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Vitality Vetcare

Phone: 02 6687 0675
4a Ballina Rd Bangalow
NSW 2479 Australia

Integrative Medicine

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There is no separation between conventional and natural therapies.

Our priority is what is going to be of the most benefit to your animal.

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Voluntary Wildlife Care

Pro-bono treatment of Australian wildlife

We collaborate with local wildlife groups to provide excellent care of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife

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Herbal Medicine

We use Western and Chinese herbal medicines for a wide range of acute and chronic problems including skin, digestive, nervous and painful conditions.

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Vitality Vetcare Homeopathy

Homeopathy can be a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of acute and long-term problems for a particular animal or group of animals.

 

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Confused About What to Feed Your Animals?

on Tuesday, 11 June 2019. Posted in Vitality Vetcare Latest News and Events

Wild-Type Diets

Confused About What to Feed Your Animals?

There is a plethora of confusing and contradictory information on feeding animals. Nutrition is the foundation of optimal health and vitality for all species. Dr Megan advises clients to aim towards feeding their animals a wild-type diet that is appropriate for that species.

Dogs and cats have evolved over thousands of years to eat raw prey. Cats are hunters and dogs are hunter-scavengers. They eat a (raw) carcass starting with the organs, including the gut contents, which is masticated and partially digested plant matter, then move onto muscle and other soft tissues. They start to chew the bones when eating soft tissues and then finish the remaining bones. Sadly, we know too well how efficient wild cats are at hunting birds, small mammals, reptiles, frogs and insects. Wild dogs eat a very varied diet based on hunted and scavenged ruminant and small mammal carcases and scavenged eggs, fruit, berries, nuts, roots, grasses and other plants.  

Herbivores like horses, cattle, sheep, goats, alpaca, rabbits and guinea pigs graze or browse fresh plants. Birds have evolved to eat plants, nectar, seeds, insects, birds, reptiles, frogs or mammals depending on the species. Reptiles and amphibians may hunt other reptiles and amphibians, insects, birds and small mammals or scavenge eggs or browse plants according to which species they are. Fish generally have evolved to hunt fish and other animals, and a few eat plants. Different species of insects are hunters, scavengers or browsers. This diversity of dietary requirements is one of the reasons that wildlife nursing and veterinary care is so specialised. 

Nutritional Solutions 

A biological ideal would be for hunting carnivores to hunt live prey. It is impractical, unethical and socially unacceptable to feed domestic animals this way. There is a spectrum of alternative options that trade off convenience, practicalities, cost and ethics according to the needs of the people feeding animals. Options include a raw species-appropriate diet, frozen raw food products, freeze-dried raw food products, air-dried raw food products, a cooked home-prepared diet or cooked processed pet food products including ‘premium’ or cheap dry food. The closer their diet is a to a raw wild-type diet, the more your animals will experience the health benefits of optimal nutrition.  

Modifying the diet is often the first step that Dr Megan takes to address acute and chronic health problems in domestic animals. Sometimes that is all that is needed to help an animal return to health and vitality. As a medical herbalist, Dr Megan prefers to prescribe fresh foods as sources of specific nutrients rather than rely on many supplements. When supplements are used, Dr Megan recommends high quality practitioner-grade products. 

The team at Vitality Vetcare can guide you to finding nutritional solutions that will work for your family.


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Consultations by appointment only

Emergencies: please call your local general practice vet or

North Coast Emergency Vets, Ballina 0424 054 056 weekends & PH

Animal Emergency Service, Carrara, Gold Coast 07 5559 1599

 

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