Dr. Kim Wilson

05.12.16

Wholesome nutrition is the key to a healthy, balanced body and a strong immune system. Whole healthy foods are the best to support a growing body, a geriatric dog or cat, and everything in between. We can provide such nutritious diets with a wonderful mix of good food from the table and premium quality prepared foods, from frozen raw complete diets to canned and dry foods. There are so many ways to provide our cats and dogs with great quality, nutritious, and biologically appropriate diets.

Cats are carnivores and can survive without vegetables and fruits, and they need good quality animal protein including organ meats. These can be obtained in fresh frozen form, freeze dried, as well as dehydrated, canned, and kibble. Because cats are carnivores, they don’t need many carbohydrates, especially those that come from wheat, corn, or soy. Ancient grains, non-gmo grains, such as organic brown rice, quinoa, etc are excellent sources of protein and fiber. A strict meat diet usually needs some supplementation and is present in those high quality diets. Cats drink very little water, so the best diets for them have a lot of moisture, as in canned, rehydrated foods, and fresh diets.

Dogs are omnivores and not strict carnivores like cats. They have been domesticated by humans and have evolved to consume healthy carbohydrates, vegetables, and fruits, along with animal protein including organ meats. Wheat, corn, and soy tend to be inflammatory, though, and so should be avoided. However, ancient grains, non-gmo grains, such as organic brown rice, quinoa, etc are excellent sources of protein and fiber. A biologically appropriate diet can be achieved using a mix of healthy people food with prepared, high quality commercially prepared foods in fresh frozen form, freeze dried, canned and dry diets.

In all of these diets for cats and dogs, we should aim for variety because this helps to achieve the best balance of nutrients. With variety, there’s also less of a chance of developing food sensitivities. By using some high quality commercially prepared diets, a good balance of nutrients can be achieved with included supplements. Finally, using organic ingredients and foods whenever possible is great for their short term and long term health

 

 

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