There is a lot of controversy surrounding the food we eat. Is there little or no difference between organic and conventional vegetables? Are there such things as “bad” and “good” oils and fats? Is grass fed better than grain fed animals? In the last blog Merrilyn looked at some of the issues surrounding our obsession with sugar. Over 2300 year ago Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food”. Our cute little Australian terrier, Mitzy has experienced the truth of this statement.
Now Mitzy is a happy 15 year old puppy. She's acting very coy in this photo. From an early age we noticed that she would hop occasionally, using just one of her back legs which according to Doctor Harry on a Better Homes and Garden show, is due to hip problems. Very common with small dogs apparently.
As Mitzy aged, her hopping started to get more frequent which did concern us a bit. Being good naturopaths we did nothing until our daughter Natasha and her family got themselves a puppy named Darcy, a black labrador. Tash did a bit of research (she'll make a good naturopath one day) on dog food and decided to purchase premium dog food, an Australian brand called Black Hawk. We thought that this might help Mitzy too. So we went down to our local pet shop, Fur N Fins at Burpengary and bought some. We noticed a gradual improvement over the next few months.
Great but the story doesn't end there. I thought I'd add some variety to her diet and bought some soft food in small cans to give to Mitzy. Now the adds on TV made this product seem a premium product. Within days and I means about 3 days, Mitzy deteriorated rapidly and could hardly put her back right leg down on the ground. Now I am from Scottish decent and don't like throwing things out but I didn't know a dog I hated that much to give the cans to, so they went in the bin.
So back to Fur N Fins. Natasha had told me that they produce minced pet meat with no preservatives. I bought some chicken and then a kilo of beef and Mitzy started to get better. Then I purchased some kangaroo meat and my observation is that Mitzy is much better and now hardly skips a beat. We wont have to put her down after all (just joking).
It is said that a man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument. You can talk all you want but I am not putting Mitzy back on food that would shorten her life and cost me a lot in vet bills (this is the Scotsman speaking). This is true for us humans too. Nutrition, what we get from our food and drink, is what builds, repairs, energizes, protects and balances our bodies. Even the stuff like bacteria on and in our food is important. We'll talk about the friendly little bugs, I mean bacteria another time.
If Mitzy could talk she would say “if I eat good food, I feel better”. But she is only a dog and what would she know? On the other hand, maybe we can learn a lot from “dumb” animals.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!