THE VALUE OF QUALIFIED ADVICE
by Evan Price
There are some people that you would never go to for advice. Many of my friends do not have steady jobs, or cannot find a relationship, much less keep one going. These are not the people I would choose to seek out for employment advice or with a marital question (although this doesn’t stop them from chiming in should the subject arise). Even though they have the best intentions, I can’t help thinking “What experience are they basing their advice upon?”
But for those friends we can trust, we may get several different approaches (and potential solutions) to our issues. The interesting thing is that there is usually more than one way to bring about a working resolution. After weighing the pros and cons of each scenario, we make the choice that we are most comfortable with, even if it isn’t comfortable at all.
We make the same types of decisions with pet’s health everyday. This is why so many people are turning to the BARF Diet. The pros and cons have been weighed, and many people find it more comfortable to spend a bit more to help bring about a long, happy, and healthy life for their pet by feeding a raw diet than to gamble with a cheap food that may lead to health issues later. Pay a little more for the food upfront, or pay a lot more for the vet later.
The same principle applies to the use of steroids or antibiotics. Both work in the sense that the symptoms, like itchy skin and persistent allergies, that have been affecting the animal are likely to disappear for a short time. However, this is generally a band-aid solution, as the problems are likely to return as long as the root issue remains unresolved, and these harsh chemicals knock down the immune system in the process. It may be more comfortable to use a probiotic that will strengthen the immune system over time, even if relief is not as immediate.
The situation is a little different when choosing a vet, and this stems from an unconscious belief that many people hold; the belief that vets know everything. It is an unrealistic expectation for us to have, and it doesn’t stop at vets. We expect doctors to be able to cure whatever ails us, police to be able to keep us safe 100% of the time, and teachers to equip our children with every piece of knowledge to make them successful in life. The point is that these professionals don’t know it all…no one can. So how do you find the vet that is right for you; the vet that you are comfortable with?
Experience is a great place to start, and that means more than just the number of years in practice. One great question to ask is how many modalities a vet is trained in. Maybe a traditional vet who is tolerant of raw feeding will work for you. Maybe you would like to find a vet who is also trained in acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and animal chiropractic. The more knowledge acquired over time, the more likely your vet is to have a clear understanding of what ails your pet, and which treatment options are most suitable.
It also never hurts to get a second or third opinion. From professional athletes debating major surgery, to everyday people in everyday situations (relationships, jobs, home repairs, etc.), getting multiple opinions helps to clarify one’s position, and allows one to choose the best available option for moving forward. If you only have access to a traditional vet, it may make sense to get a second opinion from a holistic vet or nutritional expert. Many experts can work with you without even seeing your pet, so phone consults are a viable option.
Many of the long term issues dogs and cats experience are linked to nutrition. There are many people who will not hesitate to drop $210 on a vet visit, another $50-$150 for a blood panel & urinalysis (more if the test needs to be sent to a lab), and even more if steroids or antibiotics are involved. These same people are willing to spend $1600-$2200 for bladder stone removal, or $4000 for ACL surgery if medically necessary (by the way, if one ACL tears, there is a 70% that the other will go too).
Many of these costs are totally avoidable simply by providing proper nutrition. They can also be avoided by getting in touch with the right health care professional. BARF World nutritional guru, Rob Mueller has helped thousands of pets with a litany of health and behavioral issues. Recently, he saved a dog who was suffering from pancreatitis, whose enzyme count was over 1000 (200 is the top of normal range). After the client (a first-time BARFer) was given a strict dietary regiment to follow (that actually did not include the BARF Diet), the enzyme count was dropped to 54 in 1 week. Holistic vet, Dr. Cathy Alinovi, has also helped her clients and our customers avoid unnecessary expenses and help the animals on the road to recovery.
On behalf of the entire BARF World time, I would like to wish all our loyal readers a healthy and happy New Year. Until next time, happy BARFing.
Evan Price is a Raw Pet Food Specialist for BARF World Inc. He is a true dog lover at heart with a particular interest in Daschunds. Evan is also an avid sports enthusiast and bridge player. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet weekly e-zine at The Intelligent Pet.
Urgent home needed by Jan 12th! Can we do it?
We always hope that pet guardians make plans for their pets when they are gone, and Sadie and Majico's guardian did. He was so afraid that his pets would end up in a shelter that in his will he specified that they both be euthanized when he passed away. Sadly, those are not the kind of plans we like to hear about.
Some concerned friends and family have decided to challenge this decision and try to find a home (preferably together) as they have been together for all of their 7-8 years. That's the good news, the bad news is that the executor of the estate wants to put the house up for sale on Jan 12th and has said that the dogs must be gone by then, or else she has no option but to honor the will.
They are fun-loving, friendly and happy hanging-out with their
They are also a walking alarm systems and will let you know when someone's arrived but are comfortable with new people, even if they don't have treats to offer! They play, eat and sleep together. They were both rescue dogs who had been with their guardian for several years.
Sadie has a little hip pain but still manages to hop on the couch looking for a lap and scratch. Neither dog is on any medication or have any medical issues. They have complete medical records at Pet Care in Santa Rosa.
We have such a short time for these beautiful babies, but I just know
in my heart that there is a home out there waiting for them.......just
look at those faces.......!
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