Our kibbles for dogs in a zoo
Our kibbles for dogs in a zoo in KazakhstanAlmaty Zoo in Kazakhstan is one of the nation's largest and oldest zoos. Nevertheless, it is understandable that for many people abroad it’s almost unknown; certainly even we at FORZA10, distributing our products in Kazakhstan, never had it at the center of our thoughts. Yet a recent change in the zoo's direction has unexpectedly linked our story to them. A story which, to be honest, seems incredible but does in fact have a clear explanation, with an almost surprising logic within its extraordinary strength. The zoo’s new management realized that it no longer possessed a dry-food product to supplement the animals’ daily ration and improve their nutritional intake, as well as the quality of life of the animals themselves. Our Kazakh distributor evaluated proposing our dry food, intended for dogs and cats, free of charge, forwarding us the request to assess whether our food could be a part of the zoo animals’ nutrition. What may seem a rather odd request to most, has quickly become an official project performed in collaboration with major research institutions and universities in Kazakhstan: the Institute of Zoology, the Research Institute of Animalogy Problems, the Research Institute of Veterinary Safety and the Kazakh National Agrarian University.
Our stand concerning zoo animalsSANYpet-FORZA10 is a company in favor of animal freedom and not of captive imprisonment. However, this initiative allows us to help those who live in such environments and often do not live in good health. Our support goes to them and to trying to help them live the best life possible. We will later discuss, for example, Boris the badger and the few possibilities it would have had to survive if it had not been accepted and looked after.
The bearsSome of the zoo’s bears were significantly underweight (less than 55lbs) and suffered from a form of rickets. Those responsible have started to supplement their nutrition with FORZA10 Puppy Breeders (fish flavor), this forming 30% of the total ration, also changing the number of daily meals from 2 to 4. Within just a few months visible and notable improvements emerged: the weight has increased (currently more than 110lbs), the bears no longer suffer from rickets and digestion has improved, whereas previously this presented difficulties.
A wolfGiven the positive results with the bears, following a careful analysis the same technique was also applied to other animals. For example a 5-year-old male wolf, who for 3 years suffered from hair loss, was underweight and suffered a chronic form of enterocolitis. By integrating the ration with FORZA10 Best Breeders (fish flavor) the animal started to first of all gain weight, as well as improving the digestive processes and thickening the coat, which is now very shiny. This wolf, which was previously kept in a section closed to the public due to its negative appearance, has now been moved so its beauty and charm can be seen by all.
Boris the badgerNamed Boris, this badger was found by a child in precarious conditions, suffering from a serious eye infection that prevented it from seeing properly. The extraordinary results achieved by the dogs fed with FORZA10 Ophtalmic Active led to Boris the badger presenting the perfect case to try to assess whether the same results could be achieved on other animals. After feeding on FORZA10 Lux for two and a half months, Boris now has a shiny coat, has gained weight and above all, a result of which we are very proud, has improved its eyesight. This change immediately became obvious to everyone as the little Boris was no longer bumping into things, but further evaluation was required. After visiting a specialist clinic to evaluate this, it emerged that Boris’ eyesight, previously at 15%, now increased to 60%.
Miracles?Absolutely not. Food, and food intolerances, are at the heart of the research activities, stemming over 30 years, performed by SANYpet-FORZA10 and Dr. Sergio Canello, the veterinary surgeon and its founder. The rejection of raw materials from intensive breeding from all our food is the common thread of our health philosophy, on which all our diets are based. By selecting clean ingredients, meat from extensive farming, plus the use of botanicals and the correct amounts of Omega3, the body is restored to its natural equilibrium, allowing it to function and exist as it was designed to according to nature. No miracle, therefore, but thorough research and strict principles which are not limited to dogs and cats, as confirmed by this initiative by the Almaty Zoo.
A lion and the Zoo’s other animalsThe three cases we have described are definitively the most emblematic, but the FORZA10 diet was also fed to other animals with excellent health benefits, and now the probably biggest challenge is represented by a 7-month old Asian lion cub, suffering from skeletal deformities due to hyperparathyroidism caused by malnutrition. Evaluations are now under way to understand whether an excellent diet, FORZA10 Puppy Chondro Active, a source of vitamins, trace elements, glucosamine and chondroitin, can, as an integrator, help improve its health. We are absolutely confident it can.
Facts or small talk?“Everyone promises health, we maintain it” is a phrase you’d often hear if you wander through our corridors. There is a lot of chatter around the world and on the web, especially that without foundations or evidence. Everyone is right. But if everyone is right, who’s wrong? This is why what we say on our web site is always supported by facts, testimonies and scientific research. With this very same philosophy, even this extraordinary story is backed by photos and videos which show and demonstrate what certainly can be hard to believe.
Urinary Tract Infections in cats, also known as “UTIs” are caused by colonized bacteria in the urinary tract. The UTI can affect the cat’s urinary system, bladder, and urethra. This type of infection can be particularly painful for your cat and symptoms can sometimes be associated with other health concerns such as kidney failure. It is very important to recognize the symptoms early as some cases of this condition can be fatal.
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:
- 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
- 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.
Here are some other products that you can use to help support urinary tract infection in your cat:
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
- Stomach pain
- Low body temperature
- Breathing difficulties
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
- 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.