Natural Pet Care
Caring for your pet is an important part of your life. Listed here are great tips for keeping your pets healthy
See our list of toxic plants to avoid if you have pets that would have a tendency to eat or play with any of these plants.
- Avoid washing your dogs with a pesticide solution or putting a pest collar on them. Exposure to flea pesticides leads to a six-fold increase in your unborn child’s chance of developing some form of cancer (leukemia or lymphoma) by the age of six or seven years. Besides the fact that the residue from the toxic cleansers can eventually end up in the digestive tracts of your pets.
- When you see ingredients like "beef or poultry byproducts" in your pet's food, do you know exactly what they are? "Byproducts" of animals include everything from chicken heads, blood, feet and viscera, to brain and spinal tissue; which we believe have no place in a companion animal's diet.
- These are not ingredients you would choose to eat yourself, so why would you feed them to your pet? You want a pet food that uses no animal byproducts, no rendered or recycled meats, poultry or fats; that is processed only for excellent digestion and health – and with meat protein that is properly cooked before it's consumed.
- There is a lot of ambiguity in labeling: reading the ingredient labels of your pet's food is important. Sometimes what the label doesn't say can be educational, too. If it doesn’t state, "no added growth hormones, no antibiotic-fed protein sources, no rendered meats, fats or poultry," it's probably because it loaded with them.
- According to the ASPCA, if your pet is eating a healthful, balanced diet of high-quality food, then vitamin supplementation is not necessary. Even pets eating kibble are more likely to suffer from vitamin overdoses (due to the amount manufacturers add to the finished product) than vitamin deficiencies. Give your pets the extra boost they need by feeding them raw vegetables and fruits as treats.
- The ASPCA also advises that it is not necessary to supplement unless a specific deficiency is diagnosed by your veterinarian. However, some people subscribe to the view that optimal pet health is more than just avoiding a marked deficiency, and that their pets may benefit from daily supplements. Here are the vitamins that dogs and cats need most, and why:
- Vitamin A: For healthy tissues, inside and out. The best form is from fish oils, like cod-liver, and is beneficial to dogs and cats.
- B Vitamins: Promote growth and aid in healing. B Vitamins are also necessary for fat and protein assimilation, as well as metabolic processes. They are found naturally in eggs, yogurt and kefir (an enzyme-rich yogurt-like product that stimulates digestion and peristalsis).
- Vitamin C: An essential antioxidant that helps eliminate free radicals. Carnivores can produce their own vitamin C, but their need for it increases in stressful situations. The best form for dogs is calcium ascorbate, which is water-soluble and causes the fewest side effects (such as nausea or diarrhea).
- Vitamin E: An essential antioxidant. Promotes healthy circulation in the heart and arteries. It also helps protect the lungs from the effects of pollution. Senior cats especially can benefit from increased vitamin E intake to maintain their immune system responses.
- Probiotics: Just as we need active, “friendly” intestinal flora to help us digest our food, so do dogs. Enhance your pet’s diet with active cultures, and treat them to kefir or plain yogurt on occasion. You can give them to your pet 4-7 times a week, to help restore and maintain a healthy digestive tract.
Some common sense ideas to help support your pets’ health, whilst boosting its immune system.
- Always ensure your pet eats a healthy and varied diet, including raw meat and fresh vegetables.
- Give them natural herbal remedies that are known to support and boost the immune system, such as;Echinacea, Goldenseal, Astragalus, and even garlic playing an important part in enhancing their immune system
- For improving the liver and regenerating new liver cells, herbal remedies such as Ginseng are highly recommended at keeping many diseases at bay.
- Exercise is probably the most beneficial, not only for them, but for you as well.
- As with all humans, keep all animals away from any cigarette smoke, chemicals and toxins; the benefits here are obvious and are well documented elsewhere.
- As with all illnesses, if you have other pets, keep the sick ones separated from the healthy ones, as diseases can easily spread with close proximity.
There are specific herbal remedies for cats and dogs readily available, and a thorough research on herbal remedies will help to ensure a trouble free life for your pet, and go a long way to your enjoyment of caring for them.