Diet Can and Does Affect Your Dog’s and Cat’s Mental Health
Cats, dogs and humans have more serotonin in the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) than in the brain. A diet that disrupts that natural balance of the GI tract adversely affects brain function and moods. A diet which exposes your dog or cat to heavy metals and toxins creates toxic loading on your pet’s entire system including the brain. Canine dementia (Canine Alzheimer’s) is caused by the same triggers that cause human Alzheimer’s. Heavy metals present in processed food, chemical toxic overload etc. Just because a food is advertised as natural, holistic, organic does not mean that the food conforms to any of those terms. Diet can cause and/or contribute to behavior problems. For example if one or more of the ingredients in an Organic pet food are sourced from China – organic becomes meaningless, more on that further below.
A truly good diet, when approached holistically is:
- Your dog’s and cat’s best defense against infections, other illness, insects and parasites, chronic disease, and injury
- Of prime importance in treating and remedying health issues
- Of prime importance for mental and physical health and longevity
- An amazing tool to mitigate and/or eliminate dependency on conventional drugs
- A invaluable way to save you heart ache and copious amounts of money thrown away on avoidable health issues unnecessary, inappropriate and/or ineffective treatments prescribed by some veterinarians
Life Expectancy for Canines and Felines is Decreasing – not Increasing
Prior to the 1950’s the expected lifespan for a dog was twice what it is today. Golden retriever’s are now known as the ‘Cancer Dog’ – with life expectancy hovering around the 9 to 10 year mark. If this was pre-1950 you could expect your Golden to live 17 to 18 years.
Shocking – yes. Preventable – yes… But only if you put in place a holistic plan for your dog’s and cat’s health and well being. Why is Canine and Feline Health on the Decline?
Dogs and cats are over-exposed to antibiotics, over medicated, over vaccinated, over-prescribed chemical-based insect and parasite preventatives and are on diets that do not support short or long term mental and physical health. I avoid these health deteriorating pit-falls with my own dogs and assist my client’s to do the same.
Chronic disease in our canine and feline companions is on a rapid upward trajectory – just as it is in our human population. Inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, cancer, colitis, diabetes, oral health issues such as gingivitis – more than 160 inflammatory diseases are on the rise. Acid reflux, canine Alzheimer’s (also known as canine dementia), thyroid and gastrointestinal conditions, urinary tract issues (infections, crystals, stones) – the panacea of illness affecting our animal companions is on a sharp upward tract. While conventional drugs can be used to treat a symptom, such drugs do not form the basis for a long-term remedy. Conventional drugs can cause mild to extreme adverse reactions – and in the short and long term they can also trigger other serious health conditions.
Cancer is now the number one ‘natural’ cause of death in dogs over three years-of-age.
While cancer can be said to be a ‘naturally’ occurring condition, a condition for which canines and humans have been subject to for many thousands of years – the broad array of cancer types and the number of dogs acquiring cancer can no longer be categorized as ‘natural’.
Cancer’s expanded repertoire is a man-made situation.
Why is the incidence of cancer so high?
In the majority of the primary cause is processed commercial pet food and treats. Other avoidable contributing factors are dog / cat health care products such as dental chews and toothpaste, shampoo, chemical-based insect and parasite preventatives, over vaccination, overly invasive spay methods and avoidable environmental toxins. Chronic Infections
In 2012 and 2013 ear infections were the #1 reason for a trip to the veterinarian in the category of non-life threatening conditions. Why is the incidence of ear infections so high? The largest single trigger is commercial processed dog ‘food’. Other significant contributing factors are commercial dental care products, shampoo, off-the-shelf and prescription spot-on and ingested insect parasite preventatives, other conventional drugs, over vaccination, household cleaning products, lawn and garden chemicals, etc.
The allopathic veterinarian’s standard response to an ear infection is prescription of conventional antibiotics. The allopath seeks to treat the symptom (in this case the ear infection) but does not take a strategic and informed approach to remedying the root cause of the symptom. The end-result – chronic ear infections and now an increasing incidence of dogs and cats with antibiotic resistance, a life threatening condition.
The antibiotic suppress the immune system leaving the dog or cat susceptible to further infection. The allopathic veterinarian will often prescribe additional conventional drugs – steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as prednisone which further destabilize the health of the dog or cat. Meanwhile the root cause of the chronic condition is not addressed or may be incorrectly addressed via prescription dog or cat food (some of the worst food you can give your dog or cat).
In addition to these unfortunate choices of intervention, the allopathic veterinarian may prescribe a conventional topical treatment (i.e. shampoo, ear drops, skin ointment). These conventional topical treatments typically contain toxins, carcinogens and known allergens.
To make matters worse not all holistic veterinarians are actually holistic in their approach.
So if you have been struggling to assist your dog or cat with chronic ear infections, eye infections, paw and skin infections, you now have more insight as to why your veterinarian’s approach failed. I choose a truly holistic approach becasue it is a strategic approach designed to prevent and resolve issues – not mask and worsen issues. A true holistic approach maintains health naturally – from the inside out, addressing overall well-being. Dog and Cat ‘Food’ The pet food industry leverages hot words like ‘holistic’, ‘natural’, ‘balanced nutrition’, ‘species appropriate’, biologically appropriate’. Did you know that these terms are not regulated?
The majority of ‘food’ products available in pet stores and veterinarian offices are processed (as opposed to whole, natural, unaltered) foods. These processed foods are stripped of their original nutritive value from over-processing after which synthetic additives are added to compensate. These products contain both listed ingredients and hidden ingredients. The listed ingredients in many products pose major health issues for you dog or cat, as do the hidden ingredients.
1. If you don’t know: 1. How to analyze / understand the listed ingredients; 2. How to look for analyze / understand the hidden ingredients; 3. The ins-and-outs of canine and feline dietary requirements; 2. You are at the mercy of the pet-food and veterinary industry.
Unfortunately approval of food ingredients (listed and unlisted) and food composition by organizations such as AAFCO, Health Canada and the FDA are no assurance of quality nor of safety.
Even the ASPCA gets it wrong when it comes to listing foods that are good and bad for your dog. Coconut, dairy (specifically cheese, yogurt), garlic, lemon, herbal tea are just a few of the valuable nutraceuticals and herbs that the ASPCA writes-off as ‘dangerous’ for dogs. When used as they should be these nutraceuticals an herbs are very beneficial for the majority of dogs. Yet truly dangerous substances for dogs and cats such as corn are not listed by the ASPCA as dangerous. This is just shameful.
The pet industry is without a doubt a difficult place to navigate.
Unbiased information, not tainted by corporate sponsorship, lobbyists, greed and misinformation is hard to find.
Dogs and cats deserve better of mankind.
Providing my clients with unbiased information is something that I feel very strongly about.
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