Corner Pet Owner Offers Tips, Advice for Health Following Pet Food Recalls
Sheryl Gunter, owner of Corner Pet, a pet wellness and nutrition center, offers tips and advice regarding pet health following the recent pet food recalls.
Elk Grove, CA (rushprnews) May 13, 2007 — Seventeen pets are confirmed dead, and according to data, over 14,000 are affected in the wake of recent pet food recalls. Because so many are in fear of where to turn, Sheryl Gunter, owner of Corner Pet (www.foodforhealthypets.net), an all natural pet wellness and nutrition center, recommends three simple solutions:
1) Know the ingredients. Do not feed a pet anything you wouldnâ€™t eat. Look for U.S. sourced, human-grade ingredients without BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin, animal digest or by-products, corn, wheat, soy, sugars, glutens, salts or dyes.
2) Take control of pet nutrition with a balance of fresh, raw or cooked meals with appropriate supplements.
3) Know your pets — they are as individual as humans are. Seek guidance through books, classes, web sites or hands-on with a nutritionally trained professional, such as a holistic veterinarian or nutritionist.
â€œWould you eat animal bowels and contents known as animal digest, or the beaks and feathers known as by products? Corn, wheat and soy are inexpensive fillers and can cause extreme allergies with side affects of hot spots, itching, loss of coat, ear infections and can lower immune systems to be vulnerable to other diseases. Would you feed your baby junk foods containing salts and sugars?â€ asks Gunter.
In light of the pet food recalls, many pet owners are turning to prepared, nutritionally balanced options including fresh raw grinds of antibiotic- and hormone-free meats and organic vegetables. People can try cooking for their pets and adding the appropriate individualized supplements, Gunter says. Many veterinarians are taught nutrition from pet food companies. Holistic or integrated veterinarians are trained in nutrition, as well as traditional veterinary medicine that can individualize a petâ€™s diet to extend their precious lives.
â€œAs you do with your children, become an expert on your pet,â€ Gunter says. â€œThere are many pet health books, classes, websites and resources available, such as â€˜Four Paws Five Directionsâ€™ by Cheryl Schwartz, DMV, â€˜Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Catsâ€™ by Kymythy R. Schultz, balanceit.com, AHVMA.org, tcvm.com (Holistic & Alternative Veterinarians) and wholedogjournal.com.â€
About Sheryl Gunter
Sheryl is a lifetime pet and nutrition enthusiast and owner of the newly expanded Corner Pet, All Natural Wellness Store and Center in Elk Grove, California. As an educator and consultant addressing pet health and nutritional options, Sheryl has been featured in numerous media. Her dynamic, diverse background includes Fortune 500 trained sales, marketing, merchandising, animal care, business administration and multiple business ownerships.
For more information, visit www.foodforhealthypets.net.
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