Here Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian discusses vaccinosis, a term that mainstream vets know little or nothing about.
Most people, when confronted with an injured cat (or any other animal) have only one goal – to get them the a veterinary clinic as fast as possible. And while that may be the only solution for you at the moment, there are other options.
First let’s look at veterinary options with regard to an injured cat or other animal. Vets can be very good at setting broken bones and sewing up gaping wounds. But they (and the medical model in general) are not equipped to deal with shock. Or to promote healing. All they have are pain killers, antibiotics and other drugs which are toxic.
An animal is already in great shock from the injury itself. Injecting them with toxic Continue reading
Low protein cat food is widely recommended for cats with kidney disease (or kd as some like to call it), especially when crystals are found in the urine sample. However, this is an assumption made by vets that has no basis in research or science. No scientific studies have been conducted to show this to be helpful.
In fact, it is quite the opposite. It is extremely damaging to the health of cats and Continue reading
Cat vaccinations are considered by many to be the right thing to do. Perhaps even, that not getting them done is tantamount to negligence. But as the global discussion of vaccination gains momentum, more and more independent, scientific reports are coming out into the limelight about the complexities of the damage they inflict.
Vaccines are sold to the public on the premise that they prevent disease. This is clearly Continue reading
Urinary tract infections in cats are, sadly, common in domestic cats. And for one very good reason which veterinarians are never taught at college. Wild cats will never be prone to this problem, which indicates that humans and our misplaced ideas are the cause of the problem.
Your cat’s urine pH is critical in their ability to prevent UTIs. A far cry from healthy human urine pH, a healthy cat’s should be Continue reading
What is the best cat food? This is a common question from people who are searching for solutions to ill health, who want the best for a new addition to the family, or who are on a health quest themselves.
That today is riddled with corporations convincing you of untruths simply to turn a profit will not overturn this fact. You may believe them, but Continue reading
Hepatic lipidosis in cats is a grand name for a fatty liver. So what’s a fatty liver? It is when excess fat deposits in the liver. In people, it is often common to find it in those who drink excess alcohol, those who are overweight, those with diabetes or other metabolic syndromes.
Many cats today are overweight and an increasing number have diabetes, although I’m not sure too many Continue reading
Inflammatory bowel disease in cats is as big a problem as it is in humans. When any part of the digestive tract is out of natural balance, the whole body feels unwell. Ask anyone who suffers with it! Your energy is affected and there is a general feeling of malaise. You have to be very careful what you eat.
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD refers to a variety of diseases and include ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. IBD are the most common cause of chronic Continue reading
Cat nutrition is a hotly debated subject! You, as a truth seeker, can be batted from one opinion to another, getting more and more confused along the way. You may just end up doing the easiest thing, in your frustration. But that may not be in your cat’s best interests.
I am not a veterinarian. Most people feel that vets are Continue reading
Food intolerances in cats is quite common. Veterinarians will go to great lengths to tell you what the causes might be and what you should do about it. Often these sound complicated. Too complicated for some to understand enough to do anything, but accept the recommended (often expensive) replacement food. For me, the cause (and the solution) is much simpler.
I have had a multi-cat household most of my life. For the past 19 odd years, the regime has been Continue reading
Many of us are driven to improve the health of our cat, without fully understanding the nature of health. Cat supplements are often given in the wild hope that they will help. After all we need supplements, right?
My view on supplements is rather black and white. Whilst there are definitely times when they are needed, it is pointless giving them when: Continue reading
Following is a short list of common cat illnesses, but there are many more and the list is being added to all the time. The vast majority of chronic or serious health problems can be avoided when you find out what is causing them.
Upper respiratory infections are common in cats who have a compromised immune system, but in themselves Continue reading
People seeking cat health advice are often confused. Understandably! It comes from various sources and is usually conflicting. Most people rely on the advice given by their veterinarian and dismiss that coming from holistic practitioners.
In a perfect world I would suggest that a vet should be the best person to turn to for advice. Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a world where Continue reading
Cat dental care can be done the easy way or the hard way. When you listen to many veterinarians or specialised pet therapists, they will try to persuade you to clean your pets teeth either with a product they sell or with a toothbrush.
I don’t know about you, but trying to clean a cat’s teeth with a toothbrush seems to me to be inviting trouble. Your cat will probably, and righteously, Continue reading
A passionate conservationist meets with a leopard – Africa’s most elusive cat. May all cats everywhere have freedom (as much as is safe in urban environments) and respect.
Feline immunodeficiency is a grand name for saying your cat’s immune system is not working as it should; that your cat is now susceptible to any and every disease and pathogen (virus, bacteria, fungus, etc) that is around.
Disease is not something that happens without reason or Continue reading
Having a sick cat is as upsetting as having any other beloved part of the family sick. You worry that she is not herself. You don’t like to see anyone down. You worry she may not make it.
And that’s not all. It may also be time consuming. If you’re out at work all Continue reading
Stomatitis in cats is on the increase. Stomatitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes in the mouth. It creates pain which is worse when eating, or even drinking.
It is now much more prevalent than it was only a couple of decades ago. One veterinarian claims Continue reading
When you walk down the aisles of the cat food section in any supermarket, you could be forgiven for thinking that all the big brand names were offering you the most nutritious cat food for a healthy cat.
Can you believe the advertising, the pretty pictures and the sage Continue reading
If your cat is always hungry, there are a couple of important reasons for this. One you have no control over. One you have total control over. So, although you most definitely can do a great deal to reduce this, it is unlikely you will ever be able to eliminate it completely.
And you may never want to, as a hungry animal does show they are still healthy enough to want to eat. Our worry begins when they Continue reading