Our pets are important to us, and the better we take care of them, the healthier they will be. This will reduce vet bills as well as the distress and work involved with a sick pet.
We just got a German Shepherd puppy and are enjoying having a dog again, though it is a lot of work. Here are a few pointers for Natural Pet Health that I have learned over the years.
Quality Dog Food
There are mainly two problems with commercial dog food. These are:
- What they are made from.
- The processing – mostly high heat which destroys the natural enzymes
Health Rule 1: No GMO ingredients. This can be hard as most dog foods contain GMO corn and soy. Several years ago, we used to get regular cheap dog food for our dog, and eventually she got breast tumors. It is known that GMO foods cause massive tumor growth over time. Look for dog food that has few ingredients and the first is meat, such as chicken, lamb, or beef. Then rice, sweet potato, and other vegetables for filler and vitamins.
Health Rule 2: Make sure your pet gets live enzymes. Signs that a pet is not getting enough enzymes are:
- eating poop as this contains live enzymes.
- eating grass can be from an imbalance of the gut, which can be from a lack of enzymes or need for probiotics.
- skin problems
- bad breathe
Solutions: Add some probiotics and enzymes to their diet, such as, raw apple cider vinegar, Kombucha, sauerkraut, or purchase some capsules and sprinkle it on their food
It is said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is true even with our pets.
Health Rule 3: Give your pet (cats & dogs) a parasite cleanse at least twice a year. Our pets pick up parasites, so helping them in this regard will avoid more serious problems. Another factor to consider is that WE pick up parasites from our pets, so we also should do a parasite cleanse twice a year.
Health Rule 4: Be careful NOT to give your pet too many extra treats. These include table scraps as well as dog or cat treats. Being overweight is not good for our pets.
Health Rule 5: Give your pet sufficient exercise. Lack of exercise can lead to overweight problems, poor circulation, lethargy, and even depression. Your dog or cat need exercise just as much as we do.
I trust this has been a help to you. If you have any pet needs, please feel free to ask.
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Amy Willis M.H., CTN
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Amy Willis M.H.