Traveling in a
Pack or a Pride
By Leslie Morán
Purring felines and daily
dog walks have been a part of my life since childhood. It was only
natural that as I discovered natural and holistic care for myself
that my interest grew towards using these methods with the animals
who shared my life and had a special place in my heart.
Diet and nutrition, coupled with using
flower essences and discovering homeopathy laid the cornerstones for
the foundation of my work with the animals. Around this time I adopted
a dog who had destructive behavior patterns which were triggered by
her fear of loud noises. This led me to begin exploring and developing
the intuitive healing and communication gifts I have with the animals.
When she shared the event with me which was the cause of her fear-based
behaviors she began healing. Shortly afterwards her destructive behaviors
lessened and finally stopped. The Behavior page on this Web site explains
this healing and communication process more fully.
Delighting in everything I was learning
my curiosity propelled me forward. I was led to learn more about nutrition,
nutritional supplements, natural living, and other holistic healing
methods. As if I were collecting flowers from my garden, the holistic
bouquet of healing options I could use with the animals kept expanding.
Through loving and caring for my own
dogs and cats, over time they have been my teachers. Whenever one
would develop a special need for something, I would seek out - or
be guided to - the perfect solution which helped resolve the situation
in a natural and holistic manner. Repeatedly, I have experienced the
syncronicity of life allowing events, people, or situations to come
together for the highest and best of all concerned. And whenever I
am facing a challenge, either with a client's situation or personally,
remembering these positive experiences from the past helps me have
the hope, the faith, and the courage to keep putting one foot ahead
of the other until there is a shift. This shift can be in perspective,
in awareness, or in being led to that which I need to do next.
A Strong Foundation
The foundation of every natural health
care plan revolves around avoiding exposure to pesticides and contaminants,
feeding a natural well-balanced homemade diet, and giving nutritional
supplements to assist the natural healing and regenerative processes
of the body.
Insure that the water you have access
to is free of chemicals and contaminants. Public water supplies are
flooded with chemicals and pesticides that can tax the liver and can
be stored in the fatty tissues of the body. Use filtered water or
bottled spring water for all cooking and drinking. Do not use distilled
water for drinking and food preparation.
A key ingredient in feeding a raw
food homemade diet includes using fresh raw meat and whole cooked
grains while also balancing protein to carbohydrate ratios, calcium
to phosphorus ratios, fat content, and insuring that adequate amounts
of key minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients are present. Feeding
a homemade raw food diet provides the highest source of nutrition
possible. The recipes I use have been formulated by a holistic veterinarian
who is at the leading edge of natural nutrition for dogs and cats.
For some people feeding or eating
meat brings up ethical concerns. The choice surrounding whether to
feed or eat meat is a personal one. My role as an animal wellness
coach is to educate you in the best natural care methods I am aware
of for your dog or cat. Any concerns you have about feeding fresh
raw meat can easily be addressed during your consultation.
Fresh raw meat contains numerous enzymes,
amino acids, and nutrients that are destroyed by cooking. But it also
contains something that cannot be bought in a can or a bag. This special
component is life force energy. Fresh raw meat contains a
vital force that nurtures the specific nature of the feline and canine
physiology. This quality causes them to naturally thrive when being
fed this type of diet.
For felines, cat food made by following
balanced species-specific recipes ensure that cats receive a healthy
combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fats in combination with
other vital nutrients. Cats must receive balanced nutrition so following
a properly formulated recipe is important.
Felines are obligate carnivores, this
means they must eat meat and animal products in order to be as healthy
as possible. A cat's metabolism readily responds to the superior nutrients
available in homemade cat food. These homemade meals can be prepared
once a week with two to three days worth of food kept in the refrigerator.
The remainder can be frozen and thawed as needed.
For canines, I have seen that there
is more flexibility possible when deciding the type of food to feed.
However, as with cats, feeding a raw homemade diet made by following
balanced canine recipes ensures that your dog will receive a nutritious
combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fats along with other vital
Key ingredients in a canine raw food
homemade diet include using fresh raw meat, whole cooked grains, while
ensuring balanced amounts of other vital nutrients are present. This
type of diet provides the highest source of nutrition available.
If you choose to feed a prepared kibble
even the best natural brands made from human-grade quality ingredients
cannot compare to feeding a homemade diet. When looking for a suitable
kibble be sure it is made from human-grade quality foods. Its ingredient
list should be free of by-products. Ensure that it is also free of
any chemical colorings, additives, and preservatives. One possibility
for complementing a high quality prepared food is to supplement it
by adding fresh raw meat. When doing this it is important to balance
the calcium to phosphorus ratio of the meat. This can be easily achieved
by following a recipe specifically designed for this purpose.
Many dogs can do very well on a vegetarian
(meatless) diet. In lieu of feeding meat many successfully use cheese,
milk, cottage cheese, eggs, and tofu as protein sources. However,
be sure to follow a recipe that ensures a balance of proteins, grains,
oil, minerals, and other nutrients.
Another ingredient that can be added
to the meals for your feline and canine kids are sprouts. Sprouts
contain a power house of nutrients. During the sprouting process amino
acids are altered creating a higher quality of usable protein. Vitamin
levels increase dramatically and the minerals present become chelated.
This means they combine with protein in a way that makes them easier
I have fed a variety of sprouts to
my canine and feline critter kids over the years. You will need to
experiment with the various types of sprouts available to see which
ones your critter kids enjoy the most. While one dog may balk at alfalfa
sprouts, another will gobble them right up. One cat will love the
sunflower seed greens, while another will eat any type of sprouts
added to their meals. A variety of seeds, legumes, and beans can be
There will soon be a booklet and a
PDF available for sale on the Products page of this Web site that
will explain all the details of sprouting for birds, dogs, cats, and
Numerous nutritional supplements are
available to help maintain or restore health and well-being. Using
a multiple vitamin and mineral supplement is a good place to start.
My dogs enjoy the Canine Discovery so much I give it as a treat! Depending
upon the individual circumstances with your dog or cat there is most
likely a nutritional product available to help improve the situation.
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