Yesterday, WalesOnline advised dog owners that if their dog is licking his feet more than usual, they should check for paw burn. This could be due to excessively hot pavements.
It is important for pet owners to be observant and vigilant when considering taking a dog for a walk in the hot weather. You can read more about our advice for dogs in hot weather here.
However, I want to shed light on the phrasing used within the article:
“If they are licking their paws more than usual you should check for paw burn”.
In my Veterinary Guide to Health and Nutrition, I list some early warning signs that suggest a breakdown of the system:
DEVELOPMENT OF DISEASE – STAGE 1
When intake exceeds elimination, this creates an excess in the body. This excess can lead to one or all of the following as the body attempts to maintain the balance between intake and output:
Short-lived or minor imbalance will be dealt with unnoticed, but a prolonged excess will lead to the following signs of disease:
Storage of excess leads to weight gain. This is more commonly seen in the less active pet.
Elimination of excess gives rise to one or more of the following signs:
These signs, which indicate discharge of excess, while unpleasant and uncomfortable are NOT symptoms of true illness. They are signs that the body is trying to cleanse itself in order to maintain health, and that changes in lifestyle – especially diet – are needed.
If we should attempt to “cure” these problems, with medication for example, without dealing with the cause this would be like switching off the fire alarm without putting the fire out.
As a vet, I discovered the positive impact a natural diet can have on our pets. That’s why I push prevention as a form of treatment for long lasting results.