This is a B-I-G topic. I instinctively took a deep breath as I wrote the title of this article. For many reasons it seems. There is no way on God's green earth I can put all that is in my heart into one article. Big pharma control veterinary medicine as much as they control human medicine. The pet food industry is responsible for as much suffering of some animals as it is for the comfort of others.If it's so bad in the first world, imagine how much harder it is for animals elsewhere.
Imagine just how hard it is for those who really do walk the walk and live to heal animals as naturally as possible. It is do-able but it is not easy. In places where human life is so expendable - ignored by the rest of the world, what of the animals? What of even the very basics? Let me remind you that I am not a vet and I have the utmost respect for vets. I have many veterinary friends, many of whom practice natural methods of health care for their animals. Two of my children have worked as veterinary nurses and we have for many years care for animals naturally.
Isaiah 11:6 says it all for me. There is argument that prior to the fall, no animal ate another but afterwards bloodlust took over. I am not here to tell you one way or another. But our dominion has gone awfully wrong. It is hell on earth for most animals today. We really have failed. Even those of us who profess to love animals. Proverbs 12:10 is out the door. And forget about Isaiah 40:11! We don't hear as instructed in Job 12:7 - nor do we do as instructed in Proverbs 27:23.
Yet everything that encompasses Edenic living for humans can be applied to animals - and is, every day -
Natural dietVegan diet
... and so much more make up just what is available for today's animals who, for the most part, are mass-bred, overfed,
poisoned and abused. Some are fortunate - but again it goes in the polar opposite direction; with many wealthy spending as much on one pampered pet as could be better spent caring for hundreds, if not thousands of abandoned, abused and neglected animals.
Still today, most people see animals for a select purpose -
How sad then, that all of these can mean animal suffering. I personally do not believe you can claim to love animals and still eat them. Or love some species but use others. Today, billions of animals are bred and killed every year for food. Totally needless. Yes, many species are predators and some are prey - but humans who argue this are not out there catching their prey with their hands, and eating them raw. Besides, there is no need for this lifestyle other than bloodlust.
The conditions of breeding and raising the animals (livestock) can be appalling - and usually are. Yet even our animal welfare groups approve it. The working animal can take many forms - from disability pets to showjumpers; from beasts of burden to circus performers. Just because the animals can do something, does not mean they should. I am sure you can do the jobs that your animals do - even carry other humans on your back. But do you? Most animals don't want to - but human domination means they have to.
And then we get to gambling - such a divide in the scheme of things. The punters have addictions and carry an entire catalogue of their own issues so spare no thought for the conditions in which those creatures are bred, kept or, as is common, how short their lives are. More end up in abattoirs or shipped off to nations for meat consumption than are retired and pampered.Breeders are a special breed of their own. I remember having an argument with a friend's mum who was a breeder. She saw nothing wrong with forcefully impregnating 'her girls' every year or so and selling to the highest bidder.
My comments of something about my distaste for people making an income from breeding, and suggesting they should
be made to have licenses was met with contempt and derision. As in how dare I make their lives less comfortable - too bad about the dogs. My views have not changed decades later - especially as we have taken in our umpteenth rescue of all manner of animals.And pleasure - this one has a very broad meaning. It could be companionship which is beautiful or it could, depending upon the size of the brain of the individual, mean dog fighting, hunting, fishing or anything else that provides kicks for one species and not the other. Why is the divide so wide?
Few take their animals to the vet - unless it is an emergency or the animal's health declines to the point of needing
euthanasia. Even less would consider using natural health care for their animals. How were animals cared for prior to the medicalisation of the world? Yes, they still had all the other factors - in some places even worse than now. But natural, organic diets, herbs, homeopathy, pure water, open air (something most of today's mass produced animals do not get to experience).
Animals today suffer from human diseases. When I was first told this I was confused. As in how? Well, a combination of
diet and medication. They are being poisoned at the same rate we are. Vaccines which are useless but laden with appallingly toxic ingredients - systemic parasitic treatments which are too toxic for human hands to handle - diets using ingredients animals should not consume. Many vegetarian livestock are fed meat meal to fatten them up - or just to get rid of waste product.Yes, this is a vast topic. But one that should be embraced. Don't go gung-ho. Some ingredients and foods should not be fed to certain species. But with adequate research, why can't you prepare your pet's food?
Even after all these years, it is a rabbit hole that seems to get bigger as I go along. I've been blessed to be called to help with some of the greatest miracles in healing that I have witnessed - with animals -
A poisoned horse (consumption of the inner flesh of the balga plant which is toxic to horses) - the first horse had died by the time I arrived. The vet did not know what to do so agreed to let me try. I gave a few doses of a homeopathic remedy and left it with the human, not knowing what the outcome would be. By the next morning the horse was up on its hooves again and back to normal, running around within days.
A baited dog - too far from a vet and stuck without transport. I gave a homeopathic detox 15 minutely until transport arrived to take the dog half an hour's drive to the nearest vet. He was in the early stages of seizing with dilated pupils, unable to stand by the time I started treatment. By the time he arrived at the vet, the poison had passed through - he was in for observation overnight but fine within a few hours.
A weekly superfood/parasite tonic for horses made up of vitamin powder, eggs, grated carrot and apple, molasses, bran, seeds, herbs and warm water. It was multi purpose - he was always free from parasites, had a shiny coat, and was generally strong and healthy, even during the worst of the winter cold and summer heat.
A cat bitten by a snake - the vet was closed - another situation that I feared would have the worst outcome. I gave a homeopathic detox and the cat stopped shaking within half an hour and was back to normal by the next day. A tiger snake bite is often fatal in cats.
Home made dog food restored health to ageing dogs. Wet food made of organic soy, vegetable stock, herbs and spices like turmeric, coconut and seeds. Dry biscuits made of a pastry of mixed vegetables, sweet potato, tahini, flax, sunflower, pepitas, coconut oil, high electrolyte Himalayan salt, peanut butter, maple syrup and apple cider vinegar.There is so much more that can and will be shared on this topic. Just know that all animals can be cared for using natural modalities - whether alone or alongside orthodox veterinary medicine.
Please don't ever ignore your animal's health - all I can suggest is get started and like humans, you can improve their general health in all manner of ways.
Their water should be filtered just like it should be for you.
Their shampoos, drenches, treatments and other personal care should not be toxic.
Their food should be organic, clean, as fresh as possible and actually healthy - not just fillers.