Age is not an excuse! Some of this is just misinformation, like the pneumonia vaccine ad on TV, where the actor tells you sincerely, “If you’re over fifty, your immune system is weakening.” I disagree! Why would my immune system become weaker simply by passing an age milestone? Why wouldn’t it be true that if I take care of myself, exercise, eat well, and take my supplements and homeopathic remedies, the longer I live and the more illnesses I meet and overcome, my immune system should be stronger the older I get? Perhaps even more important than exercise and vitamins is the practice of NOT getting vaccinated, and NOT using pharmaceutical medications, because those influences actively destroy health rather than build it. Limiting our exposure to harmful chemicals will promote stability and correct function of the immune system.
As soon as you gain an understanding of the adverse effects of boostering your pet’s vaccines, stop doing it.
As soon as you find out that there are better things you could be feeding your pet, change what you are feeding them and throw out the junky treats.
As you learn about supplements, add them to your pet’s diet.
Look up the effects and side effects of any drugs or chemicals you are using on or in your pet. Don’t pass the buck and merely ask your vet, “Hey, do you think this tick repellent that you sold me is possibly harmful to my dog?” Do your due diligence as your pet’s advocate; look it up yourself. If you don’t use a holistic veterinarian, contact one and schedule an appointment to have your pet evaluated for its current and future health. Don’t wait until things go wrong, if at all possible!
Modern medicine is misleading when it comes to longevity of our pets. At veterinary conferences I hear the wonders of modern medicine touted as the cause of our pets living so long – now dogs and cats are living an average of 11 years! This would be wonderful if we weren’t treating species that can live into their twenties if we stop messing with them. Horses are considered old in their late teens and near death in their twenties – a species that can live into their 40s if a natural existence is supported.
Arthritis (and indeed any chronic health condition) is NOT a natural sequela of old age. Inflammatory conditions are caused by vaccines, drugs, chemical exposure, and pro-inflammatory foods. There are numerous resources describing ways to keep our pets healthy well into old age, or even starting in old age. Make some changes that seem reasonable to you, and that fit within your budget and your lifestyle, and you can improve your pet’s health at any age.