If we want to go somewhere, we simply hop in our car and eventually arrive at our destination.
This is great until out of nowhere the car suddenly has warning lights that signal something is wrong. We see the lights, take it into the shop, and go about our business after it is fixed.
But does the same really go for our pets?
We take them out for a walk and love to play with them. Everything is great until the same thing starts to happen. Just like with the car, they give off a signal that something is wrong. Especially now during the summer.
They stop and start itching. But not a casual itch. An intense, biting and chewing, breaking the skin type of itch.
So we take them into the vet, and whatever works to fix the itch fast is what we opt for!
Of course we want them to feel better, but a little more knowledge and understanding should be applied in this situation. This is our pet we’re talking about, not a car.
And consequences could follow those fast-fixers.
Works to Kill Pests Fast!
Because these drugs make the problem go away, we think that our pets are doing fine. But are they?
The problem doesn’t necessarily go away as much as the symptoms disappear.
A common example in conventional medicine is cortisone drugs in the steroid class that basically signal the body to stop inflammation.
Inflammation is redness, heat, swelling, and possibly pain, that is a natural part of healing. It exists for a reason. But steroids do wonders at stopping that inflammation quickly.
If your pet has a rash, it will disappear. If they have itchy skin that is breaking the skin because it’s so bad? It will be gone overnight.
Of course the steroids work, but how?
They temporarily put the body into a non-inflammatory state. The problem is cured, right?
No. Definitely not. And the problem will be back.
In Canine and Feline Diabetes: Nature or Nurture, “Veterinarians can contribute to loss of sensitivity by prescribing drugs that cause insulin resistance, especially if these medications are used long term or if long-term acting forms are chosen. A wide variety of pharmacological agents such as corticosteroids are known to be diabetogenic in people.
Corticosteroids and progestins are the most commonly used drugs in cats that cause insulin resistance.
Two or more treatments with corticosteroids in the 2 years preceding diagnosis of diabetes were a significant risk factor for diabetes in Burmese cats…and are reported as a risk factor in domestic cats.”
Suppressing the symptoms of a disease poses more problems for the long term and can bring about more serious issues in the future.
So if suppressing the symptoms isn’t the correct fix, what is?
The first step is making an educated decision on what you feel will work best for your pet.
By receiving help from an expert holistic veterinarian, you will have a treatment plan that will be all natural for your pet. There won’t be a risk for short/long term side effects.
What’s even better is you will be working towards a cure for the disease, rather than a quick fix to suppress the symptoms.