Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Southern Ontario
I am curious if you read the link about HD and cause being related yo deficiency in collagen....I think I posted this further back in the thread
Hip dysplasia is not a “genetic malformation of the hip socket”, as commonly thought, but rather a weakness in the ligaments that support the hip joint. This allows the ball of this ball-in-socket joint to bang away at the joint surface, preventing the socket from forming properly. In other words, the instability created by weak supportive ligaments keeps the body from being able to manufacture a deep, smooth hip socket for the ball to fit snuggly into, resulting in the flattening of the acetabulum (hip socket) and a squaring of the femoral head (the ball). The sockets are shallow because of repetitive trauma to the developing bone (micro-fractures), which prevents the weight-bearing surface of the hip joint from forming properly. These changes worsen drastically as the cartilage covering of the joint wears away and bone-on-bone contact occurs, leaving them with the characteristic signs of the osteoarthritis we see in radiographs of affective dogs.
So in thinking outside the HD box and considering proccessed food is devoid of live enzymes and essential amino acids and natural vitamins and minerals, suffice to say, that even if a dog can survive on kibble it does not thrive. Loose ligaments, connective tissues, weak muscles will all lend to HD or malformation of bones and destruction of nerve endings causing pain.
This is and early warning sign tha needs to be corrected with diet.
When you factor in artificial (man-made) vit. and minerals that HAVE to added to meet AAFCO's BARE MINIMUM nutritional profile do not think that this suits ALL dogs. Further to this, once the food is cooked and processed it looses the nutritional co-factors that aide in all the little processes that happen within the body that are required for optimal health.
Artificial additives are only utilized in part - so if a nominal amount is added, and only part of that is used, then the dog is malnourished.
Further to add insult to injury, these artifical nutrients produce a by-product that taxes the liver further degrading the body's ability to produce the enzymes to convert foods for uptake to build on. The same goes for human multi suppliments like centrum and the like.
ALSO....these premixes are mostly from china which is fraught w/all kinds of issues - even in the best foods. And won't even get into the questionable ingredients that go into these pet foods...one thing is certain...Dog food companies do not have strict guidelines, they can use "natural" ingredients on their packaging they can use "holistic" and they can use "organic" IF at least 3% of the contents are in fact organic - THAT's 3% not a typo...what they can not say is "fit for human consumption" unless it truely is.
Switching your dog to a biologically appropriate diet with 100% of the amino acids and enzymes is the only true way to restore your pup to optimal health.
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