Our knowledge of human and animal health has grown exponentially in the past century. We now have powerful technologies that help us understand more about the health of our animal companions. So, why is it that we now have more diseases and health problems, not less?
Much of the blame goes to our modern way of life which relies so much on processed foods, unnatural preservatives, industrial chemicals, and chemical-based drugs. Humans and animals alike are constantly surrounded by unnatural, unhealthy, and toxic substances, which has led to an increase in diseases, allergies, and chronic health conditions.
Still, I can’t help but think we have lost our way as far as our approach to health and wellness is concerned.
Technology and advances in knowledge aren’t necessarily bad. They brought us the eradication of rinderpest, the development of rabies vaccines, and the discovery of bacteria and germs, among many other landmark developments.
But when you look at the veterinary and pharmaceutical industries today, almost no one cares about curing diseases anymore. It’s all about profits and growth. The people who own these industries want desperate pet parents coming for more and more expensive drugs, procedures, and “treatments” so they can make more money.
One reason I love natural and homeopathic pet wellness approaches is that we focus on getting the animal back to a high-vibe state of health and vitality. We don’t just remove the symptoms or dull the pain; we remove the underlying disease and restore balance for good.
Suppression, Palliation, and Cures
When sickness or injury occurs, there are only three possible outcomes you can hope for regardless of whether you choose natural or artificial treatments: suppression, palliation, and cure.
If you took your pet to the vet with a respiratory problem, chances are you will get a prescription for an opiate drug such as codeine, dextromethorphan, or hydrocodone. Such drugs work by “switching off” the part of the brain that controls coughing. Such a treatment is very effective at providing immediate relief, but it fails to treat the root cause of the disease.
When you start playing dodge with your pet’s health, it’s more than likely the disease will evolve into something worse. Worse, when you kill the original symptoms, there’s no way of knowing what’s going on inside the animal’s body. Disease suppression works by getting rid of specific disease symptoms without addressing the disease itself.
Naturopaths understand that disease symptoms like pain, fever, coughing, and vomiting are crucial signs of the state of balance in the animal’s body. The goal of any treatment plan should be to eliminate the root cause so that the symptoms go away on their own and the body fully recovers.
Unfortunately, allopathic (drug-based) treatments often focus on treating symptoms to obtain quick results. I often ask pet parents to ask the vet to conduct the necessary diagnostic tests, including scans, lab tests, and blood work, before we can start on a treatment plan that has a better chance of treating the disease for good.
In the case of chronic or terminal illnesses, palliative treatments are designed to offer relief and comfort to patients to help improve their quality of life. It’s a noble and important goal for sick animals for whom nothing else can be done, such as those suffering from end-stage cancer.
However, Western medicine usually finds a way to turn such devastating situations into a money machine. Suddenly, the patient requires ever-increasing doses of expensive pain medication or procedures that end up being of little to no help.
My problem with such treatments is not only that they prey on helpless pet parents, but that they also lock out other legitimate treatments. This narrow-minded approach fails to account for the wide range of natural options that could provide additional relief to the suffering animal just because they want to make more money.
For example, naturopathy has many palliative treatments that can help with pain, including acupuncture, massage, and osteopathic manual manipulation. A holistic approach can be beneficial even when conventional treatment options seem to be ineffective.
Disease Curing and Prevention
Allopathic medicine usually stops at the first two goals: suppression and palliation. You will seldom hear your vet talking about treatments that eliminate disease or cure a condition for good. Instead, they prefer to talk about managing the condition.
I can understand that some diseases simply have no long-term solution. But it’s absurd to keep an animal on endless drugs because of a treatable issue such as an infection, coughing, allergy, or itching.
Curing is about making a health problem go away in such a way that it never comes back. Unsurprisingly, natural pet treatments are particularly powerful when it comes to curing common animal health problems.
- Internal parasites like worms
- Vomiting, diarrhea, and most gut issues
- Chronic pain, such as arthritis
- Itchy skin
- Dental problems
Naturopathic and holistic approaches to pet care are particularly good at preventing diseases from occurring in the first place.
Treating the Cause: A Holistic Approach to Pet Care
We cannot in good conscience continue to pump drugs into our pets in the name of “treatments” when no lasting results are evident. No pet parent should have to feed their furry companion steroids, opioids, antibiotics, and all those dangerous chemicals just to keep somebody rich.
We can all agree that modern advancements in veterinary care are excellent when it comes to diagnostics. Also drugs and surgery when needed. However, it often takes a lot of wisdom to navigate the world of conventional treatments. Without the guidance of an experienced naturopath, many pet parents don’t know what to do to help their beloved animals recover to a state of thriving health.
Obviously, the best way to heal a sick animal is to let the body’s immune system do the healing. The key is to help the body eliminate the disease by strengthening immunity, maintaining a natural, species appropriate diet, and restoring balance and energy to ensure the recovery of the whole animal.
A naturopathic approach to pet care treats symptoms as friends, not enemies. They are like the check engine light on your dashboard: when it comes on, you don’t smash the light and assume the problem is gone. Instead, you let an experienced person investigate and correct the issue, and the light will go away on its own.
That’s how every pet parent should approach animal wellness. Whether you use natural treatments or combine them with conventional drugs, the key is to ensure your fur baby regains a state of maximum health and vitality wherever possible.
The Role of Homeopathy and Natural Treatments
Homeopathy is particularly powerful because its principles for the basis for a natural, animal-friendly approach to health and wellness.
- Do no harm – all treatments are designed to minimize the risk to the patient
- Minimum dose – use the least possible potency to achieve the desired results
- Monitor healing – symptoms of diseases are used to monitor the patient’s recovery and make adjustments as necessary to ensure proper healing
- One remedy at a time – this ensures side effects can be monitored carefully and dangerous interactions are minimized (classical homeopathy only)
- Holistic approach – treatment focuses on the well-being of the whole animal, including their mental, nutritional, and social needs
This approach ensures lasting healing and promotes a high-vibe vitality for your pets. It eliminates the possibility of toxic side effects and reduces the costs of healthcare.
Need Help With Natural Treatments?
Unfortunately for pet parents, natural treatments often require incredible expertise and experience to handle safely and effectively. I’ve been doing my best to educate animal lovers everywhere on how to use natural, powerful immunity boosters and treatments such as colloidal silver and various herbs, but there’s no substitute for decades of experience.
In particular, chronic conditions such as allergies, inflammation, hormonal imbalances, and recurrent infections require immense skills and expertise in naturopathy to treat successfully. If you want your fur babies to achieve their best, high-vibe state of vital health.