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Old August 16th 06, 07:15 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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Old August 17th 06, 07:47 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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What? are they kidding me?

Uh i can admit that some knowledge can help a pet owner, but I'm sorry,
if your cat is still having urinary problems, I don't know of any
natural ways to cure this. Changing the diet could help prevent
crystals and stones but if your cat or dog already has urinary stones,
nothing natural is gonna fix this. And no natural cure can help a pet
with a blocked urethra.

And nothing NOTHING can substitute a complex blood panel which will
give you a biological 'photograph' of what is going on in your pets
body, which can help a vet. Yearly blood tests, especially for seniors
will hopefully help the vet see any possible trends which could
possibly be early signs of more serious health problems. If your cat's
liver enzymes have elevated a little bit, that might not be a problem.
But if they have been elevating slowly over four years, that is
something to pay attention to.

Animal CPR is good to know, but like people it doesn't mean it will
save a life. Even with humans CPR is supposed to help keep the patient
alive until trained paramedics can arrive with their defillabrator and
even THEN the heart may not restart. The sad part with CPR is while it
is POSSIBLE to restart the heart after an arrest, there's a very good
chance that it will re-arrest within a short time. And this applies to
people too.

Now I could see this book being helpful in some ways. Like cleaning a
fresh wound with Hydrogen peroxide is good, but continued treatment
with it will actually hinder the healing since it oxidizes tissue.
Or if there is a severe wound, putting pressue on it while you get to
the vet, that will help. Or teaching them what a flea allergy/ringworm
looks like or how to check the stool for parasites. Or teaching them
that a sudden change in behavior is NOT always a emergency. Now a
change in behavior lasting a few days, GO TO THE VET.

Will it SOLVE your pets health and behaviorial issues at home? Uh it
might help, but no gurantees that it actually is gonna SOLVE anything.
What if your cat's excessive urination is because of a REAL PROBLEM?

Will it SLASH your vet bill? Possibly, but not always likely. It
might make things worse if owners thing they can 'fix it themselves' I
dunno, can you tell if your cat is diabetic without bloodwork?

Are there NATURAL solutions to your pets chronic health problems? I
can see TIPS to help ease arthritis and help diabetes, but it won't
make them go away. There are natural ways to help skin problems, but
again, not always.

Can learning animal CPR help save your pet in case of an emergency? If
you are giving CPR to your pet while on the way to the vet while
someone else is driving, maybe. While your home alone? The chances
are even slimmer.

Sorry had to rant, but like most books this would probably include a
lot of tips, but with a disclaimer saying something like "Everything in
this book is not 100% absolute" This book reminds me of those
commercials to call psychics to predict the future, yet they have a
tiny disclaimer that said "for entertainment only" And then people sue
them, go figure

And I can't tell you how many people have brought in pets that have
been 'off' for more than a week and they tried to fix it on their own.
On an emergency shift, i saw a boxer suffering possible kidney failure
cause his owner gave him Aleve over a period of 3 days to help his
arthritis. Real smart. Now this guy went from 'saving' money to now
spending MORE money for the vet hospitalization PLUS the emergency
overnight care.


ok, rant over



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