Archive for May, 2012

The Basics Of Pet Health

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Small but healthy Jack RusselDog diet, cat diet, diet and diet again!

It can’t be said enough - “Diet is the key to health!”  We say it over and over again here on Pet Health Problems.

Lets deal with the marketing hype first.

Do older people buy special food? No! They eat less of the same!

Then why should we have food for older dogs or cats?

If you look closely at the analysis of food for older dogs and  cats you will see that the protein and fat level is lower than the adult foods. You may also see some supplements added for healthy joints or a herb for urinary problems and the only reason these products are in there is to sell the product – to appeal to your sense of what you think is right. The reality is common sense.

We have puppy foods and puppy foods for large breed dogs. Let me tell you how the large breed puppy food came about.

Originally we had the puppy foods which were high in protein and fat, This acted like a fertiliser on a young plant – it forced growth of the muscle mass beyond the capability of the skeletal system. In other words problems like hip dysplasia became very prominent, especially in large breed dogs.

The pet food companies recognized this dilemma and the marketers, being good at what they do, turned a negative into a positive.

A light bulb went off in someone’s head and they said – “lets have a puppy food for large breed dogs – it will have lower protein and fat and hey presto – we can market the new food as avoiding problems like hip dysplasia”. Problem solved folks. The concept was then applied throughout the industry and across the pet food range.

Just imagine Mrs. Jones, walking through the supermarket with her 4 year old son sat high up in the trolley and she meets Mrs. Smith  who has her 5 year old daughter standing in the trolley. The conversation begins. “Oh hi Dorothy, I am in here looking for a lower protein and fat food for our Jimmy here, he is getting a bit on the big side and I need to slow down his growth”.   Absolute garbage – Is it not? Lets get real here!!

Of course we now have the breed specific and those poor souls who have bought into that will no doubt buy into the new dog food coming on the market in a bout 5 years time – the “Curly Coated Dog Food” or the “Curly tailed dog food”. Made specifically for your dog with a curly coat. Maybe they will match it with a food for men with hairy chests!

Lets get back to basics – puppies need higher levels of protein and fat for growth but they eat more food per body weight than adult dogs so they naturally get more protein and fat.

Let me show you this simple truth.

An adult dog, 2 years old and not spayed or neutered, weighing 20 kg, fed a high quality diet, should thrive on around 200 grams of food per day. That is 10 grams per kilogram of body weight is enough. The protein level is 20% and the fat level is 10%.

Now the puppy at 4 months weighs 12 kgs but eats 140 grams of food. The puppy takes in 28grams of protein and 14grams of fat. The adult dog takes in 20grams of protein and 10grams of fat.

It is as simple as that – don’t be fooled. Read about the problems associated with the long term use of high levels of protein and you will see the dangers.

Cancer

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Cancer used to be the reserve of older dogs, but that is now changing and old and young now have the opportunity to experience such traumatic turns in their lives.

Dr Martin Goldstein, who specializes in cancer, suggests in his book ‘The Nature of Animal Healing’, that. “It is the perfect disease for a holistic vet to fight. It is the ultimate expression of ill health, the result of the body as a whole – a holistic failure – to keep itself healthy.”

Dealing with cancer is therefore about restoring ultimate health and getting healthy.

Goldstein uses the analogy of the janitor at school on nightshift taking ill and the teachers and students facing an ever increasing problem with accumulation of rubbish.

Essentially Goldstein argues that it is not the rubbish which has attacked the school any more than cancer attacks the body.

Goldstein asks “How does conventional medicine respond?” “By burning the rubbish! Not only does it put the whole building at risk, it fails to solve the problem.”

Conventional treatments, radiation and chemotherapy are about killing off fast growing cells including white blood cells which are the bodies defense against cancer. So we put the whole building at risk!

Different cancers require different treatment strategies and we simply don’t know enough about each to be able to cover the range.

In so far as natural approaches are concerned, The Manual of Natural Veterinary Medicine suggests that there is sufficient evidence to support the use of antioxidants, flavones and flavanoids, bromelain, turmeric, and fish oil in most cases of cancer.

Antioxidants.

Compounds that inhibit chemical reactions with oxygen.

Antioxidants are substances that counteract naturally occurring toxic substances called free radicals.

These reactions, which occur in many contexts, include oxidation reactions that cause cell damage in humans and other animals, as well as degradation of fatty foods, resulting in undesirable color changes or rancidity.

The classic example is when you take a bite from an apple – if left, the exposed apple flesh will turn brown because of oxidation.

Chemical antioxidants include butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), propyl gallate and of course ethoxyquinn. Natural and synthetic antioxidants are added to food to prevent undesirable deterioration.

Flavones and flavanoids.

Yellow pigments found in plants. Flavones belong to the group of compounds known as flavonoids

Apart from their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect, flavonoids are known for their ability to strengthen capillary walls.

Green tea, lemons (outer skin and white pith), and the central white core of citrus fruit generally, are a particularly rich source of flavonoids.

The white pith of green peppers is also rich in flavonoids, as is the skin of colorful berries and grapes.

Some herbs (such as Ginkgo biloba) are taken partly for the action of their flavonoids.

Bromelain.

Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple that is beneficial to the breakdown of proteins. Bromelain (Enzyme) is a strong anti-inflammatory.

The only other source of Bromelain is pineapple juice.

Turmeric.

Turmeric also inhibits tumor growth and may well prevent cancer.

Green tea, may inhibit tumor growth as well as preventing cancer.

Fish Oils.

Fish oils; Omega 3 fatty acids have an established role in cancer management compared to Omega 6 which is reckoned to promote tumor growth. Omega 3 is also available from hemp seed oil.

Diet.

Robbies
, Luaths and Burns products contain a range of quality carbohydrates, vegetables, proteins, fats and seaweed which all contribute to promote health and vitality and at the same time allows the internal organs to function in a more efficient manner.

The high quality ingredients results in smaller stools which in turn indicates ease of digestion and therefore lower levels of food are required. The approach here is simple - get healthy and deal with the problem.

Dog Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Question. What are Dog Urinary Tract Infections?

Answer.
The lining of the bladder and/or urethra becomes inflamed making urination difficult and painful.

Question. What causes dog urinary tract infections?

Answer. We believe they occur for two main reasons.

Reason 1. Firstly the diet is creating the wrong thermal conditions in the body.

By this we mean that food is creating warm damp conditions in the body a bit like a swamp and it becomes a hotbed for bacterial overgrowth.

Reason 2. Secondly, poor diet may create toxins in the urine which will irritate the wall of the bladder as they pass along to the urethra.

Question. What can you do?

Answer. Change your dog over to a holistic diet which takes into account the thermal impact that ingredients have on your dogs body and of course the dogs health.