June 10, 2011

Healthy Organic Dog Food

You would never rely on junk food for long term survival, so why should your dog? It is a known fact that many popular brands of dog food contain chemicals which can create adverse health effects. Recently, the discovery of melamine and cyanuric acid in pet food caused controversy in the United States as these foods were not on the recall list. Cyanuric acid is used to disinfect swimming pools, whereas melamine is commonly used to manufacture plastics and dishware. The combinations of these two chemicals in commercial pet foods, have led to a number of pets dying from kidney failure. Other undesirable ingredients found in pet food include artificial colors (i.e. yellow 6; also used for fertilizers), preservatives (BHT; Butylated Hydroxytoluene, BHA; Butylated Hydroxysanisole, Ethoxyquin), lead, additives (propylene glycol), artificial flavors, fillers, wheat (causes allergies in dogs), by-products and animal fat. What is disheartening is that some of these chemicals can also be found in human food as well. It is important to be aware it is in your pet’s food (and yours too) to ensure good pet health.
Organic Dog Food
So now that you have ditched the unhealthy pet food, what next? Well there is a variety of healthy organic pet food available to maintain the health and safety of your pet. The consumption of organic food has many benefits for both pets and pet owners. Organic pet food is made with natural ingredients using little or no chemicals. This means all fertilizers and animal feed used in production were organic. Furthermore, steroids and pesticides are not used for the making of 100% natural dog food. The obvious advantage of using organic pet food is that your pet will be consuming whole vegetables rather than artificial ingredients and fillers. Common ingredients used in the best organic dog food are: fresh meat, grains, fish, and vegetables. The nutritional value is much higher in organic food since only whole ingredients are used. There are reports of dogs maintaining less severe allergies when on a diet of organic food. Moreover, dogs who consume healthier pet food are found to have higher energy levels, a stronger immune system, a better weight, and an increase in overall good pet health. Many grocery stores do not carry organic dog food; however local pet stores may carry organic dog food alongside regular dog food.

May 24, 2011

The Battle Against Dog Arthritis

Filed under: Dog Nutrition — Tags: , , — 1st Pet Naturals @ 6:05 pm

Dog Stretching Out PawDogs are referred to as man’s best friend. A best friend is loved and taken care of. So when one sees their best friend in pain it can be an emotional time. Dogs, especially large breeds, are just as vulnerable as humans to arthritis. Dog joint pain is just as debilitating, chronically painful, and emotionally distressful as it is to a human being.

There is no official cure for arthritis in dogs, but there are many treatments that can reduce the pain and inflammation, tremendously improving the comfort and general happiness in their lives. For effective results, the following treatments for dog arthritis must be administered early in the stages of arthritis.

The most common factor of dog arthritis that can be effectively treated is the dogs weight level. An over weight dog is in far more jeopardy of getting arthritis than a dog at the proper weight. Weight loss relieves stress on the dogs joints. Weight loss allows the dogs body to more naturally work in sync with the rest of its body. The two best ways to achieve weight loss and a homeostasis of the dog is through diet and exercise. There are diets which are specifically designed for dogs with arthritis. Feeding natural food products is the best dietary method to elevate arthritis. Exercise is critical in the healing process and goes in hand with diet. It is best instituted by a dog physiotherapist who has medical knowledge to establish a safe and effective workout plan. The most common and easiest way of exercising your dog is to take it on walks and swims.

Pet Arthritis-Supplements for joint pain-factors for arthritis
For more effective results it is best to supplement the dogs diet with natural supplements and remedies. Glucosamine, chondroitin, and fatty acids are the most often administered as dog joint supplements. Natural anti-inflammatory such as guggul and ginger are trusted to effectively reduce chronic and acute swelling. Cayenne combats irritation and provides pain relief. Natural remedies are the best supplements to aid in the dogs recovery.

Giving the dog a massage also helps alleviate the pain of the dog’s joint. A massage equipped with heat will loosen the stiffness, increase flexibility, improve circulation, promote calmness and generate a general sense of wellness.

Depending on the severity of the arthritis, surgery may be an option. It is not necessarily the best method but is often looked upon as a last resort in slowing the progress of arthritis.

In dog joint pain relief natural methods of treatment are generally the best. Arthritis arrives slowly and the road to alleviating the pain is not easy. Love, along with the for mentioned treatments, are key in the recovery of the dog’s arthritis.

March 28, 2011

Natural Remedies for Canine Kidney Disease

Filed under: Dog Nutrition — Tags: , , — 1st Pet Naturals @ 12:35 am

Canine Kidney Disease can be a devastating health condition for dogs, if not diagnosed at the right time. The scary thing is that signs of kidney disease are usually witnessed only once the disease has become much more severe. It can go unnoticed for a long period of time.

Canine Kidney Disease occurs when the kidneys are not able to properly function. As a result, waste materials build up inside the body. This eventually becomes toxic to the body and causes a negative impact to your pet’s overall health (i.e.: digestive problems).

There are two general types of canine kidney disease; acute and chronic. Acute kidney disease occurs suddenly whereas chronic kidney disease develops over time. Chronic kidney disease tends to occur in older dogs.

It is important to discuss the best medical treatment with your vet, no matter what form of kidney disease your pet is suffering from. Medical treatment can include: taking various prescription medication, IV fluid treatment, or even a kidney transplant.
Treat Kidney Disease in Dogs
Although remedies for kidney disease in dogs cannot replace your vet, they will be beneficial for your pet’s overall health. There are numerous changes that you can make to enrich the life of your suffering pet. These include providing three essential things:

  • A proper diet: Feed your dog pet food that is especially made for dogs with kidney disease. A kidney disease diet must be low in sodium and protein. Too much sodium can cause hypertension and protein creates a lot of metabolic waste for the kidneys to have to filter. Adding some vitamin supplements, especially vitamins B and C, is also a great idea.
  • Access to water: Water should be available to your dog at all times. Your dog should not become dehydrated.
  • A comfortable environment: In order for your pet to feel comfortable, stress levels need to be low. Pretty much any change to your pet’s surrounding will create stress. This can be something as little as turning the heat up too much or a big change like introducing a new pet to the family.
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.