Home Cooked + Raw Pet Meals
Having an intuitive connection to your pet’s individual physiological, biological and nutritional needs makes the doggone difference in their optimal health and well-being. I want to help you harness the true individuality of our domesticated companion animals in an effort to promote progressive veterinary care and preventive maintenance. I am really passionate about complimenting traditional medicine with natural pet care and holistic nutrition, taking the road less traveled to the vet.
By adopting a holistic approach to pet care, you too can skillfully customize the nutritional needs of your pet and engage in a new age of healthcare called prevention. Much like our children today, extensive research says that 25-30% of the dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. This may be the symptom of a poor diet. Obesity is not a genetic, degenerative, or congenital breed-specific condition that happens. Diet and nutrition can (and should) be managed from weaning to adulthood. Due to the time challenges of the 21st century, it’s no surprise that we conveniently industrialized pet food to make feeding our pets fast and cheap. However, the sad truth is that with the creation of over-processed, high-calorie food, we end up depleting our beloved pets of whole-food nutrition that they deserve. The fast-food nature of packaged pet food lacks specific vital nutrients and naturally occurring enzymes that aid in proper digestion. Sadly, the end product ends up neglecting to provide the transportation of nutrients throughout the body that sustains life and promotes optimal health and healthy weight. The staggering numbers of obesity also come as no surprise. Neither does a “quick fix.”
The good news is, you can transition your furry and feathered pets to a new diet that stimulates natural healing while promoting health by carefully formulating nutritionally complete, minimally-processed meals and snacks in your own kitchen. With discerning taste and a keen eye for selecting the best ingredients, think of the fun you will have and benefits you and your companions can receive by preparing either home cooked or raw meals. You can control what they consume by choosing from a handpicked variety of preservative, additive, hormone, and antibiotic-free selection of ingredients that your pet is not allergic and/or sensitive too. Your pets should be eating human-grade food that: looks like food, smells like food and actually tastes like food! Some things that should be included in your pet’s diet are ingredients like:
- Highly-digestible proteins for muscle & tissue strength
- Highly assimilable ratio of calcium to phosphorus for bone health in proportion to their age and size
- Local, seasonal, low carb veggies and organic grains for fiber and useful energy
- Antioxidant-rich fruit in small bites for a snack
- Fresh, wild Alaskan salmon for its essential amino acids
This list could go on and on. But before you make the switch, many veterinarians would agree you need to understand switching exclusively to a raw or home cooked diet may result in nutritional deficiencies if not done with their supervision. You will want to make sure that that the appropriate nutritional needs of your pet are met by supplementing them as well. Many holistic veterinarians advise to supplement with veterinary formulated, non-synthetic, whole food supplements and can help with formulating balanced recipes. Transitioning your pet to any new food should be met with a test tolerance of small quantities first, then gradually mix increasing amounts of your pet’s new food with decreasing amounts of their previous food over a 4 to 6 week period. This thoughtful path will allow their digestive system to adjust without gastrointestinal discomfort. For a period of time you may also want to add a natural pet’s digestive enzyme to their food to avoid digestive upset from certain foods.
Lively Recipe for You + Your Pet
Local, Organic Harvest Stew –
Stew for you and your pooch!
- 2 – Sweet Potatoes – peeled, medium diced
- 1 – cup each Celery, Carrots, and Turnips – coarsely chopped
- 1 – cup Brown Rice
- 1 – tbsp. Garlic – chopped
- 2 – tbsp. Fresh Parsley
- 1 – tbsp. Fresh Oregano
- 1 – tbsp. Fresh Mint
- 6 – cups Pure Water
- 2 – lbs. Chicken – organic, boneless, skinless thigh and breast, chopped
- 1 – tbsp. unrefined Sea Salt
- 1 – cup frozen Green Beans, chopped
Throw it all in a large crock pot. Cook, covered on the high setting for 1 hour, then continue to cook on low for about 4 hours or until done. That’s it.