Optimizing nutrition to prevent or cure conditions. A tailor-made nutrition plan based on fresh food.
Chinese medicine says: Are you not feeling well? Then adjust your diet first. If you do not achieve the desired effect, only then do you choose therapies such as acupuncture or herbs. This shows how important a good diet is for us and our pets.
Nutrition plays a role in most disorders. Diet can play a role in causing disorders and it can play a role in curing disorders.
Many commercial diets are based on minimal nutrition. The minimum amount of protein and potassium, for example. In this way, the manufacturer meets the requirements that are legally set for the food for dogs and cats. But we don’t want food that meets the minimum requirements, we want food that is optimal for that dog or cat. We don’t want there to be a minimum amount of protein in it to survive, we want that amount of protein that is needed for that patient to be and stay as healthy as possible.
There are many factors that play a role in determining the best food for an animal. Consider, for example, factors such as: breed, age, gender, amount of exercise and what kind of exercise, the environment in which the animal lives, the possibilities and preferences of the owner, what is available in that environment , the disorders that that animal may have, the medication that such an animal receives, etc. A sports dog needs different nutrition than a dog that lies on the couch all day. For example, in an animal with impaired kidney function, we want a diet with fresh, easily digestible and high-quality proteins, less phosphate and more omega-3 fatty acids. To what extent these adjustments are necessary depends on how the kidney function is at that moment.
As an integrative veterinarian with additional training in natural nutrition, Chinese nutritional therapy and integrative nutritional therapy, I can take all these factors into account. I put together nutrition plans that I can completely adapt to what your dog or cat needs. I use software so that I can see exactly what is in that nutritional plan and what adjustments are needed. This way you can be sure that the nutrition plan contains everything your animal needs.
I have been able to cure many animals of ailments with just adjusting the diet!
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) looks at food very differently than we are used to in the West. From a TCM perspective, every food has a number of effects on the body. This way we can find a suitable diet for every patient and for every pattern (imbalance). For example, if a patient has a shortage of yang (too little heat), we give this patient more foods with a yang (warming) property.
Through my training in Acupuncture and Chinese nutritional therapy I can use this form of therapy to prevent or help cure disorders and / or to get your animals back in balance.
To apply Chinese nutritional therapy I need a Chinese Diagnosis. This means that I examine your animal on both the Western and Eastern methods. Based on these tests, I make a TCM diagnosis on which I then adjust the diet. Chinese Nutritional Therapy is often combined with acupuncture treatments. But of course you don’t have to.
I can best help you and your dog / cat with a consultation with us at the practice. Because I can see and examine your animal and enter into a dialogue with you, I get the best picture of the situation and I can also give the best advice.
However, for some people it is not possible to come to the practice. They live too far away, have no transportation, or there is another reason. In that case, it is also possible to request an online consultation. For nutritional therapy for disorders, I do need data from your own veterinarian.
A nutrition consultation is intended to ask your questions or to discuss the possibilities for your dog or cat in terms of nutrition and supplements. Nutritional therapy is optimizing the nutrition for your buddy to prevent or treat problems. Nutritional therapy results in a tailor-made nutrition plan based on fresh food.
No, you don’t have to. You can cook/assemble ahead and then store in portions in the fridge and/or freezer Then you only have to add the supplements at the time you start serving it.
When putting together the plan, I take into account the preferences of you and your buddy. If it is the case that there is something in the plan that your buddy does not like, we will adjust the plan.
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