By Educational Partner: Dr. Mercedes Colburn of Animal Iridology Center and member of the board of directors at the American Council of Animal Naturopathy
The photograph posted above is the eye of a cat named “Yoyito”. The photo was provided by Adrian at PetMed in Florida. Adrian was very concerned about the cat being in such poor health, lethargic and depressed. Adrian writes: “This cat was in really bad shape. He was lethargic, loosing weight and anemic.”
When I saw Yoyito’s eye in the photograph, I saw a heavy line encircling the pupil. This tells me there are absorption difficulties and the cat is getting very little nutrition from his food. We can also see very small lines surrounding the pupil indicating a possible parasite infestation.
On the nasal side (left side of pupil showing the small intestinal area) is noticeably darker that the rest of his eye. This tells us that there is an extreme possibility of toxins in this area that would cause a lack of friendly bacteria in the gut. This would challenge the efficiency of the gastrointestinal nutrient absorption ability. When you put the whole picture together it would appear to be severe anemia that would be an answer to Yoyito being so lethargic, tired and depressed. His blood report showed a lack of liver enzymes that would also add to a nutrient deficiency.
I see this ‘absorption ring’ or line of absorption in 90% of the small animals that I work with. I believe that what we are feeding our animals is the #1 barrier to their good health. There appears to be a great divide in opinions on what or how to feed the small animal.
My father was raised on a farm in Holland. There was no canned dog food or kibble available for the small animals. His dogs and cats lived to be around 20 years old by hunting small critters along with being fed raw meat and bones from the livestock (pigs and cattle) my father’s family would slaughter for their own consumption.
Today I’m helping young dogs and cats at 7 or 8 years old survive with disease and tremendous nutritional problems.
Hmm … Food for thought?
ACAN has a wealth of information regarding the health of your animals. Please see their classes on nutrition for small animals.
Mercedes Colburn, ND, PhD