books by Kymythy
Nutrition for Dogs and Cats
By Kymythy R. Schultze, C.C.N., A.H.I.
Each new day brings validity to what wise nutritionists, and your
mother, have been saying for years: eat good food and stop eating junk!
Our own doctors encourage us to consume fewer processed foods and rely
more on unadulterated natural ingredients in our meals if we wish to
enjoy an optimal quality of life. Surely, our beloved animal companions
are entitled to the same consideration. Why does the quality of food
make a difference in your pet’s health? Simply put, food is body
fuel, and life does not exist without it. The strength of your
pet’s immune system, its resistance to disease and its quality of
life all depend on the type and quality of the food that it eats.
Although commercial pet food products may be extremely convenient, they
lack vital enzymes and provide only a fixed formula, with no healthy
variety of fresh foods. All ingredients are heated, making many of them
less viable and some of them actually dangerous to health. Take a
moment and ask yourself if you would eat these products. Would you feed
them to your human children, day after day, year after year, for their
entire lives? Probably not. Common sense and current knowledge have
proven that we must eat a wide variety of fresh, wholesome foods to
enjoy good health. The same wisdom applies to our pets. Just as
processed foods are a new addition to the human diet, they are also a
recent substitution for unadulterated foods in the diets of our canine
and feline friends. Until the invention of processed commercial pet
food products less than 100 years ago, all animal lovers shared their
own food with their dogs and cats. In fact, people have been making
their animal companions’ meals at home since the beginning of our
relationship with them, at least 4,000 to 14,000 years ago. Many
people, all over the world, continue to prepare their furry
friends’ food at home.