Holistic Care for Dogs
If your Schnauzer is plagued with skin issues, Chinese herbs just might be the solution that can finally end your dog's suffering once and for all.
For centuries the Chinese have treated ailments by using herbs to create remedies that are designed to address not only the symptoms but the underlying cause of the disease, too. Eastern Medicine, which includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise, and dietary therapy, is mainly concerned with keeping the body in balance and harmonious which is necessary to prevent disease.
Western Medicine, on the other hand, practices treating the symptoms to alleviate the body from pain and illness, typically through medication. But stop using the medicine and the condition usually reappears, and sometimes it's much worse.
Below Robin, one of our readers, shares her struggles and triumphs with the itching and scratching that plagued her precious Miniature Schnauzer Lexi: and how with guidance from a holistic vet, Chinese herbs were the answer in curing her dog's skin allergies:
Chinese Herbs for Skin Allergies
Miniature Schnauzer Lexi has been suffering with seasonal allergies for quite some time. Her human parent Robin, thought she was doing everything right… She fed Lexi a raw diet, provided daily supplements and fish oil to her diet, and routinely saw her veterinarian for care.
Note: Fish oil is very effective in some pets to help with inflammatory diseases including skin allergies and can reduce the amount of corticosteroid or antihistamine needed to control itching.
5 Types of Dog AllergiesLexi’s vet had prescribed the normal steroids, antihistamines and antibiotics to control her outbreaks and at first, they seemed to do the job. But Robin became increasingly upset as Lexi’s condition began to worsen and her once seasonal allergies became nonstop.
Lexi began licking and scratching constantly… even when she was taking the medication! And if she was off the drugs, boy or boy, her symptoms came back with a vengeance. Poor Lexi had a rash on her stomach and a bumpy, scaly, and very itchy rash from her neck down her spine all the way to her tail. Robin was at her wits end trying to find a solution for her precious furbaby.
After doing some research and reading an article on the benefits of Eastern medicine, Robin decided to seek advice from a holistic vet. During the appointment the vet asked a lot of questions that may seem a bit weird to most of us like… Does Lexi seek out cool places or warmer places. Does she whine or bark in her sleep.
But answers to these types of questions help a holistic vet determine where the imbalances lie in a dog. And while every dog and every problem is different, holistic treatments have proved to be beneficial with most conditions completely resolved within a week or two.
What is a Holistic Vet?
A holistic vet practices alternative therapies and natural healing methods to treat animals. He will therefore be interested in all aspects of a pet's life including genetics, nutrition, family relationships, hygiene, and stress factors.
During a pet evaluation, he will ask an array of questions about your dog. What symptoms have you noticed in your pet: restlessness, excessive urination, limping, whining, skin odor, poor appetite, coughing, sensitive touch, stiffness, growths or lumps, difficulty breathing, and so on. He will also want to be up-to-date with your current vet records, tests or procedures your dog has had within the last year, including all vaccinations. And he/she will want a list of current medications and supplements you are giving your dog as well as a copy of your dog food label or if home-cooked meals are provided a log of foods that you feed your dog. And he will want to know of the topical creams, treatment, and shampoos you use on your dog.
Traditional Chinese Nedicine (TCM) treats disease by strengthening and protecting one's normal Qi (pronounced chee) or life force. This is the flow of energy that sustains all living beings. The idea is that the body can resist disease and maintain healthy as long as one's Qi is well-balanced and free flowing. In contrast, if there is any imbalance in Qi, blood, or body fluids, a body can become weak and ill.
In Lexi’s case, it was determined there was a deficiency in her blood. She was prescribed 2 herbs and probiotics and then a miracle happened.......... within 24 hours she was 95% better. Her rashes were GONE! Robin rejoiced and Lexi did too. Robin was so amazed with the Lexi’s results, she wanted to share her story, in hopes of informing others that there are options out there.
Lexi’s success story should remind us that our "pill-popping culture" that has doctors writing prescriptions for every ailment under the sun, may not have all the answers. In many cases a cure or relief just might be found by simply changing one's diet, getting a bit more exercise, adding vitamins and mineral supplements, avoiding toxins, drinking clean filtered water and such. All of these things can make a huge difference in the overall health and well-being of your Miniature Schnauzer. Get more info on How To Detox Your Dog.
If your Miniature Schnauzer is suffering from skin allergies and Western medicine is not giving him any relief, you just must want to consider seeking a private consultation with a holistic vet.
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The use of herbs is becoming more and more popular as many of us seek more natural ways to heal our pets. And while most herbs are safe, some could be toxic or should not be combined with your dog's current medications. So don't go it alone. It's best to find a Holistic Veterinarian who will evaluate your dog’s symptoms and prescribe a remedy to balance his body.
We all want to keep our Schnauzers healthy and thriving for as long as possible. So always seek advice and guidance from your veterinarian when making important health care decision for your Miniature Schnauzer.
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