The right food can be life changing for your dog. I see it in the pets I treat every day, but I’ve also seen it drastically change the health and quality of life in my own dogs.
We lost my baby girl Kacee a few months ago, when she was nearly 15 years old. She ended up living well past her expected life span. But more than that, she lived a good quality of life. And I know 100% it was due to the food she got.
Now, she wasn’t fed a completely homecooked diet- she was 80 pounds and I simply couldn’t keep up with her caloric needs- but she WAS fed a healthy, high quality diet that was tailored to exactly what her body needed.
And through this special meal plan, we were able to keep her body strong, prevent disease, and slow down the aging process, giving her a few extra years of adventures and snuggles with us on the couch.
But it wasn’t always like that. Before I truly understood what I should be feeding her, she actually got really...
Can I tell you how many times I’ve started feeding a completely homecooked diet for my dogs in the past, and then stopped... well, let’s just say too many times to count.
Sometimes I just didn’t have the time to keep up with it. Then there was always the expense of it- especially for 2 dogs. It was difficult having to go shopping for all the food and then spend hours in the kitchen cooking it (and then cleaning up from it!). Not to mention the headache of making sure it was balanced. It was always a struggle.
And I definitely felt guilty about that. I mean, my dogs are worth it right? They deserve the very best.
But after working with many other dog owners over the years, I realized I wasn’t alone. While many of us like the idea of a homecooked diet, the reality of it is much much different.
And if you’ve been feeling like that too, guess what? That’s OKAY! I know your dog means the world to you, but just because you can’t...
As your dog’s getting older, you might be wondering “Should I be doing anything differently with their food?” or “Are they getting everything their body needs for the years ahead?”
If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone! And it’s definitely good to ask these questions while your dog’s still healthy. ‘Cause more than 95% of dogs just aren’t getting the food they need to nourish their body to keep them healthy in their senior years.
The needs of a dog who is 7 years and older are VERY different from a dog who’s younger than that. And simply feeding a diet labeled for “seniors” just isn’t enough. Your dog needs more than that.
That’s because what your dog eats every single day NOW will greatly impact their health down the road. And you should be targeting specific areas of their health using their food so that you can extend their lifespan and PREVENT issues as they age.
A few weeks ago my sister was telling me that for the past few months her older dog Maggie was starting to have accidents in the house while they’re at work. She just couldn’t “hold it” all day anymore. My sister asked if there were any foods that might help.
Maggie has a Water constitution, making her more prone to developing urinary issues. I started thinking about how maybe if we’d started foods to support her bladder and kidneys earlier we could help, but I was worried that the damage was already done...
… I just didn’t have much hope that foods could resolve the issue. So I was honest and told her “Well it’s not going to hurt her, but I’m not sure it’s going to help.” But I gave her a list of some foods she could add to Maggie’s diet anyway.
I didn’t hear from my sister for a while, then surprise! She tells me a few days ago that Maggie hasn’t had ANY accidents since she started...
I fed a high quality dry kibble diet to my dogs for years. I’d always been told it was the healthiest and most balanced food for them. That’s even what I was taught in vet school! Sure, my dogs would get treats and the occasional table scrap, but the base of the diet was dry kibble.
And my dog’s did just fine. They seemed healthy.
But then I started my acupuncture training, and learned to look for subtle changes internally that couldn’t be seen from the outside, not even on bloodwork. Over time, these internal changes lead to disease. And when I examined my dogs, I found these internal imbalances!
I couldn’t believe it! My dogs were bright and happy, they were getting around just fine, their bloodwork looked great... but they weren’t as healthy as I thought, even if they looked it from the outside!
Turns out their food was the culprit. They just weren’t getting everything their bodies truly needed from that food.
How would it feel if you could predict what ailments your dog would get as they age, and then actually PREVENT them from happening?
Amazing? Empowering? Scream from the rooftop exciting?
Well I have good news for you then!
You can actually predict some of the diseases your dog’s prone to developing in the future. That’s because each different constitution is prone to getting specific diseases and issues.
But what’s really incredible is that you can then use the food your dog eats every single day to help prevent those diseases from happening!
Pretty amazing, right?
Here’s the important part though: Whether your dog’s still completely healthy or already starting to show their age, this is the time to take action! Because prevention is always better than scrambling to treat a disease once it occurs.
Wondering what ailments your dog’s prone to developing? Find your dog’s constitution below to find out. Not sure...
Think your dog’s getting a good healthy diet just because you’re feeding a healthy brand of dog food?
I used to think that too.
A few years ago I had my dog Kacee on a high quality expensive brand of dog food. She was getting the best... or so I thought. But suddenly she got really, really sick. She was restless and pacing. She was panting and couldn’t settle down. And then she got really weak. She even stopped eating. And her body was HOT!
All of her tests at the hospital came back normal. But she continued to get worse.
That’s when I learned that the chicken based food I was feeding her was too hot for her. And it was throwing her body into chaos, causing her to overheat, and making her really sick.
You see, she was a dog with a Fire constitution, and chicken was the wrong food for her constitution. The food I was giving her was making her sick.
But I didn’t know that before. I mean, she was on a good quality food....
Do you get totally overwhelmed by the aisles and aisles of dog food at the pet store? I mean there are thousands of foods out there- different brands and different flavors. Not to mention all the online reviews and dog food commercials. It’s confusing right?
So how do you choose? How do you know which one to feed your dog? Have you ever thought something exotic like holistic kangaroo was better? Or maybe the grain-free salmon because salmon has all those natural fish oils in it?
Yep, definitely overwhelming and confusing!
But here’s the thing: there’s an easier and better way to choose your dog’s food. A way to make sure your dog is getting the very best to help them live a long and healthy life.
But it involves understanding ONE KEY detail about your dog. And this detail should be the number one factor in determining what you feed your dog. But it’s likely not something you ever knew about. And because of that you’ve probably been feeding your...
When my dog Zeke was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer just a few months ago, I of course wanted to do anything and everything that would help him fight this terrible disease. And I knew the diet he was eating was more important now than ever.
The power of food has played a huge role in his overall cancer treatment. Not only can I use foods to boost his immune system, but I can also use foods to actually fight the tumors and foods to help keep his body strong.
And I know there are so many other pet owners who, like me, might be going through the same thing. Trying to find anything to help your beloved dog stay strong.
So I want to share some of the most important foods out there that can help your dog fight this horrible disease. These foods can easily be added to your dog’s current diet and they can make a BIG difference!
Top Cancer Fighting Foods
Mushrooms are a very powerful food that can play a huge role in fighting cancer. Not only...
Making sure your dog is getting a balanced diet with all the right nutrients is tough. Then add in the uncertainty and variables of a homecooked diet, and you might be completely lost.
You want your dog to have all the benefits that a homecooked diet can provide- fresher ingredients, less processed diet, foods that you can control. I get it. But making sure you’re not sending your dog down the path of nutritional deficiencies is tough. While many dogs can go a while without the negative side effects of nutritional deficiencies, it will catch up with them eventually.
That means if you’re going to feed a homemade diet it’s best to learn to do it right. And while all dogs have varying nutritional requirements, there are a few key components that nearly all homecooked diets should have. The following steps can help you make sure you’re not missing any!
Key Steps to a Balanced Diet:
Step 1: Balancing the Calcium
The right amount of calcium in...