CAT & DOG HEALTH — THE NATURAL WAY

Our beloved CATS and DOGS are as responsive to natural ways of becoming and remaining healthy as are we.  Conversely, they mirror our ill health, be it mental, emotional, or physical, because they live in the same environment as their human friends.

Cat & dog health care mirrors that of their human companions.

Moreover, their health care has become mostly a version of human healthcare, which heavily relies on technology and prescription drugs.  We even take out health insurance for our pets because pet healthcare has become nearly as expensive as human healthcare.

Drugs don’t cure.  They only dupe the body into believing that it doesn’t need to react to intruders, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, or enviromental pollutants such as pesticides, smoke, and other chemicals.  The inflammatory reaction, which is the body’s natural way to rid itself of these intruders, is being suppressed in order to block pain, inflammation, and swelling.

Medications take a heavy toll on cat & dog health.

Moreover, over-the-counter and prescription medications put a heavy toll on the liver and kidneys, as these organs are involved in the breakdown and elimination of these drugs from the body.  Anti-inflammatory drugs and many antibiotics are particularly toxic to these organs.  (Take a look at all the side effects and organs affected by the drugs you or your pets are taking)

While anitbiotics do decrease bacterial count (bacterial load), thus allowing the body to repair the damage done by the bacteria, they often also destroy the bacteria in the intestinal flora that we need to maintain our health.  Moreover, indiscriminary or overzealous, as well as improper, use of these antibiotics has lead, and continues to lead, to resistance to many antibiotics.

Surgery may save or extend a pet’s life but is too often rushed into for lack of alternative options such as herbs, homeopathy,  nutritional counseling, or physical therapy, which are not part of the average veterinarian’s training and skill set.

Chronic illnesses in a cat or dog reflect lifestyle issues similar to that of their human care takers.

Chronic illnesses now so common in our dogs and cats, such as chronic heart failure, diabetes, digestive disorders, chronic urinary and bladder infections, as well as arthritis and chronic musculoskeletal pain reflect poor nutrition, excessive use of medical drugs, and a sedentary lifestyle with little exercise in the fresh air.

Commercial dog and cat food supposedly is nutritionally balanced to keep your pet healthy.  However, a great percentage of pet food is high in calories but falls way short on nutrients.  While commercial pet food does supply carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, it falls short on vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients necessary for the metabolic processes of your beloved pet.  Moreover, the proteins, fats, and carbohydrates often come from sources that are of low quality, setting your pet up for digestive ill health.

Digestive ill health leads to poor nutrient absorption, no matter what quality of food you give your pet.  Lack of nutrients leads to physical and mental ill health in pets and humans alike.

Natural methods can help your dog or cat thrive.

Natural medicine for humans has been making a comeback over the past 20-30 years, as longterm studies reveal the often devastating side effects of prescription drugs.

A similar trend is noticible in the pet healthcare industry.  Some veterinarians now offer herbal, nutritional advice, and physical medicine, such as acupressure or acupuncture, for your pet.  The same can be seen with pet nutrition.  Pet stores now offer a variety of natural pet foods, even organic ones.

Your cat or dog can greatly benefit from animal massage or craniosacral therapy.   Craniosacral therapy is particularly gentle and thus more tolerable when your pet is in acute or great pain.  Bodywork supports the physical and emotional health of your pet the same way as it does for us.

In the long run, you will save a lot of money on health care for your pet, and save your pet the discomfort or agony of invasive procedures, unnecessary surgery, and the many side effects of prescription drugs.  Your beloved cat or dog will enjoy life more fully and probably stay around much longer for you to enjoy.

Until the next natural healing perspective blog…

To Your Health