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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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