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The dog reproductive system: this unknown

The dog reproductive system apparently seems not too complex: the ovaries produce the eggs, the testicles the sperm; during coupling the sperm...

The dog reproductive system

The dog reproductive system apparently seems not too complex: the ovaries produce the eggs, the testicles the sperm; during coupling the sperm reaches the eggs and fertilizes them, and it’s done, the pregnancy initiates. It all seems simple, but beyond physiological scenarios which can hinder pregnancy (stress, mating at the wrong time, female and / or male reproductive system functional disorders, mechanical problems) we seriously also need to deal with nutritional changes affecting both humans and small animals.

Some problems concerning the dog reproductive system

Both are united by a worrying statistic: over 20% of males and females cannot reproduce. This statistic is quite dramatic, and manifests both serious economic and social consequences. So, what’s going on? Has something changed or has it always been like this? Absolutely not: this phenomenon, along with many others I have described, thanks to some 40 years’ experience, shows no sign of having reached its lowest point. The cause is always the same: environmental and chemical pollution.

It is widely known that the production of sex hormones is easily affected by any type of pollutant with which it is in contact. If the body is then faced with the most terrible obstacle, the usual tetracycline, here we can in large part explain the catastrophic increase in subfertility and infertility, in both humans and pets. It may seem simplistic to define tetracycline as the primary cause of infertility, but the proof comes from the results, obtained on males and females suffering serious problems and already subjected to all sorts of treatment, without success. By simply using healthy and complete raw materials, using two specific phytotherapeutic agents (one for females the other for males) and rebalancing the Omega3 level and its Omega6 ratio, we obtained, during clinical research performed together with two differing universities, a very rapid return to normal reproductive activity in about 90% of the treated subjects. This is an unimaginable result. If we separate male and female problems, and study what happens with breeders, it is clear that the average number of puppies born to females of the most various breeds has decreased by more than 40%. Not only that: many females don’t go into heat at all or do so silently, and if they do go into heat they too often don’t get pregnant; and if they do then get pregnant they too often suffer fetal resorption.

Those animals who do come to birth suffer difficulties with very long periods marked by exaggerated lochiazione (the normal blood loss due to the separation of the placenta from the uterus). The postpartum is then often marked by neonatal deaths and diseases.

In short, a not exactly reassuring scenario.

The solution

And yet, even in this case, the solution is not impossible. Just apply a good mix of what is needed (and here SANYpet - FORZA10 really is a teacher) and you can restore the dog reproductive system to near normality. In males the situation is similar, though much simpler, given that (always lucky!) males need only limit themselves to producing a good sperm and being able to physically mount the female. His job should be limited and even pleasant; but don’t think that the number of males severely deficient in sperm or completely sterile, or who don’t pay attention to females who are eager and ready to mate, is limited.

The problem is serious because if the instinct to mate is lacking, so the species is at risk of extinction. Think also of females who refuse, even aggressively, to coupling, and you can see that we really are facing a grave scenario. Fortunately, even in this case, the solution often exists, and SANYpet-FORZA10 identified it after many years of research. The specific FORZA10 Male and Female Reproduction diets, with an effectiveness proven by two differing Italian Veterinary departments (Naples and Turin) and by extensive clinical trials carried out by specialists in the field, not only offer exceptional short-term results, but also contribute to strengthening the credibility of SANYpet – FORZA10’s Research & Development Department, which quite honestly has nothing to envy from anyone concerning food-based pathologies.

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How To Tell if Your Cat May Have a UTI


If you think that your cat may have a urinary tract infection it is important to find out in order to have it treated as soon as possible. We have included a list of symptoms for you to watch out for. If you recognize these symptoms you should seek veterinary assistance. While UTIs affect both male and female cats, some cats may be at higher risk than others such as cats that are older, overweight, or have diabetes. 


UTI Symptoms and Warning Signs for Cats:

  • Fever
  • Urinating is done in short bursts rather than a continuous stream
  • Spending more time than usual in the litter box
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Crying or whining while urinating
  • Your cat is urinating before it can get to the litter box
  • Urine with any trace of blood
  • Excessive licking of the genital area
  • Unusual discomfort around the rear area when touched or pet
  • The cat is lethargic 
  • Urine smell is stronger than normal 


Why Is My Cat Having Frequent Urinary Tract Infections?

There are many reasons why your cat may be suffering from repeat UTIs, some may be preventable. While there is no way to guarantee your cat will not have another UTI, there may be some things you can do to reduce the likelihood of it happening. In some cases the cause could simply be the age of your cat. While there is nothing that can be done about that, other variables like the cat’s diet can be modified to help. 

Other causes of UTIs in Cats:

  • Poor hygiene near the genitile area 
  • Bladder stones
  • External or Internal Injuries
  • Tumors
  • FIV, also known as feline immunodeficiency virus


What Can I Do To Prevent Or Reduce The Likelihood of a UTI in my Cat?

No cat owner wants to see their beloved pet suffer from a UTI. To keep your cat feeling great and reduce the chances of a UTI occurring, follow these guidelines:

  • Always provide your cat with fresh water
  • Ensure your cat’s litter trays are clean and easily accessible 
  • Keep an extra litter tray available 
  • Maintain a stress-free environment for your cat 

By following these guidelines you can do your part to help keep your cat healthy, happy, and free of urinary tract infections. If you suspect any symptoms, keep an eye on your pet’s behavior, if symptoms persist or worsen, contact your vet. 


Which Remedies or Treatments Can Be Used When Your Cat Has a UTI?

While the severity of the infection plays a key role in what treatments may be used to help your cat when it has a UTI, a minor infection may be treatable at home. 

Due to their acidity, cranberries, just like in humans, may be used to help cure a urinary tract infection. The acidity in the cranberries can be effective at lowering the pH of your cat’s urine, helping to reduce the symptoms, or beat the infection altogether. While you may be tempted to treat your cat’s UTI with cranberry juice, it may be better to use cranberry pills or powder due to the high sugar content of cranberry juice. 

Another treatment option for your cat’s UTI is apple cider vinegar. This also helps reduce the pH in your cat’s urine. Since your cat will most likely not want to eat the apple cider vinegar on its own, you can try adding a half teaspoon to their food each day or mix it with an onion-free broth. 

Before giving your cat cranberries or apple cider vinegar, test their urine for alkaline levels with an at-home kit or specialized cat litter. You can also have the test done professionally by your veterinarian. 

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If your dog just started throwing up and refusing to eat, it may be nothing to be too concerned about, but just in case, it is good to know the warning signs for pancreatitis in dogs. Pancreatitis is a condition that will need to be treated, sometimes at home but certain circumstances mean it is time to take your pet to the vet. 

The pancreas is a gland within the abdomen that helps digest food and control blood sugar levels. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, this is known as pancreatitis. It is important to be aware of the two types of pancreatitis in dogs, acute and chronic pancreatitis. While acute pancreatitis can be reversed it can come on strong and lead to extreme illness. Chronic pancreatitis occurs when permanent changes have occurred in the pancreatic tissue. 

This means that while a case of pancreatitis can pass on its own after a short period of time, sometimes it can be a lingering issue.  

Symptoms of Pancreatitis in Dogs 

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Fever 
  • Low body temperature
  • Diarrhea
  • Lethargic
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Dehydration
  • Irregular heartbeat

While some of these symptoms can pass on their own and do not necessarily mean your dog is suffering from pancreatitis, if you see them lasting for more than a day it may be time to consult your veterinarian.

Although your vet may be able to diagnose your dog based on symptoms, they will most likely need to do some testing to be sure. These tests usually consist of either bloodwork or an ultrasound which will allow the vet to see what is going on within the dog’s digestive system. 

The Potential Causes of Pancreatitis in Dogs

Now that we have a better understanding of the symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs, it is time to look at what causes it. While the cause of pancreatitis is often unknown, here are some factors that it can frequently be associated with: 

  • A high-fat diet - the likeness of this being a contributing factor is even higher in dogs who eat one large serving of fatty food in a single sitting
  • A poor or unbalanced diet
  • Excessive consumption of human food
  • Dog is overweight 
  • Hypothyroidism 
  • Severe blunt trauma near the abdomen
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Some medications and toxins  
  • In some instances it could simply be genetics. Some breeds such as Miniature Schnauzers and small terriers may be more likely to suffer from pancreatitis than others. 

It is important to keep these potential causes in mind and to do what you can to avoid any habits that could contribute to your dog developing pancreatitis. Beyond that, veterinarians agree that a diet rich in fiber along with probiotics can be effective in reducing the symptoms of pancreatitis in dogs. It may even help them recover sooner in the event that they are already dealing with it. 

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