Your dog’s health isn’t about going to the vet only when there is a problem or he needs vaccines. Resilient health is about a lifetime wellness foundation built on the 5 pillars of health that you and your veterinarian develop for your dog.
1. Diet - A healthy diet is the foundation of great health. The right diet makes sure all body organs work at peak performance and the immune system is strong to protect against contagious and non-contagious diseases and problems.
2. Nutrition Aids – A balanced diet is not complete without additional supplements for promoting health. Probiotics and prebiotics strengthen gut immunity for proper digestion and aid the internal immune system. Omega-3 oils and herbal supplements can relieve itching, pain, support heart, liver and kidney health and promote an improved quality of life.
3. Prevention - Routine blood and urine analysis can monitor your dog’s health, indicate when vaccines are necessary and provide early warning signs of potential problems. Periodic x-rays can help identify early heart, lung, abdominal and joint changes so they can be managed immediately and more successfully. Dental and skin disease can be minimized by routine home care. A parasite prevention program can reduce the risk of serious heart and intestinal disease and the discomfort of fleas and ticks.
4. Proactive Management - Even the healthiest dog can develop chronic problems like allergies, arthritis or other conditions. Routine management with alternative, gentle therapies can minimize the severity of these conditions with less discomfort for your dog. Traditional western medical drugs can be gradually introduced as necessary.
5. Exercise - Dogs are very efficient at exercise, so “the potty” walks burn few calories and does little to strengthen the cardiovascular system. Dogs on a program of defined intensity, duration and frequency of exercise are more fit and stay active longer into their senior years.
So when was the last time your vet talked about the 5 pillars of health with your you?
I am guessing never. A wellness approach to health requires more than a 15-20 minute “illness” office call. A holistic approach for your dog requires at least an hour consultation to develop your dog’s health plan. Don’t wait until your dog is sick to visit your vet. Prevent illness and request an extended wellness development plan. If your vet does not offer such services, find a veterinarian or holistic veterinarian that offers longer wellness consultations.