Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, so this article does not substitute a doctor’s visit. I was also consulted by a physician before treatment, so please do not experiment on your own.
Earlier this year I had a blood test done that revealed pretty low iron levels. I was diagnosed with Iron Deficiency Anemia. Finally I had an explanation why I always felt so tired and weak almost every day.
After doing some research and speaking to a physician I decided to tackle this problem with a long-term approach. Iron deficiency Anemia is a common condition, so I thought it would be useful to share my journey with you – from being diagnosed to finding the right treatment. Hopefully you’ll find some of my tips helpful. Here is what I did!
What Is Anemia?
Anemia is a little confusing. If you’re like me, you probably assumed that anemia was a specific disease. After all, we’ve heard people described as “anemic,” and so it is logical to assume that anemia is a condition with a treatment or cure.
The reality is quite different. Anemia is not a disease, but rather a condition that is often a symptom of a disease. The term “anemia” refers to a reduced number of red blood cells or hemoglobin (and sometimes both) circulating in your dog’s blood stream.
Red blood cells keep your dog’s body supplied with oxygen. Hemoglobin, which is the protein inside the red blood cells, carries oxygen, and red blood cells are also responsible for removing carbon dioxide from your dog’s body.
These cells are made in your dog’s bone marrow, and they circulate for about three months before they break down and need to be replaced.
What Are the Symptoms of Anemia in Dogs?
Anemia might be one of many symptoms of an underlying condition, or it could be the only symptom of the underlying condition, but either way, you need to know how to recognize anemia.
The most obvious characteristic of anemia is a change in color to your dog’s gums. Instead of a healthy pink, dogs with anemia often have pale pink or even whitish gums. Anemia also causes fatigue. Your dog may appear listless, and may tire easily during exercise and play.
You might also notice bruising on your dog's skin. This could be a sign of severe platelet loss or destruction, or even rat poisoning.
Dark, tarry stools, called melena, or dark blood in your dog's vomit or feces are also important warning signs of anemia and necessitate an immediate visit to your veterinarian.
Further natural treatment for Iron Deficiency Anemia
In the Facebook group I also read that using a cast-iron skillet for cooking can help you manage your iron levels, plus they last for a long time. Similar to this, but a little cuter is my next discovery…
What is this cute little fish?
In the Facebook support group, somebody posted about the Lucky Iron Fish and I immediately wondered: “What is this cute little fish?”
Browsing their website I found that their philosophy really resonated with mine for these specific reasons:
- Reusable with daily use for up to 5 years
- Cheaper than supplementation
- Buy One Give One program
- A B-Corp and Social business
Much like our little Ruby Cup… So, of course, I was sold!
Here’s how the Lucky Iron Fish works:
The Lucky Iron Fish should be added daily for 10 minutes into your cooking or you can boil 1 litre of water for 10 minutes with 1-2 drops of lemon juice to make iron-rich drinking water and slowly but steadily you supply your body with the iron you need. Check out their website for more info!
I was so fascinated and impressed by the company and their mission so I contacted them. We had a lovely conversation which I would like to share with you:
“Like Ruby Cup, Lucky Iron Fish is committed to improving the lives of women and girls. We believe that a business can and should help to solve some of the world’s greatest social challenges. Ruby Cup’s actions and values clearly demonstrate that business can be a force for good.” – Tania Framst, vice president of operations, Lucky Iron Fish
Last but not least, don’t forget to check out their recipe tank full of iron-rich recipes and creative ways of how to include the lucky fish in your daily cooking.