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Healing food for our pets

Dog with watermelon

You can safely add food with healing properties to your pet’s meals or as a snack; it will help fight

some health   problems, prevent deficiencies or simply contribute to a healthy and complete diet.

Fruits are essential for many species because they are an excellent source of sugars and vitamins

that fortify the body. Fruits are easy to digest, have antioxidant properties that help protect the

body and are high in fibers beneficial for the digestive system. They are also delicious and make

for excellent snacks. Pet diets should include a daily fruit portion.



                                                      Fruits and their healing properties


Properties and characteristics

Dried figPrevents cancer

Laxative action

Antibacterial action

Antiparasitic action

Prevents stomach ulcers

Strawberry*Antiviral actionPrevents cancer
RaspberryAntiviral action

Prevents cancer

Analgesic action; beneficial for dogs suffering from arthritis or other inflammatory disorders
KiwiRich in vitamin CPrevents cancer
WatermelonRich in antioxidants (lycopene and glutathione)Prevents cancer

Light antibacterial action

Honeydew melonRich in antioxidants (lycopene and glutathione)Prevents cancer
OrangePrevents cancerRich in antioxidants
Apple (skinless)Anti-inflammatory



Prevents constipation (rich in fibers)

Satisfies hunger

PruneLaxative action (rich in fibres), effective against chronic constipationAnalgesic action


TomatoRich in lycopene (antioxidant)Prevents cancer
* Organic strawberries are preferable because strawberries are known to be the fruit most contaminated by pesticides.


Source: Natural Ways to Health, “Medical Value of Whole Foods”, on this website: <www.naturalways.com>.

healthy dog with a carrot

Vegetables and their healing properties

Vegetables are a source of vital minerals and vitamins. Just like fruits, they have medicinal properties that help prevent and fight certain disorders or diseases. Add vegetables to meals every day or serve them as a snack.



Vegetables and their therapeutic properties


Properties and characteristics

AsparagusContains glutathione (antioxidant) that supports the immune systemPrevents cancer
EggplantAntibacterial action 
BeetHelps fight anemia in cats and dogs (rich in iron)Acts as a laxative (for cats and dogs)
BroccoliRich in antioxidants (glutathione, beta-carotene, indole, vitamin C)

Prevents cancer

Antiviral action

Protects against ulcers (stomach, eyes)

Excellent source of fibres

Helps regulate sugar levels in diabetic pets (rich in chromium)

Contributes to the metabolism of carbohydrates (can help obese pets)

CarrotRich in beta-carotene (cooking helps the absorption of this antioxidant)

Laxative action (contains fibres)

Prevents cancer

Stimulates the immune system (helps fight infections)

Helps prevent eye diseases (cataract, retinal degeneration)

Supports hair growth*

Cabbage (green or kale**)Prevents cancer (rich in beta-carotene)

Antibacterial action

Antiviral action

Prevents ulcers



Properties and characteristics

CucumberPromotes hair and claw growth* 
Spinach***Prevents cancer (contains 4 times more beta-carotene than broccoli)Excellent source of fibres
LettucePromotes hair and claw growth* 
Sweet potatoRich beta-carotene (antioxidant)Prevents cancer
Red pepperContains vitamin C

Prevents cancer

Helps fight respiratory problems in cats and dogs (coughing and asthma)
Potato (white)Rich in potassiumPrevents cancer

*   According to J. Stefanatos, “Holistic Energetic Nutrition”, in Clinic Workshop in Bioenergetics Veterinary Medicine (Las Vegas: J. Stefanatos), n.d.

**  Boil the cabbage and add 10 to 15 ml (2 to 3 tsp.) of the broth to the food. Serve moderately; too much cabbage can cause flatulence.

*** It is preferable to cook the spinach for pets that are predisposed to oxalate crystal formation.


Source: Natural Ways to Health, “Medical Value of Whole Foods”, see website: <www.naturalways.com>.

Chantale Robinson M.A., B.Sc A.H.T                                                                                                                                                                                              Author of is My pet Eating Healthy”translated from “Mon Animal Mange t-il bien?”














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