Nutritional Coaching for Your Pet’s Diet
Studies have proven that a dog’s diet has as much or more to do with its overall health than any other single factor. We have researched every brand of dry and wet dog food on the market, as well as studied canine nutrition from some of the field’s leading experts. While a dog’s most natural diet mirrors what its ancestors ate; a raw prey model diet of muscle meat, organ meat, and bone, most people are not able to provide that due to our hectic day to day lives. There are several ‘near’ raw dry kibbles and wet foods that can provide the needed nutrition for you dog, though. We love to help people understand their pet’s nutritional needs better, so please call to schedule a visit where Meg will be happy to offer complimentary coaching and a brief educational overview of the different kinds of food and their value to your pet. We would also be pleased to help you transition your dog or cat to a raw or mixed raw and kibble diet. This can be a daunting process sometimes, but is ultimately the very best way to feed your pet.
Here are some terms and ingredients used in pet food descriptions and why they are important to know about when planning your pet’s diet.
- Enzyme – The best enzymes, which help digest food, come from food in its natural, uncooked state. If insufficient in your dog’s food, then the whole digestive burden is put on your pet’s body, causing an over-stressed digestive system.
- Probiotic – These are the ‘good’ bacteria that help maintain a healthy eco-system in the digestive organs. Very important to the immune system.
- Amino Acids – These are protein’s critical for a dog and cat’s health. Some essential amino acids they can produce themselves, but many cannot and must be supplied in their food.
- Omega Oils – Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids cannot be synthetically produced and are a critical part of nutrition. So, foods that contain natural forms of these supplements are always a good thing.
- Grain-free and/or starch-free – Aside from the fact that many dogs are allergic to wheat or other grains, grain and starch are not a significant natural part of a dog or cat’s diet. Many commercial foods, including some very popular names, use them as filler, which translates to empty calories and a food too high in carbohydrates.
- Vegetables and fruits – Especially when feeding a raw diet, some vegetables and fruit are very healthy and add nutrition. In the wild, the only herbivore ingredients a dog would get were the contents of his prey’s stomach and the grass he munched on occasionally. This provided all the fiber they need.
- Game – Not only is a dog’s biologically natural diet originally based on wild game, but venison, beaver, duck and bison are very good alternative proteins for allergy-prone dogs.
- Raw diet – This subject deserves its own page because there is so much material out there with which to educate yourself before making such a big change. We suggest these links as a good starting point. The Fetch page by WebMD on the Benefits and Concerns of a raw diet, and the top rated raw foods at The Dog Food Advisor, which is also a very good site to research ANY food you’re considering for your dog. Good luck!!
Reiki Energy Healing and Massage Therapy
Keeping your dog safe and healthy while you’re away isn’t the only thing we offer at Bifrost Farms. Meg is certified in Reiki energy healing and Canine acupressure and massage, and loves nothing more than to get her hands on a dog in need, physically or emotionally.
Massage and acupressure are great ways to relieve pain and stress, using specific pressure points on a dog’s body. There is even an acupressure point used in case your dog is bloating and we think every dog owner should know about that!! There will be an upcoming blog post about it soon.
And you might think all this business about Reiki healing energy is just a bunch of woowoo, but Meg is here to tell you, she has seen real results and is a firm believer in being able to send the universal energy into both humans and animals for them to take what they need and heal what is required. With animals there really isn’t even touching involved. The energy is offered and if they need it they will take it. Here is an excellent article at Psychology Today’s website that can really help the novice understand why Reiki can be so helpful for your pet.
Because these are new modalities which many people will be skeptical of, for the full year of 2020, these services will all be offered as complimentary addition to your boarding, should you wish it. Just let us know at the time you make your dog’s reservation.