Article – Nutrition

 

Here you will find articles written by Dr. Trish to assist you with nutrition choices.

Stay ImformedA Nutritional overview.
We like to think that most pets in the developed countries of our world live rather pampered and privileged lives. However, many people would be surprised to learn that the health challenges facing today’s pets are actually much greater than those faced by their ancestors. In addition to the many known diseases that pets are exposed to during their lives, factors such as our pet’s longer life spans, the ever-increasing levels of chemical pollution in our environment, poor diet, the over-use of “necessary toxins “such as vaccines and medications, and centuries of man-made genetic modifications that have made many breeds particularly susceptible to serious digestive, glandular and musculoskeletal problems all contribute heavily to the health problems that our pets encounter during their lives. Therefore, the health care and dietary choices we make for our pets must reflect these challenges. Read More ….

Woman feeding her dog
 
Beyond Healthy Food…Probiotics.
 

The quality of pet food we feed our pets has a huge impact on their health, their quality of life and the prevention of a number of diseases (see my previous articles about pet foods). But beyond choosing the best food, what else should we be providing in order to meet their dietary needs? In this, the second in a series of articles on pet nutrition, I will address the important role that probiotics play in the well being of your pets. Read more….

 

Obese Dog

Obesity
Excess weight is a serious health problem for dogs and cats and is common in many countries. The two main causes of obesity are too much food, poor quality food, poor digestion and too little exercise. Other contributing factors can be due to hormonal influences, certain genetic factors, and other disease processes.  Read more….

 

Beyond Food…What Else Nutritionally Does Your Pet Need?

The quality of pet food we feed our pets has a huge impact on their health, their quality of life and the prevention of a number of diseases (see my previous articles about pet foods). But beyond choosing the best food, what else should we be providing in order to meet their dietary needs? In this, the fourth in a series of articles on pet nutrition, I will address the important role that joint supplements play in the well being of your pets.

Arhritis
 
Osteoarthritis, also referred to as degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis in dogs, with overweight and elderly dogs among the most at risk for developing this debilitating and painful joint disease. Over time, joint cartilage deteriorates and is unable to retain water, which results in a loss of lubrication between the joints. Once cartilage is unable to hold water, the body attempts to produce extra synovial fluid, resulting in the swelling of the joints. Read more….