Our quest to provide our pets with optimal health began by looking at the history of our domestic animal family members. Evidence shows that canine family members have existed for over 20,000 years and feline family members 10-12,000 years ago. They have been with us for a long time. In our never-ending quest for their optimal health, we needed to research their origin, where they lived and what their natural foods and diet was like before domestication.
With the realization that one’s health comes from everything that enters the body, it is comprised of nutrition, water, air and now a plethora of man-made chemicals including preservatives, food additives, cleaning products, extracts, medicine, vaccines, lawn products, insecticides, and so much more. We all know that we don’t have control over the air and have limited control on our water supply, however we can control what we use in our homes, medications and feed.
Our focus in this column is to guide you on what you can do to ensure optimal health for your pets and also carry it to your family. Besides limiting exposure to toxic, harmful chemicals and substances to the body, the healthiest regimen you can follow is to provide the cleanest, species appropriate foods available.
Our pets entered mankind in a period that is referred to as the Paleolithic era, which dates from approximately 2.5 million years ago up to 10,000 years ago.
Our pets since their initial contact with humans have subsequently adapted to us in modern times undergoing many changes including exposure to toxic, harmful and processed foods. During the Paleolithic period, humans ate lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds obtained by hunting and gathering. Pets diets were similar to humans while remaining species specific.
So, what was the actual diet of our pets’ ancestral Paleolithic era pets? As carnivores, it would be animal-based foods. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they only need animal-based foods. Canines are opportunistic carnivores, meaning means more scavenging. They will eat outside the animal-based diet only to balance their needs.
Today’s modern diets for pets contain ingredients that are mostly grains, legumes, and large amounts of processed ingredients which don’t even come close to their ancestral Paleolithic foods. The meat and other ingredients commonly used, are substandard for human consumption. They are complemented with synthetic, foreign-made nutrient additives not even available to the body through the natural digestive process. Is it any surprise that our modern pet family has many more health issues than their wild, natural cousins?
Our pets deserve to be fed their biologically and species appropriate foods that are part of their ancestry.
Our values need to respect the natural order of their biological needs. It is understood that clean meat diets can be more cost than filler-based diets, but you are their caretaker. You assumed the responsibility to do whatever is necessary. It’s not about primarily saving on the cost of food or being subjected to expensive and at times unnecessary veterinary care. Starting with a natural basic food program can help prevent those unnecessary visits to the Veterinarian. Going back to what would be called a Paleo Diet, our advice is to investigate it, evaluate all the life changing improvements that your pet experiences and then decide.
Statistics show that dogs are the number one cancer and toxic animal on earth. Our pets are reflecting parallel health challenges as humans experience. There IS a reason and a solution. It is right in front of you here. Go back to the basics and better health shall prevail.
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Bill Piechocki, Animal Scientist, Pet Specialist and Nutritionist is acting CEO of My Paleo Pet located in Pompano Beach, FL. He and his colleague Dr. Diane Sudduth, DVM are co-hosts of the podcast Pet Health Café The Web Radio Show. Over 40 yrs. of expertise has provided them unparalleled vision and information for pet parents. Listen LIVE Wednesday nights at 8 pm, https://w4hc.com/shows/pet-health-cafe/ or to archives on iHeart radio or their facebook page. Call to schedule a consultation or stop by My Paleo Pet at 954-971-2500, we would be more than happy to help.