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Understanding Your Pet’s Diagnostic Testing

DECIPHER BLOOD TEST

UNDERSTANDING THE REPORT

KIDNEY VARIABLE

UNDERSTANDING THE VARIABLE

THE MEANING

BUN(blood urea nitrogen)— increases may be seen with decreased kidney function,dehydration, heart disease, shock or urinary obstruction as well as following a high protein diet; decreases may be seen with overhydration

A COMPLETE BALANCE APPROACH

REDEFINING MEDICINE FOR HEALING

In order to redefine Medicine for Healing, we first need to gain a better understanding of the numerous medical options available to you. The image on the side is a chart of most methods of healing. Embracing 1 of it is never enough. You need to embrace it all.

CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE

THE GOOD, THE EVIL

As modern conventional medicine has become more specialized, it has done so at the expense of neglecting so many other therapeutic options.

Modern industrial medicine treats disease with medication or surgery. That’s what it is designed to do, and when it comes to emergency interventions it is still the best medicine in the world. When someone comes into the emergency room with a severed leg, conventional medicine treats the problem with incredible efficacy.

But when it comes to chronic illness, this approach MIGHT NOT work.

CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE

REDEFINING MEDICINE FOR HEALING

Dissecting the medical spectrum into the areas in which conventional medicine places all focus on, we can see that this isolated area negates a large portion. As modern conventional medicine has become more specialized, it has done so at the expense of neglecting so many other therapeutic options.

And while over 95% of doctors are found in this small section of the spectrum, the hyper-attention to biochemical activity and Newtonian science has yielded sub-optimal results, as is witnessed by the great increase in chronic cases in the world (As of 2012, about half of all adults—117 million people—have one or more chronic health conditions. One of four adults has two or more chronic health conditions AND one out of three dogs has cancer – SOURCE: CDC).

Within this section we can find a growing number of specialties, from cardiac electrophysiologists to vascular neurologists. Often patients will be sent from one specialty to the other, each focusing on a more precise area of the body without taking in the complete picture of the body working as a whole.

Most vets in Singapore belong strictly to only this category. Whilst vets in US and UK are slowly accepting more non mainstream methods.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

REDEFINING MEDICINE FOR HEALING

Alternative medicine encompasses a larger segment of the medical spectrum that may range from nutritional supplementation and neutraceuticals to energy work such as acupuncture. Many fields and specialties are encompassed within ‘alternative’ medicine; some focusing only on one segment of the wheel. Yet even with this widened coverage, alternative medical practitioners often dismiss conventional medicine, leaving orthodox medicine to the hospitals and specialist physicians. Many alternative modalities also take a non-inclusive approach that emphasizes only one small segment of the alternative section, making the claim that “this type of medicine” is best and is the answer to a majority of diseases, while dismissing and opposing other areas of the medical spectrum. Specialists in this realm range from chiropractors to TCM practitioners, and may vary wildly between types of treatments and treatment recommendations.

And many pet owners when trusting themselves with such this approach, has failed their pets when they refuse the aid from Conventional Medicine diagnostic abilities.

MENTAL WELLNESS

REDEFINING MEDICINE FOR HEALING

Mental Wellness includes Spiritual practices and pyschological needs. Both of them will help balance the patient and in this case, the patient and pet. While Placebo effect has been well documented, very little is know about how Placebo Effect can affect our pets and if pets can create them own placebo effect.

Does the placebo effect exist in dogs? Until recently, the presumed answer was a resounding no, because animals were thought to lack the cognitive capacity to understand the intent of medical care or the power of suggestion, or to have hope of recovery.

Since placebos are generally thought to work by creating the false belief that one is getting an effective treatment, how can animals experience placebo effects when they do not appear to have explicit beliefs about their own health? Placebo effects are relevant to pets, and placebo-controlled studies are critical to an accurate understanding of whether medical therapies truly work for our animal companions.

The most significant aspect of placebo effects in animals is what is known as the caregiver placebo. Animals cannot directly report their subjective symptoms, such as pain or nausea, so veterinarians and owners must observe animal patients and decide whether they are responding to a medical therapy. Often, the humans will perceive improvement even when objective measures show none or when the animal is actually getting a placebo treatment.

AN ENTIRE BALANCE APPROACH

FROM THE GUARDIAN TO YOUR PET

As the first Holistic Pet Centre in Singapore, our aim is NOT just to treat your pet. Our job is to make you the official guardian of your pet. Most often, we have to “treat” the guardian before we commence with any form of alternative care for your pet.

Remember, your pet well being is taken from the official guardian. If proper ownership is not taken, a complete and balance approach to medicine cannot be achieve. Over the years, we have realize the chances of our pets living a more complete live is only made possible by the guardian believing in it.

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