Online Holistic Nutrition Guidebook | Part 2
Looking into the early warning symptoms of nutritional imbalance that you may observe in your dog.
Immune system reacts before joints and organs.
The immune system is particularly vulnerable to nutritional imbalances and tends to show symptoms much earlier than problems of the joints or major organs.
Symptoms of nutritional imbalance in dogs.
The following symptoms are among the easiest to recognise in most dogs:
- Itchy Skin
- Hot Spots
- Hair Loss/ Shedding
- Waxy Ears
- Runny Eyes
- Tooth Tartar
- Bad Breath
- Chewing Feet
- Anal Gland Problems
- Digestive Upsets
- Body Odor
- Eating Grass
- Loss of Energy
Symptoms of nutritional imbalance such as these, when they persist, may indicate that waste or toxic matter has been accumulating in the body and that the immune system is attempting to get rid of it.
The important questions are, first, where does the toxic material come from, and second, how do we assist the body in ridding itself of the waste product and help it toward optimum health?
Where does the toxic material in the body come from?
The answer to the first question — where does the toxic material come from — may involve, we believe, at least three factors related to diet:
- Too much food.
In addition to the obvious problem of overfeeding total calories in relation to a pet’s activity level and metabolism, often means too much of certain types of food: too much protein, too much fat, too much sugar, too much salt. all potentially compounding the problem of sheer overfeeding.
- Unhealthy or non-optimal ingredients.
These include derivatives and byproducts of animal origin, and even some derivatives of vegetable ori- gin. Soya for protein. Beet pulp for fiber. Wheat because it’s cheap. Sugar in the form of dextrose, fructose, sorghum, beet pulp and many other “hidden” sugars, all to make it taste good. Beef, pork, and dairy products.
- Harmful Formulations and Additives.
These include, potentially, over 8,000 non-food additives that government regulations still allow to be put into pet food. The most obvious of these are the chemical colorings, flavorings and preservatives. The problem in a lot of cases starts before the food even arrives at the manufacturer; for example, many protein sources such as chicken and lamb may be preserved with chemicals prior to this stage. Other examples of chemicals include the emulsifiers used to stabilize mixtures of water and oil to create a marketable appearance, such as “juicy chunks.”
Of course the toxic material may come from one or more combinations of all of these factors.
How do we assist the body in cleaning itself of the waste and help it to optimum health?
At Land of Holistic Pets we believe this is done largely through correct, good diet.
So what do we mean by ‘good diet’?