Best Diet for your Pet II

The fact that commercial pet food was never the best choice for your pet somehow gets lost in the face of constant news stories about companies using poor quality ingredients, or by foreign suppliers faking protein percentages by adding melamine has put millions of pets’ health at risk.

The best diet for your cat or dog becomes clear under this scrutiny: homemade, healthy, natural and whole foods not only make the highest quality foods, but they also make for a happy and healthy pet. Knowing exactly what your dog is eating means greater piece of mind for you and no need to second-guess your choices as time marches on.

Whatever the increase in food cost, it is more than offset by the high cost of vet care needed to get a sick dog healthy again. This may seem incredible, but the majority of dog illness and disease can be prevented by making wise food choices, and incorporating a few key supplements for cats and dogs.

The Best Diet for your Adult Pet 

Most pet nutritionists agree on the basic formula for optimum pet health is 40% meat and protein, 30% vegetables and 30% starch. But not all ingredients are created equal. Choose wisely! The information is at your finger tips- in cyberspace.

Organ meats are rich in nutrient content. When using organ meat, only ever use a quarter to the total amount of meat protein. Ground turkey, lamb, beef and chicken are all popular choices while vegetable preferences range from root vegetables such as carrot and turnip to kale, Swiss chard, cauliflower, broccoli, beets, green beans and squash of all shapes and varieties. Prepackaged ground meats and vegetables should be cooked; cubed and whole meats are fine served raw. Free-Range Eggs that are hormone and antibiotic-free are also a healthy protein choice. Starches to include are: oatmeal, whole grain pasta, brown rice, both regular and sweet potatoes. Barley is fine in moderation but may cause loose stools, while quinoa and bulgur wheat make excellent regular additions.

Many people toss a spoonful of yogurt into the mix, but most dogs are actually lactose intolerant; a better choice for probiotics is actually soil-based probiotic supplements.

Always include at least one dark green leafy vegetable to guarantee there is enough calcium, iron, chlorophyll, and MSM in your homemade dog food.

For convenience, make up enough food at one time to last for fourteen to twenty meals, package in daily amounts and freeze. Rotate through ingredients so that all nutritional parameters are met in time.

Do not feed your dog mushrooms, onions, garlic, tomatoes or white rice!

The Best Diet for your Puppy or Kitten 

Puppies are harder to feed in many ways. When considering a homemade diet consult with a holistic vet or a nutritionist who specializes in pets.

Always monitor the speed in which your pet is growing. For large and giant breeds, slow consistent growth is best and although we think growing puppies need more protein and calcium, the truth is that too much of a good thing can cause growth defects. Protein levels for these large breed pups should be the same for an adult dog and no more then 40% but unlike the adult dog, the protein choice should have a slightly higher fat content. Alternatively, use lean meat and add a tablespoon of olive oil to their dish. Small to medium sized breeds do well with a slightly higher amount of meat in their diet 45% should be optima; make sure you decrease the amount of starch accordingly.

Remember skinny puppies are healthy puppies and a roly-poly puppy leads to a fat, unhealthy, adult dog!

The Best Diet for your Senior Dog 

Senior dogs are much like senior humans when it comes to the best dietary choices for an aged digestive system. A homemade diet is ideal as you can mix the ingredients to guarantee optimal nutrition. Seniors require less protein and higher fiber. Digestive enzyme supplements are essential. Sodium and phosphorous are hard on aging kidneys; to be safe avoid wheat bran, rich fish products, organ meats, all pasteurized and homogenized milk products, and anything containing yeast. Also, avoid frequently switching ingredients as big swings in food can cause diarrhea and an upset stomach. Smaller, more frequent meals can help both the digestive system and blood sugar levels in the senior pet and share your banana with your senior citizen – potassium is great for heart health!

The Best Specialty Diets for your Pet 

While every pet benefits from improved food choices, none are more important than considering what to feed a pet with special dietary needs! Most medical conditions such as diabetes, heart conditions, cancer, kidney stones (or low kidney function), and a myriad of digestive conditions are easily improved by a well-balanced and custom designed homemade diet.

Pets suffering from chronic bladder infections and/or stones improve on a diet that includes mineral salts and potassium while lowering protein levels (never below 15%).

For gradual weight loss without the usual starvation, try adding fiber to your pet’s homemade diet. Gradually increasing the amount of wheat bran, psyllium seed, or canned pumpkin will help them feel full longer while increasing the vegetable content of their homemade diet will increase the good calories.

Diabetic pets require high fiber content in their diet. Not only does it make them feel full longer, aiding in weight loss but it also slows down the absorption of sugar, both important to stabilizing blood sugar levels.

Hypoallergenic pets do extremely well on homemade diets if you can find a readily available source of novel protein choices such as rabbit, kangaroo or ostrich. Avoid wheat products and white rice for the allergic dog and once you find a formula that works well for your itchy dog, stick to it! Swapping and changing does not work well with these pets and a consistent diet is best for them while adding soil-based probiotics and essential lipids to their diet usually pays quick dividends.

Much like the senior pet, a pet suffering from renal disease requires a diet low in sodium and phosphorous while limiting protein content. Add more high fiber vegetables such as canned pumpkin or squash to their meal and make sure the protein source is easy to digest such as ground chicken or turkey.

A veterinary nutritionist or holistic veterinarian is a wonderful resource to access for pets that have specific medical conditions or requirements. Feeding a high nutrient diet, exercise and maintaining an ideal body condition are always your best allies when fighting chronic conditions!

What if Homemade Pet Food is Not an Option?The Best Specialty Diets for your Pet 

For whatever reason, if making a homemade, natural diet for your four-legged friend is not possible for you, then always choose a commercial diet that is as close to whole foods as possible. There are many prepackaged, organic, whole food frozen or freeze dried diets on the market that are as close as you are going to find to homemade and yet are almost as convenient as kibble. These foods are available in puppy, adult and senior formulas although not all address specific nutritional needs for dogs requiring specialty diets. Surprisingly, many of them are not much better than common commercial brands so do your research. Buyer Beware!

No matter what you decide to feed your pet, always buy the best quality food available and research the ingredients and any available dietary information. Feed within the recommended amounts and watch your pet closely for either weight loss or weight gain when switching foods as the quality of the caloric content may change how they use the energy from the food. Adjusting your pet’s caloric requirement each day, dependent on his body condition and energy output, guarantees he will maintain an ideal weight.

Feeding your pet properly does not take a degree in animal nutrition. It takes common sense, a bit of research and knowledge and a few minutes each day to prepare.

Feed him well and love him more – your four-legged companion will reward you with years of happiness, love and good health!

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Nancy Raicaldo
Nancy Raicaldo
2018-12-19T16:07:31+0000
Their luxolite clay is literally the BEST item for ANY animal household to own. Especially for owners, like myself, who have an animal with a sensitive stomach. On more than one occasion my dog has had an upset stomach and sometimes when it's really bad, vomiting will start soon after the diarrhea. Luxolite is the ONLY thing that can stop my dogs vomiting and diarrhea. This is amazing because previously we would have to go to the vet and they'd just give us anti-nausea meds and diarrhea meds and send us on our way.Luxolite now makes it easy for me to treat my dog at home for her sensitivity issues and to provide her comfort at home, which is always why I take her to the vet to begin with. Now we can do it all from home and help her feel better sooner than later!!Everyone needs it in their house as a just in case!!
Katie Lyn
Katie Lyn
2018-11-17T15:27:40+0000
My husband and I are very happy with all Vitality Science products specially the Super Foods!Steve, the owner is absolutely amazing! He takes his time to advise and recommend us what we should be giving to our 3 doggies. One of our doggies is diabetic. He just turned 10 years old. He has a lot of energy and acts like a puppy! He’s a very loving and happy doggy! We have been giving him the Super Foods for over 3 years and it’s helping him a lot!We have been clients for many years and we absolutely recommend Vitality Science products!Thank you so much Steve for your care and recommendations. You are absolutely the best!
Mary Carmen Shannon
Mary Carmen Shannon
2018-07-13T19:47:29+0000
On May 3, 2018 our cat Pineapple aka Appi & Apps was diagnosed by our Holistic vet with stage 4 Intestinal Lymphoma. We took him in because within a week he had lost so much weight, we could see his spine. At that first appointment he had to have his lungs drained of fluid... his breathing was that of a person with COPD . We were sent home with Prednisone, mushrooms and Fish oil. I just didn’t feel that it was “enough” for us to do for Apps , so I got online and began researching Holistic treatments. I found many testimonials praising the Advanced Immune Restoration, so I ordered it ASAP On May 7 he had his first chemo treatment of vincristine, he was able to tolerate it like a Boss! On May 10 he had his second chemo treatment of cyclophosphamide... again he tolerated it amazingly! On May 15 he had his 3rd chemo of vincristine... and we received the box that we were waiting for from Vitality Science! We started him on the program the next day. On May 23 the vet informed us that the tumor was shrinking... and there was no fluid build up! His next chemo is in four weeks... he has been on this program for five weeks. He is eating like a horse, has been putting on weight, is active and loving again. We can’t thank Vitality Science enough for helping to save our boy!
Sandra L. Espinoza Bradford
Sandra L. Espinoza Bradford
2018-06-22T16:52:40+0000
My wee 13 year old cat was so incredibly sick 2 years ago. She was diagnosed with IBS after an ultra sound and it was all throughout her entire intestinal tract.. After searching long & hard I found the Vitality Science website. I looked for negative reviews and literally could not find one! So I ordered and received what's now called the Gastro Prime Combo and noticed results within a few days! No more huge barfs on the floor! After about 8 months she went down to the lowest dose of her meds from the vet who was SUPER impressed with her results as well! I give her the Super Food as well as the Flex n Free as she's gettin up there in age and is arthritic now.. She still tears around the house and plays with her toys like she's a kitten (but not nearly for as long!) I also should mention that the Flex & Free is a miracle! She was in too much pain to even jump up on the couch and after I'd given it to her daily for a month, she was jumping up on the couch AND my bed which is at least a foot higher! Miracle I tell you!
Michelle Covin
Michelle Covin
2018-05-08T19:27:23+0000
Their products helped to put my cat's cancer in remission. I also used Essiac tea. I would never put my cat through chemo due to both the expense and the pain.. so having products like this allow me to have more time with my favorite fur person.
Hilary Klein
Hilary Klein
2018-02-27T17:09:35+0000
My cat Kojo was diagnosed with IBD, which is incredibly difficult to treat. Vitality Science’s GI Distress and Herbal Anti tincture drops have been lifesavers, along with a limited ingredient diet. He’s been on the drops for a few years.
Dennis Hunter
Dennis Hunter
2018-02-11T05:07:56+0000
Vitality Science is a godsend if you have a vomiting kitty or one with digestive issues or diarrhea. Their products have helped my cats tremendously. Steven Becker there freely offers a wealth of knowledge and information on feline health. Thank you VS!!
Georgene Cevasco
Georgene Cevasco
2018-01-30T19:43:11+0000
Our cat was extremely sick for months in 2016. We had trouble getting a good diagnosis then when we did he was to ill for any intensive treatment. He had hardening of the intestines from what is basically the cat version of severe IBS and the vet suspected lymphoma as well. He also had a sharp decline in his vision from nutrient deficiencies. A year ago, we were basically at the point that we were counting our days with him when I started trying an elimination and add back diet to find out what he could and couldn't eat. We have virtually elimated poultry and corn and only give him foods that have been pureed. This change allowed him to keep his food down most of the time. When we started adding Vitality Science Feline Comfort Plus and Luxolite daily, he started to gain weight, his bowel movements normalized, and inflamation in his mouth and throat healed. We have maintained the addition of Feline Comfort and the changes made to his diet. Though he is still mostly blind, he is overall healthy and happy again. Our vet even asked how we managed to help him recover so well. Seems like animal health care needs an overhaul, but I'm thankful that I found the right solution for our sweet cat.
Aja Burns
Aja Burns
2018-01-26T06:09:44+0000
Our very precious black cat who is a member of our family was diagnosed with lymphoma in October. We were crushed. Our vets wanted us to do chemo etc... In the interim, I researched holistic approaches and thankfully found Vitality Science. I am happy to say our sweet black cat is doing so well. No need for even the steroid he was on before. An absolute miracle. As well, the company itself is amazing. Anytime I had questions they would call or email and very quickly. Their customer service team is aces as well. Thank you to everyone at Vitality Science.
Chris Davis
Chris Davis
2017-12-19T02:15:38+0000
Love the products that Vitality Science carries! I have a very anxious dog and the Soothing Solution works wonders for his anxiety! It really calms him down. They have great customer service as well. Thanks!
Becky Senkerik Fallan
Becky Senkerik Fallan
2017-07-11T16:01:39+0000
The treatment resistant cat formula plus an all raw diet saved my kitty from the horrid depths of feline IBD. Thanks Vitality Science!
Kiana Erickson
Kiana Erickson
2017-03-01T23:15:08+0000
Your products saved our dog's life..literally!!! She was diagnosed with IBD and was dying until a client of yours turned us onto your products and we started her on them. Thank you so much for developing such products!!!
Eda Gowdy
Eda Gowdy
2016-09-19T16:05:42+0000
I cant say thank you enough for saving my cats life. Like many other stories here, the results are astounding. After months of watching my beautiful bengal vomit himself to death, being wrongly diagnosed and nearly euthanized we were advised by the vet we hired to euthanize him that he did not have kidney disease, but probably IBD/IBS. We treated him for his vomiting and dehydration and I immediately started researching the disease. I ordered your products and started him on the Feline Comfort Plus. I even received a sample of the clay, which is also wonderful! I can't thank you enough for giving my cat his life back and for giving us ours too! With Love and Gratitude...thank you! DD
DD Westerman
DD Westerman
2016-09-13T17:49:01+0000
I should probably mention that when I adopted 6 year old Angelique, I did not have much of a background on her (I noticed her soiled bottom) Soon an occasional bad poo turned into severe IBS and poor baby, Angelique also has acid reflux...we were both miserable and my off white carpet was absolutely ruined. Much to my horror, my own family kept suggesting that I should find another home for her so I could get some sleep and stop running up my credit card debt on vet bills... I was really worried that I might lose Angelique. She was wasting away and at 5.75 lbs, she didn't have much to lose. I could also her moan whenever I'd pick her up. It hurt me to know that she was hurting soo much. Praise the Lord, a concerned friend told me about Vitality Science!! Let me tell you that the first time Angelique had a normal formed poo, I was soo excited that I almost took a picture of it to send to Stephen!! I really did! Angelique soon began to heal and by the end of 3 months she consistently had ONLY healthy poos. WOW- No more worries!! I finally felt confident that when I fed her that she would be fine. No more bad poos!! When I took Angelique back in to our vet to have her poo cultured, our vet was soo thrilled and excited about the change in Angelique's appearance and most of all her demeanor ((it had been a good 2 months since Angelique had been in) that she had to take Angelique through the whole office to show her to the other vets and techs to show them how great she looked!! Angelique's eyes were bright and shiny, her tail was wagging and she had given our vet the first happy kiss ever!! My friends noticed that Angelique's personality just blossomed as well, so I need to say,Thanks Vitality Science, thanks so much for giving me such a great dog!! JulieI wish I could post a picture - she's adorable too!
Jullia Jane Briggs
Jullia Jane Briggs
2016-08-24T03:40:08+0000
Just received Super Pet Enzymes, Pet Flora, Feline Comfort and Luxolite for my beloved cat Sabrina. She has been suffering with gastrointestinal problems dating back three month. No one has been able to diagnose her and no successful treatment. So here I am under the care of these lovely, caring and true champions of our fur babies. Thank you Stephen Becker for your guidance and compassion. Optimistically hopeful for the recovery of my beauty Sabrina. THANK YOU!
Clara Diaz
Clara Diaz
2016-02-22T23:34:38+0000
My sweet kitty Spike was diagnosed with jaw cancer back in February. It's aggressive and, according to what I read, with no treatment, takes about a month or two before it's too much and takes the cats life. He had masses in his jaw, on his lungs and his heart. I was advised by a great pet oncologist to have part of his jaw removed and start chemo and radiation. There was never a single second that that was an option in my mind. I found the Feline Cancer Treatment online and he's been on it ever since. It's been 6 months now and he's doing great. He still may go from the cancer but it appears as if I'm getting about the same amount of extra time with him that I would have with the medical treatment as it only gives you about a year or so more. Hopefully I'll get even more time than that! I also give it to my other cat in smaller doses and he started out skin and bones. We had his thyroid tested regularly and couldn't find the cause of his inability to gain weight. That one is now on a diet because over the last six months of getting these supplements he's gotten way too fat! So it's expensive but not nearly as much as the surgery and treatment was going to be. This will be part of my cats diet for as long as they are with me now. Thank you SO much for giving my kitties more time!
Christy Lillard
Christy Lillard
2015-08-22T13:16:05+0000
Dr. Becker and his products at Vitality Science saved my precious kitty, Amie. Thanks to his advice and to Vital Pet Lipids, Celloquent, Uro-Cleanse, and Luxolite, she has made nothing short of a miraculous recovery. She had a seriously low white blood count, had constant urinary tract infections, stopped eating. Thousands of dollars at the vet and an internal med specialist couldn't help. She seemed to get sicker when on pharmaceuticals. Her last blood test two weeks ago revealed that her white blood count is well in the normal range. Thanks a million.
Holly Briggs
Holly Briggs
2015-03-07T23:45:22+0000
Super great products super great people everything is great! Highly recommend Vitality Science!
Millie Springer
Millie Springer
2014-08-27T01:52:57+0000
Great support from steven!
Gery Gerald Hofer
Gery Gerald Hofer
2014-04-06T17:08:20+0000
Great customer service. Great products. Super fast shipping AND a full money back guarantee if you are not satisfied.
LeLa Becker
LeLa Becker
2013-06-22T17:29:19+0000

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