The Paleo Diet for Pets
Getting your pet to eat healthier can be a predicament if you don’t know where to start. Many foods promise to provide all the nutrients that a pet needs to stay healthy and strong, but nothing is more rewarding to your pet than the Paleo diet.
Paleo is short for Paleolithic, which is the time period in which the current evolution of dogs, cats and humans were first discovered. At this point in time, the diet of man and pet consisted of more raw ingredients that were actually beneficial for survival. Cats were and still are carnivores while dogs should have a mostly-meat diet, despite being slightly omnivorous. It is during this time that pets were at their strongest and most useful as pets for hunting and protecting people.
However, the health of pets has declined drastically with the increase of the use of grain in the market. This is the main ingredient in the majority of processed dog foods and many cat foods, which has led to a plethora of health and medical problems cropping up in our pets, such as skin and allergy problems. Cats and dogs weren’t designed to digest grains in any shape or form, providing them with nutrients they don’t even need in their diets.
It’s never a good idea to make the switch to the Paleo diet in one move. Such a change can lead to the shock of your pet’s digestive system. A gradual inclusion of the ingredients of your pet’s natural diet is recommended so that your cat or dog can get used to eating these new foods. This will help you figure out what your pet does and doesn’t like. That may sound like a waste, but if you’re doing the Paleo diet correctly, then none of the food you buy will go to waste.
These ingredients are mostly natural, foods that you should already be eating yourself. There are certain dietary restrictions for your pet, eliminating certain fresh and natural foods from their diet (such as tomatoes and avocado), but the majority of the fresh food you can find in the produce section of your supermarket is safe for your pet to eat.
Making a meal for your pet is actually more cost-effective than purchasing processed food at the pet store. For example, ground beef and fresh fish are much less expensive, per pound, than bagged or canned pet food. You’ll be surprised at how much more money you’ll save by switching over to a Paleo diet.
As you would enjoy a meal that is made fresh at home, so would your pet. Instead of guessing at the ingredients in a bag of dog food, you can know exactly what your pet is eating by taking the time to prepare a meal that covers all of the necessary nutrients for his or her diet. They deserve to eat just as well as you do.