When it comes to nutrition mother nature is the mentor to turn to.
Today, our pets (horses included) don’t live in an environment as they would in their natural habitat.
But, those conditions formed their bodies according to their style of living.
Cats and dogs are carnivores and thus they have short intestines best developed to process animal proteins, not plants. Subsequently we should seek to provide a diet with a high meat content, rather than carbohydrates from starches and sugar, for those cause immediate or long-term gut issues. You can get a first impression regarding the composition of a certain brand by looking at the ingredients listed on the declaration label.
By nature dogs as well as their close relative the wolf are used to feed on carrion. Cats on the contrary strictly feed on freshly hunted prey. Therefore cats are pickier about servings from a can and the animal food industry has often developed questionable ways to attract our pets with chemical additives to trick their senses. We will gladly provide our opinion which brands still have the wellbeing of the animal at the center of its focus.
In the natural habitat where carnivores feed they will not drink. This is an instinctive behavior in order to stay healthy. If your pelt-nose accepts close proximity of food and water that’s great. If you have doubts about the amount of hydration changing the location of your water bowl or fountain is worth a try!
Horses are just like hares and rabbits remarkably skilled in selecting herbs and plants to support their health. But, most paddocks don’t provide the necessary variety of plants and neither does the regular range of feed. Thus it becomes hard for even such skilled animals to counteract any deficiencies. Similarly carnivores profit from the partially digested contents of their prey’s intestines, but such nutrients cannot be provided in industrially processed food in quite the same manner. Because of these uncertainties we provide counsel and insight where to get specific herb and mineral supplements and which to choose in case of certain conditions.
Kidney / urinary problems
Hairloss / Fur issues
Restore microbiota after antibiotics etc.
doctor appointments etc.)
Nasal / breathing issues
Preparation and supplementation for suckling kittens / puppies
Organic tick and flea prevention
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Certified feline behavioral therapist Michaela Asmuß offers a mobile service to help you understand your velvet paw better. Her goal is to provide understanding and change recommendations to reunite and deepen your relationship with your beloved feline.
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Katrin Kunz’s portfolio encompasses dog and cat behavioral therapy, animal communication (she establishes a mental-emotional connection to your animal – even from a distance!), Bach flower therapy, Reiki and an exclusive cat apartment.
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