Feed your dog a fresh, high-quality diet!
Seems too simple, right?
Common sense, maybe?
It wasn’t until I started feeding a homemade diet did I have an “aha moment.” And only after feeding homemade diets to my dogs, I realized that it was common sense to feed my dogs a fresh, high-quality diet.
Prior to preparing fresh meals for my dogs, I thought I already was feeding my dogs a high-quality diet (a prescription dry food labeled for arthritis). I thought I was providing my elderly dogs with the best that was available for their arthritis.
I originally switched to a homemade diet for my dog’s mental health, and then I realized all the other health benefits it provided.
These are the changes I saw and continue to see that help my dogs’ joint health:
- They LOVE dinner time; it’s a major event that my dogs look forward to! Looking back, I feel that they ate their dry food out of hunger and nothing more. Now my dogs truly enjoy their meals; there’s no turning back!
- Weight-loss. I realize now that my dogs were in a never ending cycle of weight-gain and pain when they were fed their “high-quality” dry food. The pain from their arthritis kept my dogs inactive, hence the weight gain. And then the weight gain caused their arthritis to increase, hence the inactivity.
- Increased activity level. Without the excess weight, my dogs are eager to exercise. They no longer dread the nightly walk; in fact they now insist on it! The pep in their step helps me too, ats I have to walk faster to keep up with the crew!
- Decreased pain from activities. Even after their fast-paced, longer evening walks, I no longer have to reach for NSAIDS (pain pills) when we get home. Refined carbohydrates are associated with inflammation, and since a fresh, homemade diet does not contain refined carbs, my dogs’ inflammation has decreased.
- Increased muscle tone. My elderly puppies hind limbs’ muscle tone increased as their activity levels increased. They went from flabby to chic!
- Increased overall health, mentally and physically.
Before preparing their meals, my 13 year old dog, Roni, didn’t have any true interest in physical activities. Now…
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