Dogs: Nutritional Diseases
How would you know if your dog is suffering deficiency diseases?
Similar to healthy dogs that will need a healthy daily dog food diet that provides your dog with his daily quota of essential vitamins, essential trace elements and his essential minerals – his essential ingredients, in addition to his daily quota of proteins, carbohydrates and other essential amino acid nutrients.
In contrast the sick dog it will be more essential in providing him with his full daily quota of the essential ingredients which he need to eat in addition to his proteins and carbohydrates within his daily dog food mix, again in order to supply energy and nutrients for growth and to maintain his health and well-being and for replacement and repair for normal bodily functions; as well as to meet an ever changing nutritional need.
Nutritional requirements for a sick dog usually do not differ greatly from those of a healthy dog. A sick dog’s dietary needs, however, can become substantially different from those of a healthy dog and the sick dog’s dietary needs must be clearly understood and be in full compliance.
Nutritional diseases in which a dog’s diet will need to be changed are often due to reflect the true nutritional deficiency diseases, in which the deficiency in the daily dog food diet itself is responsible for the nutritional deficiency disease. Most of the true nutritional diseases are deficiency diseases purely from the lack of a single or multiple deficiency of his essential ingredients, unfortunately of the 32 essential ingredients that you dog must receive on a daily basis, your dog is only capable of supplying a small percentage of the essential ingredients within his bodily functions, so depriving your dog of any of his essential ingredients in his daily dog food mix is likely to result in a zinc deficiency disease in dogs if any of the deficient essential ingredients your dog is incapable of producing.
What this means is that they are diseases caused by a diet that contains an insufficient amount of one or more needed essential nutrients. Most of these diseases were the result of inadequate or improperly balanced home-made food. Since cost-effective commercial non processed dog food became more and more nourishing, most of these deficiency diseases gradually disappeared.
Vitamin or mineral deficiencies are rarely seen as a primary disease any more. Both vitamins and minerals are inexpensive and are needed in such small amounts that today, few commercial non processed dog foods fail to contain them in adequate amounts.
The main concern about commercial manufactured processed dog food is that the raw ingredients which are not fit for human consumption – containing toxins etc. can be the cause of illnesses when the ingredients are sold as dog food in the raw state. It remains imperative that you need to feed your dog with the highest quality dog food you can afford in an effort to ensure your dog receives his full quota of his essential ingredients within his daily dog food mix, and one high quality dog food of many available online at affordable prices with free shipping to your door on many items and on orders over $35, one such high quality dog food is a dehydrated dog food, although you will need to read, understand and follow the manufacturer’s labelling instruction to avoid the problem with your dog becoming dehydrated from eating dry dog food, essential to hydrate contents to recommended level and allow your dog unfettered access to fresh and clean drinking water so he can replenish his own water content when necessary.
The manufacturers only option is to subject the raw inferior quality ingredients to extremely high temperatures – the processing part of processed dog food, in order to destroy the toxins, unfortunately the ultra-high temperatures used in the processing phase is directly responsible for the destruction of the essential ingredients, so feeding your dog with a daily dog food diet of processed dog food will deprive your dog of some of his essential ingredients, although not a problem for your dog if you are prepared to supplement his processed fog diet with daily doses of essential ingredients supplements – not an easy task as manufacturers do not publicize the deficient essential ingredients without a scientific analysis – very expensive as need to be completed regularly as a slight increase of temperature within processing will change the deficiency formulation so knowing the exact deficient essential ingredients will be impossible.
Although energy and protein continue to be a problem with some dog foods, the number of brands that still contain insufficient fat, iron – multi anemia iron deficiency, or poor quality or deficient in essential ingredients, indigestible protein become less and less every year. When a deficiency of fat occurs, it most often appears as an insufficient amount of total energy in the diet which results in weight loss, sluggishness, dry and dull hair coat, poor physical condition and, in some extreme cases, emaciation and uncontrolled diarrhea.
A deficiency of essential fatty acids may also occur, although it is unlikely. The total amount of the fats most often used in commercial foods can drop to as low as 1% of the diet and that diet will still contain sufficient fatty acids. The only exception to this might be in cases of dry foods where larger quantities of fat have turned rancid.
When a deficiency of fatty acids does occur, it appears as a loss of weight and condition, a dry, dull coat, but more specifically as eroded areas on the skin. These will most likely show on the pads of the feet, between the toes and over the bony protuberances of the body where pressure reduces the blood supply. Although these erosions may superficially resemble “hot spots,” they differ from them in four major aspects such as: They do not respond to routine steroid therapy; they appear on both short-haired as well as long-haired dogs; they require an average of three months to heal; and adding fatty acids to the diet promotes their recovery, because a deficiency of fatty acids caused them.
A deficiency of protein in the diet – precise nutrition for every lifestage in adult dog is still sometimes seen. This causes weight loss and dull, dry hair coats. It may also produce anemia, reduce the body’s ability to cope with and recover from infections, and, if left neglected, will eventually lead to the dog’s death.
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