By Dr. Jeannie Thomason
I know you have heard it before, “You are what you eat!” This applies to our companion animals just as much as it does to us humans.
The right food/nutrients is critical and essential to good brain function, muscle and organ growth and maintiance, and of course to a strong immune system. Yet the majority of dogs (and cats) around the world are not adequately nourished these days and we are seeing lifelong consequences for health and cognitive development.
Nutrients from the foods we offer our dogs to eat; needs to provide the foundation of the structure, function, and integrity of every cell in the body, from the skin and hair to the muscles, bones, digestive and immune systems, etc.
The body is constantly repairing, healing and rebuilding itself. Here’s how it works, and why it so important what we give our pets to eat is so very important:
Every cell in your body has a “shelf life” so to speak – stomach cells live a couple of days, skin cells about a month, and a red blood cell about four months. So each and every day, the body is busy making new cells to replace those that have “expired.” And how healthy those new cells being made are is directly determined by how well the animal has been eating. The nutritional content of what we eat and what we give our pets to eat determines the composition of the cell membranes, bone marrow, blood, and hormones.
On top of all of that “Regeneration” the body is always repairing existing cells. This includes recovering from everything from the wear and tear of exercise to every day life stress, pollution, etc.
Whatever we feed our companion animals has to be converted by the digestive system into basic substances required to support and maintain life – tissues, organs and the millions of cells that make up our pets. So, it only goes without say that a diet filled with cooked and/or processed pet food, grains and vegetables – that are obviously very low or more usually, totally lacking in live, naturally sourced nutrients simply doesn’t give our carnivore companion’s body much to work with. On the other hand, a raw, species specific, nutrient dense whole food diet will naturally build cells that work better, and are less susceptible to premature aging and dis-ease.