Healthy pets in developed countries.

Healthy pets with Dr. Trish

Healthy pets with Dr. TrishDo we have healthy pets? Are there things we can control?

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, these factors also contribute to a lack of great pet health.

  • Our pet’s longer life spans
  • The ever-increasing levels of chemical pollution in our environment
  • Poor diet
  • Over-use of “necessary toxins “such as vaccines and medications.
  • Centuries of man-made genetic modifications that have made many breeds particularly susceptible to serious digestive, glandular and musculoskeletal problems

All of these contribute heavily to the health problems that our pets encounter during their lives. Therefore, the health care and dietary choices which allow us to have healthy pets must reflect these challenges.

Let’s briefly explore some of the things we can do as owners to greatly improve the health and quality of life of our pets.

Does diet play a role in a healthy pet?

By far, the most important thing we can do to ensure a long and healthy life for your pet is to simply improve its diet. The adage “We are what we eat” is as true today for the pet as it is for its owner. Your pet however, doesn’t have a choice. We are their stewards. We must make the best choices we can to see that truly healthy food is available for them.

Yes, pet foods using human grade ingredients rather than refuse from human food processing are more expensive. But, they are significantly more digestible and usable by our carnivorous pets. This will also result in less food being consumed, better weight control, and less waste (feces).

The first choice when choosing food for our pet should include:

  • Foods using bio-available carbohydrates such as oats, potato, rice and peas instead of wheat, corn and soy.
  • Those containing a greater proportion of meat than carbohydrates

What effect does environment have in maintaining a healthy pet?

Maintaining a healthy environment should include:

  • Clean air and water
  • Minimum exposure to toxins
  • Plenty of physical and mental exercise to reduce stress.

It is vitally important to spend time daily interacting and providing our pet. Our pets have many jobs such as a guardian, search & rescue, performing agility, field and tracking events for our enjoyment and sport. Many merely perform the equally important job of being loving companion. Mental and physical stimulation is just as important as the best diet and supportive care we can give them.

Can we have a geriatric healthy pet?

Many “geriatric” issues start to show up as our pets age. Many of the changes we attribute to “just getting old” can actually be prevented or reversed to degrees. Newer therapies such as “veterinary chiropractic care” that also incorporate other treatment modalities such as:

  • Massage for spinal and muscle maintenance
  • Acupuncture for pain control and energy balancing
  • Low level laser therapy for revitalizing and re-establishing cell function and boosting the healing process.
  • Homeopathic, herbal, and nutritional supplements to support and maintain optimal health throughout lives.

In the coming months, I look forward to exploring these important pet health issues in more detail and helping you have healthy pets! – Dr. Trish

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