The Most Important Secret to Dog Health

dog and veterinarianEven after nearly five decades working with dogs and their human friends, I still get the same questions over and over about dog health, dog diseases and how to best keep your dog healthy and happy.  I won’t try to imply that I’ve discovered the answer to some cosmic secret that I’m willing to share for the right price.  Nor do we need complex scientific studies to tell us what the subtle voices of common sense and intuition faintly whisper, if we can be still and listen.  Like most really valuable information, the best usually turns out to be the simplest and most convenient as well.  That couldn’t be truer where your pet’s health is concerned.  The single most important dog health consideration is this: PREVENTION OF DISEASE IS THE KEY TO GOOD HEALTH.

A basic truth of both human and veterinary medicine, but one not often acknowledged by their practitioners, is that medical interventions rarely cure serious disease conditions.  Modern medicine’s arsenal of weaponry offers only basic physical or chemical treatment of symptoms rather than targeting the underlying cause of the disease itself.  Yet it must be obvious even to the most casual observer that the most reliable path to health is not through medical interventions, but through PREVENTION of disruptions in normal biological processes.  Treatments are inefficient, and often ineffective, because they attempt to intervene after the disease has established itself in the system.

Current scientific knowledge provides only limited insight into disease prevention.  Highly regarded studies can and have provided a wealth of information that tells us certain behaviors or chemicals may be associated with certain disease processes.  But they cannot guarantee that association alone will produce an expected disease result.  The more we learn about biological processes, the more we realize how complex and interdependent they are.  We sense that biological and disease processes are the result of inherited genetics, learned behaviors, and environmental influences, but we don’t as yet understand how these interactions produce disease in one biological system but not in another.

PREVENTION of disease should be the Holy Grail of medicine. While modern medicine has become extremely skillful at developing chemical and physical interventions to treat symptoms of disease, prevention of most diseases remains an elusive dream. With the exception of proven vaccination strategies, medical interventions rarely offer little more than a slim hope for relief or cure based on statistical probabilities derived from examining other dissimilar individuals.

But even with the limited knowledge we have, by focusing on PREVENTION, there are actions we can rely on to keep the biological machine in good working order.  The Dog Health Adviser aspires to be a resource for advice and information on the most reliable preventive pet health measures currently available.