Alison Daniel is the co-founder of My Pet Nutritionist and has specialised in canine and feline nutrition for over 13 years, helping owners and their pets all over the world.
Alison’s passion for natural sciences soon spilt over into pets after training as a small animal companion nutritionist and completing her studies in Australia in 2008. Keeping a foot in both camps of human and pet nutrition, Alison has honed her skills within the health sector, using her extensive experience in nutrigenomics and epigenetics, applying this knowledge to disease in canines, and having great success.
It’s the combination of working with healing foods, naturopathic principles and scientific research that formulates a winning combination for Alison’s clinical practice.
The below additions are generally tolerated by most dogs, when fed in moderation. Start slow, and only introduce one new food at a time. Discontinue if your dog appears intolerant of any.
There are many more ingredients but start with a little of what has been discussed below. Vegetables are best served steamed, blended or pulped.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Top of the list for a reason. Green leafy vegetables include spinach, kale, watercress and broccoli. In green leafy vegetables you will find vitamins A, C, E and K along with many of the B-vitamins. These vegetables also contain carotenoids. Carotenoids act as an antioxidant, deactivating free-radicals and limiting the damage they can cause.
So, lightly steam your green veg, or blitz it up in a blender, pop it in a freezer mould and add them to your dog’s bowl!
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There are literally thousands of species of mushrooms on the planet, so it can be a challenge to know where to start. But they are incredible in terms of the benefits they can provide.
Mushrooms can be involved in the prevention of certain disease, the regeneration of damaged cells, the protection of tissues and cells and used during treatment of existing conditions.
The bioactive compounds of mushrooms include polysaccharides, proteins, fats, ash, glycosides, alkaloids, volatile oils, tocopherols, phenolics, flavonoids, carotenoids, folates, ascorbic acid enzymes, and organic acids.
Mushrooms have been seen to be Anti-inflammatory, Anti-microbial, Antioxidant, Prebiotic and Anti-diabetic
If you are looking to add mushrooms to the bowl, cook them fully, lightly sautéed is fine.
There’s a reason eggs are the protein reference. They contain the full essential amino acid profile.
Eggs contain essential lipids, proteins, vitamins, minerals and trace elements including vitamin A, iron, vitamin B12, riboflavin, choline, zinc and calcium.
Egg proteins are distributed equally between egg white and egg yolk, whilst lipids, vitamins and minerals are essentially concentrated in the egg yolk. The yolk is a rich source of linoleic acid and as we know, LA is abundant in the epidermis of the skin, so eggs are a great source of food to support skin health.
So, if you want to add egg to the bowl, source free-range and organic. You can feed raw or cooked, and the egg shell is perfectly safe to feed too!
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Berries contain many vitamins but that also have an impressive antioxidant profile.
Anthocyanins (Greek anthos =flower and kyáneos = blue) belong to the flavonoid group of polyphenols, which are responsible for the red and blue colour of plant organs such as fruits, flowers, and leaves. Many studies have linked these compounds with antioxidant, anti‐inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties, protection against both heart disease and cancer, as well as a reduction in the risk of diabetes and cognitive function disorders. They have also demonstrated antimicrobial properties, specifically in cranberries and blueberries.
For the active dog, adding blueberries to the diet has been seen to significantly reduce oxidative stress and therefore aid recovery.
Do not feed berries or root vegetables if you dog has a yeast infection.
My Pet Nutritionist offers in-depth and extensive consultation services for those pets that need support during illness, often when nothing else has worked.
They can help solve any problem, big or small. Their main areas of specialism lie within itchy dogs, cancer support, IBS/IBD (Inflammatory issues and disease of the bowel), pancreatitis, kidney and liver disease, urinary issues, anxiety, arthritis and endocrine issues such as hypothyroidism.
They use their years of experience and extensive research in disease and genetic polymorphisms to best tailor a successful nutritional plan for your cat or dog.
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