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Remedies for excess fat and obesity in cats and dogs to help prevent health problems in overweight pets.

A healthy digestive tract is critical to overall health and well-being. In addition to breakdown and absorption of nutrients, digestive health can also have a significant impact on other body systems (immune system, liver, bone marrow, or adrenal glands).

The endocrine system interacts with many organs and bodily systems, and the adrenal and thyroid glands plays a major role in providing critical trace nutrient support to all glands and tissue, and the adrenals can become stressed and fatigued, also affecting the liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

Many pet owners do not think that their over-weight pet has a problem. However, the truth of the matter is that obesity in pets poses serious health risks and it is something that vets are seeing in greater numbers.

In fact, recent statistics revealed that obese and over-weight pets are more common than normal-weight pets. Being obese means that extra demands are placed on every organ in your pet’s body, strain is placed on joints and bones, and your pet is at higher risk for a number of illnesses and health concerns such as:

diabetes

cancer

liver disease

lameness

joint conditions such as arthritis and hip dysplasia

pancreatitis

increased surgical and anesthetic risks

skin conditions including acne in cats

difficulty breathing and respiratory disease

heart disease

high blood pressure

digestive problems

decreased immune functioning

heat intolerance

The list of obesity-related health concerns is long and concerning. In addition to shortened length of life, obese pets generally have a poorer quality of life. They tend to be inactive because even basic actions are energy consuming and strenuous. They spend a lot of time feeling uncomfortable which can lead to increased irritability and depressed mood. If you think your pet might be obese, then now is time to take action!

In nature, there is a natural balance between food intake and energy expenditure. Animals must hunt for their food, an energy consuming task, and the food they eat is low in fats and sugars. In domestic animals, this balance is often lost. Life-style factors often mean that pets eat more than what they require, and the food they eat is often not appropriate for their digestive systems, many pet foods being high in carbohydrates, and low in protein.

In addition, life-style factors, poor diets, environmental toxins and sluggish metabolisms often result in poor liver functioning meaning pets are unable to effectively remove toxins or eliminate unwanted fats from their bodies.

However, while too much food in relation to too little exercise is the most common cause of obesity, there are a number of illnesses that can also cause pets to gain weight.

These include:

Insulinoma – a tumor in the pancreas that causes excessive insulin production

Pituitary gland and brain diseases

Cushing’s disease

Hypothyroidism

In addition, various factors including sterilization, medications, age, genetics, social and physical environments could contribute to pets gaining weight.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies can help your pet lose extra weight, to promote healthy metabolism by assisting in the production of thyroid hormones, to promote

efficient digestion for healthy, normal body weight, to support the organs responsible for metabolizing fats in the body and to promote its beneficial effects of the liver.

Herbal Lite & Lithe – (learn more) is used to accelerate the process of weight loss without compromising physical health and contributes to a balanced weight loss regimen, for weight loss and obesity due to a high content of polyphenols which acts as a metabolic enhancer and to stimulate the burning of fat acids from fat cells, as a reducing agent and diuretic, as an immune booster, to boost brain, muscle, heart and tissue performance, to improve mood and reduce stress, for hypertension and to combate degenerative diseases including arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis, for Heart Disease, including Congestive Heart Disease (CHD), Cardiomyopathy, Valvular Heart Disease, Endocardiosis and Ischemic Heart Disease and Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Probiotic Lean Machine - (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used to support healthy body weight, used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to support and tone the lymphatic system, to balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, to support and maintain healthy thyroid function and to soothe the thyroid and endocrine system, for allergies, alopecia, allergic dermatitis, moist dermatitis (hot spots), to stimulate tissue repair and for all types of arthritis.

The Green Machine – (learn more) is used as a cardio tonic to improve the heart and circulatory systems, to strengthen heart muscles, to reduce the risk of heart disease by maintaining heart health, to support muscle and cell healing for all parts of the body including the brain, to protect cell walls and to support strong blood vessels, to support the strength of veins and arteries and as a cognitive tonic to stimulate alpha brain waves, to promote healthy brain function and for its benefits to the heart, circulatory and nervous systems.

Many pet owners opt for free-choice feeding, meaning they set a bowel of food out which is always full for when their pet is hungry. While some pets manage fine on this eating option, and only eat when they are hungry, some pets over-eat and don’t know when to stop. Free-choice feeding also allows for eating out of boredom. Over-weight pets should rather be fed smaller meals at regular intervals throughout the day.

Some pets are fussy and turn their noses up at healthy food. However, you should avoid falling into this trap as pets are only as fussy as we allow them to be. Just as a good parent wouldn’t allow their children to demand take-outs every night, so we must draw the line and encourage healthy eating. Don’t stress too much if your pet looks at his or her new diet and walks away – eventually they’ll get hungry and slowly adapt to healthier dietary tastes. Remember that it’s for their own good!

Just like humans, pets only burn off the energy they use, and so high-energy diets, table scraps, and treats are going to convert into fat if you have a sedentary pet whose main daily activity is walking to the food bowel. Your pet’s daily activity levels should help guide what type of diet and amount of food your pet needs.

Pets can often pick up weight after being spayed and neutered due to hormonal changes, and a decrease in activity levels. In fact, they tend to need about 20% less food than pets that have not been sterilized. That is not to say they should not be sterilized, but dietary changes after the operation may be necessary.

Encourage exercise! Some pets are naturally more active than others, but most pets can be enticed into doing some form of daily exercise. Taking dogs for daily walks is essential and if your dog likes playing fetch, then regular trips to the park with a ball will help your pet lose some of those extra pounds. While daily walks for cats are usually not an option, most cats can’t resist a game of mouse-on-a-string. Ping-pong balls are also a firm favorite and you may be quite surprised at how active you "lazy" cat becomes when trying to catch something!

Your pet’s eating habits can be effected by a number of factors including stress, boredom and perceived competition for food with other pets. Watch out for these factors and address them when they come up.

We often fall into the habit of rewarding our pets with food. This can teach your pet that food is the only validation of your approval and attention. Rather ditch the food treats and shower your pet with affection and verbal rewards. Toys also make great rewards for dogs.

Related Products:

Yelp for Kelp! - (learn more) provides critical trace nutrient support for the endocrine system, to energize the body, for building and toning enzymes, tissues, hormones and bones, for enhancing natural cleansing and detoxification, for anemia, as an osteoporosis preventative, to promote immunity and for metabolic disorders, including the thyroid gland and other glands and tissues that affect the thyroid, for thyroid disorders, to cleanse the lymphatic system, to maintain healthy levels of TSH, T3 and T4, and for metabolic disorders.

I AM A ROCK STAR! - (learn more) supports adrenal gland health and response to stress and metabolic demand, supports glandular ability to rebuild and regenerate, promotes hormonal balance, regulates stress on liver, kidney and digestive functions by reducing thirst and excessive elimination, promotes cognitive function and memory performance, balances blood sugar levels, for natural energy in young and geriatric pets, increases muscle use, ability and stamina, provides anti-inflammatory and immune support, helps maintain healthy adrenal, central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Hepa Protect – (learn more) supports proper liver function, metabolism, bile production and flow, rehabilitates the performance, health and repair of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gall bladder, detoxifies the kidneys and liver, tones and balances the connective tissue of the liver, kidneys and bladder, normalizes liver enzyme levels, regulates kidney acid/alkaline levels, for all types of stones and gravel of the liver, kidneys, bladder and gallbladder, reduces uric acid, for gall bladder inflammation, gall stones and gallbladder infections, for renal colic and renal calculi.

Conventional Remedies:

There are a few ways to tell if your pet is over-weight or obese. Generally speaking, if your pet is weighs 20% or more above what it used to weigh when it was young and healthy, then your pet may very well be obese.

You should be able to easily feel your pet’s ribs if you run your hands along its side and when your pet is standing, it should have a visible waist and a tummy that doesn’t bulge or hang! Your vet will be able to be more accurate by weighing your pet and comparing this measurement against what is considered normal for that specific breed of cat or dog.

During this veterinary consult, your vet should also check for underlying conditions that may have caused weight gain, or possible health concerns that have developed as a result of the weight gain.

The first step to treating obese pets is to implement a strict dietary change and exercise program that will encourage weight loss. Your vet will be able to advise on what exercise and diet will best suit your pet’s dietary and physical needs, and will also aim at treating any underlying causes or consequences of the obesity. In some case, your vet may recommend a special high quality diet food that will help your pet lose weight.

 

 

 

 

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