In 2006, Andi Brown wrote a book called “The Whole Pet Diet- Eight Weeks to Great Health for Dogs and Cats.” In it, she shares her own experiences and her clients’ experiences who were fed natural and wholesome food and completely transformed their pets. By following the eight-week the program, you can also transform your pet’s health inside and out with her step-by-step guide.
Suppose your dog has itchy, scaly skin, dry hair or hair that falls out in patches, cracked paws, split claws, fatigue, weakness, frequent infections, allergies, aching joints, obesity, and more. In that case, these could be symptoms of Essential Fatty Acid (EFA)deficiency. According to Andi, if you do nothing else, by adding essential fatty acids to your pet’s diet, you’ll see miraculous changes in its skin and coat often in the first five days.
To make the connection between the most common pet ailments and their causes, she suggests you treat the cause, not the symptoms. Instead of only treating skin problems with shampoo, just add EFAs to your pet’s food. Connect what’s happening inside that then reflects on the outside of the body. You’ll see real, long-lasting changes. When your pet’s skin and coat improve, imagine what else is happening to the heart, joints, digestive tract, and more. With these oils, you’ll help the overall body function better, promoting a more robust immune system.
There are two types of EFAs, omega-3, and omega-6. Both are necessary for a healthy pet diet, and the benefits are bountiful. Science would say for optimal health, pets need a ratio 1:2 ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s. If your supplement has 1 percent omega-3 and 2 percent omega 6, you’re right on target.
One last technical point, there are three important omega-3 fatty acids alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). No need to remember the long names; just remember, dogs and cats cannot use ALA. Only EPA and DHA are useful as omega-3 supplements in their diets. They are found in cold-water fish, including cod, mackerel, salmon, sardines, and trout. Andi uses cod liver in her blend because it’s easy to obtain, relatively nonperishable if appropriately stored, and it supplies more significant quantities of the needed EPA and DHA.
By ditching kibble and cooking meals for your pet, you’ll yield miraculous changes in their skin and coat. But if you can’t cook for them, try adding fresh vegetables to their water-moistened kibble, then add Andi’s oil mixture for a tasty meal and for a beautiful coat.
Andi’s Recipe for a Beautiful Coat
- measuring cup
- food processor
- or hand blender
- measuring spoon
- 3 oz wild salmon oil
- 1 oz extra virgin olive oil
- 1 oz cod liver oil
- 1 oz wheat germ oil
- 1 oz coconut oil
- 1 oz flaxseed oil
- 1 inch sprig of rosemary, or ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse for 30 seconds. Pour into a dark or opaque glass bottle or jar and seal tightly. Store in the refrigerator for freshness where it will keep for about 2 months. Serving sizes are based on body weight; use the dosage recommended below and thoroughly mix it into your pet’s food at every meal.
About Andi: Former director of dog food brand, Halo, Purely for Pets. A company that at the time of her book, specialized in all-natural, holistic pet care products.
These recommendations are not meant to replace medical care or diagnostics of a licensed veterinarian. The K9 Kids Company accepts no responsibility or liabilities resulting from the improper or inappropriate use of their recommendations.