HOLISTIC PET NUTRITION GUIDE
HOLISTIC COMPANION PET NUTRITION Canines have been domesticated for at least 15,000 years and up until the 1950s, the majority of all domesticated pets were not fed processed food (kibble or canned) nor did they hunt for prey in packs like wolves. Dogs were fed meats, vegetables and grains that grown the regional that their breed was developed in. This food was normally left overs from their human family members. For thousands of years domesticates dogs eat real food and they thrived. Many small and medium size breeds lived past 20 years of age. Commercially made kibble was not introduced as a food source until the 1930s when the grain and meat industries needed a market for their rejected products. Wheat, corn that failed USDA inspection because of mold, rancidity, and other contaminants. These large farm companies discovered that the meat industry faced the same dilemma â€“ meat that failed USDA inspection needed to be sold as a waste product instead of a becoming a complete loss. With the new convenient processed human meal industryâ€™s rapid growth it took very little time to convince people to feed their pets in the same way. In a marketing effort to sell more food, the pet food industry convinced most of society that feeding real food to their pet was bad and the pet industryâ€™s food was healthier. Today commercial pet food is promoted by multi-billion dollar food manufacturing corporations and the veterinary industry, both of who have a huge financial stake in getting you to feed these products to your pet. The most recent example of this was (Nov. 2012) when the AVMA had issued a statement warning people about the potential harm of
feeding a raw food diet to pets. Buried in that statement they said that the potential harm is to humans not animals, but most pet owners were not aware of that statement because few ever read the whole report. The headline is what everyone say and remembers, AVMA “suggested that vets discourage pet owners from feeding raw food. Dr. Richard Pitcairn and Marty Goldstein, two of the most respect veterinarians of their time have both publicly said there are direct ties between the poor health of our pet population and the non-species specific food they are being fed. Dr Pitcairn said "Since I graduated from veterinary school in 1965, I've noticed a general deterioration in pet health. We now see very young animals with diseases that we used to see only in older animals. Without the perspective of several decades, vets just coming out of veterinary school think these degenerative conditions in younger animals are "normal." He went on to say “the veterinarians whom have graduated beyond the late 1960’s do not realize what has happened over the passage of time.” “I believe, along with poor quality nutrients, the chemical additives in pet food play a major part in that decline. Pet foods contain slaughterhouse wastes, toxic products from spoiled foodstuffs, non-nutritive fillers, heavy-metal contaminants, pesticides, herbicides, drug residues, sugar, and artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives." Dr. Marty Goldstein D.V.M. said "When I tell pet owners that a change to whole food diet can affect their pet's health in a matter of days, the first reaction is usually delight, sometimes even exhilaration." Like Dr. Goldstein, many vet contribute many of the illnesses the see to processed food and strongly recommend the feeding of a real food diet. Changing your pet companion’s food to a whole food diet
shouldn’t be just a temporary measure to help them through an illness; it’s a prescription for lifetime optimum health. At Pet Nutrition Systems we see this common situation all too often: A pet’s immune system is compromised and they become ill, as part of the over all treatment plan a veterinarian may prescribes home cooked chicken and rice, or beef and potatoes, or the vet sells the client one of the prescriptive pet foods from their shelf. The worried pet owner continues this newly prescribed feeding for a few weeks or till the illness has been managed. Most owner go back to the original diet and food that may have triggered the problem. Feeding a unbalance processed food diet will only perpetuates a downward health cycle which may cause the pet companion to retreated or revisit the vet for a different illness. For a long time many pet owners feeding a processed kibble or processed canned food diet have been lead to believe that when they read “meets the AAFCO’s MINIMUM requirements” and “balanced and complete” written on the label it means healthy and safe for all dogs. Many pet food manufacturers, many veterinarians and pet bloggers use these terms synonymously with achieving a optimal healthy state absent of illness, disease or pathology. This is not true! Feeding your pet real, naturally farmed, wholesome and healing food as their steady daily diet is the best way for them to maintain a healthy life. Why should they eat real whole food only during times of sickness, illness or disease? Shouldn’t your pet‘s daily diet promote vitality and wellness?
PNS Holistic Nutrition Plan There is an easy way to see for yourself the benefits of feeding a real food diet to your pet companion, enroll in the 10 week Pet Health Challenge. Our simple ten-week Pet Health Challenge program was carefully developed to introduce the elements of a Holistic Pet Plan in a natural order for creating a healthy pet. The basic principles help make you keenly aware of the nutrient requirements of your pet, how each nutrient is used and how the work together to achieve optimum health. By following this program, you can transform your pet step-by-step, each week seeing outwardly signs of a healthier body while continuing your program designed to lend support to all the genetic systems in your pets body. Ten Week Pet Health Challenge Guide
Does your pet have re-occurring health problem? Many pet companions have seasonal allergy symptoms, bouts of digestive problems, joint soreness and/or ear infections. It is with the understanding of the sub-clinical, and disturbances within the blood chemistry, that much of the causes of impending serious illness and disease, even those that are stress induced, can be determined. Then metabolic unbalanced, nutritional deficiencies, toxic conditions, as well as environmental conditions, may be neurologically controlled. If the cause of a health problem with unbalanced blood chemistry and/or food intolerance can be removed, then the body can accomplish homeostasis (the condition in which the pet’s body internal environment remains relatively constant and balanced). Pet Nutrition Systems does not advocate self-diagnosis or treatment, but encourages you to empower yourself with the education and attention to take charge and maximize your pet’s health. If you have had current blood work done by your vet we can use these test results to help design a more individualized diet to help heal your pet and keep them healthy. Holistic pet nutrition focuses on improving and correcting the total physiological and biochemical functioning of the body. By correcting deviations in the blood chemistry at the subclinical, a veterinarian, or any pet owner, is able to achieve the optimum state of a pet’s health. In a Holistic approach to pet nutrition, sub-clinical deviations in blood chemistry are related to physiological, metabolic and biochemical malfunctions. These malfunctions have been found to indicate specific nutritional deficiencies. This provides the basis for appropriate nutritional change in formulation of our pet’s diet.
We often tend to forget that food can have either a healing influence or a slow acting, poisoning effect on our pets. We have all seen evidence of the damage caused by foods our pets canâ€™t tolerate or are allergic to. The wrong foods can trigger and/or aggravate ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, skin & coat problems, autoimmune diseases and organ disease.
What is food intolerance? Food intolerance (also known as non-allergic food hypersensitivity) is an adverse reaction to a food or ingredient that occurs every time the food is eaten, particularly if larger quantities are consumed. Food intolerance is not a true food allergy. Food allergy requires the presence of Immunoglobin E (IgE) antibodies against the food, and food intolerance does not. Intolerance can result from the absence of specific chemicals or enzymes needed to digest a food substance. Food intolerance is much more common than food allergy. The onset of symptoms is usually slower and may be
delayed by many hours after eating the offending food. The symptoms may also last for several hours or several days. What are the signs and symptoms of food intolerance? Food intolerance is more chronic, less acute and often more difficult to diagnose than a food allergy. Symptoms vary greatly. They can include: General symptoms - fatigue, joint pains, eye leaking, elevated body temperature. Gastrointestinal symptoms â€“ mouth ulcers, bloating, nausea, vomiting, intermittent diarrhea and/or constipation, irritable bowel syndrome. Skin symptoms - rashes, hair loss
Food intolerance and weight gain Your pet can gain up to 30% of its normal body weight due to food intolerance. Some processed foods containing dairy, poor quality wheat, or poor quality meat, can cause unhealthy bacteria overgrowth and produce toxins that trigger inflammation and swelling of the intestines. When this occurs, normal digestion function is affected and weight gain occurs. Diagnosis of food intolerance You can eliminate chronic symptoms and the suffering they cause by identifying and eliminating offending foods and ingredients from the diet. It is not always easy to identify the offending food because the effects of food intolerances are usually delayed. You may remove the food from your diet, see if symptoms improve, and then reintroduce the food. If symptoms return, intolerance is likely. You should seek holistic professional help when trying to identify an allergy, food intolerance, and the creation of a new diet for the
management of your petâ€™s health. This will ensure they are at optimal nutritional health. Holistic pet care encourages proper diet and lifestyle. As a holistic pet nutrition provider we suggest you consider feeding your pet whole food rather than processed, commercial food and provide a diet developed to fit your petâ€™s unique nutritional requirements. A commitment to this philosophy will ensure your pet will enjoy the highest quality of living.
Select the proper animal protein & formulation
In the National Research Council's 1985 report there are many hundreds of research studies cited from schools of veterinary medicine, dog food companies, and independent laboratories. Each of these studies pertains to a single nutrient, ie; vitamin A, calcium, copper, etc. With each research study, when two or more breeds were used, it also showed their nutritional differences. Very noteworthy is the fact that in the entire 1985 report not one research study cited showed two breeds to have the same nutritional requirements for any one nutrient. Samples of specific research confirming breed specific nutritional differences are found throughout the NRC's 1985 revised Nutrient Requirements of Dogs: Specific testing showed that food energy requirements of Beagles are different from Huskies per Kilogram of body weight.
Testing on the Golden Retriever showed that it required a higher amount of the essential amino acid Methionine than a Beagle per Kilogram of body weight. Testing on the Irish Water Spaniel established that its requirement for copper was unique when compared to the other breeds. Testing on the English Springer Spaniel showed a different requirement for zinc than the amount required by a Beagle per Kilogram of body weight. Testing to establish the requirements for vitamin A showed that the Chihuahua puppy, English Foxhound puppy, and Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy all had different reactions to the same dosage of this one nutrient. Testing for vitamin D requirements showed that the Pug and the Great Dane both need from nine to ten times as much as the Irish Terrier per Kilogram of body weight. When selecting a new diet or food for your pet you need to ensure that all critical ancestral nutrients are satisfied and in balance. All nutrients require the help of at least one other partnering nutrient to do its job. Pet Nutrition Systems knows the science of how nutrients work and the correct amount needed. We will strive to be sure that they are bio-available. Switching to our species specific whole food diet will provide a balanced dietary plan specific to your petâ€™s needs. We have listed most of the breeds by the region that they were developed in. Once you have indentified what region or combination of regions your pet is from you will be better able to select the correct formulation for them to eat. Remember, most food allergies and food intolerances come
from feeding non-ancestral processed food. Avoiding these foods and food processes will give your pet a much better chance at optimum health. These regional specific guidelines provide an evolutionary basis for diets appropriate for a variety of dogs. For a more in-depth Breed Specific diet read our Breed Specific Diet program guide (the link is provided below). ON the next page you will find there are 8 Breed Groupings. Each breed group will give a brief description of that regions unique foods which would have made up the nutrient requirements of the breeds developed in that region. You will also find the suggested protein sources Pet Nutrition Systems retail formulation whole food, non-processed formulation that match their general nutrient needs. When canines are fed a region whole food diet they are less likely to develop food allergies, digestive disorders and autoimmune issues.
REGIONAL SPECIFIC DIET GUIDE
Asian Breeds: Fish poultry and lamb, along with steamed vegetables including beans and whole grains such as white, brown and wild rice (all ingredients plentiful in the region at the time these breeds where first created) form the basis of a sound diet. (Salmon, Turkey, Chicken, Boar) Euro-coastal Breeds: Diets rich in complex carbohydrates and fiber compliment these breedsâ€™ special needs. In addition to fish lamb and poultry sources of protein, potatoes and other vegetables should feature prominently. (Beef & Salmon) Field Hunting Breeds: Lamb, rabbit and chicken adequately fuel these active breeds, along with vegetables and grains, including oats and whole barely. (Chicken & Turkey)
German Breeds: Greens and grains, in addition to lamb and beef, make all the difference for these breeds that have shorter colons than other breeds. The right blend of all three types of ingredients is essential to prevent bloat and adequate nutrient absorption. (Beef, Bison & Boar) North American Coastal Breeds: These breeds, developed in close association with water, not surprisingly thrive when fed a diet rich in water foul and fish. Duck, salmon and other aquatic proteins rich in fatty acids provide vital nutrients for these breeds. Greens and whole grains complete the diet. (Turkey, Chicken & Salmon) Northeast USA Breeds: Combinations of fish and crude animal proteins form the basis of well-balanced cold-weather breeds. Game meats, such as elk and venison, closely mimic the diets they were developed to consume. These breeds often do not tolerate whole grains. (Beef, Turkey & Bison) Sight Hounds: Rabbit, chicken and turkey protein sources most closely match what these breeds were developed to hunt. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains round out their diets and are designed to provide energy for a variety of activities for which these breeds are known. (Chicken & Turkey) Toy Breeds: Chicken and fish, along with protein and omega-rich avocado ensure these delicate breeds retain vigorous health and lustrous coats. (Turkey, Chicken & Beef) If you need help in selecting the proper recipe feel free to call us at: 570.266.1224 or look up your breed in our Breed Specific Guide to see what region it originated from.
Nutrients are the building blocks of a holistic diet When inspecting each essential nutrient in a dog's diet, it is very important to look at the other nutrients they affect or that affect them. The nutrients that work together are the building blocks of your petâ€™s health and deserve serious consideration when choosing or creating a diet. We have all recognized the importance of teamwork between water and solid foods in our own diet. This concept also applies to our dog's diet. If either one is not present, we both know the result will be death due to a lack of an essential part of the diet. On the other hand, if we present any one part of the team in quantities that are too far out of proportion to the other parts, we can have the same disastrous results. Balancing all the parts of a nutritional team is the most important factor for formulating a proper holistic diet for any pet. The complete nutritional team for canine nutrition consists of solids and liquids. These can be broken down to include: protein, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, enzymes, fiber, fatty acids, carbohydrates, bacteria, and water. Each part of this complete nutritional team can be broken down into a team of its own. (for more information regarding the science of canine nutritional read Pet Nutrition Systemsâ€™: Canine Nutrition Guide
CHOOSE NON-GMO PET FOOD As responsible pet caretakers, we have the right to know what we are feeding our pet companions. One of the most important choices anyone can make is whether or not to feed pet food containing GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms, also called genetically engineered ingredients). Because GMOs are pervasive in our pet food supply most familiar processed pet food sold contain them. Pet food manufacturers are not required to label them, many Americans are not even aware that most of the cheap grains are GMO and in many cases they are in your petâ€™s favorite food. Being the most progressive retailer of natural & organic holistic pet food, Pet Nutrition Systems is proud to support GMO choice and transparency, such as supporting labeling efforts like Proposition 37 in California and also by providing our clients with the only Non-GMO and organic handmade products available. We are really excited to announce that all Pet Nutrition SystemsÂŽ partnership retailers in the US will have the first and only Non-GMO Pet Food products for sale starting 2013. Pet Nutrition Systems thinks its time for pet health providers and industry professionals to start offering their customers a catered, fresh, clean, non-GMO, whole food choice. We
have supported mandatory product labeling measures for both human and pet foods over the years, most recently Californiaâ€™s Proposition 37 and Washington Stateâ€™s Initiative Measure 522, with the hope that these grass roots efforts will lead to FDA & AAFCO standards for all food. (to learn more click the link)
Home-prepared Foods Some owners like to prepare at least some of their pet's meals themselves. Home prepared diets require a thorough understanding of the specific nutritional needs of your pet, of the nutrient value of each ingredient used in the formulation, how each dietary nutrient interactions with each other to perform their function (nutrient-gene interaction) and the different methods of preparation and storage which will affect the bio-availability of individual nutrients. We are available for consultation and formulations of customized recipes for those whom wish to prepare their own pet food.
Pet Nutrition Systems Once you see the remarkable changes that take place when you feed your pets real, wholesome, healthy, natural and human-grade quality foods, youâ€™ll never want to go back to
anything else. Take our 10 week challenge - whether you opt to make your own foods from a recipe bought from us, or you buy one of our made to order formulations – we promise your pet will enjoy a much happier, healthier life! Radiant Health is Unmistakable! You’ll see it in every aspect of your pet’s being; their skin, coats, eyes, ears, energy levels, mobility and disposition. You hold in your hands the ability to make your pet’s quality of life, longevity and beauty much better. Always remember that food is the foundation of life. To request a holistic pet nutrition consultation contact Pet Nutrition Systems, PNS, email@example.com. The consultation includes current blood work evaluations, health history, your goals and budget planning. You’ll learn the secret of making better choices to enhance your pet’s life and tap into their own natural healing powers. Pet Nutrition Systems wants to help you improve your pet companions life by providing education, modern science based nutrition, providing the best diet plans and supplying the freshest whole food pet meals available. http://www.petnutritionsystems.com Visit the Pet Nutrition Systems to see how people like you are making positive changes in the health and wellness of their pets.
Published on Dec 19, 2012
2nd draft of the new PNS Holistic Nutrition Guide. If you are recieving this please know that it is NOT an editted version of the new guide.