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We love our pets

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Happy health dog and catAs loving, caring pet owners we are responsible for the health and well being of our pets. After all, they are harmless animals and are completely dependent upon us for their food, shelter, warmth and protection.

There are lots of ways that we can reciprocate with our pets and give them something in return for the love, trust, obedience and affection that they give us.

One of the best ways to show someone we love them is by offering them nice food. This is true among humans and animals alike.

So, as the owners and guardians of our pets we surely would want to give them the best diet possible; both for good health and also to satisfy taste.

Not only that but we also want to give our pets regular exercise, the occasional treat and also of course some kind words. We know that hearing kind, encouraging words can lift our mood and the same applies to our pets.

Of course they can sometimes mis-behave and require some correction but in general they will be happier pets when spoken to favourably, given regular exercise and a healthy, wholesome, holistic diet.

Arthritis

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Dog Arthritis and Stiffness

Arthritis in dogs can be difficult to diagnose. The signs are lameness, stiffness and difficulty getting up.

Typically this will be most severe after resting, especially first thing in the morning or following a long walk. Cold or damp days are often worst.

You may also notice your pet to be less willing to charge around on a walk, looking to come home or sit down sooner than usual.

Causes of arthritis in dogs

The dogs diet can have an amazing influence on the extent of suffering and stiffness.

In simple terms poor quality ingredients in food becomes waste material which flows along the muscle.

If you can imagine the muscle as being made of hundreds of tiny fibers along which travel these waste products, acting like the white of an egg, gluing together all the fibers of the muscle.

Thus when you dog sits or lies down the glue goes to work. On rising, the stiffness and pain is simply the fibres of the muscle separating. This is why the problem seems to decrease during movement.

This is a vicious circle though, because the more exercise our dog gets, the more glue like substances are produced.

Now you need to think about how large muscles narrow down when they come to a joint. It is bit like the narrowing of a river and
all this material is trying to get through. A dam begins to form and results in thickening of the fiber around the joint.

Thus to minimise the waste products traveling along the fibers of the muscle we need to pay careful attention to what we are putting in the dogs mouth on a daily basis.

Too much protein, fat, salt and sugar along with highly processed foods or ingredients which are limited in nutritional value is not good.

Pet food manufacturers are very clever at hiding what is really in their products.

Beat pulp, prairie meal, potato protein extract, chemical preservatives, colours and flavourings all contribute to arthritis.

Mineral imbalances have also been quoted as being extremely influential with calcium status being recognized as a good indicator of mineralization in general.

Calcium inhibitors such as excess meat or protein, refined sugar and excess salt should be avoided, as should foods containing oxalic acid – rhubarb, cranberry, plum and beet greens.

Nightshade vegetables should also be avoided especially tomatoes, bell peppers and potatoes.

Chemicals in the form of colours, flavours and preservatives are also considered to toxic and the resultant accumulation at the muscle joints contributes to the problem.

Another explanation is foods which are too acid for the body or in terms of complete foods, the imbalance between acidic and alkaline forming foods is contributing.

Acid forming foods are protein, and brown rice for example.

Alkaline forming foods are green vegetables and millet - the list is much more extensive than this but it gives a general indication.

As pointed out above, it can be difficult to determine the exact problem because of the relationship between muscles and joints.

It is now recognized that high protein and fat diets for puppies forces growth of the muscle mass beyond the capabilities of the bone structure leading to problems like hip dysphasia. In adult dogs, the accumulation of toxic wastes at the joints leads to stiffness and eventually calcification restricting movement further.

Traditional Chinese Medicine suggests that problems with the Gall Bladder will result in weakened limbs and stiffness. This in itself indicates that the digestive system, diet and arthritis/rheumatism are all interrelated.

Herbs for arthritis in dogs.

Herbs which are of value are those which help to rid the body of wastes sometimes known as detox. Others help with the inflammation other help with ease of movement - but the herbs are limited in value unless the dogs diet is addressed.

There are many individual herbs available but our experience is about using herbal combinations. Two or more herbs working together seem to help more. Read this article - the story behind herbal formulations.

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