Holistic Nutrition - Working with Nature - To Promote Pet Health.
I have always believed that education, my own included, is something that evolves on a daily basis. We at Land of Holistic Pets continue with our own learning, bringing you only those products we believe are worthy of your pets. Year after year we see major advances in understanding the health of pets. We will always strive to bring you the best of the natural, holistic approach to diet. With the recommendations in this guide, it is not our intention to diagnose any physical or mental conditions, or to prescribe or promote any particular products for those conditions. This guide is not intended as a substitute for the advice and treatment of a licensed professional. We trust you to judge for yourself the value of what we have presented, and as people going back thousands of years have done, to live and learn by your own experience, your own wisdom, and the wisdom and experience of others.
The Land of Holistic Pets is at the leading edge of holistic nutrition. This is the UK's most exiting development in terms of holistic nutrition using formulations derived from Chinese and Western traditions. Robbie's Holistic Cuisine is almost a revolution in the way we feed our dogs. Combining traditional extruded food with very high quality, human grade dehydrated wholegrain brown rice, green beans, carrots, spinach and 6 herbs including green tea you will not only appreciate the aroma your dog will love it. The added bonus of optimum health goes without saying. Luath's Holistic Nutrition is our new fully extruded and completely dried dog food. Combining four whole foods, brown rice, millet, oats and spirulina with succulent chicken, 3 vegetables and 4 herbs is simply delicious. Land of Holistic formulas are based on traditional Chinese approaches to health and are formulated to moderate and balance the extremes of other ingredients to create a food that is in a sense greater than the sum of the individual parts. If you feed either product to your dog , you'll notice healthier skin, lustrous coat and fresher breath. Older animals may regain their flexibility. It's not unusual for a pet owner to ask: "Is food good for me, too?
Early Warning Symptoms of Nutritional Imbalance The immune system is particularly vulnerable to nutritional imbalances and tends to show symptoms much earlier than, say, problems of the joints or major organs. The following symptoms are among the easiest to recognize: • Itchy Skin • Eczema • Hot Spots • Hair Loss/ Shedding • Waxy Ears • Runny Eyes • Tooth Tartar • Bad Breath • Chewing Feet • Anal Gland Problems • Digestive Upsets • Body Odor • Eating Grass • Hyperactivity • Loss of Energy
Symptoms such as these, when they persist, may indicate that waste or toxic matter has been accumulating in the body and that the immune system is attempting to get rid of it. The important questions are, first, where does the toxic material come from, and second, how do we assist the body in ridding itself of the waste product and help it toward optimum health? The answer to the first question — where does the toxic material come from — may involve, we believe, at least three factors related to diet: Too Much Food, Unhealthy or Non-Optimal Ingredients, and Harmful Formulations and Additives — or combinations of all three of these. Too Much Food, in addition to the obvious problem of overfeeding total calories in relation to a pet's activity level and metabolism, often means too much of certain types of food: too much protein — too much fat — too much sugar — too much salt — all potentially compounding the problem of sheer overfeeding.
Unhealthy or Non-Optimal Ingredients include derivatives and byproducts of animal origin, and even some derivatives of vegetable origin. Soya for protein. Beet pulp for fibre. Wheat because it's cheap. Sugar in the form of dextrose, fructose, sorghum, beet pulp and many other "hidden" sugars, all to make it taste good. Beef, pork, and dairy products. Harmful Formulations and Additives include, potentially, over 8,000 non-food additives that government regulations still allow to be put into pet food. The most obvious of these are the chemical colorings, flavorings and preservatives. The problem in a lot of cases starts before the food even arrives at the manufacturer; for example, many protein sources such as chicken and lamb may be preserved with chemicals prior to this stage. Other examples of chemicals include the emulsifiers used to stabilize mixtures of water and oil to create a marketable appearance, such as "juicy chunks."
What Is a Good Diet? To assist the pet in reducing waste or toxic matter, we must make sure that the food is of high quality, easily digested and without added chemicals. A good diet's ingredients, fed in the correct quantities, help the body/mind function in a normal healthy way. What Is a "Balanced" Diet? Most pet food companies advertise their products as being 'Complete and Balanced,' which in one sense is correct but in a deeper sense can be very misleading. It may mean that the food contains all the vitamins and minerals required to sustain life. But this can be true without reference to quality or digestibility. At The Land of Holistic Pets we believe that balance is achieved when the body works in harmony and when what is consumed is utilized in the best possible way to achieve health and vitality. This harmony can be termed metabolic balance, where every organ in the body functions at an optimum level for the benefit of the whole body. This state is the goal of Robbie's Holistic Cuisine.
These details were last updated on: 16 October 2007