Importance of Moisture In Mammal's Diet
Moisture level in the body is an essential part of every living being. For humans and animals the body constitutes of 60 to 70 percent of moisture, depending on amount of fat. The heavier the body due to obesity the less moisture content. The body needs moisture to nourish healthy skin, coat, organs, and prevent future illnesses. The healthy functioning of the body organs depends on a hydrated body. Moisture in the body is not only made up of ingesting water, but consuming an unadulterated diet. For instance, raw beef has min 70% moisture and raw tripe has minimum 80% moisture. Eating or feeding a fresh diet and avoiding processed food is most beneficial to maintain good hydration in the body -
Helps the body to maintain a stable body temperature
Aids in digestion of food – taking the food from the body and helping it to absorb the food
Lubricates and hydrates the body
Removes waste from the body
Keeps the organs going effectively
The body suffers if moisture is not present in food. Having a good moisture content diet keeps the entire body healthy. Help your pets to be hydrated by giving them a high moisture diet with no fillers, preservatives, and a conservative amount of processing, which will result in a cleaner, healthier body. pawsTHRIVE’s replenishing raw diets, have a minimum of 70% moisture and include meat, bone, and organ for feeding and benefitting the health of your carnivore.
Dehydration and its Effects:
Dehydration happens when your pet’s body fluid drops to less than normal. It can either happen due to less moisture intake or an excessive fluid loss in the body from heat exposure and over exertion. Your pet becomes dehydrated when it rehydrates a processed diet with its own body moisture trying to obtain nourishment. The pet’s body, now dehydrated, becomes in a deficiency of moisture and the body’s system is reduced to a poor performance. Continuous vomiting, fever, diarrhea, illness, can also lead to dehydration. If you have chosen to feed a processed diet, help your pet by adding water to the meal till the product is rehydrated. Dehydration will affect the body’s organs and lead to some unhealthy consequences like -
The healthy nutrients ingested will not be completely benefitted by the body
Presence of less moisture in the body will not allow the harmful toxins to be flushed out. Toxin build up in the body, can harm the liver, kidney, skin, and the bowel function.
Dehydration can result in lethargic, inactive, and depressed behaviour.
Dehydration and Effects on Digestion:
It is observed that the pets that eat a processed diet drink more water than a raw fed pet. Also documented is the urine in raw pets have less odor and not concentrated. A pet consuming processed food, tends to have a darker urine and drinks excessive amounts of water. This behavior is a sign of dehydration that could eventually lead to kidney problems. Giving them high moisture diet adds the moisture that they are actually required to drink which ultimately goes in the digestive tract. Intracellular moisture is imperative for the digestive tract, for proper digestion of food and breakdown of food nutrients. Moisture is closely associated with all the organs in the body and helps them perform their day to day functions. Digestion of food being the most important functions of all. It is a moisture intensive process, from saliva to gastric juices, if your pet’s body doesn’t have enough moisture it will pull it out from the other organs, which leaves less moisture to flush out the toxins and also leads to dehydration. If the body doesn’t get enough moisture while digestion is happening the intestines will soak up its limited supply leaving a dry and hard food by product which leads to constipation and bloating.
Having a good diet leads to healthy lives, whethther it be you or your pet. There are numerous options to choose and decide on a certain diet. For proper absorption and assimilation of food ingredients a meal should contain at least 70% of moisture. Raw food diet is in great demand for conscious pet owners. pawsTHRIVE’s diets have 80 percent fresh local beef, 10 percent bone(finely ground) and 10 percent organ included in cubes appropriate for individual portions. If you choose to prepare meals from fresh meats, always remember for dogs, the ratio is 80/10/10. Do not exceed bone content or a blockage could occur. I cannot promote any other type of commercial product, not because of competition but simply pawTHRIVE adds nothing other than meat, bone and organ. Many other products include binders and fillers to gain profit. pawsTHRIVE is not available in stores. All purchases are custom order to type of meat, size meals, and packaging. Fees vary based on special request but can always accommodate the customer’s request and the dogs desire. Orders can be made by emailing pawsTHRIVE@gmail.com attention “order”
Benefits of Raw Diet:
Raw diets that include no fillers and are chunked, whole, or ground. I use only an animal source that is at the simplest state and maintains high amounts of moisture. A species appropriate diet is important to meet your pet’s specific needs. If your pet has certain allergies to ingredients, you can always request specific meats. Currently pawsTHRIVE offers fresh farmed rabbit, chicken, and guinea fowl for the meat ingredient and soon to come is pheasant, quail, and turkey farmed here at pawsTHRIVE/HOMEGROWN. A raw diet from pawsTHRIVE will reward your pet’s body with fresh ingredients and a high moisture content that will aid in meeting your pet’s nutrient necessities. Processed foods contain preservatives and are intended to increase shelf life, again to make more profit. pawsTHRIVE prepares your pet’s order and has it delivered to your door within 15 days, with no preservatives. All of pawsTHRIVE’s diets and supplements require refrigeration for no more than 5 days after removing from the freezer, and the remaining order is to be frozen till ready to use for upcoming week’s meals. pawsTHRIVE has fresh bones, cut to chosen size. Always remember to only feed bones to your pet bigger than their head, remove small chunks, and always supervise. Bones which are 10% of all of pawsTHRIVE’s raw diet, are fine ground when added to diet. Raw bone with marrow either for a treat or included, fine ground, in our diet will provide your pet with fundamental amino acids, calcium, phosphorous, protein, and fiber at its truest state. Providing a bone as a treat once a week is great for maintaining strong healthy teeth and fresh breath, again supervised. It is always important to remember the dog does not have a thumb, therefore does not brush it teeth daily. If your pet has loose teeth, abscesses, infection of the gums it is introduced into the body every time the pet swallows. A clean mouth is very important for a healthy body. When feeding pawsTHRIVE’s diets, supplements, treats, and bones you are proactively helping your pet thrive rather than just survive.
The Conscientious Dog-Owner’s Guide
to Being a Good Neighbor
Your dog is the best friend you could ever ask for. It only makes sense that you want to be the best dog-owner in return. Besides spoiling him with treats and attention, the best dog-owner does what he can to provide healthy boundaries for his pooch and takes care to make sure he isn’t a neighborhood nuisance. The following tips and advice can help prepare dog lovers for the responsibilities that come with dog ownership for a happy and harmonious relationship.
Public Etiquette for Dogs
Socializing your dog helps give him the confidence he needs to meet new people and other pups around the neighborhood. While puppies tend to pick up on training rather naturally, you can still teach these skills to an adult dog you’ve adopted. All it takes is patience and a little bit of positive reinforcement to help it stick. Of course, dogs have unique personalities including likes and dislikes. Not all dogs want to be pet by strangers. Some are not as fond of other dogs, as well. It is important to pay attention to your dog’s likes and dislikes and prevent putting him in situations where he may feel anxiety.
Tips for canine public etiquette:
Scoop the Poop
Perhaps one of the most important things a dog-owner needs to do in order to be a responsible and polite neighbor is pick up after his dog’s-- ahem-- messes. Whether he goes while walking around the neighborhood on leash or when he’s darting around and having fun at the off-leash park, it is the dog-owner’s responsibility to carry bags, pick up the poop, and dispose of it properly.
Not only does scooping the poop prevent it from getting on your neighbor’s shoe, it also helps protect the environment. Dog poop contains parasites and harmful microorganisms that can be passed on to other animals and contaminate the water supply. These nasty creatures include:
Cleaning up after your dog helps keep the neighborhood clean and prevents the spread of disease, but in most places it is also the law. If your neighbors notice you do not pick up your dog’s poop, they can report you to the city and you will have a hefty fine and citation to deal with.
Your dog gives you so much joy. Return the favor by doing all you can to be a responsible dog owner by teaching him proper etiquette and socialization. Helping him learn how to walk on a leash, deal with crowds, and meet new people will help promote a happy lifestyle for the both of you. Finally, as a dog owner it is your duty to pick up the doody. Always scoop the poop out of respect towards your neighbors, the environment, and the law.
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