Surgery for dogs can be dangerous. It doesn’t matter if the surgery is for sterilisation, to clean the teeth, for cataracts, for musculo skeletal problems or any other ‘essential’ surgery your vet tells you must be carried out for the sake of your dog. All surgery comes with risk.
The risk can be because the dog is elderly, has a heart condition, a low immune system or a multitude of other reasons. Consequences can vary from performing the wrong procedure, to cutting through parts that shouldn’t have been cut through, to nerve damage, to long term affects of the anaesthetic or other medication, to an emergency from an undiagnosed condition, even to death.
Although death doesn’t happen very often, it is a very real possibility. And sadly, complications from surgery are common.
There is no getting away from some surgery for dogs, such as sterilisation, setting a compound fracture or stitching up a gaping wound. But for all other conditions there are alternatives.
Since there is a limit to how many anaesthetics even a healthy dog can recover from, it is a good idea to reserve these events to the essential times, should they arise.
Let’s examine some of the common reasons for surgery on dogs and explore why this condition has arisen and the alternatives.
Musculo skeletal surgery seems to be common, such as for back problems (especially in long backed dogs), hips problems, leg joints and cruciate ligaments.
Eye problems, particularly cataracts, also seem to be a common problem, as do teeth cleaning and extraction. Another one is when, particularly a young dog, has ingested a sharp toy or a poison, such as slug pellets or rat poison.
Injury, excluding the above mentioned caveats, can be easily, quickly and effectively treated with good homeopathic prescribing.
Other musculo skeletal problems, such as arthritis or rheumatism, are more commonly caused by the diet – typically commercial dog food. Whilst homeopathic treatment can help or palliate these conditions, they are likely to return until you change the diet to a more healthy one.
Eye problems, especially cataracts, are often considered to be a result of age. I disagree. I think it is a result of years of a nutrient deficient diet and suppressive medical treatment. In the small minority whose cause is genetic, this can be reversed by good homeopathic prescribing.
Tartar on the teeth are a direct result from a diet deficient in quality. Raw bones are an essential ingredient in dogs diets to clean their teeth and to keep their gums healthy. They also contribute to a happier dog and is the leading source of many macro minerals.
The ingestion of a sharp toy can, in many cases, be treated successfully with good homeopathic treatment.
The same applies to the ingestion of poisons. Of course, it is far better not to have the poisons around in the first place, as they are as painful to the targeted victim, as they are to your dog. Not only that, but they can remain in the food chain, when hunters claim the now dead or dying victim, leading to their own death.
An enormous percentage of health problems stem from diet. By feeding your dog a quality, natural diet, you can save yourself many thousands of dollars over the life of your dog, and your dog the trauma of illness and surgery.
By using a natural and effective medical system, such as homeopathy, you can implement a much easier health protocol that is again easier on both your wallet and your dog.
A large percentage of surgery for dogs in avoidable and unnecessary. Use preventative measures, such as diet, and other effective health care choices.