Better Protect your Pooch!

For most of us, the very last thing we would ever want to do is cause harm to our fur babies, in this case, canines. I have now lived with a dog for over a year and only want to protect her. As health issues continue to rise in our four-legged companions, we need only look at a few factors to understand why and easily shift things to avoid potential health threats.

Our homes offer the most hazards for exposure to toxins from wood and tile/linoleum cleaners and polishes to carpet deodorizers and emissions from air “fresheners” and candles. Any non-natural cleaners are to be avoided because if they walk upon it, lick it or inhale it; they are exposed to it. The concern carries over to include second-hand smoke and vapor from e-cigs too.

Most of us know about the dangers from a dog ingesting chocolate, grapes, onions, garlic, raisins, and human medications, but did you know that if you are feeding them canned dog food the BPA’s found in most can cause serious issues. Some companies offer BPA-free cans, but a fresh diet is best.

Please note that rawhide treats are not safe for a dog of any size due to possible death by choking, intestinal blockage and poisoning. It is not a meat treat but rather a leather industry by-product, the backside of leather hides and are often finished with a myriad of non-food-grade glues. If you feed these to your dog or ever would, you owe it to all concerned to review it or investigate them further. Here is a terribly cute and effective video that explains it all. To view the video click HERE.

Too many vaccines can cause harm as well, and you can investigate online to learn more but just know there is controversy around how much and how often some are given when a simple titer test could be taken to assess if your pooch has been effectively inoculated rather than over medicated.

GMO ingredients in dog food should be avoided with the most coming through corn and soy grown in America. Also, canines require no grains in their diets, and some dog food companies use them as inexpensive fillers. Always buy the best food you are able/willing to, with no byproducts and a focus on meats and vegetables. Ever wonder why allergies in dogs have risen and it is often GMO’s and may be the same for humans.

One of the largest culprits of exposing dogs to toxins is through fertilizers, pesticides, etc. used on grass, in gardens and carried in the water flowing next to curbs. Like humans, the dog can uptake whatever their flesh, including paw pads and nose, is exposed to as well as through licking and inhalation.

In one study at Tufts, it was proven that a canines exposure to grass that has been professionally treated by a lawn care company increased their risk for death-inducing canine malignant lymphoma by as much as 70 percent! If your neighbor is having their lawn treated the drift of it into parts of your yard are very likely. Large parks, schools, apartments, etc. are potential toxic areas since so often they use poisonous products to treat the grass. Please investigate this further.

I understand how much our canine companions mean to us and wanted to ensure that you knew what I did in how to keep your love healthier and safer. Happy Cinco-De-Mayo amigo and enjoy your weekend! Feel free to follow Nutritional Truths here or on Facebook and share as you care to-Be well!

Avoid poisoning your dog.

If you are a dog owner, then you understand the unlimited love that dwells inside each and every dog. This week we celebrate the first birthday of our critter Paisley, and we could not be happier. When we invite a dog into our lives, we are quietly entering a commitment to care for and love our friend to the best of our ability for all of their days, as it should be.

Be sure not to repay their love by ensuring their demise via cancer. Like with humans, most everything we place on our skin ends up inside us traveling through the bloodstream. So if you spray your lawn with pesticides or herbicides or especially if you have a professional service do it then you are very likely poisoning your dog. Do right by your pooch and stop dosing them with toxins, if you have been. The same also applies to outdoor kitties.

If you live in an apartment or condo then find out what toxins are applied to the grass they walk upon at your complex and/or the park because your dog is taking it in transdermally through the pads of their feet, inhalation, and from licking anything that has been sprayed or licking it off of themselves.

Study after study has shown increased cancer rates as much as 70 percent of dogs exposed to those pesticides and herbicides. And it can also come from neighboring lawns or parks up to 50 feet away. If your best friend is over fifty pounds, they are at the highest risk of all.

What you feed your four-legged friends should be species specific and without grains or fillers. The basis of good health for them as for us is within proper nutrition, water and avoiding exposure to toxins.

To better care for your canine friend don’t use pesticides or herbicides on your lawn and make sure your neighbor is not using toxic chemicals that may easily be a risk to your pets. Consider removing the threat altogether by keeping them from grass that may contain such toxins. Bathe your pup or give them a good foot soak if they get exposed to treated grass.

There are several options for lawn care that won’t harm your pet just look for organic solutions and further push synthetics out of you and your pets world for a healthier longer life. Investigate further online and share this blog with everyone who loves their pooch.

Have a wonderful weekend now go play with your canine and Be Well!

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