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Weight Management & Obesity

Weight Management & ObesitySupplements for obesity and weight loss in dogs and cats.

Herbal remedies to support healthy weight, weight management and to reduce obesity in dogs and cats.

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, skin and coat health and is the result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune systems and tissues and organs in the body. Plant botanicals support the process of free radical scavenging, the skin’s ability to withstand the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms by maintaining proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function; protect the skin and connective tissues in the joints, reduce inflammation in the joints, acidify urine, improve immune function and build resistance to allergies.

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, obesity is a serious matter, is occurring much more frequently and can cause health problems as well as shorten life span. 

Recent statistics reveal that obese and over-weight pets are now more common than normal-weight pets. Obesity places extra demands 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.

Diseases common to weight management and obesity include:  

diabetes

cancer

liver disease

lameness

joint conditions (i.e.arthritis and hip dysplasia)

pancreatitis

increased surgical risks

increased anesthetic risks

skin conditions including acne in cats

difficulty breathing

respiratory disease

heart disease

high blood pressure

digestive problems

reduced immune function

heat intolerance 

The list of obesity-related health concerns is long and concerning. Obese pets generally have a poorer quality of life and 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 even depression.

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. Modern lifestyle factors often mean that pets eat more calories than what they require, and the food quality is often not appropriate for their digestive systems as many pet foods are high in carbohydrates, and low in protein.

Modern life styles, poor diets, environmental toxins and sluggish metabolisms often result in poor liver function, meaning pets are unable to effectively remove toxins or eliminate unwanted fats from their bodies.

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 weight gain, including:

Insulinoma (a tumor in the pancreas that causes excessive insulin production)

Pituitary gland disease

brain disease

Cushing’s disease

Hypothyroidism

Other factors that can lead to obesity include spaying or neutering, medications, age, genetics and your pet’s social and physical environment.

There are a few ways you can determine if your pet is overweight. If your pet weighs 20% more than when it was a puppy or kitten, your pet is likely obese.

You should also 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. Of course, spaying can cause a droopy belly, which is different than body fat on a dog or cat.

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.

Super Model in a Bottle – (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 combat 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.

Gland Candy - (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.

Kick Start My Heart (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. 

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, 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.

Other suggestions:

Restrict free-choice feeding.

Feed your pet less food but several times a day.

Feed a variety of protein sources so pets stay interested and less fussy.

Exercise with your pet

Use interactive toys to limit boredom and encourage movement.

If your pet has been spayed or neutered, they likely need about 20% less food than prior to sterilization.

Limit stress, boredom or competition for food between other animals.

Reward your pet with verbal praise, affection and with toys in place of food.

Conventional Remedies:

 Your vet will likely weigh your pet to determine what is a healthy, normal weight for your specific breed of cat or dog. 

Your vet will also likely 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 make recommendations on exercise and diet to best suit your pet’s dietary and physical needs.

 

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