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Why Pets Are Getting Sicker

Doggy doctorThe Body Healer is not just for humans!  Our pets are a very important part of the family, and just as a natural approach to diet and healthcare is important for us, it is also important for our furry friends.  Taking a more natural and non-invasive approach to pet care is about keeping an open mind and being willing to explore natural possibilities to keeping our pets healthy.  

Processed pet food is as bad for our pet's health as processed human food is for ours, and their skyrocketing rates of chronic disease mirror ours as both food chains become heavily industrialized and contaminated.  Pet medications have their side effects, just as human medications do.  Common flea and tick medications cause both severe and subtle reactions in thousands of pets each year (...Read more).  A lack of exercise affects a pet's health and well-being just as it affects ours.

CANCER
Cancer now affects a staggering 1 in 3 dogs. 
Almost 50% of all dogs over the age of 10 will develop cancer.

HEART DISEASE
10% of dogs suffer from heart disease.

DIABETES
The number of dogs diagnosed with diabetes has 
more than tripled in the last 30 yrs, affecting 1 in 160 dogs.(1)

OBESITY
An estimated 54% of dogs and cats in 
the US (93 million) are overweight or obese.(2)

Why are pets suffering the same types of illnesses we do?

"3 of the biggest killers, namely heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, are entirely preventable through diet - for both humans and pets."

 

Just as the average American is getting fatter and sicker, so are the pets they own, and for the same reasons.  The genetics of a dog is 80-90% similar to that of humans.  There is a direct correlation between the decline in our pets health and the quality of their diet and environment.  If they live in our homes, breathe the same air, walk on the same pesticide-ridden grass we do, drink the same water, and eat similar types of highly processed foods (the ingredients may differ but the processing and denaturing is the same), then it stands to reason they will suffer the same diseases we do.  

Our environment, what we all put into our mouths, and what we put onto our skins - pet or human - play the most important factors.  Heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, are entirely preventable through diet - for humans and for pets.  The cleaner and healthier our diet and environment, the healthier both our bodies and the bodies of our pets are.

 “Dogs in this country get as many cancers as people, if not more" says genomics professor Matthew Breen, who has been conducting research on canine cancer in his lab at the North Carolina State University Center for Comparative Medicine & Translational Research (CCMTR).

Obesity

Pet obesity has become a serious problem - and it is an ENTIRELY PREVENTABLE one.  You may be thinking, "so, what's the big deal?  a few extra pounds here or there can't be that bad, can it?"  Yes, it can.  Just like humans, pets who are overweight or obese have higher risks of the following:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Insulin resistance & type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart & respiratory disease
  • Cranial cruciate ligament injury
  • Kidney disease
  • Many forms of cancer
  • Decreased life expectancy (up to 2.5 years)

Healthy Living For Our Pets

By doing some very simple things, we have the ability to not only help prevent disease in our pets, but also reduce veterinary expenses.  Let's take a look at some of the ways you can make a big difference in the lives of your furry friends:


Diet & Nutrition

Learn about the important elements of a healthy diet for your pup, what to avoid, and how to tell the difference between healthy vs. unhealthy choices:

Home-Cooked & Raw Food Diets
Learn about home-cooked diets, raw foods, and why incorporating raw items into your pet's diet provides a very important nutritional boost.  See why raw bones provide the best dental care for your pet.

Pet Food Recalls
Every major US pet food manufacturer has been involved in serious pet food recalls that have caused the sickness and/or death of many pets.  Get the latest information on recalled treats and pet food.  ...Read more


Pet Safe Home & Garden

Pet-Proofing Your Home
From medications to insect poisons, yard hazards to house plants, bathroom and kitchen products to human food no-no's, our pets have an insatiable curiosity that can get them into trouble.  ...Read more

Preparing For A New Pet
Welcoming a new pet is an exciting time!  Here are some helpful tips to keep them safe and occupied, and you from pulling your hair out! ...Read more

 
Natural Health

Pet First Aid
Knowing what to do during emergency situations can help not only reduce the pain your pet experiences, but also promote a quicker recovery, and even save their life.

Dental Care
Learn about the importance of dental care in the prevention of disease. 

Grooming
Whether you need tips on choosing the right groomer, or help developing a regular grooming routine at home, visit the grooming section to learn about brushing, bathing, clipping nails, and cleaning ears.  ...Read more

Vaccinations 
Learn about the pros and cons of vaccinations, preventing over-vaccinations, and how titer tests can significantly reduce the number of vaccinations your pet needs.  ...Read more

Fleas, Ticks & Mosquitoes
Learn about the EPA's report of 600 deaths and 44,000 reactions annually tied to spot-on pest control medications, and why you should avoid conventional flea & tick pest control products in favor of natural solutions.  ...Read more 

Declawing Cats 
Declawing involves amputating the last bone of each toe.  It is inhumane, very painful, and is banned in many countries.  Not only that, there are health consequences & behavioral issues tied to declawing.  ...Read more 


 

 

 

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