5 Medical Reasons Pets Go to the Vet

5 Medical Reasons Pets Go to the Vet

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in our roundups | 0 comments

Has your pet been receiving long term medication for a chronic (non life-threatening) health problem for months or even years, without a true cure ever taking place? Food could be the cause – and the solution! Five of the top ailments dogs and cats suffer with, can be related to the foods they eat. Medications like antibiotics, steroids and other drugs, which are part of the long term ‘treatment’ protocol for many pets, often just hide or suppress the symptoms and never actually bring about a true cure. Diet may be one of the biggest contributors to these problems. Making the change to a less processed, natural whole-food diet, that’s made without chemical preservatives, fillers, refined carbohydrates, by-products and other unsavory ingredients, can actually address these ailments at their root. Read on, to learn how. Ear Infections Ear Infections are often caused by a buildup of yeast in the ears. Yeast can ‘over-grow’ when there’s an overload of sugar in the system. This is usually caused by excessive grains in the diet, as well as added sugars or other simple carbohydrates. A natural diet that’s made without refined carbohydrates or sugars can improve chronic ear infections in a matter of weeks, and in some cases it’s necessary to go completely grain-free. Urinary Tract / Kidney Problems These problems plague many cats and dogs, and dry foods are thought to be a big culprit. The reason? Dry pet foods don’t contain enough moisture, which causes a state of long-term, low-grade dehydration in pets, and this in turn can lead to these urinary and kidney issues. Plus, most don’t drink enough to compensate. Plus, when they do, there’s the risk of dry food pellets actually swelling in the stomach, causing serious problems like bloat. Pets on a canned, raw or other higher moisture diet tend to experience less urinary tract infections and crystals over all. The pH, balance of minerals and total protein, are also important factors to consider when choosing a diet for an animal prone to urinary tract problems. Skin Problems Skin problems like itching, hair loss, hot-spots, dandruff, and a greasy coat as well as chewing at the feet, are classic signs of food intolerances or some type of nutritional imbalance. The state of the skin and coat are often the best outward sign of what’s happening on the inside of the body, and when the diet is lacking in quality, difficult to digest because it contains by-products and fillers, or made with ingredients the pet can’t tolerate, the skin and coat will show it. Some of the most common allergens for pets include glutenous grains like wheat and corn, plus soy, rice and beet pulp. Lamb is also a common cause of hot, red, itchy skin problems, and should be avoided in itchy pets. Ingredients that aren’t even permitted in human foods, like the chemical preservative Ethoxyquin...

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