The father of Western medicine, Hippocrates, said, “Let food be your medicine.” This basic concept has been overshadowed by medical advances designed to address disease through surgery and medication. Although we all know it intuitively, many people seem to have “forgotten” that nutrition and natural dietary supplementation are powerful tools not only for treating disease, but preventing it altogether.
There is a dizzying array of pet foods and supplements available to pet owners. The question is: “Which ones contain high-quality ingredients and are right for my pet?” This search is only further complicated by misleading statements made by the manufacturers of these products.
The goal of a nutritional plan should be the prevention and treatment of disease. As is the case with other medications, not every diet or supplement is suited for every patient or medical condition. As a general rule, the closer to whole food products a diet or supplement is, the better it will be for the patient.
If your pet has medical problems or if you are interested in a preventative nutritional plan, a good place to start is with a veterinarian who has a special interest in nutrition and supplements. To customize a nutritional program for your pet, be sure to discuss your pet’s individual situation and how that relates to pet foods and supplements recommended.