Zoning your pet
Last Updated Aug 2007
Zoning your pet
By: Dr. Barry Sears
The hormonal rules that govern humans also govern cats and dogs. Insulin is still a storage hormone, glucagon is a mobilization hormone, and eicosanoids are the master hormones that orchestrate how your pets function. Therefore, putting your pets on a\ Zone Diet with some simple adjustments is the best thing you can do as an owner.
When mealtime arrives, take a look on the nutritional labeling for the pet food you are currently using. Add the appropriate amount of protein or carbohydrate to make it Zone perfect. For dogs this ratio of protein to carbohydrate will be very similar to the balance of protein to carbohydrate for yourself, whereas cats will need a slightly higher ratio of protein to carbohydrate than you do. And if you're really concerned about your pet, then when you are preparing Zone meals for yourself, make a little more and give it to your pet. OK, dogs are not very picky eaters so they will probably eat it as presented. Cats, on the other hand, may require you to put the food in a blender to meet their taste bud requirements.
Finally one last difference between dogs and cats. Cats cannot make the metabolically activated building blocks required for eicosanoid production. Therefore you will have to add some fish oil and vegetable oil containing gamma linolenic acid to their diets. Suitable sources might be cod liver oil (maybe a teaspoon per day) and borage oil (but add the equivalent of one only capsule every two weeks to their diet). Adding the same for your dog, while not essential, can only help.
What can you expect? A healthier, more active pet, with a more luxurious coat. It's all in the food you feed them. But then it always has been.