Natural health for pets is a topic that interests me greatly. From what I have read so far, I can tell you that once you understand what is good and what is harmful for your pet’s health, it becomes much easier to prevent your pet’s health.
Like human health, natural pet health is all about four key factors – food, water, exercise and supplements. let me explain.
Not all dog, cat, or other pet foods have the proper certification. The certification body AAFCO actually has two certification levels. Ensure food is labeled as “tested and found appropriate” as opposed to a lower standard that says “is formulated to meet AAFCO standards. If a dog is healthy, foods that meet these criteria are fine, regardless of cost.
If a dog, cat or other pet has allergies or sensitivities, attention should be paid to fillers, artificial flavors and whether or not a food is organic. Be careful when choosing a homemade diet as it needs to be properly balanced with the 40 components required. Keep in mind that dogs only eat one food each day, unlike humans who munch through many types of food. The selected foods must provide all the required nutrients.
Dogs need constant access to clean, uncontaminated water. If you find your tap water is not optimal, give your dog the same filtered water you drink. Water consumption and the resulting urination help keep the bladder and urinary system free of bacteria and stone-causing crystals. More water means more urination. Taking your dog an extra walk each day will also lead to extra urination.
Studies show that pets that are active are less likely to develop health problems than pets that are inactive. Lack of exercise can weaken your pet’s limbs and significantly impair their metabolism. Over the long term, this can lead to a range of physical and mental health problems.
Physical exercise plays a very important role in the natural health of pets. Play with your pet every day, take them for a walk, get some toys, or get another pet as a companion.
Due to lifestyle factors, domesticated animals may not be nearly as strong as their wild counterparts. Also, pets that are domesticated don’t have the ability to get essential minerals and antioxidants they need from the food they eat. A good dietary supplement that supports the immune system can be of value. This would provide a potential safety net, just as a human would take a vitamin for extra support. While it’s not necessary, in most cases it can’t hurt.
Dogs with health problems are often given dietary supplements. It supports the pet’s physiology during recovery and may help reduce the severity of symptoms. When a pet is ill and treatment is not prescribed, it can contribute to a better quality of life.
Natural Pet Health Conclusions
I hope you found the article informative. By following the tips given in this article, you will have done everything you can to prevent most of the health problems affecting pets today and hopefully keep your pet healthy and happy for a long time to come.
Thanks to Jeffrey Grill