Please Stop Scratching!
If you're a pet parent of an itchy pet, you know how painful it can be to watch them scratch at themselves and chew on their feet to the point of drawing blood at times.
At this point, you would do almost anything to stop the incessant itching and scratching. Out of desperation, you visit the vet. Conventional medicine's answer is typically a round of steroids and antibiotics. And to help keep the itching at bay, you most likely will be offered a drug like Apoquel, Atopica, or the latest injectable, Cytopoint. Immediately, it seems like magic has happened! The itching has subsidized and you let out a big sigh of relief...
Many of the same medications that stop the itch are also immuno-suppressive. As a result, these drugs have been linked to many side effects including vomiting, diarrhea, fever, lethargy and ultimately cancer due to suppressing the bodies life-sustaining
Janus Kinase or JAKs.
important signaling compounds that the body's cells use to communicate with each other. JAKs are key elements in controlling both growth and development. JAKs are vital to sustaining a properly functioning immune system and keeping tumors at bay. With these very important signaling compounds suppressed, it is no wonder that dogs are the #1 mammal on the planet to be diagnosed with cancer. In fact, 1 in every 1:65 dogs are being diagnosed with cancer.
It is so important that you know that there ARE alternatives to these pharmaceuticals that can be so very detrimental to our pets health. Sometimes, it may be as simple as knowing what foods or environmental triggers could be causing the issue. We can help you with uncovering those.
But most importantly, we will work to support your pet's immune system by helping balance things out. And if we are not able to help you achieve your goals, we have a team of holistic vets that we can put you in contact with.
At the end of this newsletter, you will find an article written by a holistic vet titled,
"Why I Would Never Give My Dog Apoquel". Take a minute to read through this to truly understand the downside to this "miracle" drug.
What is also very interesting is the study that was conducted on Apoquel in particular was only conducted for 7 days and another study was conducted for 30 days. Most dogs take it far longer than that. You will find more info on the long-term use and side effects in the article listed below.
Don't forget to read the article at the end of the newlestter from Dr. Deva Khalsa right below Upcoming Events.
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