Why Is It So Complicated To Care For Pets?
In this video, I’m going to discuss how we can optimize our pet’s health and what are the best ways we can do to maximize our pet’s life span, what’s really important for your pet’s health, information you trust, and information you can get to easily.
One of the things I used to hear in practice all the time was, “My mom’s dog lived to be 15 and she never took it to the vet.” So why is that? Well, there’s a couple of things.
One is that we just didn't have all the garbage in the environment to deal with, and we also didn't do as much veterinary care back then as well.
For many of you and for many of you like me, your mom that was born back in the late thirties, early forties, and things were very different then. The way that we humans ate was very different, and certainly our pets, they were eating what we did. So there’s a couple of things I want you to be aware of.
We can make things endlessly complex because the nature of the scientific mind is to define things into smaller and smaller and smaller categories.
When I finished veterinary school to give you some clue about. If you as a veterinary student were asked by a professor, “Okay, this dog has vomiting and diarrhea and the gas sounds and discomfort starts at three o’clock in the morning. Three weeks ago he’d been swimming in stagnant water. If you could list out three differential diagnoses,” meaning three possible causes of all those symptoms. Our professors thought that we were adequate. “If you could list out five,” Pretty good. “If you could list out 10,” You were a number one, smart student. “So what does that mean to you, the pet owner or to you? The patient?”
If you have to go into the human medical system, this is where testing becomes necessary to define the difference between what those potential causes are. So maybe your dog just ate garbage and it’s got garbage, canned gut, or just plain old gastroenteritis. Maybe it has leptospirosis, maybe it has several other parasitic diseases or blue-green algae toxicity.
Who knows? So that was the thing is like if we could make smaller and smaller and smaller distinctions, then we were rewarded by our professors until we were smart. And that’s all good because it really did change how medicine was offered to people and pets. We were able to do a better job, but that gets to be a problem when you’re facing a chronic disease, what do you do?
So I'd like to offer you a couple of good sources that I believe are going to give you accurate information.
As you start to research what’s going on with your pets and also so that you are better armed going into a conversation with your veterinarian.
- Merck Veterinary Manual. So this has been around for years and as veterinary students, we laughed about it because it was just so simple. But it’s a great place to start for a lot of people and they really have updated it.
Veterinary partner. This is gonna be focused more on dogs and cats, but again, they’ve got up information for all the animals that we live with and, and are in our lives. You can go here and check out information about medications and things.
This is a great place to start doing some basic research, but remember, these two sites are based in conventional medicine. So maybe that’s not what you’re looking for. So that’s where I come in.
We’ve just spent the last two months rebuilding our website, Dr. Ruth Roberts. There’s a couple of things you can do. If you’re already a Crock Pet Chef, you can sign in with your existing credentials. If you’re not a member yet, you can click here and register, and I’m gonna show you why.
There’s several courses that I’ve developed over the years and certainly one of them is The Original CrockPET Diet and we’ve got two free courses. One is the Holistic Health, Pet Health Protocols, and then some free resources as far as helping to keep your pet mobile and things of that nature.
There was a case report of a dog in China testing positive for coronavirus, but there’s been no evidence that pets can transmit the virus, and so the dog and the dog never got sick and he was living with someone that was quite ill.
So, you know, take that with a grain of salt. Stay safe, do your social distancing, take care of yourself and your family. And if you haven’t started cooking for your pet, this is probably a great time because you’re going to have a lot of time on your hands, I’m afraid. So check out The Original CrockPET Diet if you haven’t.