More About Using Your Pet’s Symptoms to Help Health Challenges

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<Main take home: Relapsing conditions can be resolved by listening to the symptom clues of your pet’s body.

In the preceding post we saw how easily and quickly you could resolve the acute symptom of a swollen lip: just by recognizing, describing and acting on the symptoms.

We’ve already established: symptoms are clues to your pet’s inner wellness.

Acute vs. Chronic

Resolving acute diseases is pretty easy because the symptoms to be cured are obvious. The trick is to understand the value of acute symptoms. Many of you have already helped your own animals with acute lameness, injuries, swellings, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.

Unfortunately, chronic dis-eases are not as easy to treat. The most important symptom clues are not as clear.

For example, let’s imagine a pup with itching and rashes all over the body, plus smelly mucoid pudding diarrhea with accidents in the house. What’s most significant?

Most health challenges nowadays are not simple or easy to resolve. That’s why there are so many recurrent symptoms like red ears, frequent urination, itching, etc. Often even the early changes are subtle. Therefore, recognizing the B.E.A.M. (Behavior, Energy, Appetite, Mood) symptoms is very helpful and important.

In the early stage of internal imbalance, you may know that something is wrong, but it is not reflected in any test that you run. Early symptoms can be seen by you but will not necessarily show up in a blood test, x-ray, ultrasound, etc. Sometimes a trained holistically-minded veterinarian can help you interpret these early changes. Especially when all physical examination findings and diagnostic tests are normal.

When all of the tests are normal, but your pet is still sick may seem like a frustrating situation. But it’s actually a wonderful one!


Because this means that you have detected the internal imbalance early. Before it has progressed to a more serious problem. This is especially important for stopping the return of chronic and recurring problems.

Symptoms are like the rattle in your car and error messages on your computer. They tell you that something is wrong. The better than you can describe what’s going on, the better the chance of fixing it.

Describing Symptoms

Detailed symptom descriptions will help your pet the most.

In addition to the B.E.A.M. symptoms, here’s a list of some early warning signs of dis-eases you can keep track of to detect the imbalance early on.

For example, every detail about how she eats or drinks, if her symptom is better or worse from going outside, coming inside, time of the day, thickness and color of discharges, etc.

You can use these symptoms to have healthier and happier companion animals.

That smelly pudding stool with clear mucus and straining to defecate symptom can go away with a simple change in diet, or the ear redness and putrid odor may resolve by avoiding chicken, etc.


If you would like to learn more about understanding your pet’s language and how to have healthier pets, sign up for the Holistic Actions! community below.

Be well.

Dr. Jeff

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