Canine Body Systems
Everything is Connected

Here's a good illustration of canine body systems. You can see where most of the organ  systems are located, and how they are inter related. One system is connected to the next and all other systems. In this particular illustration, the kidneys are missing, but you know they are located up behind the liver, close to the backbone ( spine ).  However, this picture will give you generally, a good idea of where everything is.

canine organ systemHere's what your dog's body looks like on the inside.

Each of these body systems has a unique and important job to do. If there is a glitch somewhere along the line, a dog health problem will be the result. This is why dog nutrition, composed of a diet made up of appropriate foods specific to the canine species, is so important.

The proper and healthy functioning of canine organ systems is dependent on appropriate dog nutrition. Most people don't really think about it. They just feed their dog everyday, and hope for the best. It's kind of a crap shoot, until something goes wrong.

Canine nutrition, whether it be good or bad, affects all of your dog's body systems. It affects every single cell in your dog's body. Cellular nutrition then, plays a critical role in health. Your dog can have healthy cells, or he can have toxic, oxidized, inflamed cells lacking in energy.

The canine anatomy illustration above, show us how food enters the body, how it is processed, and how it continues on it's journey throughout all of the canine organs systems. So next time you give your dog something to eat, try to picture the food travelling throughout the body... doing good...or doing bad, depending on what you're feeding him.

The quality and nutritional balance of your dog's food, will have a huge impact on his overall health. If you feed your dog poor quality food, or limited food choices, over time his health will deteriorate. We don't want nutrient deficiencies.

Organ System Health is Connected to Dog Nutrition

Remember the old song...the knee bone's connected to the...leg bone...the leg bone's connected to the...ankle bone...the ankle bone's connected to the...and so on. Oh well, maybe you're too young to remember!  Doesn't matter,  let's start at the beginning. Here is a list of all the main canine body systems.

  • Canine Digestive System
  • Canine Immune System
  • Canine Lymphatic System
  • Canine Circulatory System
  • Canine Respiratory System
  • Canine Urinary System
  • Canine Nervous System
  • Canine Glandular System
  • Canine Structural System

Follow this link to learn more about the individual organ systems.

It all Starts With the Canine Digestive System

This is a very large body system that starts at the mouth and goes all the way through and ends at the anus. All organ systems are important, but health starts here. Health is mostly about food. Think of your dog's digestive system as the food in   --- >   food out system.

The canine digestive system includes the mouth, teeth, salivary glands, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver and gallbladder, small intestine, large intestine and colon. This organ system has a critical impact on the functioning of all other body systems, because the digestion and distribution of nutrients begins here and ends here. This system is connected to your dog's Immune System. Take a closer look at the Dog Digestive System.

Summing Up Your Dogs Body Systems

It is critically important to understand that all organ systems are related and work together. Your dog's body is only as strong and healthy as it's weakest link. Try to understand your dog's body as a whole unit. The body does not function in separate parts and dog diseases do not happen out of the blue.

For example, if your dog has skin problems, it's not just about the skin. The skin is part of the Structural System. Back up, and see that the skin is fed by the blood, and if the blood is unclean, it's because the Digestive System has been made toxic by poor quality food, drugs, environmental factors, stress or any number of other things. So, the problem starts in the Digestive System. Does that make sense?

So you see, one body system affects all the other systems. All canine nutrition and health begins with the Digestive System and ends there too.A steroid drug will ease the skin inflammation, but what about the unclean blood and the toxic Digestive System. The original root problem remains.

There is always the connection between one organ system and another. If there is a dog health problem, we must find the weakest organ system link, and fix that broken link with better canine nutrition.

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