How our Organic Fermented Food for Cats and Dogs can help improve the nutritional value of your pet’s food:
- Dr Mercola's white cheddar cheese-flavored meal topper is made with fermented organic whole foods, including broccoli, beets, carrots, kale, seaweed, ginger, and barley and wheat grasses.
- Fermentation helps unlock the plant-based nutrients and makes them more digestible so your pet can absorb and utilize more from the whole foods.
- Easy-to-serve, this powdered superfood topper provides antioxidants, polyphenols and vitamins and minerals, like iron, folate, and vitamins A and K2 from vegetables and other greens in a pet-tasty, shelf-stable form.
When was the last time you fed your dog or cat vegetables – real, organic vegetables?
If you’re like most pet parents, you probably haven’t. The majority of dogs and cats don’t receive vegetables on a regular basis, unless you feed your pet a homemade, species-specific diet made with organic produce.
Some commercially processed pet foods may claim to include vegetables and other green foods, but the harsh high-heat processing used to produce the food likely zeros out their nutritional value.
While your pet doesn’t require much – vegetables should make up only a small percentage of your dog’s or cat’s diet – they’re actually very important for health. Both dogs and cats need vegetables for essential nutrients and fiber not typically provided by their usual diet. Species-appropriate dog and cat food is predominantly protein. While high-quality meat sources supply amino acids and other valuable nutrients, they don’t contain the important antioxidants and phytonutrients found only in plant foods. Vegetables are the only source of antioxidants and phytonutrients in your pet’s diet.
So, unless you’re regularly feeding vegetables to your cat or dog, your pet is not getting the health-supporting polyphenols and other antioxidants he needs for health.
Dr Mercola's favourite way to provide dogs and cats with the vitamins and minerals they need is through whole foods. With whole food sources, you don’t need to worry if you’re feeding too much of one nutrient and not enough of another. In other words, whole foods provide balanced nutrition. You can do this by adding fresh vegetables to your pet’s homemade diet. Another way is to add a topper containing vegetables to your pet’s usual food.
How Cats and Dogs Can Benefit From Plant Foods
Fiber or roughage is one primary reason why plant foods are beneficial for your pet. Cats and dogs need fiber for their digestive health. However, there are other important reasons to include vegetables in your pet’s diet:
- Plant foods help balance the alkalinity and acidity of your pet’s food. Most vegetables have an alkalizing effect on the body.Meat and other proteins make the body more acidic. Your pet’s organs, including his liver, pancreas, gallbladder, heart and kidneys function optimally in a more alkaline environment. Certain plant foods can provide that alkalizing effect and help balance the acidity from proteins. Moderate to strong alkaline-forming foods include grasses, seaweed, broccoli, kale, beets and carrots.
- Vegetables provide a wide range of vitamins, minerals, including vitamins A and K2, vitamin C co-factors, iron, folate, calcium, potassium and magnesium.Root vegetables, like carrots and beets, grow deep in the soil and absorb minerals from the ground. Seaweed absorbs minerals and micronutrients from the ocean. Vegetables like broccoli, carrots and beets contain vitamins and minerals, like vitamins A and K2, iron and folate, that can be lacking in processed pet foods. It’s important to choose Certified Organic vegetables so you don’t feed your pet synthetic fertilizers, glyphosate and GMOs.
- Only plant foods provide phytonutrients and antioxidants. Meat provides important amino acids. However, to get antioxidants and phytonutrients, your cat or dog needs vegetables. Antioxidants are your pet’s best friend for maintaining health. They help protect against free radicals that can damage cells and organs. Phytonutrients are powerful plant-based nutrients that support healthy cells, gut and liver health, and a healthy inflammatory response. Green superfood grasses, like barley grass and wheatgrass, contain phytonutrients such as chlorophyll, phycocyanin and carotenoids, the plant sterol ester, beta-sitosterol, antioxidants and abundant vitamins and minerals. Broccoli and kale are two other vegetables that contain valuable phytonutrients and antioxidants, such as naturally occurring sulforaphanes and indole-3 carbinol (I3C).
Why Canine and Feline Bodies Aren’t Designed to Eat Raw Plant Foods
While humans are omnivores, meaning you and I can survive on meat and vegetables, cats and dogs are carnivores, yet different types. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need meat to survive. They may consume other foods, but their diet must include meat. On the other hand, dogs are considered scavenging carnivores. This means they are primary meat-eaters, but can survive on plant materials if necessary. White wolf Wild carnivores get plant foods from the digestive tracts of their prey.
Dogs and cats have eaten vegetables for thousands of years, but not exactly in the way you might imagine. In the wild, wolves and coyotes – your dog’s ancestors – consume grasses and berries in addition to the plant foods they receive from the digestive tracts of their prey. Wild cats, being strict carnivores, consume primarily the predigested vegetable matter contained in the gastrointestinal tract of their prey. Compared to herbivores like horses and rabbits, carnivores have shorter and simpler digestive systems. A longer and more complex digestive system isn’t needed because carnivores’ diets don’t typically contain the massive amounts of tough cellulose found in plants. The plant material found in their prey’s digestive system is at least partially digested, which releases the beneficial compounds for easy assimilation. So, the vegetables you feed to your pet should be as close to what they get in the wild, and easy for them to digest.
The Best Ways to Feed Vegetables to Your Pet
Because your pet’s digestive system isn’t built to digest cellulose fiber in plants, vegetables should be finely chopped and lightly cooked, or if served raw, minced or pulverized in a blender or juicer. Just chopping or coarse grating raw vegetables isn’t sufficient to make them digestible for cats and most dogs.
So, what kinds of vegetables are best for dogs and cats?
Carrots are an excellent source of potassium, fiber and the antioxidants alpha-carotene and beta-carotene.
While many dogs love carrots, both raw and cooked, they are fairly high in sugar and should be offered in moderation. Their small size can be a choking hazard, so they should be chopped finely.
Vegetables in the cruciferous, or cabbage, family, such as broccoli, cabbage, kale and cauliflower, provide valuable antioxidants and phytonutrients. I recommend feeding them gently cooked and chopped finely or pureed. Never feed onions and chives.
Why Fermented Vegetables Are Ideal for Pets
One of the best ways to provide vegetables to your pet is to ferment them. Fermented vegetables are optimally digestible for dogs and cats and provide many nutritional benefits.
Fermentation actually imitates the digestion of plant foods in the gastrointestinal tracts of the small prey animals dogs and cats eat in the wild.
The fermentation process used to make fermented vegetables:
- Pre-digests hard-to-digest plant foods.
- Reduces the sugar content in foods like carrots and beets to nearly zero.
- Improves vitamin and mineral bio-accessibility.
- Increases bioavailability of antioxidants and phytonutrients.
- Creates unique metabolites not normally in the food, like lactic acid, or increasing nutrients, like vitamin K2.
- Produces an end product that supports an alkalizing effect on the pH of your pet’s body.
- Especially important with high-carb vegetables like carrots and beets, the process of fermentation “pre-digests” the foods. This effectively removes the simple carbs as their glucose content converts to alcohol, which then quickly evaporates.
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