Products that we commonly use on our pets such as grooming sprays, flea products, deodorants, shampoos etc. have no legal requirement to declare ingredients that it contains - just try launching a human skincare product without a detailed ingredient list !
Some ingredients have been proven to be undesirable in a skin friendly product and our animal friends have much more sensitive skin and noses than we do.
Quite rightly as consumers of such products, we have the right to chose whether we want a product to contain certain chemicals or not. The market trend in human cosmetic, healthcare and lifestyle products cannot dispute the fact that the answer is likely to be not!
We must consider our animals health and wellbeing in the same way and when choosing products, especially those used regularly, opt for as natural and chemical free as possible. A final point on fragrance.
Would any self respecting animal really want to smell of baby powder or like an exotic, tropical pineapple ?
Complementary therapies come in to their own when used to support conventional treatment, to aid recovery from accident or illness and at times of stress often indicated by behavioural changes.
Therapies such as reiki, healing and vibrational remedies may also be of comfort to animal and owner alike. They work on the energy body and emotions, and therefore valuable for unexplained behaviours, depression and grief.
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The pet food industry is of course governed by laws which make a product safe to eat, but that doesn't always mean that it has to contain more than the minimum nutritional content, but just as in human nutrition there is a choice between eating healthy, real food including your 5 a day versus highly processed, convenience food with little resemblance to the original ingredients.
Undesirable additives being used in pet foods include excess fat, sugar, fillers, cheap cereals, synthesised vitamins and chemical preservatives. Most of us can strike a healthy balance but our pets often have no choice in the matter.
Further information on nutrition visit www.landofholisticpets.co.uk