How to Avoid Pet Toxicity
Some human foods and cleaning products are dangerous for cats and dogs.
Dogs and cats are naturally inquisitive individuals. The phrase "curiosity killed the cat" didn't arise without reason! Pets often investigate with their mouths, ingesting foreign materials that can result in internal poisoning. Thankfully, toxicity is easy to avoid.
Common Toxic Household Items
Here's a list of some household items that are common culprits of emergency visits to the vet:
Why and How Are They Toxic?
Ingestion of any of these items can cause a myriad of symptoms, including vomiting and diarrhea. Depending on the potency, they can even cause death.
How Holistic Medicine Treats Toxicity
An array of natural modalities can be employed to treat toxicity.
The world is full of chemical products that seep into groundwater, soil and the air. Toxins can accumulate inside your dog or cat's body without you even knowing it.
Both natural and man-made chemicals exist that can harm your pet directly and indirectly. Acupuncture and holistic medicine can act as maintenance in this regard, cleansing what you might not have even recognized needed detoxing.
Other Instances Employing Holistic Detox
Many owners seek holistic care as a cure for cancer or an avoidance of vaccinations. In some instances, especially emergency scenarios or legalities, dual modalities are used. This combined treatment between Western and Eastern medicine is called adjunctive therapy.
With an aggressive disease like cancer, the body has already overlooked 50 checks and balances when it reaches that stage. When radiology or chemo are deemed necessary, holistic therapies can be used to help detox the body, allowing it to focus on healing.
Over-vaccination is a common issue in medicine, but certain vaccines, like Rabies, are required by law for good reason. In instances when vaccines are required for your pet's protection, holistic detoxes can help keep the immune system strong after vaccination.
Recognize Emergency Toxicity Situations
Toxin accumulation can occur slowly over time, but acute toxic overloads often warrant immediate emergency care. Sometimes you can monitor your pet for symptoms related to toxicity before making the decision to seek treatment, while other times, if you catch your pet in the act, you'll want to take him or her to the vet immediately. Calling the veterinarian or the poison control helpline (1-855-213-6680) can guide you in the right direction.
Additionally, if your pet is showing any of these signs, seek emergency care prior to developing a holistic treatment plan: