The Secret to a Healthy Dog – An Ounce of Prevention…

The Dog Health Adviser believes there actually is one simple secret to your dog’s health and well-being. Okay, it’s not actually a secret, but more the result of ignoring the voices of common sense and intuition in favor of complex and often conflicting scientific information.  Research literature is filled with studies designed to provide more and better medical interventions for the diseases that plague us and our animal companions.  But we don’t really need complex science to tell us what common sense and intuition have always known.  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 dog’s health is concerned.  The single most important health care secret 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 mostly 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 is solidly established.

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 biology and disease 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 individual 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 based on statistical probabilities derived from observing other 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 dog health measures currently available.

We invite you to visit the other categories on our site for more information on Prevention.


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