While researching this topic, I decided to look up the definition of health. When I went to Wikipedia, I was astonished and confused by all the issues and components that so many groups have added to the definition. For the sake of our pets, I want to examine the anatomic and physiological condition of a healthy pet.
If you take a look at our pets in a completely natural symbiotic environment, we would recognize the challenges we have placed on our pets. Domestication has changed their physical environment, bringing them into our homes where they are protected from the elements and predators. They no longer have to hunt for food or even lick their wounds when they get hurt.
Hundreds of dog breeds have been created by Selective breeding. This has altered their physical traits such as body shapes and sizes. For example, a Maltese may look pretty but realistically has 99% wolf DNA like all dogs. While these pets appear different from their wild ancestors, they still have the same body parts and functions. Let’s observe the wild model for what healthy looks like and then how to maintain it. The body is designed for function, not appearance. Legs are for locomotion, teeth are for tearing and grinding food for digestion, the liver, kidney and lymphatic for cleansing and the heart and gut to keep them alive.
So, here you are…health is really about keeping the functionality of the body optimal.
Let’s make reference to the wild model. Have you ever seen a picture of an obese wolf or coyote? Usually in our minds, their physical appearance looks similar to malnutrition and hunger. Can this be their natural healthy state and body type? In the cat family, do wild tigers ever look obese, mal-fed, or starving? Ask yourself this… do they eat every morning and evening? When did we create the system of food available 24/7 in a dry format? Did this come from the natural model or from a food company looking to sell food?
Optimal health is a result of the body functioning in its most natural way. The body is dynamic, always changing. The nutrients required to balance and heal do change throughout the day, week, month and life and are influenced by both toxins and biological challenges. If our immune system is high and we are challenged by the flu, we will never get it. The same is true with our pets. Disease is not caused by a deficiency of a drug. It is caused by the body being out of balance with lack of homeostasis.
If you have a pet that is overweight, limps, coughs, has chronic pain, urinary issues, lumps & bumps, tumors, chronic ear, eye, skin, or anal gland issues, they are out of balance and NOT healthy. If your pet is a picky eater with IBD, IBS or other gastrointestinal issues, they are out of balance. You need to seek the experts in health.
For more information on these and any other health issues, we are only a text, email or call away. You can also stop in our store Fiesta Pet Deli, for a free nutritional consult. We are located on the main aisle at the east end of the mall, Bill Piechocki, nutritionist and Dr. Diane Sudduth, DVM are partners in Fiesta Pet Deli in Pompano Beach, FL, and co-hosts of the PetHealthCafe.com radio show. Our 40 years in the animal field has provided us unparalleled vision and information which we pass to our clients daily. Call or email us at 800-940-7387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org