Recently I was approached by a medical journalist writing an article for a “natural” pet food company – whatever that is supposed to mean. His questions all centered around digestive diseases and issues, as well as the myopic and reductionistic approach to treating these illnesses using a variety of commercial, packaged, processed foods – even the kind that is supposed to be breed specific. I had to take a deep breath and not LOL right there since I’ve heard all of this before.
Here was my response – and just so you know after he received my reply he did not respond back. I was SO not surprised either.
“I’m not sure if you know what an animal naturopath is or does (I am not a veterinarian – holistic or otherwise).
In fact, all of your questions can be addressed – from the position of an animal naturopath – as simply switch from processed foods (which we know aren’t good for us and they aren’t any better for our animals), to a species appropriate raw diet. I do not mean a raw diet with fruits and vegetables because dogs quite frankly are carnivores regardless of the new movement from veterinarians to make them into vegans and vegetarians because of their belief systems not because of facts, science or the anatomy and physiology of a dog.
Dogs are carnivores and when fed accordingly, all of those problems you’re asking about including age, breeds, etc., are dealt with very simply. However, most veterinarians, pet food companies, etc., won’t agree as they have an agenda to accomplish. I don’t. My concern is solely to support and care for a dog according to their species needs and design.
I will only ever approach this subject from that viewpoint because it isn’t just my own – it is the dog’s viewpoint as well.
If you want me to further define this I’m happy to but if not, I completely understand. I just will not whitewash for any reason, I simply share what I know to be true whether or not it supports or detracts from my own business or reputation.
I got into this for my own dog and I stay in it for the wellbeing of dogs in general for those who are willing to put their own HUMAN selves aside to focus on their dog or any dog for that matter.”
He couldn’t reply because the whole purpose of the article was to focus on processed pet food that dogs do not need nor will are they designed to need or thrive upon.
Until next time…
Have a pawsitively tail waggin’, NATUROPATHICALLY healthy day!
Photo by Dr. Kim Bloomer of her then ten week old Great Dane Puppy, Meshach. Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved.
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