What is Slow Metabolism?
Metabolism is the term used to describe the process in which the animal body converts food and nutrients into energy. Your pet’s metabolism is like an engine, it runs all the time – when your pet is eating, moving and even sleeping. Nutrition, hydration and physical activity are vital aspects of a healthy metabolism.
A pet with a slow metabolism cannot expend energy fast enough to maintain a healthy weight. This can result in weight gain and obesity for a pet, which in turn, may lead to serious health problems. Excess weight puts added strain on joints, and internal organs such as the heart.
What Causes Slow Metabolism?
An animal’s metabolism is greatly influence by genetics. Some breeds have very high metabolisms – they have high energy and require large amounts of food, and burn off large amounts of calories. Metabolic disorders occur when abnormal chemical reactions in your pet’s body disturb this process.
There are various metabolic disorders that effect metabolism and they include:
- Hyperthyroidism (This condition is caused by an overactive thyroid gland).
- Hypothyroidism (This condition is caused by an underactive thyroid gland due to an iodine deficiency or thyroid disease).
- Diabetes (a condition that occurs when the body cannot use glucose properly).
Help for Slow Metabolism
Conventional treatment may include strong drugs to help speed metabolic rate, but be warned that these drugs may come with side effects. Speak to your vet about a safe, harm free way to help your pet get into shape.
There are many natural ingredients in herbal and homeopathic remedies that can help to promote a healthy metabolism, and healthy weight. Fucus vesiculosis is a concentrated source of iodine, it assisting in the production of thyroid hormones, which are necessary for maintaining healthy metabolism in all cells of the body.
Curcuma longa has been used by Indian healers to treat obesity, while Silybum marianus and Dandelion can help to enhance liver and gall bladder functioning and may decrease high blood pressure in animals due to its diuretic properties.