February 12, 2013

“Your Dog is Not Sick – But is Your Dog Healthy?”

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As pet owners, we wonder if we are doing the best we can for our dog’s health. We love them, give them our attention, take them for walks, feed them, and take them to the vet when they are sick. But are they healthy? So many factors affect their health – diet, exercise, exposure to toxins, vaccinations, and emotions.

Dog Health

The idea of preventative medicine is to put us in a higher state of health. As you ponder whether your pet is getting the benefit of a full and healthy lifestyle, you should ask yourself if they are eating well.

Even the best commercial pet foods are highly processed. They contain cheap protein sources, and during the cooking process much of the nutritional value is destroyed. As a holistic vet, I do recommend a natural diet. But unfortunately, the convenience of packaged commercial products, combined with persuasive advertising, means that these products become a staple to our pets. As a result, North American pets continue to eat overly processed foods, and so it’s necessary to supplement nutrients into their diets.

If your pet is eating a healthy diet, there is little need for supplements. However, there are a few that I recommend for dog’s health.

Salmon oil is one supplement I highly recommend for your dog’s diet. It can be fed to them orally, and is loaded with valuable omega-3 fatty acids. They benefit dogs by supporting healthy:

Cognitive function: supports brain development in younger dogs and aids in sharper brain functioning in older dogs
Skin and coat: lubricates the skin and helps create a shiny coat
Joints: helps ward off arthritis
Organs: supports heart health, in particular

There are virtually no side effects to salmon oil in dogs. Dogs process oils differently than humans do, and it will not cause weight gain.

Just as your dog will enjoy the salmon oil, they will also likely lap up my next suggestion. I recommend that your pet gets supplemental probiotics to aid in digestion. One simple way to get probiotics into your dogs diet is to add yogurt. I recommend you check the label and find a plain white yogurt which contains Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus acidophilus (not fruit flavored or vanilla yogurt). While people generally don’t like the taste of plain white yogurt, and prefer to jazz it up with other fruit, this is not the case with most dogs. Dogs seem to really enjoy the taste of plain yogurt.

A little goes a long way with yogurt for dogs. I recommend that you just coat your dog’s food with it. Below is a quick chart to refer to for yogurt consumption:

Small dog – 1 tablespoon
Medium dog – 2 tablespoons
Large dog – 3 tablespoons

I recommend salmon oil and probiotics so as to enhance your pet’s overall health and performance. If you are not convinced, do ask your local veterinarian.

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Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.