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The most frequent chronic diseases affecting dogs and cats - The role of contaminants

The fundamental motive uniting the majority of current chronic or recurrent canine and feline diseases (allergies, inflammation, autoimmune phenomena).

An important discovery

I am proud to have discovered, together with my research and development team in collaboration with 8 universities, the fundamental motive uniting the majority of current chronic or recurrent canine and feline diseases (allergies, intolerances, inflammation, prevention of glandular activities, autoimmune phenomena).

The cause

The motive is the chemical and pharmacological contaminants unfortunately present in all foods, which are the cause, each with differing intensity, modality and time, of the majority of these pathologies.

Numerous differing reactions

The organism's response varies due to differing individual sensitivities, the contaminants’ toxicity levels and the dosage: A) When the toxin is not powerful but reaches a given threshold due to a single ingestion or multiple ingestions in a short time span, positive defense reactions occur with the following consequences:

1) direct toxic removal mechanisms, especially through vomiting and diarrhea, but also through lachrymation, purges, phlegm, dandruff, urine and salivation;

2) destructive mechanisms by means of inflammatory processes, the organism’s true incinerator. The inflammation will manifest itself within the most sensitive organ (dermatitis, otitis, conjunctivitis, gingivitis, enteritis, colitis, cystitis, nephritis and everything else ending with "itis");

B) When the toxin is powerful and / or introduced continuously, it can, depending on individual sensitivity:

1) weaken the immune system, giving way to defective, viral, bacterial or parasitic diseases;

2) provoke “crazy” reactions, with the appearance of intolerances, allergies or, even worse, self-immune pathologies;

3) cause direct damage to the cells of endocrine glands (thyroid, pancreas endocrine, parathyroids, male and female gonads, adrenal glands), sebaceous exocrine glands (lacrimal, pancreatic) and neurotransmitters and hormones which regulate behavior, blocking their specific functions

4) be forced to deposit themselves, as much as possible, in the bone and fat tissue.

Scientific evidence

Obviously, to support all these statements, the following is required: 1) in vitro and scientific clinical trials; 2) the provision of supporting literature. Regarding the first affirmation, we posses over 30 publications divided into:

- in vitro toxicity tests;

- the direct connection between the presence of this contaminant in pet food and several of the above mentioned pathologies;

- numerous clinical studies which show, with extreme clarity, how diets lacking everything that may contain this toxin always allow a very rapid regression of all the above mentioned pathological forms.

A model to evaluate every toxin

We have initiated studies to verify, as plausible, which other toxic substances cause similar reactions in the body.

A precise contaminant

1) All of our clinical research, both in vitro and scientific, shows an unequivocal link between a significant number of the listed chronic diseases (apparently unrelated to each other) and the overpowering effect of a specific pharmacological contaminant still frequently present in the bone of intensively farmed poultry.


This contaminant derives directly from oxytetracycin, an antibiotic practically devoid of toxicity when used directly to treat or protect animals from the diseases that derive from industrial farming’s overcrowding characteristics.

An unpredictable transformation

Unexpectedly and unpredictably however, when the metabolized drug binds to the chicken’s bone, it forms a compound which develops a very high toxicity, rendering its meat and bone meal toxic.

Numerous consequences for pet food

If we consider how often these meat meals have been used in pet food worldwide for over 50 years, we can understand why dogs and cats are so often affected by the above listed diseases.

The role of globalization

And although it’s true that in many Western countries this drug is now rarely used, it is equally true that the large number of dogs and cats that feed on kibble worldwide requires huge amounts of animal protein, quantities that only chicken and its by-products can ensure.

The only available source

So although poultry meat and bone meal production in western countries is easily exempt from the presence of this specific toxin, these product sources are absolutely insufficient to satisfy the overall request for this product.

Countries at risk

This obliges the use of meal deriving from South America, many Eastern European countries and the Far East, where oxytetracycline is still widely used.

No product guarantees stable results

It is easy to explain how an identical feed formula can, in a manner which was previously incomprehensible, either be perfect or adversely trigger the most diverse reactions within the pet, all depending on the origin of the meal.

The literature

2) As regards literature, we point towards what is existent, which is relatively poor due to the objective difficulty in scientifically demonstrating the link between a clinical picture referable to a toxin and the substance accused of being the cause.

The healing power of plants and the body's self-healing capabilities

The picture is truly alarming, but all our research has shown that, when contaminated food is eliminated and when applying the healing power of botanicals, the body offers extraordinary and rapid self-healing capabilities. This ability is also particularly important concerning glandular diseases, with the partial or total restoration of their normal activity.

To summarize

We have clearly established that a diet free of the most dangerous toxins and supplemented by specific pools of botanicals ensures: - The spontaneous regression of inflammatory processes tasked with destroying the toxin; - the restoration of neurotransmitters and hormones which regulate behavior; - restoring the activity of male and female gonads; - partial or even total restoration of endocrine pancreas activity; - restoring the activity of the exocrine pancreas, with the regression of the various gastrointestinal symptoms; - the restoration of the physiological function of T lymphocytes, which when altered attack their own organism in those diseases defined as autoimmune.

Dr. Sergio Canello

Forza10 Founder and Head of SANYpet’s Research and Development Department Veterinary surgeon and international expert in food-borne diseases

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UTI Symptoms and Warning Signs for Cats:

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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:

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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. 

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