My name is Jodi and I am a Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Specialist for Pets. It is my mission to help cats and dogs thrive using a holistic approach to nutrition and overall wellness. I offer practical, realistic and individualized recommendations based on your lifestyle.
Holistic in the realm of health and wellness refers to the whole being – the physical, the mental and the emotional.
For your furry companion, I address not only the diet, but also sleep and exercise habits, the relationship with each family member, what chemicals and cleansers are used in the household, and more.
Holistic foods, treats and supplements are those created with wholesome ingredients. They do not contain ingredients sourced from rendering plants or that are genetically modified. They do not include artificial additives, hormones, antibiotics, by-products, or fillers – all of which contribute to common diseases and health problems in both pets and people.
Even products such as cat litter, bedding, grooming products and more can and should be as wholesome as possible.
Signs Your Pet Needs A Change Of Diet
The following health issues in cats and dogs are common and accepted as ‘normal.’ However, they are anything but normal. These problems can arise from nutritional deficiencies or food intolerances/allergies and can often be eliminated through a holistic diet.
Bad Breath – Constipation – Diarrhea – Digestive Disorders – Dirty Ears (excessive wax or yeast) – Eating Poop (usually dogs – their own or another animal’s) – Frequent Fur Balls (cats) – Excessive Shedding – Gas – Hot Spots – Impacted Anal Sacs (usually dogs) – Itchy/Scratching – Lethargy – Losing Fur – Obesity – Poop that is too hard or too soft – Stinky Fur/Smelly Dog or Cat – Scooting – Vomiting (a healthy cat or dog rarely if ever vomits)
Why I Do What I Do
My love and devotion to animals started at birth. Buy my educational journey began when Kayla, the kitty love of my life, became ill at age 14. She was diagnosed with chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism and irritable bowel syndrome. She was given two-to-three years to live, at most. Upon realizing that conventional veterinary care could do no more than manage her symptoms, I contacted a holistic vet. He opened my eyes to not only how proper nutrition can change the course of disease, but how the subpar ingredients in most commercial pet foods can actually be the basis for many diseases and disorders. It was mind-blowing. I knew I needed to learn all I could so that I could help others. Soon after, I began my studies in Holistic Nutrition and Companion Animal Care.
Through an integrative approach to Kayla’s health, including a holistic diet, supplements, acupuncture and subcutaneous fluid therapy, she ruled our home for another six and a half years.