Do you want your dog to live a long and healthy life? If yes, the first thing you need to provide is a balanced and nutritional diet. Most pet food companies claim that their products have all the nutrition that your dog needs. But only a few companies are considering pet nutrition, and other companies are busy making money.
As pet owners we “assume” that dog foods are made with fresh wholesome foods that are nutritionally balanced. Unfortunately that is not the case; pet food is a huge industry with inefficient regulatory agencies that do not protect the consumer or pet.
Prior to commercial pet foods, dogs ate table scraps, scavenged and caught their own food. They also lived in barns and worked for a living, dogs had a productive and healthy life, living often into their twenty’s. Currently the average life span is about thirteen and in some breeds like Golden Retrievers now only to ten.
The contributing factor to shorten life spans is due to increase of diseases and illnesses; such as cancer, diabetes, allergies, auto immune, heart conditions and so forth, these disease were rarely ever present thirty to forty years ago. So, what’s changed?
There has been a direct link that connects poor nutrition to weakened immune systems. A weakened immune system allows for illness to enter the body, the continuation of poor nutrition generation over generation, directly results in our current circumstances and health conditions of our dogs today. Why am I explaining this? Because of course, you feed your dog good food, right? Or so you might think.
It is the trusting and uneducated consumer who feeds commercial foods that is under the impression that there is a pet chief that develops nutritionally balanced formulas that are wholesome and good for our dog.
Let me start by saying that the commercial pet food industry faces minimal regulations despite all of the layers that include: the FFDC- Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, FDA- Food and Drug Administration, CVM- Center for Veterinary Medicines, as well as, non-governmental agencies that include: AAFCO- Association of American Feed Control Officials, APPMA- American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.
With so many important agencies involved, we can assume that commercial pet foods are safe, wholesome, and good. In this case, over-regulation has resulted in the many loop holes that allow ingredients that cause malnourished, overweight, sick, and diseased pets.
Before we move on, let’s get a glimpse of what is in a bag of dog food. It is important to describe the approved protein sources for making dog food.
The industry refers pet food protein as 4D meat. 4D animals are not slaughtered; they are animals found dead, dying, diseased, or down in the field, feedlot, or poultry lot.
Dog food plants that use 4D meats are known as “rendering plants,” since they convert waste animal tissue into dog food. In addition to dead and dying cattle from meat processing plants, rendering plants have also been known to accept roadkill, and most shockingly, euthanized pets from animal shelters, expired meats from grocery stores including the plastic wrap and Styrofoam.
So as you can see, the ingredients are not as you imagined or as it is pictured on the bag that has been created by a marketing agency to make you think the ingredients used are fresh foods.
We will not go into further detail as to the other substances that are referred to as food by this agency and allowed as pet food. But it’s no secret, just google it.
In addition to the poor quality of food, there is more trickery in fooling the consumer. As most of us know, ingredients are listed on the food labels in order of weight. What they don’t tell you, is when it comes to dog food, the ingredients are weighed “precooked”. Why does that matter? Because after your proteins, for example, chicken which is 65% water, are cooked it no longer can hold the first position on the label because of the loss of weight. So you think you’re feeding your dog a protein diet, when in fact you’re feeding grains with a little protein. Let’s move on shall we?
Symptoms of Nutritional Deficiency in Dogs
When your pets receive inadequate nutrition, you can notice it in many ways. Some common signs that indicate you need to change their diet need are:
- Dull coat and fur loss
- Skin disorders
- Excessive shedding
- Increased allergies
Some other signs can be a bad odor, bad breath, dandruff, inconsistent bowel movements, stunted growth, and frequent infections. Nutritional imbalances lead to the following diseases:
- Congestive Heart Failure
The presence of excessive salt in your dog’s diet can increase the chances of congestive heart failure in dogs.
- Kidney Disease
Excess potassium, sodium, phosphorous, and hydration deficiency can lead to kidney disease.
- Growth Disorders
When dogs don’t receive the required nutrition during the formative stages, they suffer from disorders like abnormal bones and joints growth.
There can be lots of reasons for obesity. For example, overeating can result in obesity, and lack of exercise can also be the reason. But the primary reason is the imbalanced diet. For example, a diet rich in carbohydrates and fats and containing a minimum amount of proteins can cause obesity.
- Skin Disorders
When dogs don’t get the required nutrition, they suffer from allergies. Moreover, their coats can get dull, and coats also start to shed frequently.
- Digestion Issues
An imbalanced diet is difficult to digest for pets. When they can’t digest the food properly, they lose weight. In some cases, you feed them again and again, which leads to obesity.
Treatment of Nutritional Deficiency in Dogs
When you begin to see your dog’s health deteriorate, whether they are scratching, butt scooting, limping, not eating, or any other possible health issues, then it’s time to get your pet checked out. If your dog checks out and doesn’t have parasites, bacterial overgrowth, or inflammatory issues, then it’s time to dig a little deeper and make some dietary changes.
Ordering a health scan can help guide you with the valuable information needed to get your dog back to health. Using Biofeedback we can detect energetically your dog’s nutritional deficiencies, and food & environmental sensitives. With this information, you can create a more healthful diet and supplement what is need to restore wellness.
Can Dogs Recover from Nutritional Deficiency?
When you spot them early, you can reverse the nutrition-related illnesses. But unfortunately, some diseases can’t be reversed. Diseases like kidney failure and diabetes require lifelong treatments. Moreover, dogs that suffer from nutritional deficiencies during formative periods can suffer from permanent disability.
When you consult with a professional food specialist early on, you can help your dog recover from nutritional deficiency by feeding a recommended the diet of fresh foods. .
Loving your pet means that you will take time to educate yourself on how best to care for your pets. Keeping in mind your veterinarian and you pet nutrition specialist are partner in your dog’s health care.