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How diet impacts your pets health

 Just as diet impacts human health, so too does it impact the health of our pets who depend entirely on us to provide a nutritious and well-balanced diet for them. Diet can have an enormous impact on their well-being and poorly-formulated and low-grade ingredients in many commercial pet foods can have a serious impact on their quality of life. At HappyPaws, we know how much you care about the health and wellbeing of your pets so we have summarized some health issues that can result from a poor quality diet.

 

Obesity

Overfeeding, indulging with too many treats, lack of exercise and feeding the wrong type of diet are all contributors to this increasingly important issue. The definition of being overweight means that your pet is 15% heavier than it should be whilst being obese means they are at least 30% heavier. Obesity can also leads to increased risk of:

Orthopaedic infirmity - back problems and arthritis.

Cardiorespiratory conditions - heart disease and collapse of the windpipe.

Urinary tract afflictions - stone formation and infection.

Orthopaedic infirmity - back problems and arthritis.

Endocrine disease - diabetes – the likelihood of an obese cat developing type 2 diabetes is 4x that of a cat who is not obese. Once a dog or cat has developed diabetes, they are much more awkward to treat if they are obese.

 

Allergies, intolerances and digestive sensitivity

Food allergies and intolerances affect both dogs and cats and can show up as early as five months and as late as 12 years of age. Symptoms of allergies include itching and skin problems whereas food intolerance symptoms can include diarrhoea/soft poo or vomiting. Also, if your dog is defecating 3x per day rather than the normal 1.5x, then this could also be cause for concern. Many common cheap fillers in commercial pet foods such as; corn (maize), cereals, wheat, soya products, dairy products and artificial additives can be hard for pets to digest and are regularly linked by veterinarians to food allergies and intolerance and can cause irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease.

 

Shop our carefully selected hypoallergenic food that’s not only tasty but has the lowest possible chance of causing digestive problems for your pet.

 

Dental concerns

The accumulation of plaque on pet’s teeth is a concern that can lead to dental conditions such as periodontal disease (gum disease). A diet of exclusively soft or ‘wet food’ provides less opportunity for mechanical abrasion whereas dry foods have a more abrasive effect on teeth and help to keep them clean. Combing both wet food and dry food can help but nothing replaces the need for regularly brushing your pet’s teeth with a specialty tooth-brush. Avoiding pet food with high fat, sugar and cereal content as well as preservatives and artificial flavours can also help to keep those pearly whites clean.

 

Skin, Coat, and Vitality

A healthy skin and coat requires essential nutrients and elements that improperly formulated homemade food and poor-quality commercial diets don’t provide. A simple and effective way to ensure your dog or cat receives all the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients is to add a healthy and all-natural supplement to their meals.

 

Shop our superfood supplements for dogs and cats - a blend of superfoods, herbs, seagreens and probiotics, loaded with raw healing elements like antioxidants, phytonutrients, fatty acids and enzymes.

 

Immune system deficiency

Just like in Humans, poor diets can leave pets vulnerable to disease by impairing their immune systems which can lead to an increase in autoimmune diseases, susceptibility to infections, and cancers. The immune system of pets is linked to diet on several levels starting with basic nutrients and progressing to essential nutrients such as protein, vitamins and minerals.

 

Dogs are omnivores and eat a range of foods including meat and vegetable materials whilst cats predominantly need a meat diet. When it comes to switching your dog or cat to a new food, plan to do it over the course of two weeks - even when you're changing to a higher quality food. Gradually mix the higher quality food with their original food, gradually decreasing the original food and increasing the amount of higher quality food each day until your pet is eating just the higher quality food.

 

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March 10, 2015 by Happy Paws
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