Food Therapy For Pets

Food therapy is also known as integrative nutrition. Nutrition is a very important factor to your pet’s health. As a pet owner, it is very important to learn and understand what nutritional needs your pet has in order to help them stay active, happy, and healthy.   Among the best ways to get nutrition tips and advice is by visiting a qualified food therapist.  Veterinary food therapy will help you to make sure the food your pet consumes is healthy and contributes to your pet’s sense of well-being.  A well planned diet will also help avoid common health problems that may arise in the future.



How Food Affects Your Pet's Health

Food is medicine. Appropriate diet and well balanced nutrition are the cornerstone of your pet's health.  Unfortunately, most of us do not realize food highly influences the way our pet thinks, feels or acts.  The effects of food can have as much of an impact as herbal medicines or prescription drugs. The benefits of utilizing food therapy are best achieved when the body is able to break down the food and absorb its nutrients, therefore fresh, minimally processed foods and sometimes supplements may be incorporated into the diet in order to aid in digestion.  Food therapy is applied to all diseases including digestive, respiratory and skin problems, as well as cancer.



Let food by thy medicine and medicine by thy food

                                        - Hippocrates 431 BC


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Functional foods and diets work differently based on each individual pet.

It is very important to note how different diets works on pets, from cats to dogs and even rabbits. As an owner, you need to consider some factors with regards to your pets' food.  Using TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) principles the energetics of the foods are also taken into consideration when recommendations are being made. Overall, the main goal of food therapy is to eat a combination of foods that will create a balance in the body which promotes a healthy digestive system and prevents disease.