Guest Post: Elliot Harvey’s Natural Health Column:
Your loyal pet is at home and you notice something is amiss with their normal state. Unlike people, dogs cannot tell you what’s wrong; you need to be aware of certain dog health changes.
Disease can be described as any alteration of normal body function which can include organ failure, infections, poisoning, broken bones, poor diet, allergies, and more.
Some of the most common aspects of dog health problems include:
a- Changes in activity level: Pain may be an issue. Limping, hesitation to move, refuses to either lie down or stand up. Awkward movement, continuous circling, overall weakness.
b- Lethargy: Your dog will refrain from daily activity, walk around in a daze and may lie around in different areas of your house and spend more time resting or sleeping.
c- Changes in appetite: DECREASE: Tooth and gum problems can be very painful and cause a dog to stop eating. Food boredom can also be an issue, where your dog needs a change to another flavor or product. INCREASE: Seeking additional nutrients via eating more to help ward off illness (metabolic rate has increased), worms, thyroid condition.
d- Fever: Normal temperature ranges for dogs 100-102.5 degrees. A rise in fever can be attributed to the body trying to fight off an invader.
e- Vomiting: Continuous vomiting can be a sign of a major problem. The dog may be suffering from a toxic substance ingested (many dogs lick up the sweet taste of antifreeze causing this problem), excessive gas or fluid within the stomach or intestine, organ failure in the pancreas, liver or kidneys, unfamiliar elements causing an obstruction, enlarged abdomen, drug reactions, anxiety and fear can all cause vomiting. Make sure your dog receives water and electrolytes as vomiting can cause a loss of these vital elements and cause greater damage.
f- Diarrhea: This may occur when changing from a commercial dog food to a nutrient active dog food. Other causes include eating table scraps or garbage, parasites, parvovirus type 2 or any other infections and allergenic reaction to foods or treats (especially those loaded with by-products, chemicals, artificial colorings, chemically extracted fillers).
g- Obesity: Did you know that potatoes have a higher glycemic index than table sugar and maybe a major reason for obesity in dogs? Many commercial foods use large amounts of potatoes in their diets. Commercial foods that do not break down efficiently in the system lead to weight gain. Obese dogs risk diabetes, circulatory problems, and heart problems. These and lack of proper exercise can lead to overweight problems.
h- Urination: Foul or discolored, increased frequency, blood in urine, straining to urinate, incontinence.
i- Heart and lungs: Labored breathing (no exercise), blue or pale gums, excessive coughing, choking and refusing to do normal activity.
j- Eyes: Yellowing, discharges of tears or fluid, failure to open eyes completely, discoloration in white of eye and quick eye movements.
k- Nose: Dry, skin cracking, discharges.
These are some of the common signs showing you your dog needs some additional attention.
Dr. Harvey has written a definitive book on natural remedies for canine ailments. His book “The Healthy Wholistic Dog” has 261 Therapies and Protocols for Canine Ailments, Syndromes and Diseases.
For additional information or questions- you can e-mail Dr. Harvey directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This post was written by Elliot Harvey MH of www.doctorsfinest.com. (Pet Assure customers receive a 20% discount on products at doctorsfinest.com by entering coupon code PA-01.) Author of “The Healthy Wholistic Dog,” Elliot has years of experience in animal health and wellness. Pet Assure is not affiliated with and does not endorse Great Life Performance Pet Products. Pet Assure is presenting this guest post for the benefit of its readers and retains no financial interest in any future transactions.