What you feed your animals can have a profound impact on their health. For some animals this is easy and well known. For example, guinea pigs thrive with plenty of crunchy vegetables in their diet. For other animals it is more complex. But even animals which are fed primarily on kibble can benefit from the introduction of whole foods in their diet.
1. You’re in control. A whole food diet for your cat, dog or other pet means you can easily avoid certain food groups that may upset your pet or flare underlying health conditions.
2. You can leave out what you don’t need. Cats and dogs generally don’t need carbohydrates in their diet. And commercially made dog foods nearly always contain added cereals that you might not even notice until you read the label.
3. You can add back in what they do need. Many cats and dogs need a diet high in protein. Making their own food allows you to control how much meat they are eating, and the quality of the meat as well.
4. Even if you mostly feed your animals with commercially available foods, they will still benefit if given some extra fibre from vegetables a few times a week. This can top up any missing nutrients and provide regularity for their bowels.
There are many factors to consider when adjusting your pet’s diet and these are best discussed with a veterinarian. It is also important to research which whole foods your pet needs to avoid.
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