The Natural Way

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Our animal friends in the old days taught the early healers which herbs or mineral sources were good for health. The old ones would observe animals and note what foods they would usually eat and compare that to the diet of the sick ones. They would then generally adapt the information to their human brothers and sisters.

This isn't far fetched. If you've ever watched your family dog you certainly would see it eating certain grasses now and then as well as licking what seems to be dirt. The grasses (herbs) help it heal and the "dirt" may just be a source of minerals or perhaps probiotics.

There are many shared nutritional products between humans and animals. MSM helps us with aches, pains, better hair and rebuilds joints. Race horses are fed MSM regularly. Fish oil is being found to be more and more important for humans in areas such as immune function, blood cells, brain function and better skin. At a recent veterinary meeting, according to one of our well-thought-of local veterinarians, fish oil as a source of omega 3 fatty acids was reported as being very important for the ongoing heath of our animal friends.

The list is quite long as to what you may find in a health store and what is good for your pets.

Choose dog or cat food carefully. Quality foods should contain a superior source of protein (cats need more than dogs), either whole fresh meats or single source meat meal such as chicken meal rather than poultry meal. Quality foods should not contain fats or proteins named generically such as animal/poultry fat instead of beef/lamb meal. Obviously, artificial preservatives BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin and artificial colors are a no go. Eliminate foods (no pun intended!) with sweeteners and propylene glycol in them.

If you are trying to improve your health and well-being by eating consciously, why not apply the same standard of care to your animal companions?

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