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Healthy Metabolism: Avoiding Metabolic Disease in Dogs & Cats

Pet Care Tips 3 min read
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A well-functioning metabolism helps your little one live their best life and helps prevent metabolic disease in dogs and cats. But why is a healthy metabolism such a crucial aspect of pet care? We’ll discuss how this process is vital to our pets’ overall quality of life, health, and longevity. We’ll also delve into common metabolic issues our little ones might face and, most importantly, how to support and promote a robust metabolism in our beloved pets.

A functioning metabolism plays a vital role in our pets’ overall quality of life, health, and longevity.

Metabolism is a complex set of biochemical processes that occur within an organism’s body. A healthy metabolism in your little one helps keep them active, playful, and full of life. A well-functioning metabolism also helps prevent obesity, a prevalent issue in pets that can be a risk factor for various health problems. 

These are the critical functions that a healthy metabolism will affect in our little ones, directly influencing their quality of life: 

  • Energy for Day-to-Day Activities: In our pets, metabolism converts the food they eat into energy, which is essential for everyday activities, playtime, and staying active. 
  • Helps in Growing Healthy & Strong: A healthy metabolism aids in repairing damaged tissues and promoting growth, making it crucial for puppies and kittens
  • Body Temperature Control: Metabolism helps regulate body temperature, ensuring our pets stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. 
  • Helps with Detoxification: A well-functioning metabolism assists in removing waste and toxins from the body, maintaining overall health.

What Can an Unhealthy Metabolism Cause?

A robust metabolism can also help fend off metabolic diseases and other illnesses. Our furry companions can face several metabolic issues, including:

Feline Metabolic Issues  

  • Diabetes Mellitus: This condition occurs when the body can’t regulate blood sugar levels properly. If your little one has a confirmed diagnosis of diabetes, NHV Mellit can help your feline friend face and fight this condition.
  • Hyperthyroidism: An overactive thyroid gland can lead to excessive weight loss, increased appetite, and hyperactivity. This condition is more prevalent in feline friends and very rarely affects dogs. NHV Resthyro is recommended for cats with hyperthyroidism to help balance the thyroid hormones in your furry friend.

Metabolic Disease in Dogs

Photo of an obese dog laying down on a couch showing their big belly to illustrate a typical metabolic disease in dogs
  • Obesity: A significant metabolic issue, often resulting from an imbalance between calorie intake and expenditure. Weight management might include diet changes or an increase in your little one’s activity levels. 
  • Hypothyroidism: A condition where the thyroid gland produces insufficient hormones, leading to weight gain and lethargy. Hypothyroidism affects dogs more frequently than cats. Count on us and on NHV Thyro-Up to help your pup control the symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Diagnosing metabolic issues in pets typically involves a combination of physical exams, blood tests, and sometimes imaging studies like X-rays or ultrasounds. Regular veterinary check-ups are essential for early detection.

If your pet is diagnosed with a metabolic issue, your veterinarian will recommend a tailored treatment plan. This may include medications, dietary changes, and lifestyle adjustments. Always follow your vet’s guidance to ensure your pet’s well-being.

Preventing Metabolic Disease in Dogs & Cats

Prevention is key! Having some proactive measures helps promote a healthier metabolism in your pets. Ensuring a healthy diet and keeping your pets active with daily exercise can go a long way in helping maintain a healthy weight and metabolism. Also, make sure they have access to fresh water at all times. 

Feeding your pets a high-quality, well-balanced diet appropriate for their age, size, and activity level is a great starting point. You can also consider specialized metabolic food and treats designed to support your pet’s metabolism. 

Metabolic-specific pet food and treats are formulated to support weight management and metabolic health. These products often contain controlled levels of specific nutrients to help your pet maintain a healthy weight, making them a valuable part of a comprehensive approach to managing metabolic issues.

Natural supplements can also help promote a healthy metabolism in your little one. With that in mind, our holistic vet and master herbalist put together the NHV Metabolism Gold Support kit. This bundle contains NHV Multi Essentials and NHV Yucca. These herbal supplements work together to help improve your dog or cat’s metabolism and target symptoms of age and metabolic deficiencies. The vitamins and minerals found in these two products also help fill dietary gaps, promote nutrient absorption, and provide anti-inflammatory properties.

Caring for our pets goes beyond cuddles and playtime! By understanding the significance of a healthy metabolism, being aware of metabolic disease in dogs & cats, and taking proactive steps to promote a robust metabolism, we can provide our furry friends with the happy and healthy lives they deserve. Always consult your veterinarian for personalized guidance on your pet’s specific needs, and together, we can give our pets the best life possible!

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca Oliveira DVM

Dr. Rebeca is a holistic veterinarian from Brazil with a passion for natural and integrative medicine. She’s been studying integrative medicine and alternative (and healthier) diets since 2015, and now started to study the power of herbs with the NHV Family. In her spare time, you can find her spending time with her golden retriever, Kuga.

Published: October 4, 2023

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