Optimizing your pet’s health is complicated but doable. The Industrial age has brought us a lot of conveniences, but a lot of pollution with them. I’m all for conveniences but it is important to realize that they come with a price. For example, lawn chemicals, especially the herbicide 2, 4-D, are known to cause dog cancer and feline leukemia. Knowing how to compensate for the common and almost unavoidable chemicals is what separates the healthy animals from the sick ones.
Health Begins In The Colon
Understanding what goes on in the colon is vital to getting your cat or dog healthy, and keeping them healthy. The good news is- it’s pretty basic! By the time you finish this article you would be right to wonder why it has been overlooked by the medical community.
Thanks to scientists dedicated to finding alternatives to medications, we are on the doorstep of a new era in Animal Wellness. In order to optimize your animal’s wellness (much like your children) you have to examine everything you give them and everything they do. Let’s start with the basics… detoxification, food, and a healthy gut.
21st Century Pet Food
Its time to take charge of your animal’s diet. There are a variety of options available for pet food. You may buy higher quality canned food, try raw feed, or make homemade food. Click here for our list of recommended cat food and dog food.
What do fast food chains and commercial pet foods have in common? Their content and ingredients suggest that the lowest price point is the goal, not nutritional value, or health. Obtaining the lowest price point means using the lowest quality foods animals will eat. It is no coincidence that a steady diet of low quality foods (empty calories) eventually causes the intestinal tract to malfunction, producing toxic levels of anaerobic bacteria, yeast, and fungi.
Just as putrefaction of food is caused by microbes in the air, this natural process is duplicated in the digestive tract. A byproduct of putrefying pathogens is that they excrete toxic chemical compounds, which are necessary for digestion. However, when they get the upper hand in the colon they cause a variety of GI and immune disorders. When this happens your animal’s instincts take over; they eat dirt and grass. Unfortunately, allowing them to do this could actually make them sicker as lawn plants are contaminated with chemicals.
Microflora and bacteria are essential to optimize the colon.
If balance is not maintained daily, over time build up in the body when the colon is out of balance. Hydrogen sulfide and ammonia are tissue toxins that can damage the liver. Histamines contribute to allergic disorders such as atopic dermatitis, allergies, urticaria (hives) and asthma. Indoles and phenols are considered carcinogenic. Scatoles produce a rotten egg smell in the breath, gas, and body odor. The body’s defense mechanisms try to eliminate these toxins by releasing neutrophils. When the body is unable to produce sufficient neutrophils, the body reacts, expelling the toxins through vomiting and diarrhea, or becoming paralyzed with constipation. Due to a wide variety of reasons … optimizing colon health is more important today than ever before!
Real World Probiotics
Some 25 years ago, laboratory research scientists began to connect the dots. If wild animals ate dirt and grass and stayed healthy, wouldn’t this work for modern domesticated animals? They literally got their hands dirty and began examining and studying dirt and grass samples going back before the Industrial Age. Here’s what they found; pre-industrial age dirt was teaming with active bacteria and microflora. Logically, they named them Soil Based Organisms (SBOs). However, soil samples examined from the mid-20th century to the present are virtually devoid of these essential SBOs, also known as “Probiotics”.
High Efficiency Digestion: The Key
If you’ve read this far, chances are you, too, realize that the keys to optimizing your pet’s health include giving them nutritious food specifically suited to their digestive requirements. You also need to give them distilled or reverse osmosis quality water. Make sure the air they are breathing and the bedding they sleep on is clean and fresh. Finally, make sure they are getting SBOs along with other essential supplements on a daily basis.
Now this may seem troublesome and expensive. But the truth is you will have a healthier, happier pet capable of bringing you love and joy for many years to come. And as an added bonus properly optimizing your pet’s health will cost you far less than the frequent vet visits and numerous medications that will result if you don’t!