Posted on Oct 20, 2008 | Comments 1
As animal lovers, we all know that food is everything to our animals, and even if it is true that pet foods are available over the counter in all food stores, you cannot be sure of all its ingredients.
Food allergy is one thing you may have to contend with in such a case, and lack of sufficient nutrition may be another.
Prepare your pet food yourself:
If possible, you must try to prepare pet food yourself. This way, you can be sure that there are no added chemical preservatives, no by-products, no artificial colors or flavoring, no wheat and corn, both poorly digestible for animals, and other potentially dangerous additives are used in your precious pet’s food.
Natural foods are best! Dogs and cats that have been raised on a well balanced and nutritious diet comprising vitamins, fats and minerals in all the required quantities are less likely to develop the food allergies and related complications that animals fed only mass made foods bought from stores demonstrate.
What to feed? You can feed your pet fresh milk, eggs, fish, organ meat, vegetables and fruits along with digestive enzymes for quicker absorption.
Milk: You can include goat, cow or sheep milk in your pet’s diet, but avoid pasteurized or homogenized milk available off the counter in supermarkets.
Eggs: As far as eggs are concerned, you must remember that although it is possible to offer your pet raw eggs, it is a wiser idea to cook them, and limit the frequency to about twice or thrice a week.
Fish: For a dog, you must cook the fish, while for a cat you can steam it for a few minutes to soften it and then serve it.
Organ meat: Organ meat is a rich source of nutrients, and is richer than muscle meat. However, when you are using the liver and kidneys, you must be careful to use those obtained from organically raised animals as far as possible, because these contain less toxins than the ordinary ones. Try mixing small portions of organ meat with your pet’s favorite food in the beginning, and after he gets used to it, add more quantities.
Grains: Include grains in your pet’s diet, as these are a rich source of nutrition when they are offered cooked.
Fresh fruits: While some pets enjoy fresh fruits, some avoid them. You must respect your pet’s preferences, and indulge him with grapes, melons, apples, bananas, blueberries, or whatever fruit he enjoys.
Nuts: Similarly, many dogs enjoy nuts, and most dogs crack them open and retrieve the nuts carefully, discarding the unwanted bits.
Homemade natural foods are best As far as possible, avoid packaged foods, and stick to homemade natural foods. This will make your pet healthier, more vigorous, and free from food allergies and nutritional deficiencies.
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