I will admit that writing this article was an eye-opening experience for me. I set out to find healthy alternatives to the common treatments for heartworm, fleas, and ticks. I went to the websites of holistic vets, thinking that I would find some Chinese herbs or homeopathic remedies.
I was wrong.
What I found were holistic animal practitioners all over the world saying the same things:
1. We over-vaccinate our pets
2. The best defense against parasites is a
healthy immune system
The immune system in a human, dog, or any living organism serves the same purpose. It regulates the status of the body, making sure that everything is in order.
When a foreign invader infiltrates the body, it is the responsibility of the immune system to round up the forces necessary to combat and eliminate the threat. The stronger the immune system is, the easier and more effectively an invader is defeated.
So having a healthy body is not only a good idea, but a top priority. A strong healthy dog will be able to fight off invasion without the use of vaccines.
While I was doing my research, there was an interesting point made. Heartworms and dogs have been around for a long time…long before the invention of heartworm medications like Heartgard or Sentinel.
Yet you have never read a report about wild dogs or wolves being killed in mass quantities by heartworms.
Undomesticated dogs resist parasites, and the few that do get infected are able to live with them, because the effect is so negligible.
But some household pets have succumbed to the disease…and the overwhelming majority HAVE BEEN VACCINATED.
The reality is that the chemical treatments we use to protect our dogs are the same treatments that are poisoning their bodies so much, that they can no longer manage to fight of simple invaders.
Heartworms have only recently begun to cause fatalities in animals. While it may seem counter-intuitive, the more risk of disease a dog is faced with, the stronger the immune system becomes – and the healthier the dog is as a result.
Parasites have a dependent relationship with their hosts. They need their hosts to remain living in order to stay alive themselves. When the relationship between parasite and host turns fatal, something is awry. It means that something has suppressed the immune system to an extreme degree.
Often times it is the chemical treatment we put our pets through that is the culprit. While it is no doubt done with the best of intentions, the evidence is becoming clearer and clearer – vaccinations are poisoning our pets.
Research also indicates that a poor diet is a HUGE contributing factor in immune system health.
Luckily, none of you BARF feeders need to worry about that aspect.
Every site I checked out touted raw diets as the best available nutritional source for cats and dogs.
If you want to do a little homework yourself, please feel free to check out the websites listed below:
Evan Price is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He is a true dog lover at heart with a particular interest in Daschunds. Evan is also an avid sports enthusiast and bridge player. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet weekly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.