Those of us with pets want the best for them, and that includes their doctoring. So how do we know what’s best?
These days it seems our pets have such a wide range of things that can go wrong with them. How do we keep them healthy?
Here at the Farm, we employ a combination of both eastern and western medicine. Eastern medicine has historically been about wellness – keeping the body fit, using natural products and what sometimes may seem as “unusual” practices. We have had some very good results with some homeopathic remedies for our elder cat, Aloysius, who suffers from hyperthyroidism. A hyperthyroid cat (or dog) can’t keep on weight, is unnaturally active, and may even seem a bit wild. That’s because their thyroid is going crazy doing too much work. The remedy helps settle that down, and settle the animal down as well. So far the remedy has been working well. There are also western solutions for this rather common illness in older animals, and in the past we utilized those with good results as well. Now that we know more, though, we prefer the homeopathic route, so the body can do what it is designed for to keep itself healthy.
Western medicine is also on our radar when needed – sometimes you’ve just got to do some surgery. Certainly we can’t talk our cats and dogs into birth control, so they need to be helped in that regard. And if a leg is broken, praying over it may help a little but it needs the surgeon’s hands to get it set and fixed.
There is a place for both modalities, and the responsible pet parent will take the time to explore what is best. Do for your pet what you would do for yourself. Ask questions; don’t blindly believe what you’re told in either arena. Do as much research as you are able. Ask your friends what has worked for them. Ask your animal (or ask me to ask them). And then make an informed decision.