As Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine by thy food.” As a Certified Veterinary Food Therapist (CVFT), Dr. G believes that what you choose to feed your pet on a daily basis is the single most important health choice you will make for your beloved furry family member. So why are many of us convinced that dry kibble is the best diet for our pets?
While convenient, common kibble is produced after several rounds of processing. A very high heat index is required to go from one form of kibble processing to another, which leads to blanched nutrients and alterations of protein structures. These missing and changed components are replaced by synthetic vitamins.
If you pour a cup of water on dry kibble it will puff up and absorb the water. When your pet eats dry kibble, the same process occurs in the digestive tract, except moisture is drawn out of your pet’s body and into the dry food. A pet eating a dry kibble diet lives in a state of dehydration and inflammation, which can lead to chronic illness. This is why Dr. G recommends a “moist” diet. Pet food companies have convinced the general public that feeding our pets whole foods (raw or home cooked) is harmful, when in fact, feeding our pets heavily processed dry food can lead to poor nutrition and poor health. If your pet is currently eating dry dog food, schedule a VetNaturally™ Dietary Consultation today.
Using Food to Remedy Health Problems Veterinarians promoting proper nutrition will recommend (from best to worst) a raw food diet, home-cooked meals, canned food, then kibble. Combine these rankings with the TCVM theory that foods have specific energetic properties (such as warming and cooling), and you begin to understand food therapy.
Food energetics identifies properties in foods that will have a positive effect on your pet’s health. For example, if your pet is experiencing excess body heat, Dr. G will recommend proteins, vegetables, and fruits with cooling properties to aid in balancing your pet’s temperature. If overhauling your pet’s diet is not an option, adding various beneficial foods could also have a positive effect.
Holistic veterinarians practicing food therapy are witnessing better overall pet health and often resolution of syndromes which would commonly call for prescription medications.