Health Of Dogs Research Paper

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Whether you new friend is a puppy or an older dog you rescued from the pound or adopted from another person, your choice in treats affects the health of the dog. Many treats are filled with chemicals and tons of corn or grain and both are bad for hair and skin maintenance and for digestion. Depending on the dog, chemicals and grains could adversely affect your dog's health due to an intolerance or allergy to some ingredients.
Skin and Coat
What goes in must come out, and with dogs, that means not only through the digestive system. A dog's skin and coat are affected by ingredients in the food, including treats, that you feed it. For a softer coat and better skin condition, feed all-natural treats. The chemicals in the treats affect coat growth
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They dry up and disintegrate within two to four days during the summer – sooner if it rains. You won't have a backyard full of poop sitting around until you can find the time and energy to clean it up.
Healthy Dental
Just like with humans, what your dog eats affects its dental health. Doggie junk food – food laced with grains (which turn to sugars) and chemicals are as bad for a dog's teeth as sugary foods are for your teeth. When you choose all-natural treats, you'll find that your dog's mouth not only smells better, but you may have to brush the dog's teeth less often. Converting to a species-appropriate diet along with all-natural treats goes a long way in dental care. Crunchy all-natural treats scrape tartar off the dogs' teeth so there is less chance of gum disease or other issues with the teeth and mouth.
Less Digestive Issues
Since a dog's digestive system was not designed to use grains and chemicals, it may often be upset. Just think about what happens if you eat ice cream and you have a severe lactose intolerance. That doesn't feel good at all. While many dogs seem to have a cast-iron stomach, many more cannot tolerate the chemicals and grains that are found in commercial
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According to the National Institute of Health, BHT was found to cause hepatic and renal damage in male rats and hepatic toxic effects in both male and female rats. Additionally, rats who were fed BHT showed an increase in liver weight and less activity of many hepatic enzymes. When BHT was applied to the skin, studies showed lung toxicity. This chemical was also found to adversely affect humoral immune response in animals. A lowered immune response, makes clearing up coat and skin issues a nightmare.
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA). According to, the National Health Institute has found that BHA is a cancer-causing agent.
Blue 2, Yellow 5 and 6, Red 40 and 4-MIE food dyes. Skip the pretty food dyes as they are attributable to a host of issues including but not limited to hypersensitivity reactions, cancer and behavior problems. 4-ethylimidazole (4-MIE) causes cancer in animals.
Ethoxyquin. This has been found by Dr. Gloria Dodd, DVM, to be highly toxic to animals. Yet, it's used as a preservative in many dog foods and treats. Other issues included shortness of lifespan, problems whelping and liver
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