According to several studies done by pet insurance companies, the most common reasons pets see their doctors, other than for vaccines (which we know most pets don’t need,) are…
Fortunately, all of these things are easily identified early, BEFORE your pet becomes ill, with a simple examination and a few basic lab tests. Any problems discovered during these tests are easily treated, usually without harmful drugs and chemicals, simply by using a few natural therapies.
A major difference between conventional and holistic medicine is that conventional doctors CAN’T treat a pet until a disease is present. Unfortunately, the presence of disease indicates a problem has been present and undiagnosed for a period of time and then finally clinical signs appear. This means that when a pet shows signs of illness the disease is no longer in its early stages but in its later stages. At this point it’s usually not possible to reverse the disease, although natural therapies are still helpful in arresting the disease and slowing down its progression.
As an example, a pet with elevated kidney enzymes but not yet sick can’t be helped by a conventional doctor because there are no drugs to treat this pet. Holistic medicine can do much to help restore this pet to health and in most cases prevent kidney failure. When we recognize subtle abnormalities we treat your pet immediately rather than wait for the problem to progress and then treat the pet when it’s really sick. This early intervention approach is just one of the many reasons our patients tend to live 3-5 years longer than pets only treated with conventional therapies.
Each year I put together a list of ideas for my clients to consider for their pets. I’m happy to share it with you.
In 2016 I propose…..
To decrease the amount of vaccines and medications I give to my pets. Blood titer testing will eliminate vaccines for most pets, and choosing more natural therapies can decrease the amount of medications my pet needs.
To know my dog’s CRP, TK, and Vitamin D levels. Increased CRP/TK and decreased vitamin D can indicate undiagnosed cancer or other immune disorders and predispose my pet to developing a serious disease. A simple, inexpensive blood profile can tell me my pet’s numbers and allow me to help my pet before illness occurs.
To treat illness when first seen rather than wait a few days and watch my pet worsen. Early diagnosis and treatment is less expensive than treating a more serious problem and may save my pet’s life.
To treat skin and ear infections seriously and promptly. Many pets are being diagnosed with serious and potentially life-threatening MRSA infections, which can be transmitted to other pets and to people. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment is a must!
To seriously consider purchasing pet insurance. Pet insurance covers any illness or injury and can reimburse the cost of care up to 90%. Having pet insurance means it will be easier to allow expensive testing and treatment and can save my pet’s life.