More than 25 years ago I moved to a new town with my beloved heart dog, Reggie. It was quite far from where we moved from so we couldn’t continue to see the veterinarian we’d been to for the first 5 years of Reggie’s life. So we needed a new vet.
There happened to be a vet practice around the corner from where we lived, so I began taking my little guy there for his annual exams and any problems that he had. I followed the vet’s advice without question because, well, that’s what we do as pet parents.
I continued to bring all my dogs to the same vet over the years, even after moving an hour away. We had established a relationship that was comfortable, so I made the long drive whenever necessary.
That all changed, however, when my sweet boy Brunswick, an adult rescue from flood ravaged Oklahoma was diagnosed with cancer. During the visit where I got the horrible news, I asked our vet what food I should feed him. His reply was to feed him whatever I wanted.
Brunswick was the fifth dog that I had raised. And I learned about the harmful affect of low quality food and treats and prescription drug side effects when I saved my dog, Tyler, from dying an early death, I knew the advice my vet had given about what to feed Brunswick was bad.
It was then that I knew we needed to part ways with the vet that had treated all my dogs for 20 years. It was upsetting since over the years my vet learned that I wouldn’t give my dogs harmful drugs unless absolutely necessary; I wouldn’t vaccinate them year after year or give new vaccines just because he said so; I wouldn’t feed them crappy food just because he sold it in his office. I wouldn’t blindly follow advice that seemed counter to the “first do no harm” pledge that veterinarians take.
I was the leader for my dogs’ health and healing and my vet knew he merely played a supporting role. So when he was unconcerned about what food I gave Brunswick after his catastrophic diagnoses, I sought veterinary help elsewhere.
If you are on the path toward better health care that embraces a natural way of raising your pets and treating them when they are ill, it’s likely time for a change. It’s critical that you find a veterinarian that practices integrative and alternative care. What this means is that they use the best of traditional medicine in combination with holistic treatments – those that treat the underlying causes not just symptoms.
The first step is to see if your current vet is open to your ideas on natural care and offers alternative medicine. If not then you must move on.
It may not be easy to break up with your vet or to find a new one, but your dog or cat’s life literally depends on it.
And finding a vet that offers integrative and/or alternative care is easier than ever. All you need to do is visit one of these websites:
Do you have questions about finding a holistic vet? Comment below and I’ll be glad to help you out.
Lots of love,