It’s the time of year when we all think about spring cleaning our home and detoxing our lives for a fresh start – so why not do the same for your pet?
Firstly, let’s take a closer look at what you are feeding your pet. Dogs are natural carnivores, while cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they both need a diet high in meat content. Unfortunately many high street brand name kibbles offer a very low level of meat. Check the ingredients list to see how well your brand performs. As carnivores the optimum way to feed dogs and cats is on a raw meat diet, but if that doesn’t suit your lifestyle then you should choose a dry or wet food that follows the whole prey diet with at least 80% meat.
With a good diet you will notice that other aspects of your pet’s health improves, such as skin and coat condition, fresher breath, cleaner teeth and better stool formation. Read more about the numerous benefits of raw feeding here. Whether you feed a raw or processed diet, you can always add raw bones or natural chews, such as pizzles and tendons, to clean your pet’s teeth naturally. The act of chewing also acts as a natural relaxant stimulating the flow of endorphins to calm your dog.
Alternately you can try Cleany Teeth sessions at Unique Pets which uses ultrasound to remove plaque, penetrate deep into the gums and improve blood circulation and healthy tissue.
Spring Clean Toxins
As well as diet, your pet can be exposed to a variety of chemicals in everyday life. Your pet can find herbicides in the fields, poisons in household cleaners, nerve toxins in flea and worming treatments and anti-freeze on gritting salt during cold snaps. There are a number of things you can do to prevent your pet coming into contact with some things, like changing to steam cleaning or using environmentally-friendly products and wiping your pet’s paws regularly. However many products are unavoidable and pets are particularly sensitive to these toxins due to their small size and likelihood to ingest harmful agents while grooming. Vince The Vet offers two natural remedies to help your pet breakdown and eliminate these substances – organ cleanse and intestinal clean, both of which are available with advice at Unique Pets.
Natural Flea and Worming Treatments
A holistic approach to pet health can also reduce exposure to toxins. Rather than a chemical flea treatment you can use a variety of natural methods to prevent fleas, such as Billy No Mates, apple cider vinegar or Vet’s Best Natural Spot On. Adding Diatomaceous Earth to a pet’s diet can help with intestinal health, but doing a regular worm count and then only treating if worms are found is gentler on your pet than routinely treating for worms which may not even exist. Similarly, performing a titre test is a good way of assessing if your pet has enough antibodies in their system to avoid over-vaccinating.
For more information on ways to spring clean your pet using natural holistic methods, or a raw diet for optimum health, pop in to Unique Pets in Aylesbury or Winslow.