Tips for specific conditions
Heeding the following lifestyle factors may prove beneficial in managing your pet’s condition and increasing energy levels:
Try to limit the number of known allergens, chemical irritants and harsh cleaners that your pet is exposed to on a daily basis as these substances may elicit undesirable effects within the body, via absorption through the skin, lungs, eyes and digestive tract.
If possible, install air filtration devices in the living environments to decrease the amount of foreign compounds your pet’s lungs, eyes and skin have to filter out. Ensure your pet has access to fresh, clean air.
Frequently change your pet’s bedding to decrease exposure to moulds and bacteria that can aggravate or initiate inflammatory conditions and discomfort. Your pet’s sleeping place should always be dry. If he/she sleeps outside, make sure that bedding is raised off the ground and that the area is well protected against extremes of temperature. Pets should be allowed to sleep indoors whenever possible.
Diet and Nutrition
Premium quality feed is very important to help maintain optimum pet health.
Limit your pet’s intake of refined sugars to minimize abnormal fluctuations in blood sugar. (Fluctuations in blood sugar levels can result in irritability and lowered immunity and energy levels.)
Administer probiotic cultures from reputable food and/or supplement companies, to increase numbers of healthy bacteria within your pet’s digestive tract. These bacteria aid in the proper digestion of food and produce B-vitamins for your pet’s body to utilize.
Provide plenty of water, preferably purified, to assure adequate fluids are present for healthy biochemical interactions.
Feed your pet whole foods such as berries and vegetables, which are loaded with phytochemicals and fiber to help maintain health and digestive regularity. Try to get your pet to eat more slowly.
Incorporate cold water fish into your pet’s diet as they supply the essential fatty acid building blocks (gammalinolenic acid, GLA, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) that are required by cell membranes to maintain structure and function. Since these fatty acids are damaged by heat, light and oxygen, you should make sure they are stored in cold, dry, dark areas. Do not purchase flax or cold water fish oils if premixed with other vitamins and minerals, as they will be rancid.
Give your pet Betaine HCL and digestive enzyme tablets or capsules with meals to increase his/her ability to break down food particles properly.
Make sure your pet has daily exercise.
Last, but not least, give your pet lots of love, attention and praise!