Welcome to our web site, an information-only site
which proposes a philosophy of natural feeding
for DOGS, CATS and HORSES
by holistic vet and natural vet Chris Day MRCVS
This website is a non-selling, not-for-profit information and advice resource.
At the Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre, we advise on natural feeding for every patient, whatever the species, as part of our holistic veterinary service. We do this whatever therapy or integrated programme we may be using for a particular patient (i.e. homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine (herbs - phytotherapy), chiropractic manipulation or other therapy).
This advice is based on taking the nearest wild species as a prototype and modelling a diet on the natural diet of that species in its wild habitat. We do this as the most logical course, since man's selection of breeds of domestic animal has only occurred over a very short band of time, when compared with the time that the various species have evolved on Earth and established their niches. However, it stands to reason that we cannot recreate totally natural conditions in our homes, so compromises are made to suit modern lifestyles and situations.
We believe a wholesome diet to be the firm platform on which to build good health and longevity. We also believe that many health problems in all our domestic species stem from unhealthy or unsuitable feeding.
We advise to feed fresh food and to source it from organic suppliers whenever possible, since we believe that to be the healthiest way. Every part of the body and every system of the body functions better on a natural diet.
We advise against the feeding of manufactured foods and freeze-dried foods, which variably suffer from heavy processing, adulteration, denaturing, inclusion of undesirable (and sometimes harmful) additives and vigorous commercial marketing. Such foods do not serve health and well being so much as commercial interest and profit. Furthermore, manufactured and processed feeds have only been marketed over a few decades, which is but a blink in time, so the various species cannot possibly have had time enough to evolve to handle such artificial material. Processing cannot improve food and the addition of various artificial ingredients can only give the animal's immune system and metabolism an unwanted job, to rid the body of foreign and possibly noxious material.
We apply exactly the same principles to the feeding of supplements and treats.
Make no mistake, horse foods and pet foods are BIG BUSINESS - advertising hype is driven by the promise of huge profits.
Beware the word 'natural', as it may falsely be used in advertising. For instance, how can a freeze-dried food be 'natural'?
We also advise a healthy water supply, which would not always be local tap water.
We advise against supplying animals with softened water for drinking.
Healthy animals need a healthy diet to maintain health.
Sick, injured or ill animals need a healthy diet to optimise healing capability.
Performance animals need a healthy diet for optimum performance and stamina.
Young animals need a healthy diet for optimum growth and development.
Older animals need a healthy diet to preserve their faculties and energy levels.
You may be interested in eBooks on feeding. We can offer one for horses, one for dogs and one for cats. There is also an eBook store, currently offering 9 eBooks written by Christopher Day to date, with more titles being added as they are completed.
Mr Day offers lectures (with PowerPoint Presentation) on 'Pasture Management' and 'Natural Feeding'.
N.B.: This general feeding information is based on the advice given to clients who seek our services. It is opinion. We publish this information in good faith, with the motivation of sharing experiences and improving the health, longevity and well-being of our domestic animals. We make no profit from selling feeding products via this or any other web site and are independent from all manufacturers. Equally, we single out no manufacturers or products for particular criticism. We hope that this information is of value to you and your animal but please contact us if you require further help.
This general advice is not tailored to feeding for specific illnesses, for which we would need to give more individual advice (01367 710324).
N.B.: We do not offer specific feeding advice via e-mail or telephone to non-clients.
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Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre
Stanford in the Vale
SN7 8NQ [UK]
Tel.: 01367 710324 [International: +44 1367 710324]
Fax: 01367 718243 [International: +44 1367 718243]
Main website: www.alternativevet.org
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