Holistic Nutrition Guidebook now online
Here at Land of Holistic Pets we see the principles of holistic nutrition as being fundamental to living a healthy, balanced life. (You may have noticed by now if you've spent some time on our site or been in the shop).
So, thinking of you and what might help you with your pets we recently we posted our Holistic Nutrition Guidebook in an easy-to-read format online.
It's about helping you and deepening your understanding.
We don't presume to tell you how best to look after your dog. We hope you can use the principles that we present in the guide to help you in your own understanding of holistic living and how it applies to you and your dog.
We get lots of requests for the guide so we made an online version that works on all your screens and devices.
Please feel free to tell your friends, neighbours and family about the guidebook and our approach to pet health. If you know anyone whose pets are suffering please tell them about our pet health questionnaire - we may be able to help and we can certainly send them a sample of healthy food to try.
Working with Nature to Promote Pet Health.
Being a ‘Learning’ Pet Owner.
As a man, a pet owner and a dog-lover I passionately believe that learning and wisdom are things that evolve on a daily basis. Here at Land of Holistic Pets we are always trying to improve.
We want to bring you those products we believe are worthy of your pets. Each new year we see major advances in understanding the health of pets. And we will always strive to bring you the very best of the natural, holistic approach to diet for your dog.
With the recommendations in this guide, it is not our intention to diagnose any physical or mental conditions, or to prescribe or promote any particular products for those conditions. This guide is not intended as a substitute for the advice and treatment of a licensed professional.
We trust you to judge for yourself the value of what we have presented. And as people going back thousands of years have done, to live and learn by your own experience, your own wisdom, and the wisdom and experience of others.
Early Warning Symptoms of Nutritional Imbalance
Looking into the early warning symptoms of nutritional imbalance that you may observe in your dog.
Immune system reacts before joints and organs.
The immune system is particularly vulnerable to nutritional imbalances and tends to show symptoms much earlier than problems of the joints or major organs.
Symptoms of nutritional imbalance in dogs.
The following symptoms are among the easiest to recognise in most dogs:
- Itchy Skin
- Hot Spots
- Hair Loss/ Shedding
- Waxy Ears
- Runny Eyes
- Tooth Tartar
- Bad Breath
- Chewing Feet
- Anal Gland Problems
- Digestive Upsets
- Body Odor
- Eating Grass
- Loss of Energy
Symptoms of nutritional imbalance such as these, when they persist, may indicate that waste or toxic matter has been accumulating in the body and that the immune system is attempting to get rid of it.
The important questions are, first, where does the toxic material come from, and second, how do we assist the body in ridding itself of the waste product and help it toward optimum health?
Where does the toxic material in the body come from?
The answer to the first question — where does the toxic material come from — may involve, we believe, at least three factors related to diet:
Too much food.
In addition to the obvious problem of overfeeding total calories in relation to a pet’s activity level and metabolism, often means too much of certain types of food: too much protein, too much fat, too much sugar, too much salt. all potentially compounding the problem of sheer overfeeding.
Unhealthy or non-optimal ingredients.
These include derivatives and byproducts of animal origin, and even some derivatives of vegetable ori- gin. Soya for protein. Beet pulp for fiber. Wheat because it’s cheap. Sugar in the form of dextrose, fructose, sorghum, beet pulp and many other “hidden” sugars, all to make it taste good. Beef, pork, and dairy products.
Harmful Formulations and Additives.
These include, potentially, over 8,000 non-food additives that government regulations still allow to be put into pet food. The most obvious of these are the chemical colorings, flavorings and preservatives. The problem in a lot of cases starts before the food even arrives at the manufacturer; for example, many protein sources such as chicken and lamb may be preserved with chemicals prior to this stage. Other examples of chemicals include the emulsifiers used to stabilize mixtures of water and oil to create a marketable appearance, such as “juicy chunks.”
Of course the toxic material may come from one or more combinations of all of these factors.
How do we assist the body in cleaning itself of the waste and help it to optimum health?
At Land of Holistic Pets we believe this is done largely through correct, good diet.
So what do we mean by ‘good diet’?
What makes a good holistic diet
So what does make a good holistic diet for your dog?
To assist your dog in reducing waste or toxic matter, we must make sure that the food is of high quality, easily digested and without added chemicals.
A good ‘holistic’ diet’s ingredients, fed in the correct quantities, help the body and mind function in a normal healthy way.
So its about the right diet, in the right quantity.
What is a ‘balanced’ diet?
Most pet food companies advertise their products as being ‘Complete and Balanced,‘ which in one sense is correct but in a deeper sense can be very misleading. It may mean that the food contains all the vitamins and minerals required to sustain life. But this can be true without reference to quality or digestibility.
At Land of Holistic Pets we believe that balance is achieved when the body works in harmony. It happens when what is consumed is utilised in the best possible way to achieve health and vitality.
This harmony can be termed ‘metabolic balance’. This is where every organ in the body functions at an optimum level for the benefit of the whole body. This state is the goal of Land of Holistic Pets and sums up the reason for a good holistic diet.
All of our foods are formulated to avoid excesses of protein, fat, salt and sugar and to be preserved naturally.