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Signs of Pancreatic Stress in Your Cat or Dog.


Food is fundamental for good health. Good nutrition makes a massive difference to everybody including your pets. The digestive system of our animals is fast and rapid. Their bodies have been designed to eat food that isn't left in their gut for a long time.

A short digestion time prevents negative bacteria from building up as it doesn't have time to stay in the animal's system and reproduce. The food goes in, is quickly digested, then goes out again. As nature intended.

Normal Stomach Digestion Times in You Pet.

  • Raw food has between just 4 to 5 hours in the stomach. 
  • Cooked food stays within the stomach for 8 -9 hours.
  • Processed food such as kibble stays in your pet's stomach for between 15-16 hours. (1)

Now you might think that having cooked or kibble in your cat or dog's stomach for 8 -15 hours is a great thing as it keeps them from being hungry but the reality is, it has the reverse effect and is detrimental to your pet's health.

With cooked or processed foods, pet's are suffering as everything about this type of food is a long digestion time - the reverse of how your cat and dog's bodies are designed to cope with digestion, fast and rapid! 

Designed by evolution over 14,000 years, your cat and dog's digestive systems is completely geared to eating raw food. 

Raw feeding is normal and inline with the structure of your pet's stomach and intestinal system. Your pet has highly acidic digestive juices in the stomach working on breaking down the food, quickly absorbing the nutrition and then, quickly eliminating any waste. 

In and out. Fast and Rapid!

By feeding your pet cooked or processed food and it sitting in their stomach for longer than normal, starts a massive domino chain reaction of negative effects. Starting with, the negative bacteria having time to build up. This seemingly small and insignificant action puts all your pet's organs into a situation of stress, starting with the pancreas. 

The Importance of the Pancreas in Your Pet's Health. 

The pancreas sits in behind the abdomen and it's primary job is to keep your pet healthy by producing enzymes and hormones to help digest food. The hormones that the pancreas produces effects specific functions in the body as they are carried through the blood for use by other parts of the body.

Through a series of major ducts, the pancreas is connected to the gall bladder and liver which all together, produce and store insulin.  Along with the enzymes from the pancreas, they work together to digest carbohydrates, proteins and fats that the liver can then store as nutrients.

The hormones secreted by the pancreas, help maintain blood sugar levels for the liver. The levels need to be within an optimal range so as not to damage other organs. The two major hormones are Glucagon and Insulin.

Glucagon raises glucose levels by stimulating the liver, changing the glugaon into glucose molecules that are released into the blood and raise blood sugar levels.

The second hormone Insulin, reduces glucose levels after a meal by stimulating the absorption of glucose by the liver, fat tissues and muscles.

Fundamentally the pancreas has two major functions. 

1) to digest the food eaten and 

2) to regulate blood sugar levels.

Why is all this important?  

The pancreas in your pet doesn't recognize cooked or processed food as proper nutrition so the pancreas goes into overdrive trying to digest the food and draw out any necessary nutrition for your dog or cat's body to actively use.

When the pancreas's job for quick and easy digestion can't be accomplished, it starts to send signals that the cooked or processed food still sitting in the stomach, must be an intruder and initiates the process for white blood cells to help fight "the infection".

"Raw food aids digestion and the immune system views the raw food as friendly and the cooked food as dangerous. This causes a defense reaction by white blood cells" 

Dr Paul Kouchakoff clincal chemist in Switzerland and specialist in Digestive Leukocytosis.

Along with the negative reaction of the pancreas mis-signalling a "fight for infection", the cooked or processed food remains in the digestive system allowing any bad bacteria to begin populating and destroying any healthy flora in the intestines that help with the absorption of nutrition.

The organs fundamental in digestion and the absorption of nutrients are working overtime from between 4 to 11 additional hours, depending on if your pet is fed cooked or processed food. Compared to raw feed pet's, that only have the food in their stomach for around 4 or 5 hours and the pancreas is working at it's optimal level. This unnatural and unhealthy delay is the first building block for illness and disease in your pet.

Equally processed food such as kibbles are ridiculously high in carbohydrates. These get converted into sugars in your cat's and dog's body. Take into account this is sitting in your pet's stomach for upto 16 hours, it causes a massive disruption on the two hormones that are trying to maintain stable blood sugar levels in your pet's body. This instability impacts the energy in the body's cells, alongside the fact that white blood cells shouldn't be used for digestion stresses the pancreas so much so, that it has to increases it in size two or three times to try to compensate. - The effect of this, is inflammation, the second building block for illness and disease.

The consequence of these, is the third building block for illness and disease, a stagnant lymphatic systems which weakens the immune system as the body can't eliminate waste properly through the correct pathways. The lymphatic system helps process fats and oils in the body by absorbing fats and minerals from the small intestine where there is a high amount of immune responsive lymph tissues. It then gets filtered through the lymph tubes where immune cells are standing by to process any pathogens. After the lymph fluid gets processed it returns to the blood and the liver.

The lymphatic system works with the spleen and liver as well as the gut based immune system. Click here to educate yourself more on  your pet's lymph system or here to see a list of herbs to use to help improve the lymphatic system.

Are you starting to get the picture?

You need to take care of the pancreas. Your pet is relying on you for it's health and well-being. Start by adding raw food into your pet's diet to help the pancreas. Something as simple as exchanging one meal a day for raw goes a long way to helping your pet back to good health.

"Food can either be the most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison".  

Ann Wigmoore

Cooked or Processed Food Causes Serious Health Issues. 

The more the food is cooked or processed, the less healthy the cat or dog.  They continue to deteriorate in health having everything from issues with less bone density, problems with the heart, eyes, thyroid, kidneys, respiratory system, teeth and gums, arthritis, parasite infestation, allergies and behavior. It effects the brain too. (2)

From a study done on 500 cats by Francis Pottenger, he found that cats on a pure raw food diet didn't need vet care. We'll repeat that again as it's such a powerful outcome from the study...cats on a pure raw food didn't need vet care.

With cooked food they needed more care. Cats on processed food such as kibble needed a lot of care. The first generation developed diseases and illnesses near the end of their lives. The second generation developed diseases and illnesses half way through their life and by the third generation, there were serious health issues both physically and mentally at the beginning of the cats lives. 

There was no fourth generation in any of the cats eating processed food. Either the third generation parents were sterile or the fourth generation cats died before birth! Compared with all the cats feed on raw food, all four generations were completely healthy throughout their normal lifespan. 

In a recent study in 2019 involving over a quarter of a million dogs and cats across 11 countries, they concluded that pretty much every parameter of health can be improved with a raw food diet. 

Bad food can effect anything from changing the flora in the intestines to a single building block of dna to large sgements of dna that contain chromosomes. These dna changes can effect the phenotype - the phyiscal characteristics of your pet through to impacting the genotype - their gene series. To read more click here. This gene mutation from bad food becomes a lottery in your dog or cat's body.

Your dog or cat looks to you to provide for it's health, well-being and overall care. The first step in this is feeding. It's really simple, to determine what you should be feeding your pet, look at it's digestive system, this tells you everything you need to know. 

For 14,000 years animals have continued to evolve and survive feed on real food. In the last 100 years with the introduction of processed foods such as kibble and un-natural wet food, we've seen an increase in human diseases in pets, ranging in everything from rotten teeth, to obesity, heart disease, to cancer through to high mortality rates and sterility by the fourth generations.

Your grandma won't have thought twice about feeding raw food to the cat or dog. Why are you? In fact, she'd probably think we're crazy to a) be having this discussion and b) to ever consider giving a pet unnatural food. The difference between the two - she had the wisdom passed down through generations, we've had marketing messages undermining all that deep rooted knowledge.

Signs Your Pet's Pancreas Is In Distress 

Inflammation of the pancreas is dangerous and can be potentially fatal for your pet. Sadly through poor feeding habits by pet parents pancreatitis is now a common disease more often than not arising from the food your pet has eaten. 

It usually causes loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain and depression. In severe cases, the condition can be fatal. Some of the most basic signs to look out for are:-

  • Hunched back
  • Repeated vomiting - key indicator
  • Pain or distention of the abdomen (dog/cat appears uncomfortable or bloated)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Severe weight loss
  • Dehydration 
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Jaundice
  • Weakness/lethargy
  • Breathing problems
  • Fever
  • Acute - intense pain and vomiting
  • Chronic vomiting and pain for 2-3 times a week, but seems 'ok', but 'still just a bit off'.

Inflammation of the pancreas if caught earlier enough can be treated click here to find out more. One of the fundamental changes is your pet's diet, from processed or cooked to raw. 

If left untreated it can develop into more serious illnesses such as Diabetes Mellitus, cysts or abscesses through to pancreatic cancer, heart arrhythmia, hemorrhages and sepsis shock. Begin today to clean up your pet's pancreas.

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¡¡¡Vida natural, salud natural, mejora natural!!!


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