NUTRITIONAL BALANCING FOR ANIMALS - A GENERAL INTRODUCTION
by Lawrence Wilson, MD
©February 2012, The Center For Development, Inc.
Many people ask about using the principles of nutritional balancing and hair mineral analysis to help the health of their pets and other animal species. The quick answer is that it can be extremely helpful, as helpful as it is for people. Here are a few general principles about its use, followed by some specific suggestions:
All the principles of hair analysis interpretation by the method of Dr. Paul Eck apply to the animal species. In fact, animals are much easier to work with because their diets are easy to control, their mental and emotional makeup is simpler, and their stress levels are lower in most cases. For those who work with animals, a few pointers may be helpful:
¯ Normal mineral values differ for each species and, at times, for different breeds of animals.
¯ Be sure to obtain a clean hair or fur sample. A simple way is to wipe the sampling area with rubbing alcohol first to clean it. Do not use water, as this may wash out some water-soluble minerals.
¯ Sodium/potassium ratios are lower in animals for complex reasons. They can rise very high in some pets when the animal is under stress, however. Each species has its own ideal values, and even within a species it is possible to have some variation, just as with human races. However, the values are pretty much the same within a species such as dogs, cats, horses, etc.
¯ Often changing the feed is enough to cause significant changes in the body chemistry of animals. This, plus a few simple supplements, often causes rapid healing. The fine-tuning and years of retracing required with some human beings are rarely required, greatly simplifying the application of nutritional balancing therapy.
¯ In my experience, nutritional balancing veterinary science would save farmers, ranchers, livestock and pet owners billions of dollars in unnecessary disability and cost. It would also greatly extend the lifespan of many animals and contribute greatly to their wellbeing.
¯ Problems with drinking water supplies are very important for some cases of animal health and disease. I know this is a difficult area, in that some larger animals such as cows and horses drink a lot of water, so bringing in spring water, for example, is costly. However, livestock drinking water supplies and wells can be filtered to remove toxic metals and high levels of iron, manganese, aluminum, selenium and other minerals that must be removed for health livestock and other animals. In a few cases, it may even be possible to find a nearby spring to use instead of a contaminated well. This is how important drinking water is for our animals.
¯ All animals today need not only excellent feed, but they all need certain nutritional supplements. This is a hard and fast rule, if you wish to have healthy animals. The amounts of nutrients contained in even the best dog or cat food, or the best hay, silage or pasture land, is just not sufficient for todayÕs animals. Please know this, and please always supplement your animals with certain nutrients. The most important and most overlooked of these is zinc. This is also a hard and fast rule that applies across the board in the animal world, as far as I have studied the subject. For some reason, however, many veterinarians and animal scientists skip this critical nutrient or give much too little of it. Most animals need about one-half milligram of supplemental zinc per pound, in addition to whatever is in their feed.
Below are a few specifics about helping horses with nutritional balancing science.
¯ Food. Hay alone is not enough food value for a horse. You must add cooked vegetables. Horses enjoy carrots, onions, celery and a few green vegetables.
¯ Alfalfa is good for horses, but only in a small quantity.
¯ If possible, give a horse a choice of food. Just put several kinds of hay and several vegetables out for the horse and allow the horse to choose. If you have access to different types of water, give the horse a choice of water supplies as well.
¯ Horses do not need meat or fish, as a general rule.
¯ Do not give horses animal products or fruit or sweets, in general.
¯ Water. Many are toxic from their water supply.
¯ Nutritional supplements. Supplement dosages are about 6 to 8 times those of human beings. This is based mainly on the animalÕs weight.
¯ For horses with a four lows pattern, give less taurine. Horses do not need a lot of taurine, because they are mainly vegetarian animals.
¯ Horses do not need vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acid supplements, as a general rule.
¯ Horses need kelp, zinc, selenium, vitamins A, B, C, D, E, etc. to some degree.
¯ You can use Endomet products with horses, but they will be very costly due to the large quantities. A less costly human brand is Naturemade at Costco and drug stores. Or use powdered supplements made for horses only.
¯ To give supplements to horses, a good way is mix the powder with a little carrot juice in a large syringe and inject it into the horses mouth. ( no needle on the syringe, of course).
¯ Detoxification procedures. Red heat lamps are excellent for horses. You could place them a little higher than the horses body, angling downward. Another idea is to enclose three or four lamps in a sturdy wooden box in a square or triangle shape and place heavy gage hardware cloth over the front as protection. Then place this sturdily at the height of the horseÕs chest and let the horse decide exactly on what part of the body to let the light shine..
¯ Hair mineral analysis. The ARL hair analysis ideal values for horses are quite good, in my experience. All the hair analysis patterns apply to horses the same as they do for human beings. Use the visual patterns, because the ratios, of course, are different than for human beings. I am not aware of anyone who has quantified the patterns, levels and ratios at this time, but it will be done as it is critical for a thorough interpretation of the test.