Nutrition

A healthy balanced diet is the key to a healthy body and a strong immune system. Many animals (and people!) have a diet that is less than ideal. In a disease situation, good nutrition can make a big difference  to how the body responds, and makes recovery faster and easier.  The role of vitamins, minerals, certain proteins and essential fatty acids becomes even more important in helping the body deal successfully with challenges.


Part of the holistic approach to treatment involves assessing dietary requirements and optimising nutritional intake in addition to any homeopathic, herbal or acupuncture treatment. This does not necessarily involve changing your pet's food, although this can be beneficial, and advice can be given regarding high quality feeding. This approach can also help with maximising weight gain for picky eaters, and animals that are difficult to get weight on.


Food sensitivities and allergies are very common and can be the cause of many problems including itchy skin, poor coat, vomiting, diarrhoea and general `not doing well'. Just changing the make of feed rarely works - a planned approach to a hypoallergenic diet is needed, under close veterinary supervision, both for advice on what to feed and to monitor and assess the effects from that dietary change.


Many people feed their pets BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diets - this does not just mean `feed raw meat' - if this is your preferred feeding method, I can advise on how to get the balance right, and what supplements are needed to simulate a natural raw food diet and keep your pet in top condition.  Raw feeding can be a hard concept to get used to, but generally a distinct improvemnt in health is obvious 4-6 weeks after changing your dog /cat to a raw diet - excess fat goes, coat becomes thicker, richer, softer, skin no longer dry and scaly, eyes bright, and energy levels are higher.

 

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Nimbus was thin, with a poor coat, and had constant diarrhoea. He had a gluten allergy, and changing him to a gluten-free food resulted in solid feaces, weight gain and a glossy coat.