Guest Post: Elliot Harvey’s Natural Health Column:
Many concerned consumers are calling asking about pet food recalls and symptoms that they should look for in their pets. With so many name brands on the recall list, consumer confidence and trust is very shaky. Hopefully, this will shake up pet food manufacturers and lead to higher quality products from reliable sources and make cleanliness a priority. An educated consumer on quality ingredients rather than falling for marketing glitz can also help alleviate many dog health issues. Look for quality brands that have never been involved in a recall and learn about ingredients……
This is a sample guide of dog symptoms and what to look for:
Breathing Difficulties- Deep Breathing: Check the color of mucous membranes. Purple or dark blue= trouble because it shows a lack of appropriate amounts of oxygen getting into the system. Fluid buildup in the lungs is a possible cause of breathing distress and coughing.
Obesity- Many factors contribute to this- poor diet, lack of exercise, junk food treats (many companies use items that are detrimental to health but are used to entice the dog's pallet and beautiful labeling on the bags entice consumer to buy) and table scraps. These items can lead to an uptake of too many calories and carbohydrates that will lead to fat buildup. Upwards of 45% of dogs in U.S. are overweight. A dog at proper weight will have their rib cage easily felt when gliding your hand over the chest cavity. Dogs are not born fat….
Diarrhea- dogs of all ages may experience a bout of diarrhea. The most common causes are: roundworms, tapeworms, food allergy, IBD, bacterial infection, eating table scraps, frequent change of diet, excessive consumption of treats, eating outdated and spoiled foods.
Mouth Problems- Bad breath may be associated with: fractured or distressed tooth, oral tumor, eating cat feces, kidney problems or diabetes. Constant scratching of mouth and/ or painful signs may be indicative of tooth problem. The inability to open or close jaw or move the tongue may indicate either a nerve or muscle problem.
Lumps- many pet owners will feel lumps under the skin and may observe growths. These can be fatty tissue growths from an overweight dog or cancerous tumors. (If cancerous- a new product on market called Life Guard 4 Pets maybe a significant help against this problem).
Rectum gliding- This can be simply an itchy rectum and since a dog can’t scratch his rectum, a pleasure filled way to relieve the itch is to glide on pavement or grass. Anal Glands may need to be drained. If a dog has worms you will notice some white items in stool looking similar to white rice. If rectum is swelling, a tumor may be present.
Skin Issues- Facial swelling- allergic reaction to food or chemical, mite or flea bite, bee sting, snake bite. Multiple lumps on skin-allergic reaction. Hair loss in various areas- ringworm, bacterial infection or mange problem. Red swollen area- abscess, infection. Constant scratching- food ingredient allergy, contact or airborne allergy, mange, excessively dry skin.
Skin and Coat Issues- the majority of skin and coat issues can be traced back to improper nutrition, lack of essential fatty acids (Omega Oils) in diet, inexpensive commercial dog foods, shortage of essential nutrients in diet. Some of the better dog foods are: Raw food diet- Wilderness, Kibble- Great Life Performance Pet Products (this food has a very active nutrient system). Some examples to watch out for include: Kibbles with excessive peas (can be written as pea flour, pea protein, pea fiber), natural flavor (can be Carmelized Sugar), excessive potatoes (listed as first, second or third in ingredient list).
Seizures- may originate from lack of oxygen to brain, lack of proper electrical current to brain, excessive toxins in system, brain tumor. Another factor is incorrect levels of glucose and calcium. Typical signs of seizure would be: sudden collapse with muscle activity, contraction of neck and head muscles. Dogs coming out of seizures may experience fright and crying sounds from this unnatural experience. Give them comfort and talk quietly to them. Soothing music is helpful.
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This post was written by Elliot Harvey MH of www.doctorsfinest.com. (Pet Assure customers receive a 15% discount on products at doctorsfinest.com by entering coupon code PA-03.) 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.