Good health starts with a good diet, for pets and pet-owners alike! There are all manner of problems your dog or cat could experience if they aren’t getting a high quality and well-balanced diet, and while nutritional-based illnesses can be nasty, they are also quite preventable.
Here are the main illnesses that are seen in pets with poor diets:
Extra kilos on a dog or cat can actually shorten their lifespan as well as increase their risk of arthritis, diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure.
Basically, an obese pet eats too much or has a high fat diet and exercises too little. In order to turn things around simply reverse the order by feeding them less and adding an extra walk each day.
Additionally, if you are worried about your pet’s girth talk to your Veterinarian or invest in a food with low fat and caloric content designed specifically for weight management.
There are different types of bladder stones, for example, calcium oxalates (calcium) and struvites (magnesium and phosphate). However, while they all start off small they can easily grow in size and number. Evidence of these stones comes with urinary problems, discolouration of the urine, straining to urinate and usually comes with a diet higher in calcium and phosphorus.
A visit to your Vet can help diagnose and identify the type of bladder stones your pet may have, as well as an indication as to whether they can be treated with a change of diet or removal by surgery.
Pancreatitis is associated with too much dietary fat in your pet’s diet, which then causes the pancreas to become inflamed and begin to secrete digestive enzymes into the abdomen area. Once this occurs these enzymes will begin to break down fat and proteins in the pancreas and surrounding organs.
Seeking a diet that is low in fat will assist in avoiding Pancreatitis.
Diarrheoa comes in two forms: small intestine and large intestine.
Pets with small intestinal diarrheoa typically pass a large volume of faeces a few times a day and can easily lose weight. Switching your pet to a bland, low fat and easy to digest diet is recommended in this case.
Pets with large intestinal diarrheoa tend to defecate often, straining to produce small amounts of watery faeces often throughout the day. A diet high in soluble and insoluble fiber has been proven beneficially in this case.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND HEART DISEASE
A diet high in salt easily elevates blood pressure in our pets, causing the heart to enlarge to counteract the increasing pressure caused by water retention in the blood vessels. Increasing your pet’s salt intake can be as easy as regularly feeding them table scraps or a dog food that is high in sodium.
Speak to your Veterinarian if you are worried about any of the illnesses listed above, and how you can improve your pet’s health for the better by giving them the best possible prevention: a good diet.