June 10, 2011

Healthy Organic Dog Food

You would never rely on junk food for long term survival, so why should your dog? It is a known fact that many popular brands of dog food contain chemicals which can create adverse health effects. Recently, the discovery of melamine and cyanuric acid in pet food caused controversy in the United States as these foods were not on the recall list. Cyanuric acid is used to disinfect swimming pools, whereas melamine is commonly used to manufacture plastics and dishware. The combinations of these two chemicals in commercial pet foods, have led to a number of pets dying from kidney failure. Other undesirable ingredients found in pet food include artificial colors (i.e. yellow 6; also used for fertilizers), preservatives (BHT; Butylated Hydroxytoluene, BHA; Butylated Hydroxysanisole, Ethoxyquin), lead, additives (propylene glycol), artificial flavors, fillers, wheat (causes allergies in dogs), by-products and animal fat. What is disheartening is that some of these chemicals can also be found in human food as well. It is important to be aware it is in your pet’s food (and yours too) to ensure good pet health.
Organic Dog Food
So now that you have ditched the unhealthy pet food, what next? Well there is a variety of healthy organic pet food available to maintain the health and safety of your pet. The consumption of organic food has many benefits for both pets and pet owners. Organic pet food is made with natural ingredients using little or no chemicals. This means all fertilizers and animal feed used in production were organic. Furthermore, steroids and pesticides are not used for the making of 100% natural dog food. The obvious advantage of using organic pet food is that your pet will be consuming whole vegetables rather than artificial ingredients and fillers. Common ingredients used in the best organic dog food are: fresh meat, grains, fish, and vegetables. The nutritional value is much higher in organic food since only whole ingredients are used. There are reports of dogs maintaining less severe allergies when on a diet of organic food. Moreover, dogs who consume healthier pet food are found to have higher energy levels, a stronger immune system, a better weight, and an increase in overall good pet health. Many grocery stores do not carry organic dog food; however local pet stores may carry organic dog food alongside regular dog food.

January 23, 2011

Holistic Pet Health

Filed under: Holistic Pet Care,Pet Health — Tags: , , — 1st Pet Naturals @ 5:10 pm

To understand what holistic pet health is one must understand the concept of holism. Holism comes from a Greek word meaning “whole” or “entire”. The holistic theory believes in the ultimate connection; a system as a whole is much more important than its’ individual components in holism. Thus in order to solve a single problem factors influencing the problem must be addressed as well. For example, if a person suffers from the common cold more often than usual, the holistic approach would include the examination of the individuals’ emotional and physical characteristics, mental state, and lifestyle. Holistic treatment in health involves a modern diagnosis of the ailment partnered with alternate health remedies (i.e. breathing techniques, exercise, relaxation techniques, and changes in diet, herbal supplements, and emotional therapy).
Organic Dog Food
Holistic pet health focuses on making important changes to prevent and/or sooth health conditions. A popular trend associated with holistic pet care is the development of organic pet food. Holistic pet food is pet food that is meant to nourish all parts of the body. Holistic pet food is usually made of whole organic ingredients without the use of artificial flavors, artificial colors, preservatives and/or steroids. The benefits of the consumption of holistic pet food are the most pets experience a positive increase in overall health.

Holistic treatment for pets is based on two main elements: homeopathy and the use of Western and Chinese herbs. Homeopathy is a treatment in which the patient intakes a diluted solution of substances that can cause similar symptoms in large undiluted amounts. It is believed that the substances would restore an inner balance and promote healing from within rather than just treating the symptoms. Treatment involving herbs is favored over treatment involving medications since medications commonly cause side effects.

Both types of treatment are generally safe to use as long as the pet goes through treatment under professional supervision. As expected, a pet undergoing holistic treatment is also treated for any mental and/or emotional complications such as, anxiety, destructive behavior, and aggression.

January 18, 2011

Healthy Organic Dog Food

Filed under: Dog Digestive System,Organic Pet Food — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 11:24 pm

You would never rely on junk food for long term survival, so why should your dog? It is a known fact that many popular brands of dog food contain chemicals which can create adverse health effects. Recently, the discovery of melamine and cyanuric acid in pet food caused controversy in the United States as these foods were not on the recall list. Cyanuric acid is used to disinfect swimming pools, whereas melamine is commonly used to manufacture plastics and dishware. The combinations of these two chemicals in commercial pet foods, have led to a number of pets dying from kidney failure. Other undesirable ingredients found in pet food include artificial colors (i.e. yellow 6; also used for fertilizers), preservatives (BHT; Butylated Hydroxytoluene, BHA; Butylated Hydroxysanisole, Ethoxyquin), lead, additives (propylene glycol), artificial flavors, fillers, wheat (causes allergies in dogs), by-products and animal fat. What is disheartening is that some of these chemicals can also be found in human food as well. It is important to be aware it is in your pet’s food (and yours too) to ensure good health.
Organic Dog Food
So now that you have ditched the unhealthy pet food, what next? Well there is a variety of healthy organic pet food available to maintain the health and safety of your pet. The consumption of organic food has many benefits for both pets and pet owners.  Organic pet food is made with natural ingredients using little or no chemicals. This means all fertilizers and animal feed used in production were organic. Furthermore, steroids and pesticides are not used for the making of 100% natural dog food. The obvious advantage of using organic pet food is that your pet will be consuming whole vegetables rather than artificial ingredients and fillers. Common ingredients used in the best organic dog food are: fresh meat, grains, fish, and vegetables. The nutritional value is much higher in organic food since only whole ingredients are used. There are reports of dogs maintaining less severe allergies when on a diet of organic food. Moreover, dogs who consume healthier pet food are found to have higher energy levels, a stronger immune system, a better weight, and an increase in overall good health. Many grocery stores do not carry organic dog food, however local pet stores may carry organic dog food alongside regular dog food.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.