A Petsbiotic Educational Blog Series
Pet intolerance is a strange phrase, isn’t it? It doesn’t mean that your pets can’t tolerate you and that they’re plotting a coup (although sometimes I think my five cats may be doing just this). Pet intolerance occurs when your pets can’t tolerate certain foods or environmental items.
Intolerance can be quite unpleasant for your pet(s) and can create many uncomfortable side-effects. Some of these symptoms include vomiting or diarrhea, frequent scratching or hair loss, flatulence (that’s unpleasant for all of us, right!?), inflamed skin, coughing, sneezing or wheezing and chronic ear issues.
Many times these issues arise because of the food your pet eats and how it reacts in their system. And it’s not always the main ingredient in the food! Sometimes the issues come from another ingredient in their food or snack, like dairy, an additive or even gluten.
Other reactions may stem from the environment with pollen, dust and dust mites, grasses, molds, etc. Skin sensitivities are quite common with dogs, and if you’ve had a dog with skin sensitivities, you know how excruciating it can be for them, and for you to witness their discomfort. Bring on the cone of shame and a defeated looking pooch.
Skin sensitivities can also occur because of ingredients commonly found in pet care products like that great smelling shampoo, deodorizer or certain sprays.
And others still can come from nutritional imbalances where your pet is lacking vital nutrients like vitamins and minerals, amino acids and fatty acids. You can help determine if your pet is eating a proper diet and getting the nutrients they need! How do you help your dear floofy friend and determine what, of all of these things, is causing your pet to not be at their optimal level of wellness?
There is a simple way to detect not only if your dog or cat experiences intolerance, sensitivities or imbalances, but also what is causing the issue! If you suspect that your pet may be living with intolerance, sensitivity and/or imbalance, a simpleat-home test is available, like the one found here. The test is non-invasive, requires no needles or vet visits and there is no co-pay. You’ll receive fast, accurate, clear results from a USA-based lab. Knowing what is affecting your pet negatively can help you make new, healthy choices for their wellbeing. And believe us – they’ll thank you for it!