January 23, 2013

The Symptoms of Imbalance

Think of homeostasis as being centered in the middle of a teeter-totter, letting neither end get too far up or down. Then along comes a trauma (injury) or assault (allergen, toxin, stress) that throws the balance off kilter.

Symptoms appear - inflammation (redness, heat, swelling) discharge (mucus, pus,) eructation (burp, fart, tummy talking, vomit, regurgitation,) eruption (red spots, pustules with serum, lesions, scabs,) coughs, wheezing, raspy breathing or pain, fever, cold sweats

This is the body "expressing" imbalance - a signal that adjustments are necessary to move toward health. One must identify and correct something one ingests, inhales, absorbs, injects or moderate how one moves - too much, too little or inappropriate (repetitive) activity.

If this is not done, the symptoms will progress into something more serious.

According to Christina Chambreau DVM, an internationally known homeopathic veterinarian, most health problems are the result of an underlying energy imbalance made worse from poor diet and vaccination. They are rarely acute diseases (except injuries). In this context, "acute" means sudden, self-limiting disease such as a bee sting, bruise, cold or flu. It's going to get better whether you treat it or not. When the problem does not respond to treatment as you expect or it recurs, you are dealing with an underlying imbalance which may be a predisposition to illness.

In young, apparently healthy animals, many of the conditions we consider “normal” may be indications to start treatment. Thus when I asked our veterinarian why Matisse was scratching so much, she shrugged: "Dogs do that."

No they don't.  Not without cause.

Here is a short list of symptoms that indicate imbalance in your pet's health.

Skin - doggy smell; attracts fleas a lot; dry, oily, lack-luster coat; excessive shedding; not grooming, ear problems – waxy, oily, itchy, recurrent mites; eye discharge, tearing, or matter in corner of eyes; raised third eyelid; spots appearing on iris; “freckles” appearing on face; whiskers falling out; fragile, thickened, distorted claws that are painful or sensitive to trim.

Behavior - fears (of loud noises, thunder, wind, people, animals, life); too timid; too rough or aggressive (even at play); too hard to train; barks too much and too long; suspicious nature; biting when petted too long; hysteria when restrained; clumsy; indolent; licking or sucking things or people too much; not using litter box or not covering stool.

Digestion - bad breath; tarter accumulation; loss of teeth; poor appetite; craving weird things (rubber bands, plastic, dirt, cat litter, paper, dogs eating dog or cat stools, rocks, sticks…); sensitivity to milk; thirst – a super healthy cat on non dry food will drink at most once a week; red gum line; vomiting often, even hairballs more than a few times a year; mucous on stools; tendency to diarrhea with least change of diet; obesity; anal gland problems; recurrent worms.

Stiffness - when getting up, early hip dysplasia; tires easily in hot or cold weather; can no longer jump up on counters, or go up or down steps.

Temperature - Low grade fevers. Normal temperature for healthy cats and dogs is 100-101.5.

Longevity / Reproduction - should live a long life (Shepherds 17 years, Great Danes 12, cats 24). Should be able conceive easily, deliver normally and not pass on “genetic breed” problems.

These early warning signs of underlying ill health will help you select a treatment and monitor the results. Ignore them at your own or your pet's peril.

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