Common Health Problems affecting Dogs and Cats

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"We don't know what causes the problem, we don't know how to cure it but we can use drugs to relieve it until we really understand how to deal properly with the problem."
(John Burns BVMS MRCVS, I972)

Stanley and Tilly"Shortly after qualifying as a veterinary surgeon I heard myself saying these words on numerous occasions to owners of dogs with skin problems. I was beginning to realise I was not as well prepared to deal with pet health problems as I would have liked. While drugs are useful for treating acute illnesses and relieving the signs and symptoms of chronic disease there are few if any chronic diseases which can be cured by drugs.

A few years later, having read some impressive reports about acupuncture I decided to become an acupuncturist. The two-year course on Traditional Oriental Medicine attempted to unite ancient principles of health to our Western way of life. During this time I came to realise that acupuncture suffered from the same important shortcoming as modern medicine - the illness itself was being treated but the treatment did not address the cause of the problem.

At the same time I became a student of the Macrobiotic movement which was in great vogue in Britain in the seventies but which has now disappeared from view (in the UK at least). Macrobiotics attempted to apply and adapt ancient, traditional philosophy in a way which was practical and appropriate to our modern lifestyle...........More


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