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7 Considerable Ways to Health and Longevity for Your Pets

Friday, October 25th, 2013

1. Know the current level of health. Most health problems are the result of an underlying energy imbalance. As we cure animals of “disease”, we find that other things we thought were normal go away. Your goal is for your animal to have great energy, no doggy odor, no hairball vomiting, little shedding, a glowing coat and many more. Go to the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy for a complete list of these signs. In young animals, these apparently “normal” problems may be the only indications to start exploring new options for lifestyle or treatment.

2. Feed the best. What are the best diets for people or animals — the most processed or the freshest, most organic? The best ingredients should be the most consciously raised – local, organic vegetables, free ranging protein sources. Briefly, the best diet for dogs and cats is raw meat including raw bones, pureed raw and cooked vegetables and a few supplements (Calcium if no bones are eaten is critical). Start as young kittens and puppies. Second best is same quality, but cooked. Even grocery store quality meat and vegetables are much better than most processed foods. Commercial raw food diets can be great to medium quality. Every animal needs and wants a different combination at different times in their lives, just as we do. With any food, observe each of your animals for the effect that food has on them.

3. Vaccine the least. Researchers in conventional veterinary medicine agree that we vaccinate too often, in too many combinations, and that this level of vaccination, while preventing epidemics, is harmful to the health of susceptible animals. The AVMA now recommends that cats and dogs only be vaccinated every 3 years. On-going studies show that antibodies are high 10 and 16 years later, so I recommend just a few baby shots then only rabies as needed to be legal. The insert in vaccine packages says “Give only to healthy animals”, so if your animal is ill in any way, or undergoing treatment, they should not be vaccinated. Vaccinated animals often develop many chronic conditions including cancer.

4. Use the fewest chemicals. Each animal is an individual and will respond differently to heartworm, flea and tick preventatives. Some are very sensitive to chemicals used in the yard or the house. Chemicals in foods can cause allergic type reactions. Healthy yards have lots of weeds. House cleaners can be made from foods and microfibril cloths clean like a charm. Healthy animals never get fleas and ticks.

5. Understand how animals become ill and how they heal. First there is an energetic imbalance (they are just not right), then functional (the dog is itchy), then inflamed (skin is red, infected, swollen and hot) and finally tissue changes (thick, black skin). Results of any treatment can be no change, amelioration (current symptoms disappear with no other improvements, then return), suppression (current symptoms disappear and they become more ill) or a cure (everything about the animal to begins to improve, especially the overall energy level.) Keeping a journal is critical to determine what treatments are helping problems to become less frequent and less severe. You can stand firm with what you feel is working even if your professional disagrees and change approaches when needed.

A Guide to Dental Implants

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Over the years, there have been great improvements in the field of dentistry. However, there are still millions of people who suffer from tooth loss more often than not.
Dental implants refer to the root device that periodontists use to replace missing teeth. It is usually made of titanium and is placed into the jaw in order to hold a replacement bridge or tooth in place. The high tech dental implants offer a better method of saving the teeth than the traditional bridges because these do not rely upon other teeth for support. An implant is ideally suited for people who have good oral health, but have lost a tooth or even teeth because of an injury, periodontal disease or any other reason.

The dental implants that are being currently used are root-form endosseous implants, meaning these are similar to the actual root of a tooth. They are fixed to the jaw bone which accepts and osseointegrates with the titanium implant. Though these may fuse with the jaw bone, the feeling will be different at the time of chewing as they do not have the periodontal ligament that natural teeth have.

A variety of dental prostheses are supported using implants. These include crowns, bridges and dentures and are helpful for orthodontic tooth movement, providing anchorage. This is because dental implants permit unidirectional movement of tooth without any reciprocal action.

Typically, a dental implant consists of a titanium screw that resembles the root of a tooth with a smooth or roughened surface. They are mostly made using commercially pure titanium that is available in four grades based on the amount of iron and carbon present in them. The fifth grade of titanium that is gaining in popularity is titanium 6AL-4V. It consists of 6% aluminum and 4% vanadium. The implants made with this alloy offer not only better fracture resistance and tensile strength, but also osseointegration levels similar to that of commercially pure titanium. Plasma spraying, etching, anodizing, sand blasting, etc., are some of the processes that are used to modify the surfaces of an implant in order to provide more surface area and improve its osseointegration potential.

The two types of implants that are commonly used are the endosteal and subperiosteal implants. Endosteal or in-the-bone implants include screws, blades or cylinders that are placed into the jaw bone through a surgery. Each implant may hold one or more prosthetic teeth. Generally, this type of implants is used to replace bridges and removable dentures. Subperiosteal or on-the-bone implants are those that are placed on the jaw bone with posts of metal framework projecting through the gum and supporting the prosthesis. Subperiosteal implants are helpful to patients who have lesser bone height and cannot wear the traditional dentures.

The process of placing implants involves the periodontist and the dentist consulting with the patient and determining how and where the implants should be placed. Based on the type of implant selected and the patient’s specific condition, the periodontist will chart out a plan to place the implants.

Summarizing, a patient having good oral and general health and gum tissues that are free from periodontal disease is the ideal candidate for dental implants. The patient must also have adequate bone in the jaw to support the implant.

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