The benefits of the appropriate diet are numerous and not only encompass the physicals but also the emotional, behavioral, psychological, sexual and even spiritual. Just like the contagious attitude, we are what we eat, so have a good one and eat good stuff!
Let’s Get Real
From the pragmatic aspect, feeding a diet that has few ingredients allows you to carefully control what your animals are eating. The variations for taste preferences, special diet needs, seasonal and regional availability of ingredients is easily regulated.
From the cost effectiveness aspect, there are several benefits. First, is the advantage of purchasing materials when costs are low and availability is plentiful. Secondly, buying the raw ingredients means you will not be paying top dollar for marketing, research and development and various hidden costs. What you will be paying for is high quality proteins and ingredients that are nutritious and fresh. You will also not be paying top dollar for harmful, rancid, poisonous ingredients!
What Can You Expect?
From a health aspect, the benefits are amazing. See, feel, and smell the improvements occurring right before your eyes. First, improvement in energy. The overweight couch-potato will regain his youthful figure, be able to jump higher and play with vigor. The eyes are brighter, the coat is radiantly glossy, soft and dandruff-free. The hyperactive dog is calmer.
Allergies will be a thing of the past. Chronic ear and eye discharges are much improved or entirely absent. The constant foot licking and the chronic eczema will abate or disappear.
Digestion & Joints
Endless digestive upsets from rumbling gut, loose stools, pancreatitis, bloat and inflammatory bowel disease are frequently helped or eliminated with the species appropriate diet. The stools are smaller, less smelly and less frequent – therefore less to clean up! The animals with bad breath are now kissable and have tartar free teeth. The living room full of noxious methane gas is not contributing to climate warming and sleeping with your companion doesn’t require a gas mask. Appetites improve for pets with poor appetites, ravenous appetites are satiated easier.
Because you are feeding natural sources of joint supportive nutrients, getting older doesn’t necessarily mean getting stiffer.
Many metabolic diseases including diabetes can be prevented or improved on the true carnivore diet. The diet low in carbohydrates saves the pancreas from constantly producing insulin until it is depleted. Insulin resistance doesn’t occur because the cells are not soaking in a sugar solution from the high-carbo diet. A dog or cat with diabetes does not need more sugar in it’s diet, it needs more protein and fat.
The Parasite Plague
The fresh food diet cleans up the coat and skin as mentioned before and the strong ‘doggie smell’ vanishes. A fresh food diet will leave your animal smelling neutral.
Your animal is naturally more repellant to invasions of fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other parasites. Most commercial foods are made from rancid ingredients, then cooked excessively that are intended to mask their poor quality. These rancid foods make your animal exude a noxious smell – leaving them attractive to those pesky opportunistic parasites.
Optimizing Organ Functions
Fresh diets support the liver, digestive system and kidneys to do what they do best – assimilate and detoxify. Overloaded and clogged with toxic substances these organ systems will not function optimally unless fresh diets are part of a regular feeding program.
Other benefits for those breeding animals include reduced abortions or problem births. Youngsters have better birth weights, stronger conformation and better brain development. Endocrine disorders of the thyroid and adrenal often balance easily or never occur. Behavioral disorders such as aggression and hyperactivity often correct naturally on the species appropriate diet.
Cats of All Ages
Although what may sound controversial, the species appropriate diet is, with a few variations, the optimal diet for both the older cat with kidney disease and the younger cat with bladder disease. The high protein diets naturally acidify the urine and provide high quality protein to these obligate carnivores who require protein in high amounts.
Try It, They’ll Like It
As you can see the benefits of the appropriate diet are so numerous that they are impossible to list completely. The best test is for you to experiment and watch the results. The animals who have been on commercial foods will benefit the most from the change. Try it and let your animals and your senses be your judge.
If you’d like to discover how to feed a fresh, species appropriate diet to your little carnivores check out the 3-part webinar series FEEDING FRESH: IT’S SO EASY AND FOOD THERAPY PART 1 AND 2.