Most people rely too heavily on their vet. This often requires time away from work, and it is expensive; with some basic knowledge, rarely is it necessary. Most vets are trained to look at the symptom (itchy skin, runny eyes, diarrhea, vomiting, bad gas, constipation) and prescribe medication. Meds work by overriding your pet’s natural defense systems and suppressing (hiding) the symptom! While most pet owners are aware that medications have side effects, they are unaware that medications do not “heal”! Example:
In the case of gastrointestinal upset, ingested pathogens have upset the balance between good and bad bacteria. A balance of 85% good bacteria to 15% “bad” bacteria is necessary to maintain a healthy GI tract. Antibiotics do not
restore the balance, but instead, kill all the bacteria, not just the bad bacteria that makes them sick but also all the good bacteria responsible for healthy digestion. If your pet has frequent diarrhea or vomiting chances are that their intestinal wall is inflamed. Inflammation blocks the transfer of nutrients into the body as well as blocking the removal of waste from the body. Inflammation is commonly treated with corticosteroids, which have numerous side effects, especially when taken long-term. There are times when medication is necessary, however, if they are combined with natural remedies, the amount of time your pet will be on medication can be significantly reduced. And that’s a good thing! If your pet is on medication, natural supplements are even more important!