Dog Health Problems – 12 Common Diet Disorders
Countries participating in a survey on dog health problems completed a lengthy questionnaire about various canine complaints. By the time the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Denmark finished the assessment, there was much in the way of shocking information. For instance, in these countries it is reported that the average life span of most dog breeds is ten to thirteen years. If the average dog is genetically programmed to live into its twenties, what could be cutting short their longevity by such a drastic amount? While many point to a number of dynamics, the one common factor these dogs have is their commercial dog food diet.
The following are diet related disorders that can be found in canines:
Metabolic/Endocrine– The grains and high sugar content in commercial foods often push a dog into dog diseases such as diabetes or hypoglycemia. Flame retardants and other chemicals that survive the rendering process when dog food is made are linked to thyroid problems in canines.
Digestive– The concentration of preservatives, additives and toxins often promotes frequent vomiting and diarrhea, two symptoms that can spiral into even greater health problems.
Renal– Because dry kibble can dehydrate kidneys, blood in urine is not an uncommon health issue for dogs and can be a precursor to deadlier dog diseases.
Dermatological– As a dog’s body tries to keep harmful chemicals away from internal organs, toxins excreted through the skin in large amounts lead to hotspots and constant scratching.
Skeletal– A dog’s bones and joints are often deprived of the right mineral combinations then further stripped by caustic toxins in their food. This leads to dog diseases such as arthritis or dysplasia and luxating patellas.
Ocular– Vitamin enriched dog food often contains too much of one element and not enough of another, leading to macular degenerations and even cataracts.Â
Circulatory– The lack of proper nutrients and the surplus of fats in a commercial dog food diet often lead to heart disease, one of the deadliest dog diseases for today’s domesticated canine.
Immune– the chemicals, toxins, funguses, molds and other additives found in commercial dog food take on a non stop, relentless attack on a dog’s immune system breaking it down and making it susceptible to everything from infections to cancer
Muscular– dogs without the right nutrition cannot build the proper amount of lean healthy muscle or keep a healthy weight, something that spawns into additional dog health problems.
Nervous– chemicals and toxins such asÂ Butylated Hydroxanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) found in dog food are known to affect neurological development in regards to sleep and aggression.
Respiratory– Additives and preservatives in dog food are well known for being at the center of allergic reactions in canines with irritated airways.Â
Reproductive– inadequate nutrition often results in smaller, low quality litters and the inability to get a good immunity to fight dog health problems.
From snout to tail, an all natural diet composed of raw meat and bone is just what the canine system was designed to gain its nutrients from. Unlike commercial dog food that cooks and destroys essential enzymes, a dog on a raw diet has all the building blocks he or she needs to rebuild its system from the inside out. There is simply nothing in canine physiology that is capable of finding nutrients in the dead animals, restaurant waste, spoiled grains, rancid grease and the mixture of toxins and residual drug residues that come in each bag or can of commercial dog food. Your dog deserves to live a happier longer life free of dog health problems on the raw diet that Mother Nature first intelligently created.Â
Dan Scott author of “Real Food for Dogs” has lived, trained, studied, worked and very much loved dogs for over 43 years. His burning passion for Canine Nutrition – “what your dog eats” through research and practice of natural diets for dogs is helping people the world over to have a healthy dog for life.
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