We know there is a worldwide human obesity epidemic, but pet obesity is on the rise at an alarming rate. Just like humans, pets can gain weight easily and suffer serious health problems if not addressed. They need a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise just as much as we do.
Pet obesity is no laughing matter. Many pet owners don’t even know what a healthy diet entails, or what optimal weight looks like. Weight loss and remaining lean is critical for a well-balanced (and dis-ease free) life and longevity. As pet owners, it’s our responsibility to do the research or find a certified holistic vet who can offer guidance like Dr. Jeff Feinman.
Losing weight is simple but not always so easy. It is frequently related to eating the wrong diet. Most commonly a low-quality carbohydrate and filler-laden dry food diet. This is is especially true for cats. Have you taken the time to read the ingredients on pet food packaging?
Ingredients to avoid:
*Corn and wheat gluten.
*Meat and grain meals and by-products.
*BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)
*BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
*Food Dyes (Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6, 4-MIE)
*PG (Propylene Glycol)
The healthiest diet and fastest way to lose weight in my experience is raw meat-based. However, this is not the only healthful way to lose weight.
The metabolic processes supported by the calories supplied by this (and the prior) slow-cooked fresh food diet recipes are critical to proper physiologic functioning and weight loss. The high-quality carbohydrates in it promote the process. They aid increased activity and caloric expenditure.
It is also important to restrict high carbohydrate content treats. Fresh green beans, broccoli and cauliflower make wonderful and healthful low calorie treats that many dogs love. Cats not so much (though some cats do love veggies).
Why Is Losing Weight So Hard for Some Dogs & Cats?
However, in some pets, even tiny quantities of fresh food (even raw meat) and hours of activity per day isn’t sufficient. Sometimes you try everything and seemingly do everything right, but they just can not lose weight.
These animals often have an internal metabolic defect. The term “metabolic syndrome” is used for some people who just can’t lose weight and is now also recognized in animals. In Dr. Jeff’s experience, careful and persistent homeopathic prescribing can help most of these patients.
One case example was a yellow lab who just could not lose weight. She ate only a few ounces of a varied raw meat diet and had hours of daily activity. With continued homeopathic internal treatment however the pounds melted away and stayed off!
Under active thyroid function is another common cause for stubborn obesity. Thyroid hormone is the chief determinant of metabolism. Insufficient quantity of it or improper conversion to the active form are common causes for weight gain and seemingly impossible weight loss.
A product called Whole thyroid gland extracts, combined with good food, exercise and homeopathic treatment can help boost metabolism and promote weight loss.
Start your companion animal’s weight loss by feeding a fresh food diet. These simple and easy Crock-Pot recipes can help.
A Low-Calorie Fresh Food Recipe for Your Dogs & Cats
♥10 ounces organic chopped kale
♥4 cups of cubed organic zucchini and/or summer squash
♥3 organic chicken breasts
♥1 cup of organic amaranth
♥5 cups of water
This week’s stew cooked quickly. The more you chop the kale, the faster it cooks. 4-6 hours on high should do it.
Please remember that the recipe is designed to be healthful, flexible, easy, and inexpensive. It is not meant for continuous feeding. It can, however, be part of a fresh and varied diet (with everything fed in moderation).
Other fresh food feeding suggestions are in Dr. Jeff’s free fresh food feeding toolkit that you can get here.