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Veterinarians Reveal: Top 3 “Money-Making” Dog Illnesses of 2017

| May 19, 2017

Veterinarians Reveal: Top 3 “Money-Making” Dog Illnesses of 2017

And what you can do to keep your pup and your wallet safe in 2016!

Anyone that loves their dog can imagine how emotionally trying it is when they fall ill. In addition to simply feeling empathetic towards their suffering, we must also deal with the added challenge that a dog cannot simply tell us what is wrong. 

Because of this, they are completely reliant on us as well as the “advice” of the Veterinarian that we trust.


Now, Before I Proceed…

Let me first say that most Veterinarians are wonderful people, who genuinely love animals and want nothing more than their health and well- being. However, they also have a business to run (not to mention college loans to pay off), so their advised course of action tends to lean towards the more expensive “treatment-based” philosophy.

After all, if every dog owner were to take preventative steps towards their dog’s health, there would be much less demand for Vets.


What Did We Do?

We spoke to several leaders in the Veterinary community, who agreed to tell us, in anonymity, about the biggest generators of money in their offices and how the average dog owner can steer clear.


By taking a few preventative steps you can keep your dog healthy, and also avoid costly medical bills.

Here are 3 Ways That They Revealed to Keep Your Pooch Out of the Vet’s Office in 2016

#1 – Avoiding Unnecessary Vaccinations

The Problem: While it is your Vet’s responsibility
to offer your dog EVERY vaccine, it is not your responsibility to accept. Vaccines such as Bordatella and Lepto are “Non-Core Vaccines” meaning that not every dog is at risk.
The Solution: Do your due diligence in researching what YOUR dog actually needs to avoid an unnecessary strain on their immune system and on your wallet.



#2 – Digestive Problems From a Poor Diet

The Problem: Vets self-admittedly receive very little schooling on the nutritional needs of your pet. To make matters worse, the little information that they do receive, is usually from representatives of large dog food companies.

Therefore, when you keep dragging your dog in to their office with diarrhea or vomiting, they are doing their best by prescribing an anti-nausea medication.

The Solution: Treat the problem at the core instead of just the symptoms. Many health problems in your pooch, especially the digestive kind can be traced to a poor diet. Avoiding grains, dairy, and processed dog foods, while sticking to a more natural meat based diet can keep your pup happy and healthy.


#3: Joint Injury and Disease

The Problem: Ninety percent of dogs eventually suffer from osteoarthritis in at least one joint. At that point costly prescription medication may only temporarily delay the problem. Additionally, hip or knee surgery for your dog can often equal medical bills in the thousands!

The Solution: As the old adage goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The key to keeping your pup free from joint disease is to be proactive. According to top Vets this means 3 things:

1. Proper Nutrition – Many commercially-available dog foods are loaded with cheap fillers and inflammation-promoting ingredients such as wheat or salt. Additionally, these poor caloriesources can contribute to long term weight gain putting even more strain on ailing joints. The key is to feed your dog a high quality grain-free diet, and to monitor their weight.

2. Appropriate Exercise – The key word here is “appropriate.” The “weekend-warrior” approach does not work very well in this case. In other words, trying to make up for a week of no exercise, with a long session on Saturday is not a good idea.  


The key is safety and consistency.
A long daily walk with your pup can do wonders for their joint health as well as improving their
behavior by satisfying their natural urge to migrate.

3. A High-Quality Joint Supplement – There are many supplements that have been clinically shown to promote healthy joints, reduce inflammation and even reverse the deterioration of joint  tissue.

However, it is imperative to choose the right one. The reason for this is that the pet-supplement market has many snake-oil salesmen, peddling low quality products that offer little to no benefit.

Be sure to read this article to help you make the right selection:
“Avoiding the Dangers of the Dog Supplement Market: An easy guide to choosing the right Joint Supplement for your Pup”

Sources

1 “Update on Food Allergy in the Dog & Cat” World Small Animal Veterinary Assoc. World Vancouver 2001

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