Want to improve your pet’s health? Switching them to natural pet food can be very beneficial. Be sure to do it the right way to avoid digestive problems.
You are most likely aware of how important a natural diet is for good health for yourself and your family but what about your pets?
Many pet foods can contain nasty fillers and food that is not safe for human consumption. And while pets needs are different than ours and they also can handle foods we can’t, it’s still best to feed them high-quality food with real standards.
My dog, Patience, eats a natural diet which has helped her have a nice healthy coat, good overall health and maintain a healthy weight. The vet comments every time she sees her that she looks great. This is even more amazing because she was close to death with she showed up my parents house after being dumped with her puppies. If you met her now you would never know she was so close to death.
Update: This post was written in 2012. It’s now 2019 and my dog Patience is now 14 years old. This is reaching the high end of her breeds age range. She is still in good health. Her last full blood workup was great and showed she is in wonderful health. She has some joint issues but overall is healthy. I believe natural pet food has played a big role in this.
Making the Switch to Natural Pet Food
When switching your pet to a new diet it’s best to do it gradually to be sure they will tolerate it well and to not upset their digestive system.
Many recommend switching over the course of 7-10 days. Start at around 25% of the new food and do that for three days or so and then 50% for three days and so on.
During the switch be sure to watch for changes in the pets stool and general health. If your pet seems constipated, has loose stool, vomits or has changes in their health, contact your vet.
Remember just like people pets can have allergies to some foods so watch for signs that your pet isn’t dealing with the change in their diet, so you can adjust if needed.
While a totally organic, raw diet is likely best for all pets that is not always possible. My dog is eating Wellness Core Rawrev which is grain-free, raw and natural.
We have found grain-free to work best for her sensitive stomach but recent studies have found it’s not best for some dogs. Talk to your vet to see what will work best for your dog. It may take some trial and error.