Main take home message: Acute symptoms reflect internal health. How you treat them really matters.

Let’s look at one of the very best ways to help your companion animals today while improving their overall health.

That is – understanding signs and symptoms. You do not need to be a doctor to do this.

All you need to do is to learn how to describe symptom details. Working with the clues that your pets bodies are giving you will help them get better. Without the frequent relapses that are so common nowadays!

Here’s a real life situation to better understand the Holistic Actions! approach to treating symptoms while improving health. This one happens to be in a human animal.

Amy’s Case

Amy (Dr. Jeff’s wife) woke up with a badly swollen lip. Her lower lip was twice its usual size. This sudden odd symptom was doubly strange because only half of it was swollen.

  • She was fine when she went to sleep.
  • She hadn’t eaten any unusual foods.
  • Maybe something bit her overnight?
  • What did Amy’s swollen lip symptom mean? And what should be done about it?

Amy’s swollen lip was a fabulous observable sign. Her body was saying something. That’s the simple message that signs and symptoms convey.


Anyone that can communicate can do it!

You don’t need a doctorate to understand the symptom language of the body. Don’t worry about all of the internal physiologic complexity. It is however helpful to know that the physiologic changes that result in symptoms are secondary to an underlying cause. The primary abnormality is simple and can be understood by all.

Conventional medicine either ignores the underlying cause or calls them “triggers”. Triggers are things like foods, pollens, stress, etc.

Holistically however we look at all of the underlying causes. We see that most dis-ease symptoms are caused by an energetic imbalance. This knowledge is thousands of years old. It is the basis for modern medicine in India, China, and many other countries.

The energetic basis for dis-ease is not considered at this time in most of the U.S or Canada. Despite this, many MDs and veterinarians understand dis-ease as an imbalance.

Symptoms are our best way to see, understand and fix that imbalance.

Amy’s swollen lip is observable evidence of an internal imbalance – what MDs would call a symptom. In non-verbal species it is called a sign (so your vet might look at you funny if you tell her about your pet’s symptoms).

The body’s symptomatic response to its’ environment is more important than the trigger. The way any symptom looks is a direct reflection of the individual.

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Use this important concept by observing and describing symptoms. Doing so will help you resolve them permanently. And at the same time improve health and resistance to all dis-eases.

Correctly interpreting signs and symptoms allows proper treatment of the underlying problem. Long-term health is improved when we treat this underlying tendency to produce specific symptoms. Treating this tendency helps reduce recurrence of the problem. Drug treatment can not help in this way.

For example, many pets are prone to hot spots in one specific location. And what do you mean by a “hot spot” anyway? Is it oozing (yellow, green, clear), is it red, hairless, smelly, etc.

Or maybe the ear “infection” is in one ear but not the other.

The way symptoms look help you put them into context of longer term health.

Back to Amy’s fat lip and why neither of us were too alarmed by it. We both knew that even symptoms that look bad usually are not. As long as B.E.A.M. is normal.

Amy received a single dose of a homeopathic medicine. It was chosen based on all of her symptoms. Not only the swelling. After the dose her lip quickly improved. The swelling symptom was gone altogether after the second dose.

Signs and symptoms should not inspire fear. Instead, they should be understood. Your vet homeopath can help you understand them in the bigger picture of helping your pets have happier and longer lives.

Be well. Keep your pets balanced.

Dr. Jeff

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