By Dr. Bill Barnett, D.V.M.

Optimum Nutrition, Health & Longevity

If you want to improve either the health or the lifespan of your dog or cat you’re definitely not alone. Every day, hundreds of thousands of pet owners search the web for answers to questions like:

  • What can I do to keep my pet healthier?
  • What should I be feeding my pet?
  • Why don’t our pets live longer than they do?

Answers to these questions are abundantly available; however, they can be misleading, influenced by bias, and sometimes downright untruthful.  Over the years I have tried my best to discern the difference between all of the hype and the truth.  I have been able to do so by:

  • Listening to those with the most experience
  • Observing personal animals and those in my care
  • Studying as much current science as possible
  • And, applying a lot of good old fashion common sense

Have you ever wondered why there can often be obvious differences between a dog or cat’s chronological age and its biological age? For example, some pets seem to age faster than their calendar years while others remain youthful and more energetic far into senior life.  My Answer: It is a well established fact that remaining active and eating healthy can dramatically increase life expectancy and help to push back normal age-related diseases.

Do you know why some pets are always sick and require multiple visits to the veterinarian while others remain quite healthy throughout life?  My Answer: Most pets are capable of having amazing powers of self-healing and recovery. The three things that provide these powers are Genetics, the environment an animal lives in and the kind of nutrition it is provided. These are the keys to optimum health, well-being and longevity.

 

Obtaining A Longer Life for Your Pets

Humans have been making poor decisions concerning their health for as long as I can remember. Just look at what sugar and corn syrup have done for us!  Likewise, we have made similar mistakes with our pet’s health. For example, we have seen what feeding low levels of poor quality protein and the abundant overuse of carbohydrates like corn, wheat and rice have done for the health of our dogs and cats.

Dying of old age is a actually a rarity in our pets today.  Modern veterinary medicine has done much to eliminate early pet death due to infections, disease or trauma. What our pets are succumbing to are the chronic degenerative diseases such as cancer, liver, kidney and heart failure, diabetes, and arthritis.

If we could proactively defend our pets against these chronic, degenerative diseases, we could give them a longer, healthier and happier life.  I have been a veterinarian for 40 years now. During that time I have studied and practiced the scientific principles of disease prevention and longevity in both humans and animals.  Living longer and healthier is simply a matter of adhering to the principles of proper genetics, environment, and nutrition.

The Importance of Optimum Nutrition

Pet foods should be based on a dog or cat’s digestive anatomy and physiology, not what is cheap and convenient. Remember, our pet’s ancestors naturally selected food sources over time that allowed them to remain strong, alert and as healthy as possible. Shouldn’t we be doing the same for our domesticated pets? Without a good understanding of the problems that face our pets, we will undoubtedly continue down the path of making the same judgment errors we have made in the past concerning the health of both ourselves and our pets.

Achieving Optimum Health for Your Pet

This website contains everything you need to know concerning optimum pet health, optimum nutrition, and the key nutritional supplements needed to assure the health and longevity of our dogs and cats. Additionally, you will learn how to:

  • Attain your pet’s full genetic potential
  • Maintain your pet’s fitness, health and well-being
  • Maximize your pet’s performance capabilities
  • Push back normal age-related diseases
  • Increase the potential life span of your pet
  • Learn about the major health problems your pet may be susceptible to
  • Learn the keys to protecting your pet’s health
  • Understand the principles of Optimum Nutrition
  • Realize what influences your pet’s nutritional needs
  • Learn which nutritional ingredients are the most important to pet health and longevity
  • Learn how nutritional supplementation can and will help you gain optimum nutrition

Optimum pet health,  fitness and well-being should not be something you stress about! My goal is to to help you by sharing some of the knowledge I have gained over the years, and presenting that information in a simple, and easy to understand format. Watch the videos, read my analysis, and don’t hesitate to email me with questions. Together we can change the long-term health and well-being of the pets that do so much for us.