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The Importance of Nutrition in Animal Healing: How to Feed Your Pet for Optimal Health

Updated: Jun 14, 2023

Proper nutrition is essential for the overall health and well-being of animals. Nutrition is the process by which animals obtain and utilize the necessary nutrients for the growth, maintenance, and repair of their body tissues. In this article, we will discuss the importance of nutrition in animal healing, the essential nutrients needed for animal healing, and the best foods to feed your pet for optimal health.

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The Importance of Nutrition in Animal Healing

Nutrition plays a crucial role in animal healing. Proper nutrition provides the essential nutrients needed for the body to heal and recover from injuries or illnesses. The nutrients needed for animal healing include protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients work together to strengthen the immune system, repair damaged tissues, and promote overall wellness.

Proper nutrition also has many benefits for animals. A balanced diet can help maintain a healthy weight, prevent chronic diseases, and improve the overall quality of life. In contrast, poor nutrition can lead to various health issues, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

How Animal Nutrition can affect Reiki for Animals

While Reiki itself is a healing technique that does not depend on nutrition, good nutrition is always important for the overall health and well-being of animals, just as it is for humans.

Good nutrition supports the immune system and provides the necessary building blocks for the body to heal and regenerate. When your pet receives Reiki, the energy released can help to promote relaxation and reduce stress, which in turn can support the body's natural healing processes. However, if an animal is malnourished or not receiving adequate nutrition, its ability to heal and respond to Reiki may be compromised.

Therefore, it's always important to ensure that animals receive a balanced and nutritious diet, along with any necessary supplements or treatments, to support their overall health and well-being, which may enhance the effects of Reiki as well.

How to Feed Your Pet for Optimal Health

Feeding your pet a balanced and nutritious diet is essential for optimal health. Here are some tips on how to feed your pet for optimal health:

  • Consult with a veterinarian or nutritionist

  • Choosing the Right Type of Food

  • Reading Food Labels

  • Understanding Pet Nutritional Needs

  • Feeding Schedule and Portion Control

  • Supplements for Optimal Health

  • Be mindful of treats

  • Monitor your pet's weight

Consult with a veterinarian or nutritionist

Your veterinarian or nutritionist should provide you with guidance on the best diet for your pet based on their age, breed, health status, and any specific dietary needs or restrictions.

Choosing the Right Type of Food

Choosing the right type of food for your pet can be overwhelming with so many options available in the market. It is essential to consider your pet's age, breed, activity level, and health condition when selecting the type of food. For example, puppies and kittens need more calories than adult dogs and cats, while senior pets may require special diets for specific health conditions.

Reading Food Labels

Reading food labels is an essential step in ensuring that your pet is getting the right nutrition. Look for foods that are formulated to meet the nutritional requirements of your pet. The ingredients list on the label should indicate that the food contains a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals.

Understanding Pet Nutritional Needs

Understanding your pet's nutritional needs is essential for feeding them a balanced diet. Each animal species has specific nutritional requirements that must be met to maintain optimal health. For example, cats are obligate carnivores and require a diet high in protein, while dogs are omnivores and can eat a more varied diet.

I learned a lot from the Dog Nutritionist and he has a lot of free information on his website and Instagram page.

Age also matters when it comes to digesting food. I worked with senior cats and dogs with stomach problems and most of them like soup as it is easier to process. Please be aware that soup for them is different from soup for us.

Soup can be a healthy and tasty addition to a dog or cat's diet, but it's important to make sure that the soup is safe and appropriate for their specific dietary needs. Here are some general guidelines to follow when feeding soup to your dog or cat:

  1. Avoid soups that contain onions or garlic, as these can be toxic to both dogs and cats in large quantities.

  2. Avoid soups that are high in sodium, as too much salt can be harmful to dogs and cats.

  3. Stick to simple, homemade soups that contain only pet-friendly ingredients like chicken, vegetables, and rice.

  4. Make sure the soup is cooled to a safe temperature before serving it to your pet.

  5. Don't add any spices or seasonings to the soup, as these can upset your pet's stomach.

  6. For cats, it's important to ensure that the soup contains enough protein and taurine to meet their nutritional needs.

Overall, soup can be a healthy and flavorful addition to your pet's diet in moderation. However, it's always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian or nutritionist before making any significant changes to your pet's diet, especially if your pet has any underlying health conditions.

Feeding Schedule and Portion Control

Feeding your pet on a schedule and controlling their portions is essential for maintaining a healthy weight. Overfeeding can lead to obesity, which can lead to various health issues. A general rule of thumb is to feed your pet two to three small meals a day, depending on their age and activity level.

Supplements for Optimal Health

Supplements can be beneficial for providing additional nutrition to your pet's diet. However, it is essential to consult your veterinarian before adding any supplements to your pet's diet. Some supplements can interact with medications or cause adverse effects if not administered correctly.

Be mindful of treats

Treats should make up no more than 10% of your pet's diet. Choose treats that are low in calories and provide some nutritional value, such as fruits and vegetables.

Monitor your pet's weight

Regularly weigh your pet and monitor their body condition score to ensure they are maintaining a healthy weight.

Best Foods for Animal Healing

When it comes to healing, specific foods can aid in the recovery process. Here are some best food options for animal healing:

Homemade Food Options

Homemade diets can be a great option for pet owners who want to provide their pets with a balanced and nutritious diet. Homemade diets allow pet owners to control the ingredients in their pet's food, ensuring that they are getting the essential nutrients needed for healing. However, it is essential to ensure that homemade diets are balanced and meet your pet's nutritional requirements.

Commercial Pet Food Options

Commercial pet foods should be formulated to meet the nutritional requirements of pets. However, not all commercial pet foods are created equal. It is essential to choose high-quality pet food brands that use whole ingredients and do not contain fillers or artificial additives.

Raw Food Diets

Raw food diets are becoming increasingly popular among pet owners. Raw food diets are composed of raw meats, bones, organs, and vegetables. Advocates of raw food diets believe that these diets provide animals with the essential nutrients needed for optimal health. However, it is essential to consult your veterinarian before switching your pet to a raw food diet as there is a step-by-step process.

Prescription Diets

Prescription diets are formulated to meet the specific nutritional needs of pets with certain health conditions. Prescription diets can be beneficial for pets with medical conditions such as kidney disease, diabetes, and allergies.

In addition to nutrition, Reiki energy healing for animals can also be beneficial. Reiki healing for animals involves the use of energy to promote healing and relaxation in animals. These techniques can be beneficial for pets with various health conditions and can be used in conjunction with traditional medical treatments.

Animal Communication

Animal Communication

Animal communication is a great way to find out if your pet is allergic to a specific food or product and to discover other nutrition changes that would be beneficial to his/her health and immune system.

When I was working with Bear, the Shiba Inu and his guardian Sharon (Zoom session, they live in Taiwan, and I live in the UK) Bear told me that he is allergic to one of the treats he is getting, and it irritates him.

Passing this information to his guardian Sharon helped a lot as they switched to another product. He mentioned that he dislikes the shoe spray the family is using. He also explained why he behaves in various situations and how he sees himself in the family. It strengthened the bond even better with his family.


In conclusion, proper nutrition is essential for the overall health and well-being of animals. Feeding your pet a balanced and nutritious diet can promote healing, prevent chronic diseases, and improve the overall quality of life.

Energy healing for animals can also be beneficial for promoting healing and wellness in animals. By taking a holistic approach to pet care, you can ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy for years to come.

If you would like to know more about how animal healing and communication can help your pet you can read more here. You can also call me to find out more about how we can boost your pet’s immune system or book a session directly here.

Take care!

Gabriella Davidovics




Frequently Asked Questions

What is the importance of nutrition when healing?

Nutrition plays a critical role in animal healing. Adequate and appropriate nutrition is essential for animals to maintain normal bodily functions and to recover from illness or injury. When an animal is injured or sick, their body requires additional nutrients to support the healing process. Proper nutrition can help to support the immune system, reduce inflammation, promote tissue repair, and prevent infection. For example, animals that are recovering from surgery or illness may need additional protein to help repair and rebuild tissues, while animals with digestive issues may benefit from a diet that is easy to digest. In addition, some nutrients have specific roles in the healing process. For example, vitamin C is important for collagen synthesis, which is essential for tissue repair, while zinc is necessary for proper wound healing. Overall, providing appropriate nutrition is an important part of caring for sick or injured animals and can help to support their recovery and overall health. It is important to work with a veterinarian or animal nutritionist to develop a nutrition plan that is tailored to the individual animal's needs.

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