Take Homes in This Article:

1. Measurable internal changes, like blood test results, are sensitive reflections of health.

2. Test changes can be the earliest warning signs of internal imbalance (dis-ease).

3. Holistic interpretation of test results can help early treatment and natural restoration of health.

Sam’s Increased Drinking


Sam is a happy seven year young Golden Retriever. She loves to cuddle and is everyone’s best friend.

Sam’s guardians cared for her holistically. She was fed fresh food and minimally vaccinated. Sam only had a few problems throughout her life. Seemingly minor issues like ear discharges and eye redness that were treated by their local veterinarian.

Over the past few weeks, her water bowl had to be refilled a little more often than usual. She seemed fine in all other ways.

Sam’s proactive pet parents brought her right to the family’s veterinarian.


Define Your Goal and the Problem


Sam’s family was worried and wanted to do something.

But they also wanted to do the best for Sam. They would do anything possible to keep her well for as long as possible.

Nothing was found during her examination, so the veterinarian drew some blood and collected some urine to be sent out to the lab for testing.

Sam was sent home with an anti-biotic. The directions were to give both pills twice/day starting tonight.

Intuitively, this didn’t feel right to her guardians, so they chose to hold off on the medication until the test results came back.


How Internal Symptoms Can Help


Two days later, the vet called with the test results. Everything looked fine except for one elevated enzyme called the serum alkaline phosphatase (SAP).

The vet said that Sam’s increased drinking and SAP could be early signs of Cushing’s dis-ease. And that the test result was just a clue to what is happening in her body. And it is nothing to worry about. He advised a 6 month recheck.

He still recommended the medications because they “couldn’t hurt” and might help. Just in case of a hidden infection.

But they really didn’t want to give the drugs and had been reading about similar symptoms. And how they could be interpreted differently. In a way that promoted proactive prevention rather than reactive treatment.

Sam’s guardians asked their vet about this closer evaluation of symptoms. He again said to not worry about it, but that they could consult with an internal medicine specialist if they really wanted. An appointment was set up for the following week.

After the consultation, the internist agreed that a better understanding of Sam’s problems was indicated.

Since there were no clues on the examination, further diagnostic testing was needed. He couldn’t advise much more without it. Oh, and they would cost $650. Hopefully, they would be useful.


Interpreting Symptoms


Sam’s family understood that this was the current conventional method. Doing many expensive tests hoping to get a diagnosis. Which then may lead to a treatment to help.

But they also knew that these treatments were often harsh and aggressive and could sometimes cause other problems. Which are then managed with other drugs.

They didn’t want to get on this merry-go-round.

One of Sam’s friends had just consulted with a conventionally trained but holistically and homeopathically-oriented vet in another state. This had seemed odd at the time but now made more sense to Sam’s family.

He taught them that using both externally visible and internally measurable symptoms would help them know what to do. That they could then use all of the clues to work with their pet’s body.

This approach to maintaining Sam’s wellness and treating her dis-ease symptoms made sense to them. But would it help Sam?


Paws Before Acting


Sam’s family knew to paws and ponder before deciding how to help her. This is a critical step before deciding what to do for any non-life threatening problem. It may involve reading reliable resources, speaking with other pet professionals, getting a second (or third) opinion, etc.

As part of their mindful decision-making process, they had spoken with their veterinarian about potential causes for Sam’s elevated SAP and increased drinking. He had spoken with them about the possibility of Cushing’s dis-ease.

When Sam’s guardians learned more about Cushing’s treatment options they decided to seek a different opinion. Not just a second opinion. They knew that a different point of view would be needed to avoid toxic drug treatments and surgery.

One of their friends described a system that was “Beyond Flat Earth Medicine”. It uses holistic interpretation of both internal and external symptoms like Sam’s to work with her body. Doing so could then promote natural healing. Her family could then naturally normalize both her elevated SAP as well as decrease her excessive drinking.

After reading a few eye-opening books Sam’s guardians went back to their veterinarian. He didn’t know much more, so referred them to a veterinary homeopath who some of his other holistically-oriented clients had used. A trained veterinary resource where they could both learn more and treat Sam’s problems.

Four months later when Sam came in for her semi-annual wellness check, she was doing great. Her externally observable drinking symptom had returned to normal. And her blood test showed a dramatic decrease of the internal SAP elevation.


Just like Sam’s family, you can work with your pet’s body. You can often avoid manipulating individual symptoms with medications and surgery.

You can learn more about using Holistic Medical Decision Making (HMDM) to interpret internal and external symptoms in other blog articles. Even more information about this approach is available to members.

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