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Youth Is Where Pet Life Extension & Anti-aging Begin

Most pet lovers do not become interested in the idea of anti aging until they first notice their dear puppy or kitten has grown old. Unfortunately, by that time the greatest opportunities for extending their pets life has been missed. So caregivers should begin thinking about life extension when their pet is very young and all organs are strong and healthy. Keep in mind that from birth pets are exposed to food and environmental toxins that slowly  steal their health and shorten their life. If you wait until your pet becomes a senior citizens before becoming concerned with the concept of anti aging then irreparable damage has already been done and then all that you can do is protect what ever organ cell still exist.

From the beginning of life free radicals in the form of airborne, food and water toxins begin to destroy healthy your pet’s cells and tissues. Providing healthy air, food and water may require extra work but will greatly reduce toxin and free radical damage that would other wise slowly steal the health of  your pup or kitten. The most healthy diets are relatively free of toxins, provide nutrients that support liver function, encourage detoxification, and avoid nutrients that lead to a “leaky gut syndrome”.  The ideal diet for  dogs and cats is a homemade  rare or raw meat, no grain diet. Ideally, the meat should be organic and from grass fed livestock, while veggies should be organic, colorful and steamed or grated. If homemade diets are not an option for you then feed a high quality commercial diet that is over 40% meat by dry weight and contains a minimum of grain. It is impossible, even for a veterinarian, to determine the percent meat in a commercial diet by simply looking at the bag. You must call the company and ask the nutritionist this question, “On a dry matter basis, what percent of the food is meat protein”. Understand that grains and veggies also have protein so the percent protein on the bag does not tell you how much is meat protein. Finally, adding supplemental digestive enzymes, probiotics, trace minerals and omega fatty acids to either a commercial or homemade diet will plug many of the nutritional holes resulting from poor farming practices and commercial processing of food. Regretfully, because of space limitations,  we can not go into all of the other factors that must be considered when choosing the optimal commercial diet. Therefore, you may want to go to my website Doc4pets.com and click on the nutrition heading for a much more comprehensive write up on pet diets.

Next to good nutrition regular dental hygiene is the most important thing pet care takers  can provide their pets in order to insure them a longer healthier life. Because tartar is a breeding ground for bacteria, by keeping tartar to a minimum fewer bacterial toxins will get into the blood stream and damage the pets liver and kidneys. Daily home dental care combined with a yearly professional dental prophylaxis will make a hug difference in the health of your pet during his or her senior years.

We all live in a toxic world and as hard as we may try we can’t eliminate them all. However, any effort we make to minimize our pet’s exposure to environmental toxins will pay off big time in terms of extending their life. Environmental toxins involve such hazards as household cleaning products, lawn pesticides, radon, cigarette smoke, paint fumes, fumes from no stick cooking utensils, automobile fumes, poisonous plants, rat poisons and spilled antifreeze. Keep in mind that pets are much closer to the ground than we are and therefore more exposed to many environmental toxins. Bird owners should know that their feathered friend is much more sensitive to airborne toxins and therefore every effort should be made to keep them away from fumes resulting from paint, no stick cook ware, tobacco smoke, house hold deodorizers and even fireplace fumes. If you must apply weed and insect killer to your lawn try to use organic products keeping in mind that if you apply non organic chemicals then pets that get outside will walk through the grass and then lick the residual chemicals off their feet or ingest these toxin when they nibble on the grass. There are now a number of companies that manufacture non toxic home cleaning products that can replace those toxic products you may now be using. Once again space restraints limit this discussion on environmental toxins so if you have further interest to learn more please visit my website and go to my blog and look through the archive of articles till you find the ones involving environmental toxins and detoxification.

Avoiding toxins is one thing but getting rid of them once already in the body is a whole different issue. Toxins accumulate in our pet’s body slowly and without producing symptoms until the concentration of toxins destroys enough tissue to produce outward disease. Of course the idea is to be proactive and get rid of these toxins before symptoms become obvious. The process of detoxification can be accomplished in several ways, ie. homeopathy, herbal supplements, and nutritiona ls. I recommend all my patient go through a homeopathic detox twice yearly. Most toxins are  “free radicals”  that steel electrons and damage vital tissue. Adding a number of antioxidants to the daily diet will help neutralize these free radicals, prevent cellular damage and provide additional years of normal function for important organ systems. Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Resveratrol are examples of nutritional antioxidants. Milk Thistle and Burdock root are examples of  herbal anti oxidants.

The process of detoxification is enhanced by supporting those organs which are most instrumental in removing toxins from the body. Of those organs the liver is the most important. Dimethylglycine, SAM-E, MSM, Detox Kit and liver glandular are a few examples of nutraceutical which support the liver.

Constant emotional stress can steal healthy years from your pet.  Excessive emotional stress is truly a toxin in that stress stimulates the sympathetic nervous system which inturn causes inflammation and free radical damage. Early obedience training will go along way in reducing emotional stress because a well behaved dog is a contribution family whereas a dog that misbehaves, bitesl, barks excessivel or destroys family property will result in repeated reprimands and in family upsets and discontentment. If behavioral training fails their are holistic supplements than can help calm and control your pet.

Regular exercise is an important part of maintaining good health because it not only helps to main a slim muscular appearance it also relieves boredom and allows your pet to get rid of pent up energy that otherwise might be vented through destructive behavior such as chewing on shoes, furniture or lamp cords. Walking or jogging with your dog is great for both of you. Playing fetch the ball or Frisbee are other fun activities. Agility training, hunting and visits to the dog park are additional approaches to getting rid of energy and reducing unwanted behavior. Exercising with your pet is a great way to strengthen the human animal bond

Chiropractic care is something most pet owners never consider until their pet is lame or injured. However semi annual, proactive spinal adjustments are important not only in maintaining a healthy neuromuscular skeletal system but is also very effective in keeping internal organs functioning properly.

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Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal, one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets rodents, and reptiles with both traditional and alternative medicine. Dr. Simon is certified in Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Stem cell therapy. He is the author of 4 pet care books, a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and past board member of the  American Holistic Veterinary Association.   Visit us at  www.doc4pets.com*

Woodside Animal Clinic sees pets from all over Michigan but primarily from the greater Detroit area including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Cities in these counties include:  Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Detroit, Redford,  Allen Park, Romulus, Trenton, Livonia, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Warren, Centerline, Clawson, Troy, Sterling Heights, Southfield, Birmingham, Lathrup Village, Bingham Farms,  Franklin, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Novi, Northville,Wixom, South Lyon, Brighton, Livonia, Plymouth, Commerce, Ann Arbor, Ortonville, Clarkston, Waterford, Union Lake, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Utica, White Lake, Grosse Pointe, Romeo, Swartz Creek,  Shelby township, Washington,  Flint, Hartland, Lansing, Okemos, Howell, Brighton, White Lake, Romeo, Saline, South Lyon, Battle Creek, Saginaw, Windsor Canada, Toledo Ohio

What Does It Mean To Have a “Healthy Pet”

If you were to ask the average pet caregiver how they judge whether their pet is healthy they might answer that they would know by making sure he or she was active, mobile, ate well, had normal stools and in general was free of any signs or symptoms that might suggest illness. Unfortunately, a state of good health is not synonymus with the absence of symptoms. The pet’s caretaker might respond by asking how can this be true. The answer is that often symptoms only appear when significant damage has already been done to an organ system.   Previous to the onset of symptoms , disease was present but at a sub-clincal level. Unfortunately if we wait for the appearance of symptoms before taking steps to treat or protect our pets we will always be swimming up stream . So the point is that it takes time for organs to be damaged to the point where symptoms become apparent. Each organ has a critical threshold of damage when symptoms will become noticeable. How then can we detect , treat or better yet prevent early organ damage when no symptoms are apparent?

We need to accept unfortunate truth that we and our pets live in a toxic world that is constantly trying to steal a little bit of our health . The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the psychologically stressful nature of our lives continually threatens our health and that of our pet. Consequently, none of us are healthy as we might believe. We are all carrying a toxic load in the form of both chemicals and psychological stress. On top of this, as a result of poor farming practices, and food processing techniques, the food that we and our pets eat is almost always deficient in essential nutrients like trace minerals, essential fatty acids, digestive enzymes, and antioxidants. Unfortunately, these deficient nutrients are essential in helping our pet’s body mount an attack to remove these toxins and cleanse our bodies. The point is that we are all toxic to some degree and probably becoming more toxic every day. The problems is insidious and each day little by little our health is being stolen from us. Since it is impossible to totally avoid toxins in our day to day life, what we can do is slow down the toxic degeneration of our bodies by minimizing exposure and following a program of detoxification. In the following paragraph I will briefy mention the important steps a pet caregiver can take to help their pet live a longer and healthier life. I apologize for not having the space to go in to much detail but If you are interested in a greater depth of understanding you may visit my website Doc4pets and then click on my blog.

Maximizing nutrition and minimizing toxins in your pet’s food can be accomplish best by feeding your dog or cat a homemade, meat based diet either raw/rare or lightly cooks . Of course organic ingredients and grass fed meat are best for your pet if you can afford them. Whether homemade of commercial, diets should contain at least 40% meat by dry weight. Avoid grains and feed colorful steamed (not raw) veggies which contain lots of antioxidants. Grains tend to be hard for carnivores to digest and promote the development of a “Leaky Gut Syndrome” which allows intestinal toxins to leak into blood stream and overwhelm the livers ability to cleanse the blood. Soaking food ingredients in hydrogen peroxide or grapefruit seed extract will help reduce external toxins that might be present in the food. Adding digestive enzymes supplements to the pet food will maximize availability of the nutrients while at the same time minimize the likelihood of food allergies.

Next in importance is minimizing house hold and yard toxins that your pet could be exposed to . Because our pets are closer to the ground than we are they are more exposed to toxic chemicals. Non toxic home cleaning supplies are now easy to obtain.. If pesticides are used in the house or yard make sure they are non toxic to your pet. Check you garage and basement for chemicals your pet can ingest. Have your basement tested for Radon. If you have a bird don’t cook with non stick utensils as these items can be toxic to them. Don’t smoke inside your house and don’t jog with your pet by busy streets where car fumes are more likely to be inhaled.

Routine dental care is extremely important in reducing your pets toxic exposure. Dental tartar is a great breeding ground for bacteria and bacterial toxins which are easily absorbed into the general circulation and which then damage the liver, kidney, heart and lungs. The importance of home dental care and a yearly professional dental exam, cleaning and polishing is next, only to good nutrition in its importance to your pet’s good health.

Finally, see your veterinarian at least once yearly. Senior pets should be seen twice yearly. He or she can advise you on how to prevent contagious viral and bacterial toxins. Early detection of intestinal parasites such as roundworms, whipworms, hookworms and tapeworm can minimize damage done by these parasites. They can also detect blood parasites such a heartworm disease and recommend ways to prevent these intestinal and blood parasites. Blood and urine testing can help detect disease before and symptoms become apparent. At Woodside we are now carrying a homeotoxicologic “Detox Kit” which contains remedies to be placed in the pets drinking water and is used for one month twice yearly.

Take the time , ideally once weekly, to give your pet a health evaluation which includes a home physical exam and careful observation of the animals breathing, urinating, and defecating. When you look at your pet check for a bright energetic personality, a good weight for the breed, a shiny hair coat, an absence of odor, a good appetite, a firm daily stool, effortless breathing, defecating, and urinating.

In conclusion don’t assume your dog or cat is perfectly healthy just because your pet is not displaying obvious symptoms. Toxins are constantly undermining your pet’s health and damage may develop slowly and unnoticed until enough injury occurs to cause organ failure. Therefore, be vigilant, proactive and never take your pets good health for granite.

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Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal, one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets rodents, and reptiles with both traditional and alternative medicine. Dr. Simon is certified in Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Stem cell therapy. He is the author of 4 pet care books, a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and past board member of the  American Holistic Veterinary Association.   Visit us at  www.doc4pets.com

Woodside Animal Clinic sees pets from all over Michigan but primarily from the greater Detroit area including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Cities in these counties include:  Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Detroit, Redford,  Allen Park, Romulus, Trenton, Livonia, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Warren, Centerline, Clawson, Troy, Sterling Heights, Southfield, Birmingham, Lathrup Village, Bingham Farms,  Franklin, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Novi, Northville,Wixom, Brighton, Livonia, Plymouth, Commerce, Ann Arbor, Ortonville, Clarkston, Waterford, Union Lake, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Utica, White Lake, Grosse Pointe, Romeo, Swartz Creek,  Shelby township, Washington,  Flint, Hartland, Lansing, Okemos, Howell, Brighton, White Lake, Romeo, Saline, South Lyon, Battle Creek, Saginaw, Windsor Canada, Toledo Ohio