The 3 Ways To Know if Your Sick Pet Is Really Better

You Know Your Best Friend the Best

You are your animal companion’s best advocate. No one know him or her better than you.

Certified vet homeopath Dr. Jeff Feinman treats his patients holistically and naturally.

Kingsley is happy, active and living a full life!

That makes you the very best person to detect the early warning signs of dis-ease. Once you learn them, imbalances can be treated more quickly and easily.

Early detection and treatment of disease helps your pet have the longest and happiest life possible.

Getting Better Is More Than Skin Deep

Last week I saw Daisy who had a skin problem.  Now it has resolved. Despite improvement of this one symptom, she is not better. “Why not”, you ask? Because disappearance of a symptom does not=overall improvement.

You can always measure improvement (or lack thereof) by what I call the “Big Ticket” markers of overall health.

  • Energy
  • Mood
  • Appetite

Daisy’s were not improving. She was pickier with her meals and playing a little less than usual. Granted, her skin looked better. But overall she was not.

Do not get fooled! If a superficial physical sign or subjective symptom improves while energy, mood or appetite worsens, continued concern is warranted.

Physiologic determination of whether the state of overall health is getting better can be complex. Fortunately, determining if your pet is moving towards or away from overall health is relatively easy.

The 3 Ways Are…

Your pet may not respond to treatment. When s/he does, there are only three different responses that can be seen. It doesn’t matter if the treatment is with strong drugs, herbal medicines, acupuncture, homeopathy, etc.

These responses can be:





We all know cure. One clear example is recovery after treatment for an acute disease. Your ill pet may be lethargic and less interactive than normal, skip meals, have diarrhea, etc.

After a few doses of medicine, all of these symptoms are gone. Your pup is cured! No need for further homeopathic medicines, aspirin, slippery elm, etc

Return to the normal state (one of equilibrium) without the continued need of a drug or supplement is the hallmark of cure. Curative treatment can lead to a better level of health.


The second response is palliative. Palliation is the most common effect of conventional vet and human medical intervention.

Kingsley was diagnosed with hypothyroidism last year. He has been taking soloxine (thyroid hormone). Since then. his lab values have normalized (though his hypothyroid-related symptoms of hair loss and lethargy never improved). If the synthetic hormones are stopped, his thyroid values again become sub-normal.

Dr. Jeff Feinman is a certified vet homeopath who has reviewed many cases of hypothyroid dogs and can help.

Kingsley’s still has hypothyroid problems but his thyroid hormone levels are “normal”

His thyroid test results have been artificially normalized (palliated). Continued medications are needed to maintain normal thyroid hormone levels. This need for continued treatment shows that he is being palliated.

In another post I’ll discuss in more detail why I think that thyroid hormone alone is often not the best way to treat hypothyroidism (and you can read more here about hypothyroidism).


The final way the body can respond to a treatment is potentially very harmful for overall health. Unfortunately though it is also commonly encountered. This response is one of suppression. In it, a sign or symptom is permanently removed, often quickly, and without consideration of the overall level of health.

The most dramatic example is surgical removal of a benign warty tumor or other local skin lesion.  The growth is suddenly gone. The natural inclinations of the body have been thwarted.

Curative treatment improves the level of health and promotes a long and happy life. Palliation and suppression of symptoms do not.

Build a vet care team that understands cure, palliation and suppression. You and your team can then best help your companion have a long, healthy and happy life. Veterinary homeopaths are trained to both recognize the early warning signs of dis-ease and to improve the overall level of health.

You can find a vet homeopath to add to your vet care team here.

Stay well.

Dr. Jeff

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