Obesity is a common ailment in pets which affects both their longevity, health and well-being…
Obesity puts strain on the heart and it also aggravates joints and hips…
Obesity affects breathing…
Obesity reduces longevity…
Yet, many of our pets are over-weight. Whilst lack of exercise will impact on body condition and weight, it is incorrect diet that is the main cause of excess weight gain or obesity.
Nutritionists explain that the main cause of weight gain is not as a result only from sugars but importantly refined carbs that convert aggressively into sugars. (with humans it is estimated that we consume on average 150 t-spoons of sugar a day from refined carbs that convert into sugars).
Whilst, we understand too well this dietary explanation and accept this as true, pet owners persist with feeding kibble/pellet diets. Kibble food is mainly refined carbs and thus is the cause of weight gain and obesity. Despite changing over from one kibble brand to another, pet owners testify that it has no positive affect.
By reducing the feeding quantity, that causes your pets to become under-nourished, and will not enjoy the prescribed nutritional value that they require from their daily diet.
Moreover, because kibble/pellets are an inappropriate diet (not real food), many or most dogs’ intellectual property based on genetics and evolution, cannot identify the nutrients when presented in a “weird and strange” form. They recognise the ingredients and thus store them as fat. This is very prominent with Labradors and Dachshunds.
Therefore, only from real whole foods, can we present an optimal diet. These ingredients get metabolised correctly and the body retains their nutritional wealth.
The following supplements also help with digestion and weight – all pro-biotics, apple cider vinegar and fish oil.
Dealing with Arthritis, Hip Dysplasia and Degenerative Joints in Humans and Companion Animals:
The key to sorting out your dogs and cats, and human ailments like joint inflammation and arthritis is to balance their pH Levels.
Just like with humans, our dogs (less so with cats) require a diet of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods. However, to restore poor health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.
If too many acidic foods are consumed and not enough alkaline enough, the acidity inflames your organs. An imbalance in the acid-base can lead to inflamed skin, bone and muscle loss and osteoporosis.
Thus, looking at commercial pet foods in pellet/kibble form, it is quite clear why such diets cannot perform. The main ingredients are refined carbs – brewers rice, wheat and corn gluten, potato meal, soya meal and animal meals. As a matter of fact, such refined carbs are rated as “extremely acidic” and their contribution way overrides any alkaline ingredients that may come from this diet.
The same arguments follow for diets that contain copious amounts of meat (raw or cooked). In the last few years, there has been a trend to feed our companion animals a high raw meat diet. Meat too is classified as an “extremely” acidic.
The same holds true for humans. Refined carb diets that we so commonly eat, are acid producing and will affect joints and arthritis. It is important to consume a balanced whole food diet, that contains loads of raw veggies.
The Golden Rule Applies!
60% alkaline based foods to 40% acid forming foods or the old age rule of 1 meat to 2 portions veggies
My favourite supplements that aid is reducing inflammation, pain and arthritic problems:
Omega 3 fish oil – not flax
Apple Cider Vinegar
Rosehip and Devils Claw