Host, Gerry Barnaby – Hey, what’s happening? Barnaby here—another VETiONX Moment, because at VETiONX, your pet is our pet. And Dr. Char, a holistic vet for so many years now—1986, is it?
Health Coach, Dr. Char Wilson, DVM – 1987.
Barnaby – 1987. Amazing, the depth of her knowledge—and so we’re going to test it right now, because we’ve been getting a lot of emails from people who log onto our website, and we’re going to be talking specifically about diabetes about pets right here. So, Dr. Char, you ready for some questions?
Dr. Char – Sure am.
Barnaby – Alright. So: “What kind of things,” writes a person, “should I watch for if I think that my dog is diabetic?” So what are some of the telltale signs?
Dr. Char – Well, generally people will notice that the animal is really drinking a lot more water than what it had been and it’s asking to go outside, or worse yet, it’s not asking to go outside and it’s wetting in the house. And it may be more hungry—it’s jsut begging for food all the time because the animal is not getting the sugar inside its cells, and the sugar is building up in the blood stream, and it’s going into the urine, and the kidney can’t absorb all of that, and so the urine is just perfuse.
Barnaby – Okay. Same thing for cats?
Dr. Char – Same thing for cats. A lot of times the owners may notice that the pet is also beginning to lose some weight because they are losing all that energy right out through the urine.
Barnaby – Okay. Someone writes in and asks the question: “Are there any sort of natural remedies for managing—well, it wouldn’t be remedies, then, would it be?—it would be methods for managing pet diabetes?”
Dr. Char – Well, there are some. It’s probably a little bit easier with cats, because they are very receptive to dietary changes. Oftentimes, if they’re given canned food and no dry food, that their body will start to come back into balance again. But the thing that people often ask is, “Could I just do Dia-IonX,”—one of our homeopathic products—“and not do insulin?” Well, you know, the answer is no! If the animal needs to get that glucose down, it needs to get it down now. And so you do need to do insulin. But some animals have been able to begin to actually heal by doing the natural methods—by giving a correct diet, by using the homeopathic, giving some additional other dietary supplements. And with time, the receptors start to clean, the insulin becomes more active, the body is healing and the owner starts to be able to decrease the amount of insulin given, and some of them actually will not have to give insulin anymore as long as they maintain these other good practices. And people are often surprised how if you look at a balanced approach, like giving good quality water that’s free of chlorine and fluoride, and providing exercise—that’s very important as well. We know that if the muscles are being used, then they’re going to take in some of that glucose, and that will help to lower the amount of glucose that’s just floating around in the system. You want to keep that working at an acceptable level so that the glucose is not too high so that it’s very damaging to the eyes, because if the retina gets filled with glucose, it causes glycation in those tissues and you don’t want that to happen in the nerve endings nor in the kidneys. You know, those are all very fragile areas that—you don’t want to have that kind of damage happen. And that’s where Dia-IonX can really help to prevent some of these symptoms from progressing.
Barnaby – All good information—trying to keep your pet healthy and at your side for as long as possible. So, if you would like to ask questions of Dr. Char, you can always do it by going to the website that you’re on right now, which is VETiONX.com—“Ask the Vet” is the link right there, and she’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. So thanks so much for joining us!
Dr. Char – You’re welcome.