You’re spending way too much money on your animals.
In the name of diagnosis.
You tell me about it regularly.
And I cringe when I read your emails. How can I break it to you gently?
There’s a way to get so much more “bang for your buck” than learning the umpteenth thing that Rosie is allergic to!
But, first things first.
Let’s take a 30,000 foot view of how you can spend money on your pets.
You can (and I hope you do) spend money on prevention.
But, we live in dicey times.
While there’s truth to this old saw,
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
…it’s woefully out of date.
Here’s what I think is more fitting:
An ounce of conventional prevention could lead to multiple pounds of disease and attempted cure…
An ounce of wise prevention is worth a boatload of cure.”
An analogous version is
Pay now (for wise prevention) or pay way more later (in expensive diagnostics and treatments that are non-ending).
The thing that keeps me fired up and writing and teaching is my desire to point out the undeniable fact, so clear 40+ years since my vet school days, that, unless you make wise prevention choices, it’s all too easy to:
- spend money on conventional prevention (over vaccinating, feeding “expensive junk food,” and poisoning pests), and then,
- spend much more money trying to name and undo the myriad chronic diseases that #1 created.
Of course, I want you to stop spending on #1 and instead, learn that you have far better choices for prevention spending.
That’s the entire focus of this site and every course I teach.
Smart Prevention Costs Less
Here’s what I see over and over.
- People learn about feeding raw balanced food, and their vet bills go down.
Never mind that they may get static from Dr. WhiteCoat for doing this, you do it because you know who you’re feeding. It just makes sense, and your animal gets shinier, more healthy.
- And, you learn why vaccinations are the most important choice you’ll ever make, and you cut way back or eliminate them, especially in your adult animals.
More vital animal health reigns and your vet bills go down further.
- And finally, you become concerned that using pesticides against fleas and heartworms can cause all sorts of problems, and you just flat stop poisoning pests.
Once again, illnesses lessen, your pets are happy, healthy, and truly Vital.
And, your vet expenses damn near evaporate.
But, let’s say, before you learned these good holistic management methods, your pet was damaged by following “old school” prevention.
The kind that causes chronic disease, like the allergic itch.
How will you spend your money most wisely now that you’ve got disease to deal with?
Damn the Diagnostics!
This post was actually inspired by Anne, who wrote me a couple of weeks ago:
In future articles I would love to see you address the issue of impossible to diagnose skin issues. My vet has run extensive tests on my other dog but remains mystified as to what is causing her skin problems. It’s heartbreaking as she is 12 + years old and I hate to see her golden years marred by this.”
Here’s money that’s truly being wasted.
To find out what’s causing her skin problems?
Even if you don’t yet buy the simple answer to what causes her skin problems (the “immune confusion” cause #1: vaccinations), here’s why spending money on diagnosing at this point is such a sad waste.
Diagnosing what allergens your dog or cat reacts to won’t cure her.
A Miraculous Aside
History speaks loudly here.
Back in the 80’s, itchy dogs in the world caught a miracle. It was called “Lamb and Rice.”
Amazingly, when their diets were switched to this combo, they stopped itching!
Joy and celebration rang throughout the land!
“We’ve found it! We’ve got the answer now! Let’s all get some sleep!!”
But, it wasn’t too long before the miracle started failing. In the same pets that did so wonderfully well at first on the new diet.
They were now allergic to lamb. Or rice (!)
Spend on Cure!
Rather than chasing down the ever-deeper “what’s my dog allergic to now?” rabbit hole, I advise spending your money on treatment.
Real, solid, curative treatment.
Your goal is simple: to cure the state of being allergic.
So, lamb, rice, flea saliva, grasses, pollens and all rest that show up “reactive” on those damned allergy tests are responded to appropriately.
What’s that look like?
No response at all!
Eat lamb, eat rice, eat anything a dog could eat in the food realm, and don’t react to it like it’s a virus bent on killing you, my dear furry one.
Get the occasional flea. They live here and will surely, some time or another, find your coat.
What’s a normal response to the occasional flea?
A bit of scratching. Here and there, infrequently, not to the point of denuding the coat or making your skin red and inflamed and smelly and oozing.
Ditto with the grass, the pollen, the world you live in.
Now, for the bad news. Which you likely have figured out by now, and probably Dr. WhiteCoat even realizes, deep down in his soul:
Who You Gonna Call?
Luckily, there is a system of medicine that does cure chronic disease.
It’s got 200 years of history doing exactly that, and it’s followed well laid out principles that really haven’t shifted through those two centuries. (Unlike the continuous churn of “modern medicine.”)
It’s called classical homeopathy.
This is where you should be putting your resources, if you want to really cure your animal of allergies.
Or ear infections, or arthritis, or heart disease, or epilepsy, cancer, or what ever else your pet has that just seems to linger on and on (that’s what chronic means, by the way: lingering).
And, like all things in this age, you have to do this right, or you’ll meet with mediocre results. Or no results at all.
If you’re going for cure of anything chronic, you need to hire a professional.
I’ve made a video to help you choose a qualified homeopathic vet and it appears on my Recommended Resources page. Just scroll down to the section on Sources of Holistic Veterinarians and you’ll see it.
If you’re dealing with acute disease, by all means, DIY (do it yourself) homeopathy is great.
Just get some training, get some books, study and you’ll do amazing things.
For the much more common chronic diseases, though, it takes a professional veterinary homeopath to effect cure. It’s not easy work, even for us who’ve trained in and practiced this amazing art and science for years.
But, cure is possible with homeopathy. With a professional to guide the process.
Where to Start?
First, ditch the diagnostics. You won’t get any closer to cure by amassing a list of reactive substances, most of which are near impossible to avoid forever.
When you’ve got any kind of chronic disease lingering and bothering your animals, hire someone trained to cure it.
With the most natural, non-toxic, and deeply effective system of medicine on the planet: homeopathy.
Money spent here will give you tangible results.
More money thrown at diagnostics will not.
Let us know in the comments if you’ve been down this road: spent lots on trying to find out “why” and your animal is no better for all that spending!
Or worse: You went on to spend gobs more money on treatments that failed.