A high quality, healthy and balanced diet is essential for our dog’s health. As with us, humans, where we often say “we are what we eat” with our pets happens exactly the same.
Here are some common diseases that dogs suffer that can be directly affected by their diet.
Obesity can be considered as an epidemic in our times. Both humans and dogs. It is estimated that between 20-30% of dogs in Spain suffer from obesity. Or what is the same: about 1.5 million dogs.
Dogs suffering from obesity are more likely to suffer from arthritis, diabetes, hypertension problems and cancer. In addition, life expectancy decreases in obese dogs.
Another alarming fact: owners of 90% of pets classified as obese by a veterinarian thought their dog was at their ideal weight.
It is very important to pay attention to the calories of food, which although important and necessary in the diet, an excessive intake of them can promote obesity. It is imperative to choose a diet adequate to the rhythm of life of the animal, try as much as possible to exercise each day, and provide a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Pancreatitis develops when the pancreas becomes inflamed, causing digestive enzymes to be discharged into the abdominal cavity. If this occurs, the enzymes destroy the fat and proteins of other organs as well as the pancreas itself. Pancreatitits are associated with excessive consumption of fats in the diet. If you suspect that your dog can suffer pancreatitis due to excessive consumption of fats it is necessary to consult your veterinarian. If your dog suffers from pancreatitis, a mild, low fat and easily digested diet is recommended.
STONES ON THE BLADDER
The creation of stones in the bladder does not always occur in the same way. The stones may be composed of different types of minerals and other substances: they may be composed of calcium, magnesium or phosphorus.
At first the stones are very small but they are growing and causing various urinary accidents like color change in the urine, difficulty urinating, pain. Check with your veterinarian if you suspect your dog may have bladder stones. There are diets to try to dissolve the stones and in case it is not possible will require a surgical intervention. To avoid the formation of stones in the bladder, diets low in calcium and phosphorus are advised. Check with your vet any questions you may have.
Often dogs suffer heart problems in the same way that humans do. A key factor in heart problems in dogs is ingestion of sodium (salt). A high level of sodium in the blood causes fluid retention and hypertension. As blood pressure increases, the heart must dilate to be able to pump all extra blood from the ventricles.
If you have ever tasted the food your dog eats you will have noticed that it is totally bland and sins of lack of flavor. For this reason it is not good to feed our leftovers because they have high sodium contents for them. If you feed your dog with food leftovers or eat high sodium food go to your veterinarian to go on a low sodium diet as soon as possible.
Dogs often suffer from diarrhea. There are two types of diarrhea: those of the small intestine and those of the large intestine. Dogs with small bowel diarrhea produce loose stools seldom a day. In these cases it is recommended a soft, low fat and easily digested diet.
In the case of large intestinal diarrhea, the dog defecates completely liquid excrement very frequently. In these cases it is advisable a diet high in soluble and insoluble fibers.
In case of diarrhea go to your veterinarian to make a diagnosis of it and start treatment to mitigate it.
Ask your veterinarian how fats, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, and other nutrients play an important role in your pet’s diet and health. Feeding our dog is changing throughout his life. Your veterinarian or nutrition expert will help you to give you the best at each stage.