The ‘What’ and the ‘Why’ of Dog Health

The ‘What’ and the ‘Why’ of Dog Health

What’s more important, the ‘what’ or the ‘why’ when it comes to health?

The ‘what’ deals with symptoms and reactions to those symptoms. For example, your dog has hypothyroidism, or diabetes, or arthritis, therefore your vet prescribes x, y or z medication. This is the ‘what.’ It deals with what the symptom or condition is, and what medication may make it go away. This approach certainly has its place in many cases, when it’s to save a life or deal with a condition that simply cannot be dealt with otherwise.

But many times, conditions CAN be dealt with otherwise, through diet, supplements and lifestyle changes. It is in these cases that the ‘why’ can come in handy.

Knowing the reason behind your dog’s hypothyroidism, arthritis, diabetes or any number of other conditions can help pinpoint what dietary or other nutritional approaches might be used. For example, many cases of hypothyroidism can stem from or be aggravated by the wrong foods, nutrient deficiencies, stress or other factors. Removing certain foods, correcting deficiencies and lowering stress may help you bring your dog’s body back into balance.

Veterinary medicine saves our pets’ lives every day; good nutrition and specific lifestyle corrections can also help address numerous health conditions.

Contact me for more information on how to help protect your dog’s body and keep it in balance.