Having pets can create such a positive impact on your life. Many times they actually become a part of your family.
It should follow, then, that healthy eating and living for your family includes your pets. They need as many nutrients as you do.
In this edition of "Healthy Steps with Dr. Ginger," Dr. Ginger shares her own experiences with her dog, Bella, as well as ways you can start creating a healthy diet and environment for your four-legged friend.
One easy thing you can do right off the bat is to give your pets clean, filtered water... nothing chlorinated or fluoride-filled. Water and hydration is so important for your pet's well-being and healthy development.
The raw diet is getting a lot of attention in regards to pets as well. If you haven't done this from the get-go with your young pet, you'll need to slowly transition into it or Fido will have a hard time adjusting, from both a digestive perspective and a taste perspective.
Dr. Ginger actually started Bella on green juice at a very young age, and even mixed the pulp from the juice into Bella's food. She also creates crock-pot meals for Bella using ingredients such as broccoli, sweet potatoes, celery and beef broth on occasion. These meals can actually end up being a lot less expensive than traditional pet food.
Of course, there are foods you should definitely stay away from. Grapes and raisins cause kidney failure. Chocolate is extremely bad for dogs. You should also stay away from large amounts of onion or garlic, caffeine and any form of xylitol.
Finally, try to find a holistic vet who can help you understand the importance of a natural approach to your pet's health. Many traditional vets, while they may have some training in holistic methods, often don't implement that training in their own practices.