We all know that a healthy pet means fewer vet bills and the easiest way to promote well-being in your dog is through a nutritious diet, but is that the only component necessary? What about exercise, playtime, proper shelter, etc? All of these contribute to the well-being of your dog too. So, is he happy? How would you know if he/she is? And for those who don’t have a dog, yes, dogs have emotions too!
So we know nutritious foods are only one aspect, particularly 3P Naturals (shameless plug!) but there are many signals that your dog may be showing you that will help you determine whether or not he/she is happy.
Last week, we talked about feline diabetes, what it is and what can cause it. Now, let's take a brief look at what you can do to prevent and manage this common cat disease!
Tips for preventing feline diabetes:
Ditch the kibble. We know it’s convenient but it's not going to do you or your cat any favours. The more glucose that is produced in the body, the higher the risk of obesity and diabetes.
Raw diet! A meat diet is naturally high in protein which is the most important source of energy for obligate carnivores like cats. A high protein, low carbohydrate diet will help maintain a healthy metabolic rhythm for your cat for his lifetime. Protein helps to maintain blood sugar better than fat or carbohydrate. The best insurance you could ask for!
Exercise. So important! Your cat’s metabolic function will often directly correlate with your cat’s exercise regime and diet. Be sure to provide playtime for your indoor cat for extra exercise.
Has your cat been diagnosed with diabetes? Not exactly fun! So what now? Here's what you need to know:
Feline diabetes (mellitus) is a disease characterized by a cat's inability to either produce adequate insulin or use insulin properly to stabilize their blood sugar levels. Common symptoms of feline diabetes are: increased urination, increased thirst, overweight, and lethargy.
Itchy/watery eyes, inflamed ears and feet, scaly/dry skin, constant scratching and biting….Agony!
Do you have an itchy bully? If the answer is yes, you're probably pulling your hair out too! It's about the most frustrating and disturbing thing a pet owner could go through with their pet. Here are 5 tips to help you and your dog:
A Raw Diet
This is the first place to start. Bulldogs can be quite sensitive when it comes to food. Your best bet is to remove all processed food from the diet. Feeding a raw diet enables you to control exactly what ingredients your dog is consuming, as well as being able to control the quality of the food. A raw diet is rich in naturally-occurring vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients that will help your dog’s immune system to function at its best.
Is your pet suffering from obesity? Although you might not think it’s a big deal, it truly is.
Similar for people, obesity can cause a wide variety of medical issues which can be easily avoided if weight is controlled. So how would I know if my dog is overweight? Generally speaking, if your dog or cat is 10-15% heavier than their recommended body weight, then they are overweight. If you can see rolls when they are sitting down, or they are labouring in their run, then they are overweight. Time to make some changes!