What are the factors that are affecting the gut health of your pet?
Our pets are part of the family, so it is important that they receive the best care and nutrition possible. Pet food that has been poorly designed or manufactured can have serious health impacts on our pets and at Global Nutrition we are committed to helping to ensure we provide safe, high quality and stable feed for pets.
Auto-oxidation is an irreversible process by which molecular oxygen combines with nutrients in an ingredient or finished diet creating rancidity and decreasing feed quality. Aside from the reduction in feed palatability and quality, oxidation also has major impacts on gut and liver health through the production of toxic compounds.
Mold and yeast
Mold and yeast are found in almost all feed and raw materials and depending on the climate they can act rapidly to reduce the nutritive value of the feed, produce harmful mycotoxins and disrupt beneficial bacteria in the intestine, impacting the performance of your pet.
Feed that uses low quality ingredients or poor manufacturing and storage methods can result in undesirable flavours arising in the feed and low palatability. Palatability is a critical component of both nutrition and brand loyalty and requires balancing health, taste and budget.
The general condition of your pets skin and coat are good indicators of animal health. Flakey or greasy skin and coarse hair are often caused by oxidized feed which results in deficiencies in some essential fatty acids. For optimum welfare and grooming, feed needs to be well protected from oxidation.
Mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites that are produced by mold. They reduce the gut health of pets, particularly young animals by damaging and inflaming the intestinal tract and other key organs. Mycotoxin challenge often results in reductions in immunity and longevity.
Diarrhea in pets such as dogs and cats occurs when the large or small intestine is not functioning properly. This can be caused by a number of infections that cause inflammation of the gut and lack of digestion or absorption, or cause the intestine to produce too much fluid.
There are many infectious pathogens, particularly Salmonella that are directly related to gut health conditions and diseases, and often result in inflammatory diseases, diarrhea, and reduced longevity
GUT STABILITY AND FUNCTION
Underdevelopment of the intestinal tract is often a result of stress or poor nutrition. If villi growth is compromised and the immune system underdeveloped, pet owners will see significant reductions in health and longevity.
Intestinal inflammation can occur from infection, poor nutrition or environmental stress and impairs the pet’s ability to absorb nutrients and as a consequence, it will not fully benefit from a balanced diet. The lining of the intestine can also become compromised and cause conditions such as leaky gut.
Constipation or irregular bowel movements are one of the most common issues associated with a pets digestive system and is often caused by issues related to dietary imbalances, lack of exercise, excessive grooming, medication and many more. Balanced, healthy feed that stimulates healthy bowel movements is a cheap and effective way of managing your pets digestive health.
ENVIRONMENT & WELFARE
A pet’s stool will normally have an unpleasant smell, but there are many characteristics that can influence the level of smell. Diet, bacteria in the gut, parasites and digestive disorders can all increase the odour of a pet’s stool so it is important to manage the health of the gut and its digestive ability.