Choosing a proper diet is the most important thing you can do to keep your pet healthy. Despite sales pitches and fancy ads, most pet foods are not healthy and do not contribute to a natural, holistic lifestyle. Many patients I see suffer problems that can be tied to improper diet, too many vaccines and chemicals, and a focus on illness, rather than health.
Genetically modified (GMO) foods are new, but problems are already being seen. In addition, GMO foods tend to be loaded with chemicals that can cause inflammation and toxicity once ingested. When possible, choose natural and organic foods for your pets, free of byproducts and chemicals, and avoid known GMO ingredients such as corn, soybeans and canola oil.
Be just as cautious with pet treats, making sure they are made of natural ingredients that are low in fat, calories and carbs. Treats made from single ingredients like hormone-free chicken meat provide protein without fillers, chemicals, additives or preservatives, making it an ideal healthy snack for dogs and cats.
A holistic veterinarian that focuses on using nutrition and natural medicines can help you select the proper diet for your pet after a careful examination of your pet. Testing your pet for food hypersensitivities is easy and can guide the doctor in his recommendation. Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine.” Choose the correct, safest natural food and start your pet on the road to true health and healing.
Shawn Messonnier is a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing holistic medicine at Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, in Plano. For more info or to schedule an appointment, call 972-867-8800 or visit PetCareNaturally.com. Enter code “natawake” at DrShawnsNaturals.com to save 10 percent on natural pet products.