Tag: diet

Cat Diet – Feeding Naturally

3 September, 2020

Cats are strict carnivores and have a high protein requirement. Their diet should be totally raw, and should not contain any canned or dry foods. They can not survive on a vegetarian or vegan diet. 90% DAILY RATION Chicken, rabbit, turkey, including bones and fat. Never feed cooked bones. Raw bones are safe as long as they still have some meat on them and are served at room temperature. Mutton, lamb and beef chopped into large pieces to encourage chewing. Mince is not recommended as it usually contains preservatives. Fresh or lightly steamed fish with bones removed. Small fish like…

Vegan / Vegetarian Diet for Dogs

6 August, 2019

Dogs can survive on quite a varied diet as long as they get all the essential nutrients they require. Cats, however are strict carnivores and cannot survive on a vegan diet without risk of health issues long term. They have difficulty absorbing some essential nutrients from plant sources. It is not only harmful to their health, but I believe it is cruel to deprive them of their natural food source. To raise dogs on a vegan diet does take a bit more time and effort but it can be done as long as you ensure they are getting their nutritional…

Horse Diet – Feeding Naturally

28 February, 2017

Horse Diet – Feeding Naturally. A natural diet for horses can vary considerably depending on the individual horse and their regular workload. A racehorse’s nutritional requirement differs greatly from a weekend leisure pony for example. The following is provided as a basic guideline and will need to be varied according to your horse’s breed, workload and nutritional needs. Horses are grazing animals and in the wild, they would travel over great distances to obtain food and water. Wild horses graze for approximately 18-20 hours per day on native grasses which are low in nutrition. Horses have a fairly small stomach…

Raw Feeding for Dogs & Cats – A Vet’s Perspective

28 July, 2016

Feeding Raw for Dogs & Cats – A Vet’s perspective by Dr Bruce Syme BVSc(Hons) Gastric Acidity, Digesting Bones, Gut Transit Time and Salmonella There has been much debate about the “potential” dangers of feeding bones to dogs, and also of the potential risks of food poisoning and salmonella infection that the feeding of raw meat to dogs and cats may carry. So it may be of interest to note that much of this information, or mis-information, relates back to the very nature of the gastric environment of the dog and cat, which in turn, is directly related to diet. The…

Pottenger Cat Study

15 April, 2016

The Pottenger cat study came about like many great discoveries, Dr Francis M Pottenger accidentally found that his laboratory cats were noticeably healthier when fed on a diet of raw meats rather than cooked meats. Dr Pottenger, a human doctor, was involved in using cats to assess the potency of adrenal extracts for use in human medicine. Pottenger’s cats were fed on table scraps from the local restaurant. When the restaurant closed during the off season, he was forced to source his meat scraps directly from the local abbatoir (which came raw). During the time he was feeding the raw…

Is Your Dog Gluten Intolerant?

20 October, 2015

These days, gluten intolerance is a well-recognized condition in humans and there are shelves full of products designed to help sufferers manage the condition and avoid unpleasant symptoms, but did you know some dogs suffer gluten intolerance as well? What causes gluten intolerance? In general the canine digestive system has no issues digesting grains such as wheat, rye, barley and oats but, as with humans, some dogs can’t tolerate gluten. If a dog is gluten intolerant/sensitive their small intestine becomes inflamed when they consume gluten as a result of abnormal protein reactions in the small intestine. This allergic reaction to…

The Link Between Behaviour and Nutrition

20 October, 2015

The links between nutrition and animal behaviour have been poorly researched, and still to this day, are quite unclear. It is quite apparent in the human population that what we feed ourselves and particularly our children, will have quite a dramatic impact on behaviour – modern food colourings, preservatives, and flavourings have all been demonstrated to have close links to certain behavioural syndromes like ADD (attention deficit disorder). I personally have seen many dogs respond in an extremely favourable way to the removal of processed dog food from their diet. Whether this is due to the removal of chemical colourings…

Calm Healthy Horses Plan

8 September, 2015

Tick off any symptoms that you find from the Horse Symptom Checklist. Make the recommended diet changes in the CalmHealthyHorses Plan for one month, then, revisit the Checklist. If necessary continue the process for another month or until your horse is completely back to normal. This may take several months for more serious problems such as Head-Flicking. The CalmHealthyHorses Plan will help eliminate digestive flora problems, mineral imbalances, myco-toxin overload and correct the natural buffering system. Your horse will be calm and healthy and riding will be enjoyable again. Introduce any new feeds or supplements slowly, over a period of one to…

Dog Diet – Feeding Naturally

8 September, 2015

Providing dogs with a natural diet consisting of raw, natural food is recommended for optimum health and longevity.  Dog Diet – Feeding Naturally without Processed, canned or dry foods which we do not recommend for optimum health. RAW MEAT & BONES should make up approximately 60 – 70% of the DAILY RATION: Free-range chicken, rabbit, mutton, duck, roo, lamb, turkey and beef.  All should be fed with the bones and some of the fat left on. Raw meaty bones are safe to feed to dogs.  (In the wild, dogs ate bones of small and large animals with no problems.) Cooked…

Healthy Fast Food For Your Pets

8 September, 2015

You can provide Healthy Fast Food For Your Pets with little fuss to ensure they stay healthy and happy. We all know the old saying ‘you are what you eat’, and if this is the case, then it is no wonder that our loyal companions are suffering from such a variety of acute and chronic health complaints. Can you imagine living on take away food your whole life? Some animals have never eaten any fresh food, living on processed foods totally. It is certainly possible to do, but you could not expect to be feeling fantastic all the time on this…