NUTRITION 101: The Best Diet for your Dog and Cat

Your dog and cat are carnivores.  Dogs are regarded as Scavenging Carnivores and cats are Obligate Carnivores.  Feeding foods that are species-appropriate is the foundation of achieving and maintaining great health.  
Even if you prefer to feed kibble for convenience and cost, there are many things you can do to Add Some Life to Their Bowl.  Trying using some 'people foods' from your fridge, or some healthy toppers and mixers.

Benefits of feeding a balanced, quality, species-appropriate diet.
- Improved health, vitality and longevity.
- Increased immunity.
- Healthy, clean teeth and gums.
- Lustrous skin & coat. 
- Less shedding.
- No breath or body odour.
- Improved weight control.
- Very low stool odour and volume.
Food for Thought.
Imagine going to the grocery store to shop the isles of dry, processed 'People Kibble'.  They are all labelled '100% Complete & Balanced' to meet all your nutritional needs.  You are to choose a package and then eat this, and nothing else, for every meal, every day for the rest of your life.
Do you think you'll enjoy optimal health and vitality?  Would you not crave some real food and variety?  Think outside the bag!
The Benefits of Variety:

Better Overall Health & Vitality
We understand that the fundamental principle of our own good health is based on a varied diet, so why is it right to assume that one particular formula meets the nutritional requirements for our pets?  Each food has varying levels of protein, fats, EFAs, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.  Rotating between a variety of foods can help ensure your pet is receiving a better balanced diet.
Reduced Pickiness
Providing an assortment of flavours and textures can prevent boredom and reduce the opportunity for your pet to get 'hooked' on a particular food.  Variety and rotation can increase your pet's interest mealtimes.  Experiment ... make mealtime fun again!
Reduced Risk of Developing Food Allergies
Most veterinarians believe that continuous exposure to a particular protein is at the root of many allergies.  You can reduce the risk of developing sensitivities by avoiding overfeeding a single protein or formula for an extended period of time.
Moisture Matters
If you think about it, wild carnivores never eat dry food.  It is natural for them to obtain the majority of the moisture they require from their food, not their water bowl, as most prey is ~80% moisture.  
Consider your pets eating dry food as being equivalent of you eating crackers all day -- you would require a lot of moisture to make up for consuming a diet that is so dry.  Cats especially, having evolved as inland desert carnivores, do not have a strong thirst drive, and even if they're spending a lot of time at the water bowl, tend to be in a state of constant dehydration.  This can lead to bladder and kidney stones, obesity, diabetes, FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease) and renal failure over time.
Even if you feed a dry kibble, you can benefit your pet greatly by adding some functional moisture such as bone broth, goat milk, canned or raw food.
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