Is your pet a picky eater?

Do your pets exhibit any of the below behaviors?

  1. Eating a few bites and walking away: Similar to picky eating, if your pet starts a meal but doesn’t finish it, it is your first symptom of a problem. Healthy carnivores stuff themselves with meat when food is available (they know in the wild their next meal is not guaranteed)
  2. Audible stomach gurgling: Loud stomach noises indicate digestive disorders like acid reflux. While some stomach sounds are normal, excessive or persistent gurgling, especially when associated with inappetence, is a cause for concern.
  3. Anorexia (not eating at all): This is a non specific symptom, but a far more serious one and warrants an appointment with your veterinarian. A complete history should be done by a vet, with a thorough exam and blood work that includes a CBC, blood chemistries, urinalysis, possibly radiographs and abdominal ultrasound. In my practice I also check for nutrient deficiencies, toxicities and pancreatitis. BEWARE, DOGS CAN GO DAYS WITHOUT EATING, BUT CAT’S CAN DEVELOP FATTY LIVER DISEASE IN 3 DAYS FROM NOT OBTAINING ENOUGH CALORIES.
  4. Frequent Vomiting: Vomiting food or bile on a regular basis is not a normal behavior for healthy pets. Seek proper veterinary care and expect a work up similar to an anorexia patient.

The above are common behaviors that signal poor gut health in your pet! Learn how to address now!

Often overlooked but undeniably significant, the body’s unsung hero – the gut membrane is a vital barrier system that plays a pivotal role in the health and well-being of our beloved pets (and ourselves). Click here to read more on gut health

The Microbiome: Guardians of the Gut

At the heart of the gut membrane lies the microbiome – an intricate ecosystem of microbes that acts as the body’s vigilant “neighborhood watch.” Comprising bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungi, and amoebas, this microbial community plays a crucial role in maintaining immune balance and responding swiftly to invaders, thus preserving our pets’ (and our) health.

The Impact of Stress and Toxins

Stress and exposure to toxins can disrupt this delicate balance, paving the way for dysbiosis and inflammation. Stress triggers the release of hormones like cortisol, signalling to opportunistic pathogens that the host is compromised. Toxins further exacerbate this imbalance, compromising immune function and disrupting vital physiological processes.

The Role of Tight Junctions

Central to the integrity of the gut membrane are tight junctions—protein structures that regulate the passage of nutrients and toxins. When compromised, as seen in leaky gut syndrome, the consequences can be dire, leading to chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases.

Protecting Our Frontline Defense

Nurturing the health of the gut membrane is paramount for overall well-being. Prioritizing a species appropriate balanced grass fed, grass finished raw food diet supplemented with the essential nutrients (those nutrients the body cannot produce in sufficient quantity on its own), managing stress levels, reducing toxin exposure, and avoiding unnecessary antibiotics can help preserve the delicate balance of the gut microbiome and safeguard immune function.

In essence, understanding the intricate workings of the gut membrane empowers us to take proactive steps in safeguarding our pets’ health and longevity. By nurturing this vital barrier system, we pave the way for optimal wellness and vitality.

*Consult your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant, nursing, if abnormal symptoms arise or they are taking other medications.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Our products are not not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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