It goes without saying that a healthy dog is a content dog. Wellness radiates from within and more often than not encompasses every aspect of a dog’s body, disposition, and poise. He commands attention; a glorious coat, rippling muscles, eyes sharp and bright with dynamism, clean polished teeth paired with sweetness of breath, all the while displaying a keenness and enthusiasm for life- vivacious in soul and spirit. Health is in the cells. Just as we have a need to nurture and care for our bodies, minds, and emotions, so too do our dogs have the very same requirements. Our canine companions are depending upon us, their human guardians, to meet their needs. Domestic dogs do not have the freedoms that wolves and other wild dogs have. While they may not have to contend with the same dangers of feral living, their domestic lives are just as precarious and the cause for the high mortality rate among the modern canine. When their needs are not properly met and nurtured, they are struck with discomfort, distress, and a life less lived.
All living beings have specific needs. Your dog needs a healthful environment in which to be nurtured and develop in order to cultivate peak cellular health for optimal function and vitality. Our dogs are not blessed with the length of life that many of us humans are blessed to experience. And for this reason, we cannot leave one need unchecked or our beloved companions will be with us for far too brief a time. Our dogs require fresh, whole, nourishing food; pure water free from fluoride, chlorine, heavy metals, and contaminants; daily regular exercise in a yard or area free from chemical fertilizers, deadly glyphosate, and farming pesticides; fresh clean air away from car exhaust, air-borne chemicals, and smoke-filled homes and vehicles; and most importantly, consistent loving attention and human bonding. The relationship between dog and guardian can become so powerful that these two hearts from two differing species become bonded as one. That age old saying, “man’s best friend,” is clearly an understatement. Nurturing and caring for your dog the holistic way has benefits without number, but arguably the greatest of these is the sharing of two lives well into the golden years of a dog’s life free from chronic conditions and diseases.
It is our objective and purpose at The Holistic Canine to cultivate radiant health and vitality within the modern canine through education, support, and personal services tailored to you and your dog.
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©2019 Kimberly Lloyd, PhD, BCHHP, Cert Raw Pet Food Nutritionist