"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." ~ Anonymous
There are many links here for you to research and gather information. With all the animals we care for, it is not possible to check these links regularly, so please let us know if you find a link that's not working. Additionally, we appreciate being notified about any holistic links you feel should be added to our site. It is our goal to provide as much holistic information to you, ourselves, and others. Thank YOU!
Healthy animals rarely succumb to disease, illness, or bad behaviors. When they do, they bounce back quicker than unhealthy animals. They get plenty of exercise, sunshine, love, tlc, natural rearing foods that are biologically appropriate to the specific animal, clean environments, mental exercise in the way of proper, appropriate training, and avoidance of toxins. They have jobs to keep them busy, whether watching the house while we are gone or making sure the couch or cats don't get eaten while we are away. They are part of our family. Often, they are better than a few humans in our immediate family and deserve the BEST possible health care we can give them.
So what's a natural rearing diet? What would your animal normally eat in the wild or a closely simulated diet? For instance, dogs and cats are carnivores. Prepackaged feeds are full of preservatives and "dead" food/nutrients with no vital life force left in them. A raw diet or biologically appropriate raw food (BARF) diet is ultimately best for them. A great book that tells about what's in prepackaged pet foods is, "Foods Pet Die For", written by Anne Martin. Most prepackaged supermarket and feed store kibbles often utilize rendered animals (i.e., euthanized shelter animals, ill/diseased and antibiotic ridden livestock, road kill, etc.) as their main source of protein. Some kibbles are preserved with preservatives that are used to preserve your automobile's tires! Top name brand kibbles included.
This means ANY canine or feline kibble or canned food you find at stores like: Wal-Mart, PetSmart, Petco, Costco, or your local supermarket are NOT truly natural or holistic and in our opinion these foods should NOT be fed to your furry beloved companions - EVER!
For the Latest Information on Pet Food Recalls.
IF your beloved pet has been affected by a pet food recall, please see our Pet Food Recall Protocol Information page.
Volhard Dog Nutrition
Dr. Ian Billinghurst
Top 50 BARF Questions
Dr. Tom Lonsdale's Diet ~ Raw Meaty Bones
Dog Aware - Raw Dog Food Resources - Lots of information on raw feeding and suppliers
Primal Pooch articles, information and links to resources for raw feeding
OC Raw Dog
Shelton's Free Range Organic Poultry
Feed This, Inc. ~ California
Steve's Real Food
Creston Valley Meats
Foothill Raw Feeders
San Francisco Raw Feeders
Darwin's Natural Pet Products
Soul'y Raw Pet Food
Canada Raw Food Suppliers
But please note, we still don't recommend feeding dry food to canines or felines.
Here's some study information about the effects of feeding dry food to cats: Maybe NOW More Cat Parents Will Make the Switch from Dry Food
The information on this web site is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician or veterinarian. This information is not intended as a substitute for the reader's independent judgment and personal responsibility. Health issues are far too important to delegate to anyone else. It is highly recommended you research and seek information and counsel from as wide a variety of sources as possible, so you can make well informed educated decisions about you, your child's, or your pet's health, as in the end YOU make the decisions.
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