Lower Your Veterinarian Costs And Increase The Longevity Of Your Pets Lives By Doing Natural Preventative Care


Lower Your Veterinarian Costs And Increase The Longevity Of Your Pets
Lives By Doing Natural Preventative Care

Unfortunately the​ pharmaceutical companies and the​ pet food industry have really pulled the​ wool over everyone's eyes -but the​ wool is​ coming off! People are frustrated with the​ way traditional care has let them down and are seeking alternatives to​ help them not only give their pets more quality of​ life but longer lives. it​ seems as​ though we barely get our pets to​ a​ "settled" place in​ our lives before they're gone. it​ doesn't have to​ be like this.

Please don’t misunderstand,​ mainstream care does have its place but it​ should not be the​ only choice people and their pets have. in​ fact,​ I think it’s the​ imbalanced lean towards allopathic medicine rather than including homeopathic and naturopathic and alternative therapies that is​ a​ big part of​ the​ problem. at​ some point where do we stop and say,​ what happened to​ “first do no harm”?

Okay,​ so let’s start with what preventative,​ natural,​ holistic care means with a​ definition of​ the​ words holistic,​ preventative and natural which I obtained from my American Heritage Dictionary: 1. Holistic: …2) emphasizing the​ importance of​ the​ whole and the​ interdependence of​ its parts. 2. Natural: 1) present in​ or​ produced by nature; not artificial or​ man-made; 3) pertaining to​ or​ produced solely by nature or​ the​ expected order of​ things 3. Preventive: 1) designed or​ used to​ prevent or​ hinder; acting as​ an​ obstacle; precautionary. 2) Thwarting or​ warding off illness or​ disease. When we put all these definitions together: the​ whole of​ the​ parts working interdependently,​ without artificial ingredients or​ synthetics,​ in​ the​ natural order of​ things you​ will then ward off illness or​ disease! Now that we have the​ definition of​ natural pet care in​ place,​ let’s go deeper into the​ how to​ do this and thereby lowering the​ costs of​ your pet care and increase the​ longevity of​ your pets lives.

The first place to​ always start is​ with nutrition and that starts with what you​ are feeding your pets. My initial answer will be as​ species specific as​ you​ can get in​ a​ domestic setting. For dogs and cats that means that meat needs to​ be the​ primary ingredient of​ their food. Not kibble. Kibble isn’t fit for anything or​ anyone to​ eat. There a​ couple I will recommend in​ the​ light of​ a​ very reluctant pet owner not being able to​ stomach the​ idea of​ feeding raw meat to​ their dog or​ cat,​ but I will say that as​ long as​ you​ adhere to​ kibble your pets will experience the​ problems associated with food that their bodies weren’t designed to​ digest.

There are many different forms of​ feeding natural for example in​ dogs you​ can choose a​ B.A.R.F. diet which translates to​ Biologically Appropriate Raw Food and can also stand for Bones and Raw Food. This diet consists of​ all raw meats,​ veggies,​ dairy products,​ and nuts. Some adhere to​ strictly feeding raw meat. Some to​ a​ cooked diet of​ meat and vegetables. I think that you’ve got to​ decide what will work in​ your household and do that and any of​ these,​ including the​ cooked diet is​ far better than any form of​ a​ kibble diet. Think of​ animals in​ the​ wild – they do not get kibble or​ pellets. Our domestic pets don’t need those things either!

I feed my dog a​ cooked meat diet along with a​ natural whole food liquid supplement. I also use essential oils to​ thwart parasites and help with the​ pain in​ his forelegs. He came to​ us as​ a​ very abused,​ starved,​ neglected nearly 5 month old puppy. Through trial and error we’ve found what keeps him healthy,​ strong and happy and he is​ completely natural. We do homeopathic for heartworm prevention. He actually runs with me and traditionally his breed is​ not a​ running breed – or​ so it’s thought! So you​ also need to​ include some precautionary nutrition along with natural feeding. For horses you​ always need to​ be concerned with worms but there are natural ways like using food grade (ONLY use food grade) diatomaceous earth –this also works well in​ cats,​ dogs and other warm-blooded animals but I prefer to​ use essential oils in​ my dog.

Next I would consider why vaccinating seems to​ be so important to​ your pets health. Let me give you​ just a​ few examples of​ why that could be the​ very thing that is​ harming your pets rather than helping them (information from www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com):

"Routine" vaccination has adverse side-effects,​ either short or​ long term. With vaccines that are repeated year after year,​ the​ frequency and severity of​ these side-effects in​ our pets has increased dramatically. Most of​ the​ problems involve the​ immune system. After all,​ the​ immune system is​ what vaccines are designed to​ stimulate. But they do so in​ a​ very unnatural way that can overwhelm and confuse the​ immune system." Donna Starita Mehan DVM. I believe that Dr. Mehan is​ saying here that while vaccinations stimulate the​ immune system and that is​ supposed to​ rev it​ up,​ the​ vaccine actually not only does this unnaturally as​ Dr. Mehan stated but it​ also causes so much confusion in​ the​ immune system that much more harm than good is​ done by vaccinating.

Dr. Ronald D. Schultz,​ Ph.D..- "Annual revaccination provides no benefit and may increase the​ risk for adverse reactions. the​ percentage of​ vaccinated animals (those vaccinated only as​ puppies) protected from clinical disease after challenge with canine distemper virus,​ canine parvovirus and canine adenovirus in​ the​ study was greater than 95%." Current and Future Canine and Feline Vaccination Programs. Dr. Ronald Schultz is​ a​ Professor and Chair of​ the​ Department of​ Pathobiological Sciences at​ the​ School of​ Veterinary Medicine,​ UW-Madison. Schultz,​ R.D. - Current & Future Canine & Feline Vaccination Programs. Vet Med 3: No. 3,​ 233-254,​ 1998 more. a​ chart provided in​ the​ report shows immunity levels for all vaccines currently given to​ dogs lasting a​ minimum of​ 5 years with most lasting 7-15 years! Don Hamilton,​ DVM -Yearly "boosters" are unnecessary,​ provide no benefit if​ given (will not increase immunity). Thus boosters are either a​ legal issue (Rabies) or​ a​ manipulation issue (inducing clients to​ come in​ for examination rather than directly suggesting an​ examination). Charles E Loops DVM - "Homeopathic veterinarians and other holistic practitioners have maintained for some time that vaccinations do more harm than they provide benefits. Vaccinations represent a​ major assault on​ the​ body's immune system.... Vaccine induced chronic diseases range from life-threatening conditions such as​ auto-immune crises to​ conditions destroying the​ quality of​ life of​ an​ animal as​ in​ chronic skin allergies."

These are just a​ few examples with veterinarians leading the​ way in​ sharing this information which I find interesting since vaccinations and surgeries are their bread and butter. a​ few of​ the​ holistic/homeopathic vets I know started in​ mainstream medicine and became frustrated and moved into the​ holistic arena so they could do their patients the​ most good. Feed correctly with proper back up supplementation and your pets will have natural immunities that protect them naturally from disease.

Another thing to​ do is​ to​ keep your pets stimulated mentally through exercise,​ play and training. Animals love to​ have a​ job and they love to​ be useful. the​ key to​ a​ good interaction here is​ training according to​ the​ natural interaction of​ the​ animal you​ own. What does that mean? For a​ dog it​ means approaching him or​ her using the​ “pack” mentality. For the​ horse it​ means approaching the​ horse the​ way another horse would. it​ all makes common sense really. Good practical common sense,​ do away with all these synthetics,​ using the​ natural order of​ things,​ and all the​ parts working together means you​ don’t treat an​ illness,​ you​ treat the​ pet. I like what I saw Dr. Shawn Messonnier write recently to​ one of​ the​ groups I belong to,​ “I don’t treat crystals in​ the​ urine,​ I treat the​ pet”. That’s what holistic means: all the​ parts working together interdependently. So not treating the​ symptoms but caring for the​ entire animal is​ the​ answer to​ lowering your veterinarian costs and increasing the​ longevity of​ your pets lives.

Originally published for the​ Holistic Pet Care Topic on​ Suite101.com






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