Anna Webb (Broadcaster, Author and Trainer) has studied natural nutrition and therapies with the College of Integrated Veterinary Therapies (CIVT). She is part of the team of experts we’ve enlisted to offer resources to our Positive Puppy Programme community. Here she offers some advice as to why feeding a natural, species-appropriate diet is the best way to raise your dog.
Dogs are classified as a Canid; they’re a predator biologically and physiologically pre-programmed to eat meat. New evidence through the science of Nutrigenomics has revealed that diet, especially functional foods, impacts on health and behaviour both in people and animals.
Today big-budget advertising campaigns entice brand loyalty, whilst attractive packaging and bold messages convince us we’re making a healthy choice.
On average dry dog food constitutes of over 50% simple carbohydrate and is considered as high-glycemic. This contributes to ‘sugar highs’ in dogs. It’s similar to a child becoming hyperactive after eating an ice-lolly, then crashing into a mood.
An impaired glucose metabolism, caused by sugary processed foods, can also promote brain starvation. This creates a lack of focus and an inability to ‘think straight’. In older dogs this can lead to memory problems, like Alzheimers. In puppies it can impair their ability to learn.
Many people assume that their puppy is misbehaving; being ill-mannered, stupid, or uncooperative. Behaviour traits such as becoming frustrated easily, having mood swings, an inability to settle, and finding it generally difficult to focus, may be attributable to a processed diet.
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