• Dr. Katie Woodley

The Top 5 Tips For Feeding Your Dogs and Cats

Updated: Dec 27, 2020

Do you know what's in your pet's food?

Are the ingredients helping to keep your dog and cat healthy or are those ingredients potentially leading to inflammation that can lead to disease down the road?

Food is the foundation for health. What we feed our pets will directly affect our pet's health long-term.

How do you know if you're feeding the best diet?

It all begins with the foundational needs for your pets. Dogs are omnivorous and cats are obligate carnivores. Dogs possess the ability to digest carbohydrates, whereas cats need meat to survive and do not do well with carbohydrates in their diets. However, both dogs and cats thrive when they are fed biologically appropriate meats and fats as the main source of energy in their diets.

Unfortunately, most dogs and cats are being fed a kibble dry diet, because that's what is being taught at veterinary school as what's best for pets and it's also convenient and easy to feed.

But there is a better way. We are seeing increasing disease rates in pets in younger ages. Over 60% of pets will develop cancer at some point. When we're feeding diets that processed chemicals and toxins present, this leads to dysbiosis in the gut. Dysbiosis is when the good bacteria are outnumbered by the bad bacteria. If dysbiosis continues, this will lead to a condition called leaky gut.

What is leaky gut?

Leaky gut occurs when the GI tract is inflamed, and the tight junctions that line the GI lining become leaky. Food particles, bacteria and toxins can now enter the blood stream and provoke an immune response. Because the body thinks it's under constant attack, the body remains in a state of continued stress and inflammation. Over time this chronic inflammatory state leads to the diseases that are becoming more common in our dogs and cats, like diabetes, obesity, cancer, GI disease, and allergies.

How can we prevent dysbiosis from occurring?

There are many factors that come into play when we are looking at how we can heal our pet's gut health and keep them healthy to prevent disease or heal disease.

Make sure to watch the video to learn our top five tips for feeding your pets to prevent disease.


In this short video, you'll learn:

  • Why you need to learn to read pet food labels

  • How to assess your pet's microbiome

  • What are biologically appropriate foods

  • Supplements that can help support your pet's gut health

  • Why you need to assess the toxin burden in your pet's environment

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*Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor. Dr. Katie Woodley cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make medical recommendations for your pet without first establishing a veterinarian-client-patient relationship.

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