You know when you buy a pet for the first time and you religiously google what it can and can’t eat?
For example - here’s what you might find if you were to google what to feed your new pet dog:
For instance, my eldest daughter won’t even feed her rabbit kale unless she’s googled it off 3 separate sites first to make sure it’s safe - but she’ll happily beg me for a bag of lollies when we go to the movies!! My youngest daughter wants a mouse, and has spent a day compiling a sheet full of food facts for the mouse (see below!), but can’t understand why I won’t allow hotdogs in the house - and my middle child…..well, he wants a shark, but that’s a WHOLE other story! I guess my point is - if they applied the same standards to their diet as they did to their pets - we’d never have conflict in my house ever again!
We definitely lift our nutritional expectations when it comes to our pets. When was the last time you bought your dog or cat takeaway? Would you even dream of feeding your pets ice-cream and lollies? Would you put soft drink in their water bowl????
We also lift our health expectations for our furry friends. If our pets got diarrhoea - we would instantly want to know what was wrong with them (and not just because picking up doggy diarrhoea from the backyard is not a pleasant job!). We would probably also assume it must be something to do with their diet….but how many of us put up with constant tummy troubles, and never really equate it with what we are eating, or never address it and so it becomes our new ‘normal’?
If I were to compile a factsheet and put it up on the world wide web for you all to find the next time you google what to feed your new ‘pet human’ - here’s a few of the instructions I would put in there:
If it’s not good enough for your pet - maybe it’s not good enough for your human either…..!!
Naturopath & Nutritionist
The Natural Health and Wellness Clinic