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Dog Health And The Role of Nutrition
Nutrition has a vitally important role in both the life and health of your dog.
In the past nutrition was primarily concerned with preventing deficiencies of nutrients that are essential for the dog's health and growth. Nowadays the role of nutrition has expanded with the development of so-called nutraceuticals a food stuff that provides health benefits. Here nutrition takes on the role of a healer and it has important consequences for dog health. At this point it is important to note the difference between Medicines and nutrients and how they impact on your dog's health.
Medicines act quickly to tackle the symptoms of disease and restore the dog to health, nutrients are slow acting and help build and repair the body in a natural way.
Glucosamine for Dogs
The role of Glucosamine in dog health has long been proven. Glucosamine provides the building blocks for joints and helps improve mobility.
Joint Problems and Dog Health
Arthritis in dogs can be a very debilitating condition causing pain and lameness with varying degrees of impaired mobility. Certain nutrients such as Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, Hyaluronic acid, Hydrolysed Collagen and Salmon oil thought to be of great benefit in the management of dog arthritis.
Arthritis In Dogs Treatment
Pain relief for dogs
When a dog is in pain it is very good at hiding it. The pain might be quite bad but the dog will make every effort to appear normal. Your dog's instincts are still governed by the behaviour of its wild ancestors where showing any outward sign of pain would attract the attention of predators. Arthritis in dogs and hiding pain is a survival tactic for dogs. Some nutrients such as Glucosamine, MSM and Hyaluronic Acid are thought to give effective pain relief for dogs.
Dog health and Hip dysplacia
Hip Dysplasia is an unfortunate condition that is thought to be largely hereditary in nature. Any breed of dog can suffer from hip dysplasia but dog some breeds have a hereditary predisposition to hip dysplasia such as German Shepherd Dog, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever and Rottweiler. One study found that German Shepherds are almost five times more likely to suffer hip dysplacia than are the three other breeds combined. Dog health is compromised Being overweight has a serious implications for dog health in general but is a serious risk factor in the onset of hip dysplasia. Many experts believe that well-meaning dog owners who give their dog calcium supplements in the belief that they are strengthening the bones are actually increasing the risk of hip dysplasia and therefore doing more harm than good.
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Horse Health and Nutrition
Our relationship with the horse goes back many thousands of years but the horse has remained physiologically and psychologically the same as it was before it encountered man. Horses evolved to roam free over hundreds of square miles of grass land. Their digestive system is perfectly designed for this sort of food and lifestyle. Moving over the plains in large herds horses constantly nibble and move on. Grazing and moving all day every day.
When people enter the picture the scenario changes completely and horse health suffers as a result. The constant grazing and moving is replaced by the horse being confined in a stable for most of the day and being fed large amounts of horse feeds twice daily. The additional weight of the rider together with strain of galloping and jumping adds to the horse health problems.
This lifestyle creates a number of horse health problems. Many of the problems that impact on horse health namely laminitis, colic and ulcers all have their origin in problems in the digestive tract.
Forage is the natural feed of horses. Horses graze for most of the day and consume large quantities of fibre. Their digestive tract is perfectly designed to cope with this sort of food. A horse will cope perfectly well on hay alone, provided the hay is balanced with a good supplement. The problem is that hay alone may not be able to provide the energy needed for the level of exercise the horse has to perform so we have to start feeding concentrates. That's when the problem begins and it can have a serious effect on horse health.
The typical routine for most horses is as follows. The horse is fed early in the morning and its hay rack is filled. The amount of hay given varies greatly but it is never enough to allow the horse to pick and eat all day long. Ad lib feeding of hay can be wasteful and most of it will end up in the bedding but there are now several clever devises that prevent this waste and pay for themselves in no time. After the horse eats its feed it starts on the hay. Go into any stable at about twelve o'clock and you will see that the hay rack is empty. The horse has to hang about for the rest of the day without eating and this creates a problem: ulcers.
Ulcers and Horse Health.
The horse's stomach is very acidic it has to be in order to start the digestive process and break down the feed. Acid is very corrosive but the horse has a very clever way of protecting its stomach from acid damage. When the horse eats it chews its food and mixes it with saliva before swallowing it. Saliva not only makes the food easier to swallow it helps buffer the acid in the stomach. So horse health depends on saliva and saliva is produced by chewing. You can see the problem: no hay no chewing no saliva and the acid builds up in the stomach and this can cause ulcers. Ulcers have a major impact on horse health; a recent study showed that eighty per cent of horses had ulcers.
Many horses show no symptoms when they have ulcers but others suffer from poor performance or start exhibiting horse behaviour problems like box walking or weaving and wind-sucking. The way we fed our horses creates another horse health problem: colic.
Colic and horse health.
There are many causes of colic in horses and it can be frustratingly difficult problem to diagnose exactly why a particular horse has colic. However, ulcers are thought to be major contributory factor in the development of colic in horses.
Laminitis in horses
The problems associated with laminitis are well known to horse owners and its often tragic effects on horse health are well known. Although the major impact of laminitis is created within the hoof its origin lies not in the feet but in the digestive tract. Despite the huge sums invested in laminitis research there are some things about the causes of laminitis that we do not yet understand. Supplements will not prevent a horse from getting laminitis but it will certainly help in the recovery stage.
Arthritis and its Effect on Horse Health
Arthritis is a serious problem in horses and its effects can be greatly reduced by a good supplement.
Horse Calmers and Health.
A nervous, edgy horse will often have problems with its digestion. Our horse calmer supplement will assist both calming your animal and digestion. We all know how our digestive system reacts when we are nervous and it's the same for horses: nervousness and anxiety cause digestive problems. As we have already seen anything that impacts on the horses digestion can have cause long term horse health problems.
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