Chronic diseases in dogs are increasing at an alarming rate. This clearly shows that how dogs are treated is not working. Only a few decades ago, when people were less well of than they are today, dogs fared much better.
Since then, two industries have boomed – the veterinary industry and the pet food industry. Motives behind industry is to create as many customers as possible. Preferably for life, as the financial gain to the industry is the primary motive.
This is quite shocking to most people, who truly believe and trust that their health professionals, and that the advice they give, is all in their (the customer’s) best interest. Sadly, it is all in the best interests of the health professionals and the associated industries.
The key to having healthy dogs are three fold, at the very least
- the diet
- the health care
- the life style
You may say that genetics also plays a role. It probably plays a bigger role in the unethical breeding of pedigree dogs. However, in most cases, as the relatively new science of epigenetics tells us, the genetic tendency can be put into dormancy when we follow the environment leads – diet, health care and life style.
Dogs Natural Diet Versus Commercial Dog Food
Commercial dog food, for the most part, is based on cheap and unhealthy ingredients. As already discussed, profit is the primary motive, not your dog’s health. It may keep them alive, but it doesn’t keep them healthy. Which means a lot of veterinary visits and a short life.
Why is it so unhealthy?
All the best cuts of meat go to the more lucrative human market. So the meat in commercial dog food, when there is some (which isn’t a given), consists of the low quality – feet, heads, intestines, all the foods that humans don’t eat.
This is then bulked out by cheap grains or other plant based foods. Please don’t be fooled by ‘grain-free dog food’. It may not contain grains, but it will contain a lot of cheap (and largely unfit for human consumption) plant based food. Excess produce such as sugar, rancid oils, nothing is off limits.
The pet food industry know that this is non-nutritious, so they add supplements and proudly proclaim them to be in your dog’s best interest. There are at least two problems with this statement:
- good quality, balanced food never needs supplementing
- the supplements are synthetic, which are indigestible at best and cause harm at worst
Is it any wonder chronic diseases in dogs are on the rise? Can anyone be healthy on a nutritionally deficient diet, even when not laced with harmful chemicals?
You only have to watch a good quality wildlife video on hyenas, wild dogs or wolves to appreciate what a dogs natural diet is – raw meat and bones. That will be in times of plenty. In scarcer times, they will resort to digging up roots or eating (fresh) berries and the like. Even earth worms are not off limits when the going gets tough.
Veterinary Health Care Versus Holistic Health Care
Veterinary medicine, as with human medicine, is all about managing disease. It has nothing whatsoever to do with restoration of health.
You can only manage disease by suppressing the symptoms, which is what medical and veterinary drugs excel at.
The problem remains, but is now hidden.
As a result, the body now exhibits another, normally more severe and more serious, symptom. Another round of drugs, with no understanding of what the first one/s did and no understanding of the progression of disease because there is often a time lapse.
No wonder chronic diseases in dogs is increasing.
Holistic health care, on the other hand, looks for causes, rather trying to fit your dog into a label. Holistic health care, especially homeopathy, looks at the symptoms your dog is exhibiting, in their entirety. In other words, both those that are common to the disease label the medics like so much, as well as the unusual and strange symptoms vets have no idea what to do with, so ignore.
Good homeopathic treatment will always reverse the ailment by healing it, not by suppressing it. This means, more serious conditions won’t follow.
Dogs Life Style
Just as with anyone, dogs have needs based on who they are. These include:
- exercise – wild dogs naturally move around to hunt and play
- shelter from the elements – wild dogs live in dens for shelter
- company – dogs are pack animals and need a family, not necessarily of other dogs although that is often preferred
- position in the pack – wild dogs have a hierarchy that is essential to their well being (learn to understand dogs from their point of view)
- respect – wild dogs have respect for each other, so need the same from us – anger shows weakness
People often purchase cute puppies with little idea of their needs. This tends to end badly (for the dogs), with sick, adult, no longer cute, dogs being dumped.
Living with a dog needs careful and thoughtful consideration. Then you can avoid expensive and regular veterinary visits and enjoy a mutually beneficial life together for many years without experiencing those chronic diseases in dogs most vets will tell you are inevitable.