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Introduction to species appropriate nutrition

'Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food'~Hippocrates

I think the best summary on the role nutrition plays in health and well being of both humans and their animal companions can be found in this ancient Ayurvedic proverb:

"If diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. If diet is correct, medicine is of no need."

Sadly the topic of proper nutrition is often neglected or not highlighted enough in most of the Veterinary schools curriculums.

These days most of the veterinary nutritional advice is based on the “research” supplied and funded by commercial pet food producers. The pet food industry generates multimillion-dollar revenues each year and it is indeed very unrealistic to expect such research to be unbiased and objective. 

This has gone so far that the industry is now trying to convince us that dogs and cats are not carnivores but omnivores  contrary to all anatomical and physiological evidence.

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The complete diet for dogs

Many dog owners are intimidated by the idea of preparing home-made meals for their best friends. This is hardly rocket science and making your own dog food is easier than you think, and can be quite inexpensive!

In a nutshell

Domestic dogs’ diet should approximate the normal, natural diet that dogs would eat if they lived in the wild.

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The complete diet for cats

This diet is designed to approximate the normal, natural diet that cats would eat if they lived in the wild.  It is based on 'live prey' diet as the only species apropriate diet for our feline friends.

There is no other diet or shortcut  that can secure longevity and vibrant health for domestic cats. If you are not ready to invest some time for study and preparation of this diet then this page is not for you, but be prepared to invest considerable amount of money for veterinary bills at any time in the future.

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The complete diet for dogs with chronic disease

The diet for dogs with chronic disease is usually designed to supply necessary macro nutrients and micro nutrients with a reduced caloric intake. Studies have shown that a lowered calorie, balanced, high quality protein diet without excessive, complex carbohydrates aid in treating chronic diseases such as cancer.

The diet I am advising on this page is already following these guidelines. If your chronically ill dog is still exercising and going out regularly the daily percentage of food intake in relation to body weight should be 3%, if it doesn't leave the house much then this percentage should be kept at 2%.

In addition to these guidelines, depending on the specific condition of the dog, I will advise certain supplements during the consultation where I can devise a nutritional plan specifically tailored for your dog's condition.

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The complete diet for cats with urinary problems

For past 5 decades urinary problems such as FUS (Feline Urinary Syndrome) or FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease) as well as kidney failure are reaching epidemic proportions in domestic population of cats. It is not mere coincidence the pathologhy of domestic cats urinary system has increased as soon as more people started feeding dry commercial diets.

A quick search of any pet food website regarding the moisture content of most dry cat foods will tell you that they are generally only 8 to 10% moisture. Cats fed a dry diet exclusively are at a significant water deficit compared to cats eating a natural diet. They are only consuming about 12 to 15% of their ideal daily water intake in their food. You may think that the cat can make it up by drinking more water, but cats innately have a low thirst drive, as they evolved to eat prey consisting of so much moisture.

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Nutritional managment of canine pregnancy

In addition to general advice on The Complete diet for dogs page there are specific nutritional requirements of pregnant dogs that every responsible breeder should be aware of.

Diet is the most important factor in a successful pregnancy. However, before we discuss diet it has to be emphasized that prior to any mating, the breeder should take every precaution to ensure that the bitch is in ideal health.

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