors contributing to ill health is poor diet.  Your pet requires food to provide energy for the efficient functioning of all body systems. This includes circulation, breathing, muscle movement, bone and muscle growth,  body temperature, and reproduction just to name a few.  The effectiveness of their organ and system functioning is dependent on the quality of energy/nutrients they consume.   

Nutrition plays a vital role in all stages of a pets life and varies depending on age, sex, breed, size and lifestyle.   Their nutrition is the one decision that you have total control over; you choose what your pet eats. Providing a healthy non processed diet is the first step to a healthy exuberant pet that has a chance to age gracefully and live longer so you can enjoy a longer life with them.   

impact of a poor diet

If your pet suffers from allergies, skin irritations, dental problems or digestive issues like bloating, wind, constipation/diarrhea then we can assist.  With many conditions what we see on the outside may be a reflection of what our pets are ingesting.   A poor diet can lead to a weakened immune system making our pets susceptible to a wide range of conditions and ailments.  

For many, a change in diet that is species appropriate and provides the required nutrients may fix the issue and help boost overall immunity.

The old saying of an apple a day keeps the doctor is away is true or in our case the VET.  

species appropriate

What is species appropriate? Put simply, it means feeding your pet what it would naturally consume. For example, if you had a pet snake you would feed it rodents & birds or if you have rabbits you would feed them vegetables, fruit and hay.

When it comes to dogs and cats we don’t seem to follow the same logic. We often feed them processed meat and kibble (dry food), which is not something they would naturally find in their environment. Have you ever seen a wolf or dingo cook and prepare its food?? No, they eat their kill raw and consume various types of prey to ensure they get all the nutrients they need.

how you can help

If raw feeding is not something you are able to adopt there are ways you can improve a processed diet. Start with the following:

Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3’s) – These are the fatty acids that your pet cannot produce so they are necessary to be given via the diet. The best way is via marine sources such as small fish; mackerel, pilchards and sardines or an oil like Krill.
Probiotics – help to promote good gut health and increase good bacteria.    You can add a dollop of low fat yoghurt or kefir to the dry food.
Digestive Enzymes – these help produce antioxidant enzymes and help the body to absorb nutrients more effectively and reduce the load on the pancreas.  They don’t exist in cooked food.  These can be found in the following foods (papaya, melon, raw honey, raw dairy products, coconut water, green tripe or sauerkraut).  

At the end of the day we are here to work with you and help you give your dog the best that you possibly you can.

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