Did you know that, on average, your dog will cost you £26,000 during their lifetime? But here’s the real kicker. That figure does not include the cost of health care. And, as all pet owners can attest, nothing makes you appreciate the NHS quite like coughing up your hard earned cash on a vet consultation with a simple blood test thrown in. That’s easily £150 right there, before the cost of any treatment deemed necessary by the result.
I know it’s unseemly to drink before lunch but if you get that kind of news mid morning you’d be forgiven for giving the gin bottle the glad eye as you watch your much longed for week in the sun disappear over the horizon.
“But Kate, I have insurance”, I hear you cry, “my dog’s pancreas could pack up and leave town tomorrow and I’d be covered”. So do I, my sweet, but that’s an emergency situation. The question is, does your insurance cover you for treating a chronic condition for life? Most won’t stretch to longer than 12 months, and how are you going to pay after that?
And what about the impromptu trips to the vet for a sudden illness, a stomach problem for instance, which doesn’t in the end require treatment? If your excess is £100 or even £150, as some are, that check up and probiotic paste won’t be covered either. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to pare those visits down to the bare minimum?
The solution to this potential fiscal bedlam is to keep your dog healthy and mitigate any problems they may have by treating them yourself, as much as possible. I’m not talking about a suspected broken leg, or for a moment insinuating that you bypass your vet altogether, far from it. Diabetes, cancer, heart problems, all these need the talented scrutiny of the veterinary professional.
No, what I’m suggesting is that, for the most part, it is perfectly possible for you to treat the routine issues for which your dog will ever visit the vet, yourself, by feeding a good diet, and by administering tried and tested supplements, herbs and natural remedies.
Itchy skin; allergies; gunky eyes and ears; creaky joints; a poor immune system; all these be managed or sorted out permanently by taking matters into your own hands and treating them yourself.
Not only that but you can apply the same method to taking care of everyday business: fleas, worms, tooth decay and gum disease (none of which are covered by insurance) for a fraction of the cost of the well-trodden, conventional path.
All it takes is sound, properly researched knowledge, some common sense, and a little bit of confidence. Which is precisely what you will find within these pages.
By the end of this book you will be more than capable in the ear cleaning department; you will know that a two-day runny tummy is likely to be just that, and how to act to alleviate the problem, not just the symptom; while a skin rash will be but a minor irritation for everyone concerned.
I know this because I’ve been running a business based on these principles for the past 8 years. Customers have turned up with their dogs in a horrible state of persistent ill health and between us we’ve brought them back to full strength.
One such customer, Mike, has a Jack Russell who had been visiting the vet for seven years with a chronic skin problem. One month on a new herbal treat we have developed and she’s cured. That’s not too strong a word – she has her fur back, her va-va-voom, and everything!
Lisa adopted Staffordshire Bull Terrier Molly two years ago. She’s spent thousands of pounds on vet treatments for dermatitis, yeast problems and allergic reactions, which haven’t worked. Molly was still bald, her ears were bunged up and stinky, and she was putting on weight as a side effect of the drugs she was on. We changed her diet, got her on a decent shampoo and some temporary supplements. It took six weeks but she’s a changed dog, and so much happier.
I guarantee you that by reading this book and following the advice and tips within it you can keep your dog healthy for the majority of the time, and save yourself money into the bargain. You will also stave off the long-term, chronic diseases of later life. Here’s to that.