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"Holistic medicine attempts to address disease through a series of analytic observations. When treating the animal, the goal of the holistic veterinarian is to find the root cause of the pathology. Even the most basic illness may have several layers of causation. Only when the true source of the ailment has been found is there the possibility for a long-term recovery."- acupuncture.com

Allergies and Pets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Howard Rand   

Allergies are found in over 50% of the domestic animal population. Finding the culprit allergens is a detective story, and the more we can clear or eliminate the faster the symptoms will subside. The age of onset of an allergy definitely depends on inheritance (breed) and the genetic factor.

An animal/person is never allergic to one item (allergen) but to a myriad of allergens. When the number of allergens surpasses the immune system’s ability to cope (threshold), symptoms will appear. These symptoms will show up in the weakest system, i.e., digestive - chronic vomiting/diarrhea; respiratory - chronic cough, sneezing; skin itching, ear infections, runny eyes, rashes. In most allergic animals, there tends to be a food component.


Before Treatment


The biggest reason allergies are so prominent today can be attributed to our life style and environment. Chemicals in the air, water and food are large problems. Chemicals such as flea products and heartworm medications are also involved. A major factor for stressing the immune system and thus causing allergic symptoms can be attributed to the tendency for extreme over-vaccination of animals. NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique) is the primary way I handle allergies. This is a non-invasive method of diagnosis and treatment using Kinesiology (muscle testing) and chiropractic.


After Treament


This me thod is far superior to the invasive methods of blood testing and skin testing that others use. Treatments will be in no way as detrimental as the chronic use of steroids. The length of time required to reach success will be determined by the number of allergens needing to be cleared. One must have patience and not have unrealistic expectations for results. However, once the allergen is cleared, it is permanent; and no further treatment is necessary.


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