Friday, 15 February 2019

Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats

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Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats  By  C. J. Puotinen

This guide shows how a combination of formulae, simple techniques, easy-to-follow recipes, important safety information, clear instructions and helpful resources can keep a pet in optimum health. In our age of modern medicine, when illnesses are treated in hightech hospitals with laser surgery and powerful prescription drugs, it is easy to forget that until the twentieth century, herbs and food were the medicines that kept people and their companion animals well. Most of the prescription drugs in use today are derived and synthesized from plants, and in most parts of the world, plants are still the primary healing agents
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The surgical techniques and pharmaceutical drugs that define Western medicine work well in acute or crisis conditions, but they are far less successful in the treatment of chronic illnesses. Western medicine, as practiced by physicians and veterinarians, is allopathic, which means that its focus is on the alleviation or suppression of physical symptoms, not on the treatment of the causes of these symptoms. Chronic conditions such as arthritis, skin and coat problems, gingivitis, ear infections, asthma, and allergies may improve temporarily when their symptoms are masked, but they usually recur and, over time, grow worse. For this reason, conventional or orthodox medicine considers these conditions irreversible and incurable. In addition, the drugs and surgery used to treat them carry adverse side effects that range from minor to fatal
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The advantage of natural remedies is that they often work as well as or better than conventional treatments, have fewer side effects, and address the cause of a condition, resulting in its improvement or cure. Because of the limitations of allopathic medicine, many Americans have turned to natural approaches to health and healing. Natural therapies do not improve every condition in every person or pet, but they offer a first line of defense in the prevention of problems and, when an illness is well established, can help speed healing.

Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats offers a holistic approach to feeding and enhancing the health of your pet that can help your dog or cat live longer, heal faster, stay flexible, and enjoy good health through an active old age. My previous book, The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care (also available from Keats Publishing), contains more detailed instructions for using herbs, homeopathy, aromatherapy, natural light, color, hands-on therapies, flower essences, nutritional supplements and other holistic healing methods.

Contents of "Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats"
 Chapter 1: Feeding Your Pet the Right Way
  • The Pottenger Cat Study
  • The Best Diet for Dogs and Cats
  • Combating Bloat
  • Drinking Water
  • Making Grain and Seeds Digestible
  • Dairy Products
  • Fresh Herbs and Vegetables
  • Convenience Foods and Emergency Rations
  • Menu Planning
  • Forget It! My Fluffy Won’t Eat That!
  • Commercial Pet Foods
  • The Fine Art of Stool Watching
  • Pets as Vegetarians
 Chapter 2: Supplements for Pets
  • The Importance of Enzymes
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Amino Acids
  • Essential Fatty Acids
  • Hormones and Glandular Extracts
  • Other Helpful Supplements
  • Make-Your-Own Supplement Blends
  • Detoxification
Chapter 3: Your Pet’s Herbal Pharmacy
  • Herbal First Aid for Your Pet
  • On the Safety of Herbs
  • How to Administer Herbs to Your Pet
  • Standardized Products
  • How to Judge an Herb’s Quality
  • Grow Your Own
  • Herbal Preparations
  • Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
  • Preventing and Treating Contagious Diseases
  • Herbal Support for Detoxification
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