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Taryn DeCicco, ND, LAc, LDN | Article

What Your Pet's Health May Say About Your Own

8/2/2019
Did you know that pet’s illnesses often mirror that of their owners? Sometimes they provide a warning in advance of what is to come. I noticed long ago that friends would get pets that would have similar disorders and later on they would present with the same conditions almost as if the pet was a mirror to their internal organs. Often, after losing pets, they adopt another pet with the exact same health disorders.

In my own case, I wish I had taken my Shiba Tre’s anxiety levels more seriously. I was told that “ it was the breed”, but in truth I was much more high strung back then. People’s anxiety translates easily to their pets. Recent studies have demonstrated that pets pick up on people’s moods, stress levels and even phobias. In cats, chronic cystitis is frequently related to stress within a household. It tends to resolve when the stress is alleviated or another home located more suitable to the pet’s comfort.

Allergies, too can be consistent from pet to owner on a frequent basis. If you and your pet have “allergies”, take a look at your home environment. Secondhand smoke can be a real trigger for allergies and asthma in both humans and pets. and Pets reacting to smoke can oftentimes be a real incentive for owners to quit. Cleaning products as well as other household toxins can also be more problematic for pets, at least initially because they are more in the line of fire and also are more sensitive so they will experience adverse events sooner.

If your pet is heavy or is gaining weight better check yourself. Have you gained some unwanted pounds too? It is no coincidence that obese pets are on the rise just as obesity in people is. Check your pet’s diet, treat intake, including people food and daily activity level. Show your pets TLC with more activity, preferably outdoors and it will benefit both of you. Just as in humans, diabetes, heart disease and autoimmune disorders are showing up more frequently in pets. And, just as in people, the microbiomes in pets are radically altered from optimal when they present with skin conditions, inflammation, and gut problems.

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