rEvolutionary Diet for Dogs and Cats
As the owner of a pet supply store, I get asked all the time, “What is the best food in the store?”. The answer is not that simple. I generally respond with a quick, “Everything in the store is of the highest quality, and we don’t have a best food, but I can share with you the best WAY to feed your pet:”
- Feed an all-natural diet made of high quality meats, fruits, vegetables and whole-grains if any.
- Offer protein rotation and variation with assorted raw or canned (wet) foods.
- Transition to all-natural diet slowly (7-14 days), then add variation and rotation
What is an all-natural diet? That diet which emulates the animals ancestral diet.
An all-natural diet in terms of pet food, is any food wet or dry that is FREE of chemical preservatives like BHA or ETA, colorings, dyes, any synthetic ingredients and by-products. Green Pet has taken it a step further, by also carrying food FREE of wheat, corn and soy, as these are common allergens.
We generally recommend a grain-free diet, like people dogs and cats do not have a dietary prerequisite for carbohydrates. Whole-grains and other complex carbohydrates are a good source of energy and offer some benefits to the diet. However, some grocery store brand pet foods are loaded with fractured grains and simple grains. These grains breakdown quickly into simple sugars, are stored in the body and turn into fat. Healthful fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, blueberries and peas provide a ton of micronutrients (vitamins & minerals) and complex carbohydrates, which are better sources of energy.
What is rotation and variation?
Simply put rotation and variation is the switching of food (mainly the protein source), monthly, weekly or daily. This is where we address the “best way to feed” question. For example, what if I fed you corn flakes everyday for every meal for some number of years…is this good for you? Your answer is probably no. Now imagine eating a fresh salad mixed with colorful vegetables and lean chicken breast. Now imagine eating it everyday for every meal for a number of years. Well, that doesn’t make any sense either.
Now let’s think about the way modern humans eat. In a typical day in which you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, you could eat up to 20 or 30 ingredients a day. The next day you are surely going to eat something different. It is this variation of ingredients that we take for granted. This variation is crucial to the development of a dynamic digestive system, which houses 75% of our immune system. So as the health of our digestive track goes so does the health of our immune system. Variation and rotation are critical to immune health. It is exactly the diversity of ingredients that helps to create a healthier pet more resistant to all pathogens and allergens.
Variation and rotation are only rEvolutionary in that they are opposite of what the traditional veterinarian recommends. Which is generally, find a food your dog or cat likes and don’t ever switch. This becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. As soon as you introduce something new, the pet has a blow out, reaffirming the belief of never switching. The pets immune system treats the new food as a foreign object and rushes to eliminate it from the body as quickly as possible. This is why we recommend transitioning to the new all-natural food slowly, over a few weeks. Finally, introducing variation and rotation.
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