June 2012 of the Veterinary Practice News says that chronic disease is on the rise in pets. From a holistic standpoint this is not surprising – increase the toxic load and stop the symptoms expressed by the vibrational pattern and illness is the result.
Banfield Pet Hospital’s Pet health 2012 report attributes the increase “…in part to declining veterinary visits…” I would strongly disagree.
Weight increased from 2007 to 2011 by 37% for dogs and 90% in cats. WOW. I was really startled. I would say that less than 10% of the animals in my holistic practice have excess weight issues. 28 % of mature large breed dogs are overweight in 2011. Please click on the comment button to let me know if your cats, dogs, horses, birds, etc are overweight and by how much.
Holistic perspective: As with people, calories in and calories out is the deciding equation. Many do not exercise their animals enough. Empty calories in the form of dry and canned foods, especially ones with grains and by products, encourage animals to overeat just as we do when eating chips and sweets. Feeding a prey diet is usually the answer. If weight is still an issue, energy treatment may be needed.
Arthritis in creased by 38% in dogs and 67% in cats. In 2011, 13% of geriatric dogs had arthritis. Many were overweight.
Holistic perspective: There are many underlying factors for arthritis, including excess weight. Vaccines, toxins (flea and tick control, maybe heartworm preventative, lawn and house, air and water…), inadequate diet and genetics are a few. Did you know that the cartilage end of chicken bones has loads of the chondroiton that is protective to the joints? Interesting that if you eat joints, you have more chance of healthy joints. The best prevention is building up health with a fresh food diet, few vaccines (Rabies only to adults), minimize chemicals and other toxins, keep weight in a good range, keep a journal to track the early warning signs of illness to start energetic treatment before any symptoms appear.
Kidney disease rose 15% in cats (more and more veterinarians are recommending avoiding dry food, which I think accounts for this low rate of kidney disease increase) and 1 in 12 older cats had kidney disease. This probably does not include the many deaths from kidney disease due to poisoned processed dog and cat foods.
Holistic perspective: Same as above. Follow the 7 Keys to Health and never feed dry food. Healthy cats rarely drink water, so if your cat is not eating dry food (which forces them to drink) and is thirsty, consult with a holistic practitioner or at least begin self care (Reiki, flower essences, HTA, TTouch, etc).
Low thyroid increased 6% in dogs, and high thyroid by 13% in cats.
Holistic perspective: Many things have been purported to cause the thyroid problems. Linings of cat food cans, vaccines, food ingredients, genetics and toxins. Low thyroid responds very well to homeopathy and chinese medicine. High thyroid in cats can be a challenge to treat holistically so it is best to keep your cat so healthy that it never appears. Have a medical intuitive check your cat twice a year, along with your annual physical with the integrative veterinarian. Monthly, or more if ill, check the early warning signs and keep your journal up to date.