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canine nutrition homeopathy and natural health care training and behavior Volume 3 Issue 2 March April 2012 DOGS NATURALLY for dogs without boundaries VETS on VACCINES Why not KIBBLE NUTRITION RESPONSE TESTING special NUTRITION ISSUE Pain Doesn t Discriminate One in five dogs is affected by arthritis. The good news is there are steps you can take to prevent this from happening. Along with regular exercise and a healthy diet adding LubriSyn to the mix will take your dog out of that statistic. LubriSyn is a natural hyaluronan supplement that replenishes healthy joint fluid the way nature intended. 1-800-901-8498 Visit us on and Use Promotion Code painfree to get 25% off your purchase ate s N Fromm Lotus Evangers Orijen Zukes Bravo Chicago s Trusted Source for Natural Pet Food & Supplies atural Pet Supplies At Nate s we carry only the best all natural food and treats for your canine and feline friends. 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Contents of Dogs Naturally may not be reproduced or reprinted in whole or in part without the prior written consent of Intuition Publishing. MISSION STATEMENT The goal of each issue of Dogs Naturally is to document the various concepts of and approaches to holistic dog care. Dogs Naturally seeks to support pet owners breeders trainers groomers vets and health care providers through education and open communication. The goal of our editorials is to present varying viewpoints on natural care. SUBSCRIPTION Bulk or wholesale subscriptions are available at reduced rates. To subscribe call (877) 6651290 or visit www.dogsnaturallymagazine. com. Dogs Naturally is published six times per year. INTUITION PUBLISHING 5065 10th Line RR2 New Tecumseth ON Canada L0G 1A0 E-mail info Web site editor s message Last issue I speculated how much time my 14 year old dog Libby had left. I was completely blindsided when days after New Years my Simon developed all the signs of a brain tumor. Simon was only ten years old - an age I consider young for my dogs. It so happens that Simon although raw fed was vaccinated for everything under the sun for his first year of life - the time before I wised up and started to seriously challenge conventional thinking. Although an outwardly healthy dog it became obvious that Simon suffered from chronic disease. I can t help but wonder how much those thirty or more vaccines he received in his first year of life contributed to his early demise - even though it was years later. Simon was a dog with a huge heart. Simon was one of the most talented field and obedience dogs I ve worked with and he was so enthusiastic about well everything Every time I sent him for his dumbbell or sent him off the line for a bird he would leave me with a wheeeeeeeeeee and I would chuckle. It wasn t so funny when it cost us four straight High In Trials one weekend (we lost five points for each and every wheeeeee ) but Simon had such a love of life his enthusiasm was infectious and it was difficult to stay angry with him. Sadly Simon had to be retired from the field when he began losing his sight at just four years of age. A year later he had to be retired from obedience because of debilitating elbow dysplasia. It saddened me to see a dog with such spirit relegated to the couch but in typical Simon fashion he treated our daily walks with the same enthusiasm as his cherished training times and he saw every waking moment as a gift. Simon took on a new job and became our self appointed puppy-sitter. Simon would teach each litter of puppies how to play tug and the importance of bringing a toy or ball along on outings. Over time his elbows fused and he was able to romp in the fields with us blind but happy and pain free. I had begun to believe that Simon was indestructible. Then sometime over the Christmas holidays he began to veer off to the left when walking. Within a couple of days this became a curious circling behavior and I feared the worst. A few days later Simon became so disoriented and distressed that it was clearly time to help him cross. I was devastated to see such a vibrant dog fade so suddenly and decisively - but Simon chose to charge headlong into death just as he had in life. Victor Hugo wrote Those who live are those who fight. Until his final moments Simon fought adversity every day - but did he live I feel tremendous guilt over Simon s death but I can t reverse what I did in the past. What I can do is promise Simon that his life - and his death mattered. I m still alive and I promise Simon that I will continue to fight. I will fight for Simon and I will fight for all the other dogs who lived a short but large life - mercifully unaware of their mortality and that we somehow had a hand in it. Godspeed Simon. Dana 4 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine feedback Just wanted to provide some feedback in regards to the Dog parks to go or not to go article by Debra Ekman CDPT published in Volume 3 Issue 1 Jan Feb 2012 issue of Dogs Naturally magazine. Personally I found the article to be biased towards the Not go side of things. There was no mention of the positive effects of public dog parks. Many dogs do not receive enough exercise to begin with or even just basic exposure to socialization opportunities with other dogs... for many this is their only chance to interact with others and visit with their dog friends . There were more details in the article to scare people away from bringing their dogs to parks rather than encourage them. Given there are a lot of good and bad behaviors dogs can learn from each other however the bias here was really towards the bullying and predatory behaviors with no mention of the positive aspects such as exercise peer socialization or learning proper play from more mature dogs. People can project way too many irrational human fears and negative interpretations of dog behavior as it is which can be harmful to dogs and I think this article encourages that. This can cause owners to unnecessarily restrict their dog s opportunities based on their own view not necessarily the dogs . Dog parks provide a vital avenue for dogs to be themselves interact freely and naturally with each other...there aren t too many other avenues where this can occur. One of the section titles was if you insist on going ... really not the best choice of words as there are many dogs that love going to dog parks and would insist on going themselves for the fun and exercise they receive. I can certainly agree that some dogs don t belong at parks due to health reasons and there are some owners that don t know how to handle themselves or their dogs as mentioned in the article. The benefits of repeated exposure to other dogs go a long way towards reducing the chances of potentially harmful dangerous interactions with other dogs outside of the park...I m surprised this wasn t mentioned in the article. The article did a good job in pointing out some myths and misconceptions of dog behavior and some of the inherent risks. However by suggesting alternatives such as dog sports and other dog friendly events seems self contradictory as many of the same risks as dog parks apply. I think public dog parks deserve more support from citizens and local governments because there just aren t enough safe places to let dogs be dogs in many urban centres. It s also a place to meet and greet your neighors both human and dog. This magazine is full of articles referring to holistic and natural approaches to dog health so I think a more balanced approach on this topic could have been taken. Thanks for taking the time to read and hopefully consider this response you have a great magazine that more people should read Cheers Dennis Borges Dear Dennis - I appreciate your thoughtful response. You are right that I emphasized the negatives because that s the side that few dog owners think about. Trainers see so many dogs that are forced into dog parks in the guise of socialization even if they show signs (that their humans miss) that they don t want to be there. And we see others that are injured fearful or reactive because of their exposure to other dogs at dog parks. If all dogs got along and all people were attentive (and knew what to look for) dog parks could be a terrific outlet for dogs. What I want people to do is to think about it Is your dog appropriate for a dog park Does your dog want to be there Are you aware of your dog at all times Are you willing to leave if your dog bullies another dog or if your dog is uncomfortable Debra Ekman CDPT I just had to tell you that I am over the moon that I found your magazine and subscribed about an hour ago I ve attached a picture of our raw fed naturally raised Fur Kids for you Teeghan is on the left and Doogan on the right. Over the past 17 years I ve coached people with raw diets and supplements and reviewed numerous dog foods for them. This summer I decided to start recording my research as so many people began asking me specific questions about raw feeding supplements and inoculations. I started participating in a blog and then our oldest son created a blog page for me which I am working on currently. That is how I found you You popped up on a site I was looking at and I saw Purdue Vaccination Studies with Catherine O Driscoll s name and knew it was worth reading You are what I ve been looking for all of these years I can t stop reading your articles Five years ago when we got our third German Shepherd Teeghan I was fortunate to find Dr. Karen Becker who lives in our area and her book. I did a little adjusting to our dogs diet to mimic hers and she has been our personal vet ever since Thank You Thank You Thank You for presenting these types of issues I will definitely be promoting your magazine and putting your articles up on my blog page You are GREAT Best regards to all Karen Murray ) SEND US YOUR LETTERS Letters may be edited for length and clarity - please keep them brief - and not all letters will be published. Please sign your correspondence. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Dogs Naturally or its staff. DOGS NATURALLY MAGAZINE 5065 10th Line RR2 New Tecumseth ON LOG 1AO Email letters Fax 877 665-1290 Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 5 DOGS NATURALLY the magazine for dogs without boundaries Contents Volume 3 Issue 2 FEATURES 12 HOMEOPATHY IN JOINT DISEASE A homeopathic case study that shows how effective homeopathy can be in treating joint disease. by Will Falconer DVM WHAT YOUR VET REALLY KNOWS ABOUT NUTRITION What do vets learn about nutrition in school and who is teaching it A vet looks at his own nutritional training. by Andrew Jones DVM TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is an effective way to approach chronic disease. by Nancy Joyce PREPARED RAW FOODS MAKING A CHOICE Information on commercial raw foods that can help you make the best choice for your dog by Ward Johnson THE HEALING REVOLUTION Is veterinary medicine evolving or moving into the dark ages by Peter Dobias DVM ZOOPHARMACOGNOSY Animals self-medicate in the wild. How you can offer your dog the same opportunity. by Eleanor Goold LYMPHOSARCOMA A homeopathic approach to this common and devastating cancer. by Charles E. Loops DVM KEEP IT SIMPLE When determining behavior changes in your dog sometimes the simplest answer is the best. by Ronni Ann Hall COLUMNS 4 5 7 8 10 49 52 56 58 61 62 EDITOR S MESSAGE FEEDBACK CONTRIBUTORS ASK THE VET with Dr. Gerald Wessner THE APOTHECARY Calcarea carbonica 10 MINUTE TRAINER Door Dashing Dogs NUTRITION WITH LUCY The Importance Of Pigments I NEED THAT Product Reviews CLASSIFIED SECTION Holistic Products and Services DOG PEOPLE Catherine O Driscoll SECRET GARDEN Dandelion COVER 14 VETS ON VACCINES An eye opening foray into how prepared veterinarians feel they are to make vaccine decisions. Written in their own words the leading holistic veterinarians discuss a very troublesome topic. by Catherine O Driscoll NUTRITIONAL RESPONSE TESTING Learn how a refined form of applied kinesiology can determine your pet s nutritional needs. by Elizabeth Cutright DVM KIBBLE NEVER A GOOD OPTION What does cooking and processing do to kibbles Are they a suitable diet or are they nutritionally dead by Roxanne Stone MSc _____________________________ COVER DOG Indie Edgeside s Grand Indulgence V Anatar RE JHD 9 month old Bernese Mountain Dog Owned and loved by Julie Bacon Virginia Photo Julie Bacon 32 30 34 37 40 43 46 Page 30 50 54 Dogs Naturally is published six times per year by Intuition Publishing. Principal office 5065 10th Line RR2 New Tecumseth Ontario Canada L0G 1A0 Intuition Publishing and Dogs Naturally Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Postmaster Send address changes to Dogs Naturally 5065 10th Line RR2 New Tecumseth Ontario L0G 1A0 Digital subscription rates are 14.95 per year. Print subscription rates are 24.95 for US residents and 29.95 for Canadian residents. Bulk subscriptions are available at reduced rates. To subscribe call (877) 665-1290 or visit 6 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine contributors NANCY JOYCE lives in Ottawa with her Chihuahuas Zara and tiny Tia. She has a background in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and uses this knowledge to educate pet owners on exercise nutrition and overall well-being (for the pets of course not the humans). WILL FALCONER DVM devotes his entire veterinary practice to the homeopathic treatment of animals. His practice Alternatives For Animal Health is located in Austin Texas. ROBERT AND PATRICIA PETIT share their passion of photography in New England where they reside with their two dogs. They feel strongly about using holistic health care for their canine companions. As editorial photographers they are drawn to candid evocative moments. Dogs have always been their true inspiration. Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 7 ASK the VET Next month Dr. Patricia Jordan will be our guest vet on Ask The Vet. Patricia Jordan will be happy to answer all of your vaccine-related or general veterinary questions. EMAIL YOUR QUESTIONS askthevet Dear Dr Wessner I would like to know why stress causes a flare up in dogs that have demodectic mange Brenda from Michigan Demodectic mites are probably found on all domestic animals. When they are stressed skin disease and infection can occur because stress can impair the immune system. Stress comes in many forms vaccinations diet malnutrition being caged or kenneled overwork infighting with the family. Many things in a dog s environment can be stressors and it s important to identify what may be affecting your dog. It s easier to prevent than to treat but if you use holistic methods at the first sign of infection treatment should be short. Eliminating or minimizing vaccinations is the number one factor on my list to limit stress on the dog s system and I recommend you consult a holistic vet about the best approach for your dog s situation. Dear Dr Wessner I have two long haired dachshunds that have been on raw food for almost three years now. I do not vaccinate or give them any flea medication. But there is one thing I m on the fence about heartworm medication Do I give or shouldn t I They get annual blood work and it comes up negative every time. I know if a dog does have heartworm the treatment is harsh and toxic. But I just can t bring myself to give them a once a month preventive. I do give garlic tabs once a day but is that enough Chanda from Michigan Your raw fed unvaccinated chemical free dogs are much less susceptible to heartworm disease than kibble fed dogs who receive frequent vaccinations and chemical flea and tick products. However if you are in a heartworm endemic area with a mosquito population I recommend the monthly use of a homeopathic heartworm nosode as a preventative. I do not endorse the use of pharmaceutical heartworm medicines and I have used the nosode very successfully in my practice for over 15 years. Many holistic vets can provide the nosode for you and I believe it is a viable alternative to the traditional chemical products. It is also a good idea to protect your dogs from mosquito bites by using a natural repellent spray when they are outdoors during mosquito season and avoid walking them in mosquito infested areas - for example where there is standing water. Dear Dr Wessner I have owned working European Dobermans for about eight years. I feed them a pre-made frozen raw diet - any brand that has a single source of protein. My question to you is do you think tripe has a health benefit for my dogs digestive system I have noticed a big difference in their coat. I feed tripe about once a week they seem to love it but these guys would like broken glass if I put it in their bowl LOL. Just wondering if the reputed benefits of tripe are true or hype Thanks. Rick from Indiana Green tripe - the stomach of a grazing animal - is an excellent meat to feed your dogs. It naturally contains Lactobacillus Acidophilus which helps improve immune function by maintaining the level of good bacteria in the gut. Tripe also contains digestive enzymes and will help your dog digest and absorb nutrients digestive enzymes purify and cleanse the blood and remove toxins parasites and fungus they improve metabolism hormonal function and boost the immune system. Make sure the tripe you feed is green (not bleached or white) and raw. Cooking destroys its beneficial properties. Dear Dr Wessner My dog potentially has a torn ACL (although her X-rays cannot confirm it) and has been limping on and off for almost a year now. My husband and I have tried everything rest onleash activity only human grade glucosamine supplements herbal remedies to regenerate ligaments. Nothing seems to help. As a former Vet Tech I know how unreliable cruciate surgery can turn out and feel guilty that I am ruining her liver with occasional pain pills. Any other suggestions Sarah from New York My impression is that your dog s ACL is not completely ruptured. I have had good results with a combo of homeopathic remedies and supplements. The homeopathic remedies that I use routinely are in combination Arnica Rhus tox and Ruta g. I also use Bryonia all 30C or 30X strength. The dosage is given as needed 3-4 times a day in severe cases and once daily in mild cases then tapering off to once daily for as long as the animal is showing improvement. The supplement I recommend is Canine Musculoskeletal Support by Standard Process which contains liver and other organ treatments so not only are we treating the musculoskeletal system but we are also 8 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine helping the organs the endocrine and other systems for more complete healing. When this doesn t heal the condition then there are other natural or holistic alternatives such as acupuncture Prolotherapy and cold laser therapy. Energy work to balance the chakras can also heal from the inside out. (Editor s note Cruciate Tears - The Non Surgical Approach in DNM January 2012 issue provides detailed instructions on exercises for cruciate rehab). Dear Dr Wessner My two and half year old Yorkie Sypsy had a bladder infection in the spring. She was squatting to pee constantly with little coming out and blood in her urine. I took her to the vet where they did a urine sample confirmed the bladder infection and that she had no stones. They put her on antibiotics and it cleared up within a couple days. My question is how can I prevent her from getting another bladder infection. I also worry that she may develop stones if this is a weak area for her. Thank you for your time. Theresa from Alberta The first thing I recommend is to reduce toxins such as feeding a raw or home prepared diet and minimizing vaccines. You can use milk thistle for a month adjusting the human dose (assume it s for a 150 lb person) for her weight to detoxify from the antibiotics. Vitamin C at the rate of 1 gram 15 lbs for two weeks when she has a flare-up is a big help. The homeopathic remedy Cantharis is a great remedy for bladder infections. Dear Dr Wessner I have a 10 year old retired narcotics K-9 a black spaniel. I am living in Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia) where there is extremely limited vet care drugs labs X-rays etc. In September my spaniel had nine seizures in 48 hours last week she had 11 in 48 hours. She has had no history of seizures prior to this. This last bout of seizures had additional symptoms of one period of coughing and vomiting blood rapid breathing but not panting through her mouth no temperature (either time) and loss of appetite and drinking. After about 48 hours she was exhausted and with 2 days was back to her normal happy-golucky busy self all evidence of seizures and abnormal symptoms gone. She had no signs of jaundice stomach distention gums were pink and moist etc. I was at a loss as were my colleagues and vet back home. What is possible in a emergency situation when you do not have access to drugs labs or any diagnostics Are there any emergency items that can be used to ease these types of symptoms I cannot even find potassium bromide here. She lives in an enclosed yard and is parasite free with no poisonous plants. I just want to be prepared if when these events happen again.....Thanks in advance. Allison Chapman from Osh Kyrgyzstan I recommend granular lecithin for first aid and you can also keep your dog on it regularly. The dose for a 40 lb dog is about one teaspoon three times daily. In addition I strongly suggest you consult with a veterinary homeopath to detox heavy metal toxicity or vaccinosis if you are located near any military installation then heavy metal toxicity might be the reason for the seizures. There are many European or North American homeopathic holistic veterinarians who will do telephone consultations and can send you the appropriate remedies to help prevent the seizures from occurring again. Dear Dr Wessner Can a raw diet cure a dog who has diabetes Tunia from New Mexico. My first recommendation for a dog who has diabetes is always a raw diet. However along with this your dog may need glandular and homeopathic support. I recommend you consult a veterinary homeopath to recommend the best approach for your individual dog. f Dr. Gerald Wessner graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and spent two years in the U.S. Army as the Assistant Post Veterinarian. After the army he worked in private practice at several race tracks and opened a small animal practice in Pennsylvania. In the late 70 s Dr. Wessner started learning and practicing acupuncture. In 1995 he started an exclusively homeopathic practice. Shortly afterward he moved the practice to Summerfield FL and continues to practice there. The practice consists of both clinic hours and phone consultations. Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 9 the Apothecary might have diseases that inhibit proper food absorption. Dogs that are most likely to respond to this remedy tend to be overweight largeboned and pale. They are very sensitive to the cold particularly their feet. They suffer from fatigue and anxiety and they may smell unpleasant especially their feet. Dogs that fit Calc carb tend to be chilly. They can be easily startled by noise and are fearful and sensitive although they are generally friendly. Calc carb includes red or swollen eyelids and these dogs may be itchy and show signs of eczema especially on the face. There may be increased appetite alternating with a loss of appetite. These dogs are normally thirsty especially for cold drinks. The abdomen may be distended. Calc carb dogs also tend to have anal symptoms and may scoot across the floor. The anus itself may be red and inflamed. The symptoms of dogs who respond to Calc carb are worse when they first wake up in the morning and for physical exercise and sweating. They tend to be chilly and their symptoms may also worsen in the open air and in drafts. They improve in warm dry weather and are better later on in the morning and after breakfast. Symptoms are made worse by draughts and cold damp weather and also at night. Calc carb is complementary to Belladonna Rhus tox Lycopodium and Silica. It is incompatible with and should not be given after Bryonia and Sulphur. f Calcarea carbonica Calcarea carbonica or Calc carb is commonly known as the mineral Calcium Carbonate. Hahnemann chose the inner layer of the oyster shell as the source of this remedy making it a mineral of animal origin. The constitutional elements of this important antipsoric polychrest are an important guide in its selection. Catherine Coulter described the Calc carb type by likening them to the oyster shell itself cold pale moist limp and inactive. Calcium is an essential mineral in the body being especially important for the healthy development of bones and teeth. Calc carb is used to treat a number of different disorders especially those relating to bones and teeth and also certain skin conditions and symptoms relating to the female reproductive system. There may be pain in the lower back or between the shoulder blades. It is often indicated in old sprains muscle tears and swelling of the joints especially the stifles. It is also used for arthritic changes and rheumatic pains that tend to worsen after exposure to wet weather. It is a remedy for pain or slow growth of the bones and teeth and fractures and wounds that take a long time to heal. Also for teething problems in puppies and ear and eye inflammations affecting the right side. Nutrition can be a consideration with this remedy. Some Calc carb dogs may suffer from poor nutrition whereas others 10 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine Homeopathy by Will Falconer DVM I have been practicing veterinary homeopathy since 1992 when I began my formal training through the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. Shortly thereafter my practice Alternatives for Animal Health became fully dedicated to homeopathy which is what I continue to practice exclusively today as a Certified Veterinary Homeopath. As in all species treated homeopathically we remove obstacles to cure as we treat our patients with appropriate remedies that fit the totality of their symptoms. The two biggest obstacles to cure in veterinary practice are repeated vaccinations and poor quality diets in that order. In my experience joint problems respond exceedingly well to constitutional prescribing. We can also do a lot of good with acute prescribing for lameness resulting from injury but more often than not we are dealing with chronic problems just as human homeopaths deal with on a daily basis. Here s an example of what s possible with careful prescribing. Daisy came to me as a 6 month old German Shepherd mix an unspayed female with the complaint of severe hip dysplasia. She was a foundling running wild in Oklahoma when my client Ingrid picked her up as a stray. Although Daisy always had an awkward gait the first incident of limping was actually on her left forelimb appeared at three months of age and persisted until I took her case on 10 Nov 1998. The local veterinarian thought it was perhaps a sensitivity in the elbow and no treatment was given. The pain in her elbow was made worse by lying down and in damp weather and it was ameliorated by moving about. It was common for Daisy to tremble in all four legs perhaps a sign of pain. How severe were her hip symptoms At her intake appointment Ingrid rated her at an 8-9 on a scale of 10 for pain severity. She literally had to be carried outside to empty her bladder or bowels. Further I learned that Daisy would eat crayons candles and cat stool and though the latter is fairly common in dogs with access to it I considered that perhaps we had a symptom of pica present. Pica is the craving for indigestible or odd things found in most repertories under rubrics like the following taken from the Complete Repertory version 4.5 Kent Homeopathic Associates in MacRepertory in joint disease 12 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine GENERALITIES FOOD and drinks lime slate pencils earth chalk clay etc. desires (20) alum. alumn. calc. calc-p. chel. cic. con. ferr. hep. hyos. ign. nat-m. Nit-ac. nux-v. oci. psor. sil. sulph. tarent. tub. Other repertories will vary somewhat some having a similar rubric in the Stomach section. Daisy also exhibited itchy paws her conventional vet had described redness in her ears and she d had a long history of yellow purulent eye discharge that had only recently abated. Generally she preferred warm soft places to rest. Behaviorally nothing was too remarkable though she was described as protective as well as very affectionate and gentle. Daisy had been vaccinated once early in life around 6 to 8 weeks of age and had been exposed to flea pesticides. All of this is very common in patients who come to me though I consider all these influences to be significant in terms of health outcomes especially the vaccines which often confer very long lasting illness. As an aside it s very significant that Daisy came with hip dysplasia at the tender age of six months and had probably had it dating back to when she was found at six weeks as evidenced by her difficulty with ambulation when she was found. It s not uncommon to see this disease in old dogs but quite striking to see it in one so young. It speaks to the inherited nature of chronic disease but as is often the case we can t ask about prior generations and relatives illnesses as that information is only rarely available to us in veterinary practice. I started Daisy s treatment with a single dose of the remedy Sulphur 10M. I reasoned that Sulphur was both a vaccinosis remedy (helpful for illness as a result of vaccination) as well as a good place to begin treatment of chronic disease. Further she d had itchy feet red ears and a purulent eye discharge until recently. And we saw Sulphur represented in the pica rubric above. This was given on 12 November 1998. Daisy s owner and I scheduled her follow up appointment on 2 Dec 1998. There were signs of improvement already Daisy exhibited less whining when she rose from a lying position her left foreleg was no longer being held up non-weight bearing her leg trembling was less and on the day prior to our visit she d even tried to jump on Ingrid who was quite surprised to see this ability Other things noted at this appointment included a return of the eye discharge since ten days after the remedy had been given now white instead of yellow. Daisy s itchy feet resolved in the previous two days. She missed breakfast regularly but always ate her dinner vigorously. Ingrid noted that Daisy s usual posture at rest was either lying flat on her side or sitting but never curling up like a normal dog would do. She also reported that Daisy often dragged her rear feet as she walked and crossed her rear feet while walking. My assessment was that Daisy had evidence of a curative response to the Sulphur and we decided to watch her without further remedy for another two weeks. At this appointment there was even more improvement noted by Ingrid Daisy was more upright at rest and was getting up on her own more often. For the first time ever she d jumped into the car she stopped missing meals her eyes discharged less matter and after runs in the country she d return less sore. Daisy had begun to scratch her ears recently and a bit of redness was seen on exam. As we saw further evidence of a curative response we elected to watch without further remedy at that point. We spoke again in three more weeks on 7 Jan 1999. At this point Ingrid reported the trembling had returned in Daisy s rear legs her left rear leg had a more pronounced limp though she was still getting up well and strikingly she really smelled doggy. We gave her Calcarea carbonica 10M at this point reasoning that her progress had ceased. Three weeks later a small miracle was reported Daisy had way more energy like a puppy should have she was attempting to stretch like a normal dog (not seen before) she was curling up to lie down (a first ) there was no trembling a less awkward gait her ears were quiet and her eyes were clear. Assessment a curative response as the Whole Dog is better Plan no remedy recheck in a month Well to abbreviate a bit Daisy needed a couple more doses of Calc spread out over the next year and a half and she continued to do more things a dog would normally do like playfully chasing her tail jumping up to put her paws on Ingrid s shoulders jumping off the couch that she d only been able to crawl off of in the past and staying free of other symptoms in her ears and eyes. This is representative of the kind of responses we can see in joint disease in animals with properly prescribed homeopathic medicine. Chronic disease is best left to professionals to treat but there are no drugs that can bring about anything even close to this kind of response and all without side effects f Will Falconer DVM devotes his entire veterinary practice to the homeopathic treatment of animals. His practice Alternatives For Animal Health is located in Austin Texas. For free homeopathic articles and more information about the practice visit http To find out more about homeopathy please visit the National Center for Homeopathy at Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 13 on TS VE VACCINATIONS this article published through the kind generosity of Answers Pet Food practice been able to correlate any particular illnesses in animals with vaccination If so please name the illnesses you have been able to observe. Do you still vaccinate animals and if so do you have any concerns about this If you don t still vaccinate why not and has this impacted your income Do you have any feelings about pet owners who follow advice to vaccinate annually Do you feel there is any professional pressure on you to keep quiet about the vaccine issue What are your views on the profession you belong to What are your views with regard to the influence the pharmaceutical industry has upon the veterinary profession Do you believe that the pharmaceutical industry has too much influence in veterinary teaching What are your views on government and government regulators with regard to the veterinary vaccine issue Do you believe that conventional veterinary medicine with its reliance upon vaccines steroids NSAIDs and antibiotics is doing more harm than good What in your view are the main causes of ill health in animals The first veterinarian I m giving voice to however is anonymous and he is speaking through a client who describes his actions rather than his words. He sets the backdrop against which the other vets speak and he is possibly representative of the 50% of veterinarians in the UK who according to British Small Animal Veterinary Association conference proceedings still vaccinate annually. It is also illustrative of the law which allows veterinarians to demand procedures that aren t necessary. The veterinarian s client is a senior citizen on low income so she takes advantage of the PDSA scheme. This is a charity in the UK which offers subsidised veterinary care. When I suggested to my vet that my dog didn t need an annual booster she said and that core vaccines need only be given every three years if at all the vet asked how a layperson could possibly know anything about it and who were these supposed experts He wouldn t discuss the subject. When I visit my vet for check ups and refuse the annual shots I am made to feel that I am an irresponsible pet owner. The lady has now received a letter from her vet telling her that unless she vacci- by Catherine O Driscoll I decided to send a questionnaire to my holistic veterinary friends after receiving an email from a veterinarian whose daughter was brain damaged by the MMR vaccine. Her email added to conversations I have had with veterinary friends and my experience of trying to effect change at the government level made me realize that veterinarians who challenge current vaccine policies often feel isolated and unsupported. I devised a questionnaire and sent it to a dozen-or-so veterinarians who have spoken publicly about the over-vaccination of companion animals. Some of these veterinarians forwarded the questionnaire to colleagues in their holistic network. This was not a survey. The questions were designed to draw out the experiences and views of vets who are aware of vaccine damage. These were the questions Do you believe that your training in veterinary college was adequate with regard to animal vaccination Please describe your feelings on this. When you first went into practice did you observe any unwanted vaccine effects in the animals you treated Please describe. Have you through observation in 14 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine nates annually she will no longer be eligible for the PDSA scheme. We contacted the PDSA to ask whether this was the charity s policy and received the reply that although the PDSA does not demand annual vaccination they leave it to participating vets to decide how often revaccination should occur. One other veterinarian remains anonymous because her lawyer has advised this. My own daughter was a victim of the MMR vaccine five years ago she wrote. She suffered from severe encephalitis and is permanently brain injured. She received compensation from the vaccine fund here in the USA. I am now out of typical veterinary practice and do only surgery dentistry and in home hospice euthanasia. I was never taught in school how much damage we were doing to animals.....I guess this was God s way of opening my eyes. I have tried talking to veterinarians but they have the mentality of if it ain t broke don t fix it as far as their businesses go. As far as their personal beliefs -many of them do not vaccinate their own dogs or cats after puppyhood. This seems hypocritical to me. I had such a moral issue with working for practices who felt cause injury but they would not change hospital protocol. When my boss went out of town for two weeks I took it upon myself to start checking titers on those dogs whose family s would listen - and every single one of them came back protective. I showed this to my boss when he got back and he was extremely angry with me for going against protocol. I turned in my notice a few weeks later - walking away from close to 100K a year. I now make maybe 25K a year - all very part time. It s all I can find. I need to make more money but I refuse to go back to typical practice unless I am able to share what I know with the clients. Until we get the owners to question the veterinarians nothing is going to change. It is so frustrating. And to live with the reality of the situation screaming crying tantruming in my face every day with my daughter and her permanent severe disability I find myself in a constant state of sadness and anger and feel I need to do something to educate people - but many don t want to listen. I have lost many friends who think I have gone over the edge. health in dogs are over-medication and over-vaccination and poor diet. I am pleased to say that more clients are recognizing the benefits of non-traditional medicine. The inertia against change in the veterinary profession is enormous. Just recently a discussion on a vet forum revealed one practitioner who actually asked Is overvaccinating really a problem He hadn t ever heard anything about it. this way that I quit my job in typical practice. Most of my colleagues agreed with me that vaccines are over-used and can Dr Arthur Freedman When I received my training little was known about duration of immunity and vaccines. I was not informed about possible short term or long term adverse effects of vaccination. Once in practice I observed immediate Type 1 hypersensitivity reactions (anaphylaxis wheals vomiting and diarrhea). I ve also been able to correlate seizures and autoimmune haemolytic anaemia with vaccination. It s my belief that pet owners are not being informed about recent studies and are just following recommendations. The trend in traditional veterinary medicine is to utilize less steroids and antibiotics but more NSAIDs. Clients want quick relief so they need to be educated about other treatment options. In my practice we have reduced pet vaccinations to what we feel is important for the individual pet except for rabies which is required by law. Minimal vaccinations. In my view the main causes of ill Dr Stephen Blake I emphatically do not believe that I was taught adequately with regard to the vaccine issue. I was taught to believe vaccinations were synonymous with immunization. They are two separate entities. I was taught vaccines were safe and it was implied there had been safety studies done on them before they were used on the general public. They are not safe and there have not been any safety studies done on any of them. I was taught that if something adverse happens within a few hours after immunization it was related to the vaccines but if it happened later than that period of time it had nothing to do with the vaccines. The truth of the matter is vaccines can set up a latent condition that may show up within a few hours or years after immunization. I was taught you needed to vaccinate every year to boost animals immune systems. There are no studies to show that annual boosters are ever indicated or that there is any science to support annual vaccines to boost an animal s immune system. I was never taught that mercury and aluminium hydroxide which are in the vaccines can cause cancer are neurotoxins and can trigger autoimmune disease. When I first went into practice I noticed some animals developed fevers for a few days became lethargic lost their appetites developed ear infections seizures pruritus UTI musculoskeletal issues and behavior issues after vaccination. As time went on I observed that otitis UTI autoimmune disease complexes gingivitis allergic dermatitis IBD asthma aggression and phobias convulsions paralysis cancer chronic conjunctivitis liver disease kidney disease cardiac disease arthritis anterior cruciate rupture hip disease and corneal lesions can be correlated with vaccine damage. Pet guardians are being misinformed. There is no scientific evidence that annual vaccines are needed or indicated. 16 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine I feel there is pressure at all levels of veterinary medicine that we are not to say anything negative about vaccines which would alarm the public and make it harder to sell the vaccine concept. There is no informed consent information presented to the pet owner prior to vaccination because they do not want to alarm the owner and make it difficult to promote vaccines. It has been known for over 20 years that rabies vaccines can cause terminal cancer in the feline and I have yet to meet a client who was informed of this scientific fact by their attending veterinarian. This should be made public to all cat owners prior to rabies vaccine so the owner is aware of the low risk of getting rabies compared to the high risk of getting cancer from the rabies vaccine. harm than good. I have a dream. My dream is that alternative veterinary medicine will no longer be 11th hour medicine and that it will be the first choice of medical care for our friends the animals before I leave this world. influence veterinary students. They have more influence on professors by funding research studies. Increasingly aggressive marketing to pet owners is a problem however. Marketing fibs is one of the top ten obstacles to holistic treatment of pets. Until we get the owners to question the veterinarians nothing is going to change. I love the practice of veterinary medicine with an oath to prevent suffering and do no harm. I do not support my profession s over-use of drugs chemicals and vaccines as we know them today. I feel my profession needs to be the leader in breaking away from the dangers of these products and show the human medical profession this is not healing. It does cause harm. I feel the pharmaceutical industry finances the veterinary schools and the veterinary profession. I feel they are the fox in the hen house that sets policy for the practice of medicine as we know it today in our country. The pharmaceutical industry has too much influence in veterinary teaching. Their approach to medicine prevents any other modalities of healing from being available in our veterinary schools. This is done so they have no competition for the pet industry dollars from unpatentable means. Conventional veterinary medicine with its reliance upon vaccines steroids NSAIDs and antibiotics is doing more Dr Jeff Feinman My training in vet school was not complete with regard to the harmful effects that vaccines have on the immune system. The scientific evidence was not properly explored by the eighties. Vaccines were designed to help stimulate immunity. Current research is proving just the opposite however. Even my graduate school immunology course (attended mainly by MD students) was incomplete. I didn t notice vaccine reactions when I first went into practice I wasn t fully observant for about ten years. Now I m able to say that arthritis skin disease allergies all autoimmune diseases and cancer can be correlated with vaccination. Now I will vaccinate only as required by law and then only if the animal s internal health has already been optimized. Energetic treatment with homeopathy is extremely important both before and after vaccination especially if there are any observed changes or ill effects after vaccination. Pet owners try to do their best for their pets by following their vet s advice. Whilst I believe that annual examination and non-invasive diagnostics are indispensable annual routine vaccination is scientifically unfounded. Pet owners need to take more control over everything done to their beloved pets in all situations even when one vet says that a potentially harmful procedure is OK. I personally don t feel that there s any professional pressure on me to keep quiet about the vaccine issue. I believe that I belong to a true healing profession mostly with good intentions but often too busy to stay current with advances in vaccinology. With regard to the pharmaceutical industry I believe that it has minimal to moderate influence on the veterinary profession. Only a few companies directly Dr Jean Hofve I was fortunate to attend Colorado State University (CSU) around the time that vaccine-associated sarcomas were discovered in cats so questions were beginning to be raised. I also started learning about holistic medicine in my junior year so was more vigilant and curious about vaccine recommendations. At the time CSU was revising its vaccine protocols so I was never sold on the need for annual vaccines. In practice I observed allergic skin disease asthma vaccine-associated sarcoma and renal failure in relation to vaccination. I feel sad that pet guardians are still being betrayed by the veterinary profession. Even though many leaders in the profession are now advocating fewer vaccines at least in the US the majority of practitioners are still ignoring the facts. Of course the completely unscientific opinion that vaccines should be given every year is nothing more than a convention adopted decades ago by agreement between veterinarians and vaccine manufacturers primarily as an excuse to get pets in for annual exams. At the time it was believed that vaccines were harmless now we know better. The current recommendation for core vaccines every three years is nearly as baseless since most vaccines (distemper parvo and panleukopenia) are diseases of the young and rare in adults whether vaccinated or not. Moreover booster vaccines do not increase immunity but they do increase the likelihood of harm. Vaccines are produced using animal tissue or serum so antibodies are formed not just to the pathogen but also to the proteins too small to be filtered out of the vaccine. These antibodies can and do cross-react with the dog s or cat s own tissues causing chronic lowgrade inflammation throughout the body. Every booster causes more of these antibodies to be created thus setting the stage Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 17 for autoimmune disease and immune system dysfunction. The inertia against change in the veterinary profession is enormous. Just recently a discussion on a vet forum revealed one practitioner who actually asked Is over-vaccinating really a problem He hadn t ever heard anything about it. Another member said of the new AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) guidelines which state that core canine vaccines produce immunity that lasts at least 5 years that it would be better if they had come from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association). The forum debated the matter for weeks are titers meaningful do we need to change the laws or not how reliable are the studies showing that immunity typically lasts 5-7 years... As the forum debate dragged on it was clear that virtually everyone agreed that there is not enough data to make any changes in what they are doing now--thus justifying their own desire to do nothing. Our pets today are sick due to poor breeding poor nutrition and toxic overload due in large part to over-vaccination it s as simple as that. Marcia DuBois Martin DVM CVA I have been out of school for over 20 years and don t remember much about what we were taught on the vaccine issue except that vaccines were very safe with the exception of some very rare vaccine reactions (anaphylaxis and urticaria) and that the diseases they protected against were very dangerous. Annual revaccination was safe and effective. I don t remember hearing anything about duration of immunity or long term side effects. When I first went into practice I did see urticaria quite frequently in dogs. Fever and lethargy was fairly common in cats. Occasionally anorexia and vomiting was observed in the dog. I was under the misguided impression that for a reaction to be vaccine related it needed to happen within 24-48 hours of the vaccine being administered. Once trained to recognize vaccinosis then the light came on and yes many illnesses appeared to be directly related to vaccine administration such as autoimmune disease (thyroid pancreatitis Cushing s IMHA). Many times the medical history will reveal that the first seizure happened within 1-3 weeks post rabies vaccination. Cancer especially lymphoma seems to occur often within days of a vaccine. Colic laminitis anorexia are frequent adverse reactions noted in horses. In my opinion metabolic syndrome insulin resistance is a vaccine induced disease. Anal gland abscesses and cystitis in cats are often seen within hours to days post vaccination. Looking at the human literature I am convinced that pancreatitis is a vaccine induced disease as is diabetes. Joint disease is being seen in younger and younger animals and is most like due to autoantibodies induced by vaccine administration. I still vaccinate for parvo and distemper in puppies but never together. Interval of the vaccines depends on the risk of exposure. I vaccinate healthy animals for rabies as required by law but I see very few healthy animals. Adult vaccines are discouraged in all species I treat. Most pet owners are ill informed about the risk of disease in their pets versus the risk of the vaccine. Most are told the risk of exposure is significant while the risk of the vaccine is non-existent. Many are forced to vaccinate by groomers and boarding facilities (many owned by veterinary clinics) that won t accommodate minimally vaccinated pets. The hype by the drug companies regarding the risk of West Nile in horses is just one example of the fear mongering that goes on from both the pharmaceutical industry and the veterinarians. My income has been significantly impacted. Once you no longer believe in the conventional medical approach it is difficult to practice in the same way. I have found it difficult to maintain a purely holistic practice. I am however seeing that a large portion of the public is no longer going to the vet because they don t want what the conventional guys have to offer vaccines expensive diagnostics and drugs. Somehow there needs to be a way for pet owners to find those of us who struggle to stay open and provide quality holistic care. If the public and their money support holistic vets the conventional professionals will have to take notice. Money talks after all. I do indeed feel pressured to keep quiet on the vaccine issue I have been chastised by many of my colleagues for advising clients against vaccines which to quote are the bread and butter of my practice . Most pet owners are ill informed about the risk of disease in their pets versus the risk of the vaccine. Most are told the risk of exposure is significant while the risk of the vaccine is non-existent. Big pharma will kill us all eventually. The goal is to make money selling drugs that may or may not work for illnesses that may or may not exist. Government regulators are ill informed and cater to the interests of big business and lobbyists. By not curing the disease and covering the symptoms the disease is allowed to continue to grow and strengthen causing unseen damage until finally the effects can be measured through diagnostic testing or symptoms emerge that are too strong to suppress. Most disease is caused by poor diet over administration of vaccines and the over-use of pharmaceuticals to suppress symptoms. The public really needs to be educated about what constitutes health and wellness and to seek the medical professionals who provide true holistic therapies. Too often they go to the closest vet or the least expensive because they don t understand the damage that is done. They need to commit to holistic care for themselves and their pets and spend their hard earned money with holistic practitioners. The industry will follow the money and only when it becomes financially viable to not 18 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine vaccinate and provide drugs will things change for the better. British holistic vet Mark Carpenter says Vaccination in college was skimmed over with little discussion of potential risks involved. In practice I have seen what I believe to be vaccine related problems of skin disease (allergic) inflammatory bowel disease and epilepsy which appear to have been triggered or coincided with vaccination. I do vaccinate as many animals require vaccination for boarding insurance purposes. Risks are discussed and vaccination intervals extended to as long as I can get away with. For years I questioned this practice knowing that there could not be any reason other than fear and financial gain for yearly or even every three year vaccines in dogs and cats. Pet owners are rarely given the opportunity to discuss vaccination issues with an unbiased professional. The motivation to annually vaccinate is love of their pets and nothing more and anyone who does anything through genuine love and concern has the right motivation even if I believe the path taken is wrong. The same applies to vets who recommend annual vaccination most vets who do so have only ever been taught that it is essential and are therefore effectively brain-washed into genuinely believing that this is the right thing to do. CPD events reinforce this message by not distinguishing between minimum duration of immunity and actual likely duration as I have personally experienced and challenged. The profession is very different to the one I joined in 1978. The art of veterinary practice is becoming lost in a sea of research and technology the patient values lost in the modern scientific progress . The influence the pharmaceutical industry has upon the veterinary profession is frighteningly too much as with the pet food companies. We are like a football team with a massive wage bill at the beck and call of its billionaire owner. The cancerous increase of the control of these multi-nationals is the major reason for the falling away of the old values. Industry definitely has too big an influence on veterinary teaching. Government s main concern is the support of major industry not animal welfare. In many cases conventional veterinary medicine can be harmful but we should not ignore it as many cases can be hugely benefited from its use. Much as I support the move to reduce vaccination load I feel that the openly aggressive approach will never succeed and only antagonises. The same is true of the raw diet lobby of which I am an active member and the homeopathic holistic vet groups. The only way forward is to be firm in the ideas but respectful of those who do not agree. Direct attacks and the general demonising of the veterinary profession has never and will never be a productive way forward and only serves to entrench our opponents and isolate those of us vets who struggle to turn opinion even further particularly those like me who continue to work within a conventional set-up seeing conventional clients and trying to gently persuade them to look at dietary and vaccination issues from a logical viewpoint rather than accept the dogma encouraged by the major companies. Dr Michael Dym Our training in veterinary school was not adequate with regards to immune system reactions in our animals. We were taught a one size fits all vaccination program. There was nothing taught about the chronic immune reactions that can occur weeks months or years later after vaccination in certain susceptible animals. From personal con- versation with Ron Schultz renowned veterinary immunologist I learned that these important concepts are not taught in modern veterinary schools. When I first started to practice I did see occasional acute vaccination reactions such as facial swelling hives drooling and soreness. However it wasn t until I learned about chronic vaccinosis that I could really appreciate the chronic and damaging effect of vaccinations on so many animals. Since then I have observed practically every medical illness documented to be exacerbated or caused by vaccinations. Amongst the many conditions (hardly an all inclusive list) are chronic skin allergies hormonal problems of thyroid and adrenal glands behavioural issues neurological reactions including seizures digestive problems such as chronic inflammatory bowel disease and even tumors. Now I usually only vaccinate animals for parvo and distemper as 15-16 week old puppies and then rabies only as required by law. However once dogs are age one or over I stop vaccinating and or measure vaccination antibody titers instead of using the needle. Pet owners sadly think they are doing the right thing due to being sadly misinformed and ignorant of the link to unnecessary vaccinations and chronic disease in our pets. The sadder fact is the ignorance of the vets who are brainwashed into thinking annual vaccinations is a do-noharm procedure. I don t personally feel any pressure to keep quiet about the vaccine issue but I do feel it is there for well known veterinary vaccine experts like Jean Dodds and Ron Schultz who have become very careful how they word the facts about vaccinations because of big pressure from drug companies with big bucks. Sort of reminds me of the movie Erin Brockovich. I am quite disappointed in my profession s lack of open mindedness to the true science about vaccinations and their long term potential risks where money seems to dictate policies rather than what is best for our animals. The drug industry has sadly brainwashed many ignorant vets into thinking that their products such as vaccinations and pharmaceutical drugs have little side effects or chronic influence on health in potentially negative manners. I do think Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 19 that the pharmaceutical industry has too much influence in veterinary teaching. Many of the government agencies also seem to be run by those who have financial interests in the drug industry. I believe that conventional veterinary medicine with its reliance upon vaccines steroids and NSAIDs is doing more harm than good. We are seeing far deeper chronic disease and suffering - from autoimmune disease to cancer - in younger and younger pets. This was not seen nearly as much a decade back. Over-vaccination nutrient poor processed commercial foods and overuse of internal and topical pesticides for heartworm flea and tick prevention all have caused epidemic levels of ill health and suffering. expect that their vet has sufficient knowledge to be able to give them the best advice. It takes a lot of courage and a strong free-thinking mind to go against the recommendations of their vet. and auto immune haemolytic anaemia but I also see epilepsy as a strong correlated disease. Also IBD and chronic eczema. Peter Gregory British homeopathic vet I believe my training in veterinary college was adequate with regard to animal vaccination but it was a long time ago. When I first started to practice I occasionally noticed lethargy and diarrhea post vaccination but then vaccines contained fewer components were given at a later age and they were boosted less frequently. Subsequently in practice I ve seen colitis skin conditions including atopy and epilepsy in relation to vaccine events. I no longer vaccinate animals as I m in a referral practice and I used to feel there was pressure on me to keep quiet about the vaccine issue but I don t feel that now. The profession is controlled by big business in the form of pharmaceutical companies and dog food companies. The temptation is to go with the flow . The responsibility of the directors of corporate chains of veterinary clinics is primarily to their shareholders not their clients or their patients. It is also important to differentiate between those who control the profession and the individual vets most of whom care deeply about the welfare of their patients but who are trapped in a web of regulations and fear of litigation I m sympathetic to pet owners who are advised to vaccinate annually. They experience a barrage of propaganda and The drug industry has sadly brainwashed many ignorant vets into thinking that their products such as vaccinations and pharmaceutical drugs have little side effects or chronic influence on health in potentially negative manners. The influence the pharmaceutical and pet food industries on the veterinary profession is overwhelming and is exerted via the European Union the universities and an enormous PR program. Government regulators are only as good as their advisors who are mostly drawn from academia and the pharmaceutical companies. The industry also has too much influence over veterinary training but there is an increasing movement to include some education in alternative medicines so my outlook is optimistic. British homeopathic vet Richard Allport agrees Big pharma They re less big and bullying in the veterinary field than the human pharma companies but still promoting sales is their business and that s what they do. Vets seem to be losing their independence and are allowing themselves to be steam rollered by pressure and cajoled by goodies into going hand in hand with big pharma. Vaccine correlation - well some are proven like vaccine associated sarcoma Dr Richard Pitcairn I graduated in 1965 and what I had been presented with on the vaccine issue was not extensive. It may be more informative now. When I first went into practice I saw animals ill after vaccination but we were taught that this was not from the vaccines but they were already incubating the disease. Now I understand that there are many forms of illness from vaccines. Two broad categories -- immediate effects such as shock collapse eruptions and itching fevers loss of appetite and longer term chronic effects. This latter group includes many forms of poor health but especially allergies thyroid disorders mouth and gum problems chronic cystitis and kidney inflammation food sensitivities pancreatitis chronic ear catarrh (usually called yeast infections) hip dysplasia cruciate ligament deterioration arthritis spondylitis. In other words many of the common chronic conditions that veterinarians see. I have not vaccinated animals for nigh on 30 years. It did not impact my practice because my practice was based on use of nutrition and homeopathy for correction of health problems. I believe my profession does its best but most do not realize that they are practicing only one form of medicine and so have limited views. As for pet owners who are advised to vaccinate annually I wish them well. I think problems arise when regulators do not respect the judgment of the veterinarian as to the animal who receives vaccines. If the veterinarian thinks the vaccine not appropriate because of the health of the animal it can be overridden without understanding of the situation. Poor quality food excessive use of vaccines suppression of disease with powerful drugs (without curing) surgery to remove the effects of disease without addressing the cause these are the main causes for ill health in animals. We need to have choices within the profession that veterinarians could be 20 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine trained in other than allopathic medicine. If there was true competition and demonstration in the marketplace as to the advantages of homeopathic medicine for example then the public would begin to understand the situation more clearly. Dr Rosario Delgado I believe the training I acquired in veterinary school was adequate for the medicine I was going to practice. When I first qualified I observed and treated three moderate vaccine reactions which ranged from swelling on the face and severe itching shortly post vaccination. These were as I was taught short term reactions. It wasn t until I learned Homeopathy that I started to be more observant and less biased about the possibility of vaccines being related to long term effects such as skin itching allergies or worsening of existing conditions. Now I consider health in an animal completely differently to what I considered health to be when I first came out of school. For example a healthy dog was one that was alert and happy even if it had otitis pruritis and salivary staining on their paws. Now I will avoid vaccinating animals in that condition and I don t call them healthy. I have observed that when you vaccinate puppies a percentage of them will develop puppy pyoderma (pustules in the abdomen inner thighs and perianal area). Many of these puppies will become skin dogs which will lick their vulva or perianal area feet or inner thighs. I have seen some cats that develop severe gingivitis not associated with poor teeth health - just the gingival is raw and swollen. I also have experience many dogs with ear inflammation not necessarily ear infections but redness and sensitivity and overgrowth of natural bacteria yeast in the ears. Things change negatively in some animals when they get vaccinated while some have no obvious effects. Regarding rabies vaccines at times I have seen dogs that become more aggressive or fearful after a vaccine. I do shelter medical care and due to the necessary herd mentality I do vaccinate those animals. The few clients that I have I do not recommend vaccines after the puppy or kitten shots. I do not recommend routine vaccines for indoor cats at all. My animals are not vaccinated after receiving the one year rabies and the rabies booster. Not believing in routine vaccination has negatively affected my income since I do not feel comfortable working at a conventional clinic where I will be expected to give two to three vaccines to indoor cats for instance. I work in shelter medicine because it is where I feel vaccines have more of a role and because I can at least use some common sense and decide that the foster kittens are not vaccinated until they are four months (unless they are in the shelter then they get all vaccines). My uneasiness towards vaccines has dramatically changed my view on medicine veterinary medicine and health. I think there is a moderate professional pressure (it used to be severe) to not discuss the vaccination issue. But I strongly believe that many veterinarians really feel they are doing the right thing by vaccinating. The great majority feel vaccines are harmless. Veterinary Medicine is going through a lot of changes and I do think that many more veterinarians are questioning vaccines. It is unfortunate that it has become a subject of so much division. Having worked in emergency medicine and having seen plenty of parvovirus puppies I can understand why so many veterinarians worry about not vaccinating. Vaccinating is the proper line of defense in some instances. We just need to assess it per individual. In the most part veterinarians are good people. Most of us became veterinarians because we loved animals. We need to start as we have considering that perhaps vaccines can cause problems start questioning the routine use of them and from there evolve the medicine more towards maintaining health - still including preventative medicine but understanding that this is not the main way of attaining health. My profession as a veterinarian is to protect animals and not to allow them to be harmed. To provide information to pet owners and farmers so that we do good to them and to teach those that will be responsible for their lives. My profession should not be influenced by how much money I can make per animal but how can I make money by teaching how to provide proper humane care for animals. I feel that medicine in general is influenced by pharmaceutical companies under the radar. They prey on fear and pull on pet owners heart strings. I think the pet food industry has more influence than pharmaceuticals. Although veterinary medicine is influenced by pharmaceuticals human medicine is worse. I feel that veterinarians nowadays are too busy trying to pay loans and make a living and this makes them unable or uninterested in learning other ways to treat things. I believe that conventional veterinary medicine relies too much on drugs and very little on anything else that should be considered - like lifestyle husbandry and nutrition. All I ever wanted to do since I was young was to be a veterinarian. Now I recommend people that are looking into becoming veterinarians to really think about it and if they do to learn to decipher on their own what health is and how to attain it. I feel that veterinarians nowadays are too busy trying to pay loans and make a living and this makes them unable or uninterested in learning other ways to treat things. I feel many of the holistic veterinarians become so crazed over what we learn that they start to sound like crazy people themselves creating a terribly negative halo over holistic medicine as a group. Too much drama and stress. We humans are sick and something very dramatic will have to happen (it is happening) for people to change and start looking into other ways of looking at Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 21 health. Until people slow down the use of alternative medicines therapies will be kept on the back burner. I don t have the patience for people so I do what I can but I don t preach to other vets because I can t take the look of she is a holistic vet (eye roll). Dr Erin Zamzow The science on vaccination in dogs cats and horses was not fully explored or taught at the time we were in school. I graduated in 1990. At that time Dr. Ron Schulz had already done the research showing that there was no scientific basis for yearly vaccination in dogs and cats. Why was this not emphasized For years I questioned this practice knowing that there could not be any reason other than fear and financial gain for yearly or even every three year vaccines in dogs and cats. Part of my disillusionment with veterinary school is due to this obvious oversight in teaching about the science of vaccines and the immune system interactions and what is best for our patients. I observed vaccine reactions when I first went into practice. Some animals have painful swellings after vaccinations (some in horses to the point they could not put their heads down to eat and could not move without pain) go off feed (this happened in a couple of horses very risky in this species) vomiting in some dogs and cats lethargy in many animals for one to four days after vaccination. I had clients call the office describing reactions they thought might be related to vaccines such as pruritus hot swellings vomiting and or diarrhoea. When I queried my employer the reactions were passed off as coincidental and unrelated to the vaccinations. When I started seeing the vaccine induced fibrosarcomas in cats I became even more convinced of the danger of vaccinating too often or for too many diseases. When the West Nile vaccination first came out I was talked into vaccinating some horses even though I was not confident that the vaccine was safe or effective. One of the horses I vaccinated was a pregnant mare and even though I was as- sured by the vaccine company that it was okay to vaccinate pregnant mares this mare ended up losing her foal. I can t say for sure this was related to the vaccine but there was a time frame correlation. I have also observed some horses that seemed to develop hind end weakness almost to the point of ataxia within a couple weeks of their second West Nile vaccination. I did not give these vaccines to these horses so cannot say for sure that the vaccine was the cause but did observe horses that manifested these problems after having the West Nile vaccine and did not appear to have any other neurologic disease. I can recall a few dogs over the years that had severe seizures and weakness post vaccination but I can t recall any dates or names as it was many years ago and I stopped vaccinating frequently fairly early in my post school career. Some skin allergies have seemed to develop post vaccination but again the correlation is difficult to make. I have observed many cats that have vaccine induced fibrosarcomas in the neck area. I adopted a more holistic approach to animal health many years ago. I still do vaccinate for puppy and kitten core vaccines and for tetanus in horses but do not do so frequently and feel that yearly or even every three year vaccines create more of a health hazard to animals than protection against disease. I feel vaccination should be done very judiciously and with the animals overall health as the highest priority. I don t feel this has affected my income as I went in another direction and clients seek me out because of the services I provide for their animals. Making money doing something that was potentially harmful to my patients doesn t work for me. I feel pet owners are undereducated on the issue of vaccination and the scientific evidence that reveals the harmful nature of this practice. They are most likely operating on fear of disease and old advice from vets that did not know the science in years past. I think it is hard for an owner to realize that their vet may have been giving them incorrect information if they have a history of trust and respect for their vet. Since I work for myself and holistic vet medicine is my focus I don t feel obliged to keep quiet about vaccine dangers and frequently educate my clients on this issue or direct them to papers and research that can better inform them. I think most of the vets I know personally do want to do what is best for their patients but also make a decent living at what they do. I do not feel good about the veterinary profession as a whole not speaking out and educating more widely about appropriate vaccinations (and there is always going to be disagreement about exactly what that is) animal welfare pet overpopulation and other issues. The fact that the AVMA does not speak out loudly against factory farming or over-breeding of cats dogs and horses puts me at odds with some of the ethics of our profession at a national level yet I feel very aligned in purpose with the vets I meet at the American Holistic Vet Med Association meetings International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and Veterinary Botanical Medical Association functions and through their list serves. I have the highest respect for vets who are willing to stand up for their ethics even if it goes against the majority of vets. I have respect for any vet who tries to keep current on issues and is doing their very best to help their patients and be ethical and honest. it is completely unethical to give a vaccine to an animal unless it is healthy. And guess what most animals are really not that healthy any more The pharmaceutical industry has too much influence and has too much to lose by not revealing the truth about vaccination and the dangers of some medications to be truthful about these things. Pharmaceutical companies should have nothing to do with veterinary schools as far as influencing what is taught just as dog food companies should not be part of the nutritional instruction at veterinary schools. 22 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine Conventional drugs can in some cases be harmful but I think there is a great need just as in human medicine for critical care orthopaedics and so on. Holistic vets can do harm too. It all comes down to the judicious and appropriate use of whatever treatment is offered. I would say in general the way most conventional practices are run there is harm done by too many vaccinations and too many chemicals that potentially harm the animals and certainly contribute to the toxins in the ecosystem. In my view the main causes of ill health in companion animals are poor inappropriate diet (such as most commercial kibble) over-vaccination and environmental toxicity. anaphylaxis eczema Type I-IV hypersensitivity reactions cancer all the autoimmune diseases Cushing s Addison s hypothyroid obesity heart liver kidney disease vision problems cell mediated immunity problems bacterial viral fungal yeast infections parasites internal and external skin parasites inter and extra-cellular pathogens like Lyme Disease and Leptospirosis cytotoxic t cells all manners of heart disease - all of these and many more are vaccine induced disease. Early aging is vaccine disease as are anal gland problems pancreatic problems - all of this can be vaccine induced. Dr Patricia Jordan holistic veterinarian and vaccine researcher We had no training on vaccination - even those teaching us didn t know. I wasn t taught very much in immunology either. This is why Dr. Ron Schultz says and I agree with him that veterinary medical doctors have no business making vaccine recommendations as they do not have enough education in vaccinology or immunology. Unfortunately that also goes for those teaching the senior students I would carry this over to the medical doctors and pediatricians. None of them should be making vaccine recommendations. I wouldn t allow the vaccine companies to make the call either. Nor the regulatory agencies since they don t even know what it is they are regulating licensing. This is the inconvenient truth. It wasn t until 2007 and over 25 years after starting veterinary school that I had the first lecture about vaccine-induced disease. This was a talk by Dr. Ron Schultz and although adverse events were already suspected by myself and others his lecture contained the first admission I encountered. I can see now that the immune system is reactionary and only has so many ways to respond to immune threats. Vaccines are not a natural threat - not even natural in the expression they generate in the gene profile. I have come to find the diseases from allergies asthma atopy Conventional veterinary medicine with its reliance upon vaccines steroids NSAIDs and antibiotics is doing more harm than good. Drugs are the answer from the drug companies for vaccine-induced diseases. What these drug companies have discovered is how to make a drug to temper the out-of-control immune response they first made with vaccines. They are mercenaries not heroes. I will no longer vaccinate. I see no reason to infect animals. The toxins in vaccines make no sense to me and the vaccines are contaminated with other viruses xenotropic viruses genetically engineered viruses virions prions and who knows what else. They all have mycoplasma. We are adulterating the genome in ways we don t even recognize or admit. Vaccination is not legitimate it is not ethical medicine. By following the advice of their vets pet owners are responsible for cumulative damage that I believe most will come to regret. Is there any pressure on me to keep quiet about the vaccine issue Yes always. Maybe this is because I have researched the science thoroughly and am horrified by what I see and maybe it s because I speak the truth - and some people don t like the truth. The profession I belong to has been subverted by the pharmaceutical industry the industry rules over who gets funding advertising who gets to publish research. Government and the pharmaceutical industry are a marriage of power and money an unholy marriage that is not for the people or even for the people s pets it is for their investors. In Orange County California I met a conventional practicing veterinarian who said I have a two million dollar a year practice that is vaccine based and I am afraid they are going to take that away from me . The key issue here is that the older vets appear to be married to the money and unwilling to consider change. The business - the family business has somehow found dignity and honor in protecting the right to make big bucks selling and doing things that do not promote health but instead promote the bottom line for the practice the vet the profession and of course the drug companies who are only beholden to their investors. Conventional veterinary medicine with its reliance upon vaccines steroids NSAIDs and antibiotics is doing more harm than good. Drugs are the answer from the drug companies for vaccineinduced diseases. What these drug companies have discovered is how to make a drug to temper the out-of-control immune response they first made with vaccines. They are mercenaries not heroes. The main causes of ill health in companion animals are the feeding of an unnatural diet in combination with unnatural vaccine immune assaults along with environmental pollution. This problem in America is now responsible for diseasing any country that adopts the West s way of doing business. Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 23 We are holding up a broken system that needs to be destroyed. Vaccines are the gold standard of allopathic medicine and yet they are all illegitimate and invalidated unscientific and non evidence based medicine. It is NOT the way. Dr Ronna S Kabler My training on the vaccine issue was completely inadequate. We learned the science of immunology and how vaccines work but no science as relates to the actual practice of vaccinating animals. As a new vet in private practice it was like one was brainwashed or on autopilot. It was as if any immunology training was quickly forgotten. All dogs and cats needed their immunizations in a timely manner. There was no thought that we were possibly doing any damage. When I first went into practice I saw anaphylactic reactions causing shock vomiting and diarrhea facial swelling and itchiness. Also high fevers and lethargy the day after and lumps at the vaccine site. Because I was conventionally trained (as all other American vets at the time) I was completely oblivious to the fact that vaccines were associated with a multitude of reactions and illnesses. An individual s response to vaccination is all about susceptibility. If the animal is not healthy to begin with even one vaccine can tweak it enough to bring up symptoms. Even in healthy animals if their immune systems are overwhelmed by over-vaccination they are very likely to develop vaccine-induced disease. So what have I seen anaphylactic reactions encephalitis-like symptoms behavior changes immune mediated diseases including autoimmune hemolytic anemia autoimmune thrombocytopenia immune mediated meningitis vasculitis inflammatory bowel disease and other digestive disorders lower urinary tract disease in cats skin tumors cancer chronic skin problems chronic ear inflammation. The list goes on and on. I wish I could say that I never had to give another vaccine ever again. I have for the most part walked away from conventional medicine. I promote holistic care for animals (and people) and practice classical homeopathy. If I do vaccinate an animal I follow the recommendations of Dr. Ronald Schultz and Dr. Jean Dodds. Thus I give the minimum that will afford the maximum protection. So I will give a dog one distemper and one parvo vaccine when they are over 12 weeks. One rabies at 6 months of age followed in a year by one more. Cats one panleukemia after 12 weeks and same protocol as above for rabies to comply with the laws in our state. After that I recommend antibody titers to assess the animal s response to the vaccines. It is difficult with rabies since each state dictates how often animals should be vaccinated. But it is completely unethical to give a vaccine to an animal unless it is healthy. And guess what most animals are really not that healthy any more So I will not under any circumstances give a vaccine to an animal that has any symptoms what so ever. Pet owners need to be educated that giving the core vaccines annually is harmful to their animals and will not add to their protective status. It is difficult because doctors are supposed to have all the answers which is an obvious fallacy. There so much misinformation ignorance and fear out there. I personally feel compelled to educate as many people as I can. It can be difficult when most still believe the earth is flat. But I find more and more people realize the potential hazards of over-vaccination and want to do something about it. I still believe that the idea of being an animal physician is a noble calling but the reality is something else. I have grown extremely disenchanted and have a lot of negative feelings about my profession and conventional medicine in general. Conventional or allopathic medicine does not necessarily lead one to health. Animals are over-vaccinated pumped with suppressive drugs and toxic pesticides and fed adulterated food. Conventional medicine adds to illness it does not promote true health. The whole paradigm of allopathic medicine is flawed. Obviously the veterinary profession is owned by the pharmaceutical industry as is the human medical field. The pet food companies also have way too much influence. Holistic medicine is cutting edge every veterinary school should be offering these studies Conventional drugs only suppress symptoms and do not cure disease. And we don t have to say much about the catastrophic results of overuse of antibiotics. Conventional medicine doesn t know much about promoting health it seems. Ill health comes from poor breeding over-vaccination (and remember vaccine-induced disease can be inherited) processed diets suppression of symptoms with drugs use of toxic pesticides environmental toxins and stress. Dr Liz Fernandez We weren t taught adequately about vaccines in vet school. We were told that we could not over-vaccinate better safe than sorry . We were given information on virology but not on how vaccines actually work or any studies or rigorous research data. We did get the information on hive-like reactions in a very small subset of the population. In retrospect vaccine reactions were staring right at me. However I was very brainwashed into believing that they were safe (except for the obvious type 1 hypersensitivity reaction) so I did not connect the dots. Now I can see it in a cat with a splenic mast cell tumour multiple cases of AIHA a recent ear margin vasculitis and I suspect chronic skin disease colitis and arthritis. Now I only vaccinate rarely partially due to the nature of my practice. I make less than 1% of my income from vaccines. I use the motto that Dr. Steve Marsden shared I vaccinate by prescription only meaning each case is decided on an individual need basis I don t feel any pressure to keep quiet about the vaccine issue. I love the veterinary profession. I do not agree with everyone within the profession just as I do not agree with everyone in the USA. I have my own practice and follow my own ethical compass. I tell people my opinion and the facts as I understand them. I do not bad mouth other veterinarians with different opinions. I get many referrals from the local veterinary community and specialty practice. This indicates to me that they respect my opinion too. Big pharma is an unfortunate reality for society. I do not have much respect 24 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine for any organization that believes its only responsibility is to make a profit. Many of the scientists working in these organizations are motivated by much more altruistic ideals but I believe the industry has too much influence on veterinary teaching. My view is that illness in companion animals is caused by diet over-vaccination environmental pollution and taking on the stress of their people. influence on veterinary teaching. Revolving door policies allow former drug and vaccine employees to work for the FDA and visa versa. Our government cannot be trusted. Because the pharmaceutical lobby in Washington gives so much money to both parties the Truth has a difficult time coming out. Dr Ihor Basko We weren t taught adequately on immunology immunology is very difficult to understand. Vaccine companies influence how this is taught. When I first went into practice I was not paying attention to anything that walked out of the office. If they had a reaction they usually had hives itchiness or went into shock. But this was rare. We did not connect other diseases such as allergies and autoimmune diseases to vaccinations in the 1970 s. I ve observed that autoimmune hemolytic anaemia skin allergies and allergic problems ear infections and tumors from the FeLV vaccine come through over-vaccinating giving vaccines when the animal was sick and giving vaccines with other drugs such as flea products and or anaesthesia. I now follow Dr. Schultz s recommendations. As for pet owners who are advised to vaccinate annually - find another veterinarian. It s frowned upon and politically incorrect to tell other vets that they are vaccinating too much including the sick dogs with allergies....its a money maker I like the wholistic veterinarians....the rest need help. Mostly they use too many drugs and vaccines for the good of the pets and most believe they are doing no harm.....but they are. I think Dr. Schultz and Dr. Jean Dodds work should be mandatory in vet schools. Basically most conventional vets do not want to examine the vaccine issue more deeply because it brings them more income. It s obvious that the pharmaceutical industry influences drug and vaccine policies with its large number of lobbyists in Washington the industry has too much Feelings and belief have no place in science. Pet owners are misled facts and science need to be shown and given to pet owners so they can make their own informed decisions. What s not talked about is how vaccines are made how they may become contaminated by other diseases besides containing harmful adjuvants also the push to vaccinate every dog cat horse and human by vaccine companies to make more money and the damage that has occurred from over-vaccination. The good news is that more and more younger veterinarians out in practice 3 to 5 years are starting to get it and want more information on the negative effects of vaccinations that no one wants to talk about. They realize it s about economics not health when working for other veterinarians. The vaccine protocols are automatic with little to no evaluation put into whether it is appropriate or not for the individual animal. Reminder cards are sent to clients yearly urging vaccinations. Animals are vaccinated en masse . There is hope on the horizon for better quality medicine and not just shot giving . Dr Christina Chambreau Our training was incomplete and confusing. We learned about long-lasting immunity in immunology but later in clinics were told to give yearly. We were not taught to learn and question - just to memorize. Since becoming an integrative veterinarian I can say there is no disease that I have not connected to vaccines in certain animals. Behavior asthma autoimmune cancer and tumors skin demodex thyroid disorders DM DI Addisons Cushing s allergies heart murmurs lameness anal gland disorders liver pancreas IBD UTI acute renal failure... I would say that the vaccines administered so frequently over the last few decades are the main cause of illness in our animals. Animal guardians are not being informed of recent studies and just follow recommendations without thinking for themselves and asking questions. Education is the key to changing how guardians and then veterinarians care for their animals. I don t feel any pressure to keep quiet about the vaccine issue. Like any profession it is made up of individuals mostly very caring people who believe their approach is the best. Some are just looking for money. Many are too busy to really think about new approaches. Since the internet many are open to looking at alternatives. I had over 100 attend a holistic lecture at the local veterinary association and they were all very interested. A few followed through with more questions. I do think there are a lot of politics and lobbying by the manufacturers involved with the profession as is true for most professions. The pharmaceutical industry promotes many vaccines and drugs of questionable efficacy or need and it has too much influence in veterinary teaching. The government regulations are slow to change. The main cause of ill health in companion animals is a lack of understanding about the process of illness and healing which leads to demand for quick fixes from drugs and vaccines. When people learn how to build up the immune system and how quick fixes and vaccines weaken the immune system they begin to make different choices and find the veterinarians willing to support their choices. There is definitely an improvement in diet by many guardians and more clients or public at large are realizing the benefits of the variety of healing methods available. Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 25 care they recommend raw meaty bones over processed pap . Anonymous BVSc Australia When I first went into practice I observed local pain swelling edema and anaphylaxis fever GME and seizures post-vaccination. Subsequently I have also observed atopy muscular-skeletal trigger point pain fascitis and malaise. I now give puppy and kitten shots and some first year boosters plus intranasal kennel cough as required based on the situation annually - for example boarding kennels as well as when antibody titers are low. Feelings and belief have no place in science. Pet owners are misled facts and science need to be shown and given to pet owners so they can make their own informed decisions. The veterinary profession is a wonderful profession full of very caring and intelligent individuals who love animals and are doing the best they can given their circumstances and the material fed to them by the pharmaceutical industry. However I do feel a pressure to keep my views on the vaccine issue quiet. The pharmaceutical industry is a business a business that has too much influence on veterinary teaching. Government regulators are ineffectual with regard to the vaccine issue. Integrative medicine is based on science and vaccines steroids NSAIDs and antibiotics all have their place when used appropriately and are effective tools in holistic healthcare. Conventional medicine would do well to add complementary protocols including herbal helpers antioxidants healthful raw and natural diets Chinese medicine and acupuncture and supplemental medicine to their regime. Emotive marketing by groups like PETA and Veganism and blaming veterinarians for following pharmaceutical guidelines creates ill-will and reluctance to change. Lets see more great headlines like PETA applauds Veterinarians for Animal Welfare and Thousands of animals in Australia would have died of parvovirus had veterinarians not organized puppy vaccinations for parvo and Aussie vets are ahead of the world in natural health Dr Charissa Smith I am a 1968 Graduate of Sydney University. This was at the time of the big distemper outbreak and vaccines were relatively new. Our training was exemplary complicated and thorough. We also had three full years of very intensive training in nutrition and biochemistry as well as epidemiology. My feelings were total depression at my own inadequacy. When I first went into practice I saw one adverse vaccine effect once where there was a blue eye following hepatitis vaccination. At this time vaccination was not recommended yearly and parvovirus was unknown. Kennel cough was not treated as a serious disease and animals recovered by themselves and chemical exposure was minimal compared to today as were the purebred pets. Since then I have observed worsening of most severe immune conditions at 2 to 3 weeks after vaccination some fatally as in autoimmune collapse with increased platelet and IV coagulation in the 24 hours afterwards others such as worsening or aggravation of existing arthritis posterior paresis liver disease kidney disease allergic skin disease. Such reactions may self-heal in a few days or may need treatment. However it is not possible to be sure that this is all due to the vaccine as there are complicating variables such as food and shelter which I am not able to observe with my own eyes. It is rare to have a perfectly healthy dog develop symptoms after a sensible vaccination program. However repeated vaccinations can lead to immune mediated thyroiditis in the two weeks after the vaccination in 2-4 year olds in susceptible breeds such as German Shepherds. By the time I have seen these animals they have usually been treated for skin allergies for a number of years have normal T4 and the condition shows on further testing. I usually hear a history of it starting in the two weeks after the 3rd to 4th vaccination which could be called hearsay. I vaccinate where it is appropriate and titer test where possible. I consider vac- cination to be a useful tool but aim to minimize its use. This has not affected my income yearly titer testing is valuable. With regard to pet owners who follow advice to vaccinate annually I am not here to have feelings although these are part of my humanity. I am here to make a clinical judgement for the individual case to the best of my ability. Vaccination cannot be considered a generalized practice as in doing the same thing for each animal. Needs are different according to exposure health age and breed. Owners are the carers of their pets and I am there to advise them not to govern them. If people have been advised to vaccinate annually they have chosen to visit a vet who considers this the best practice for them. If anyone tried to pressure me to keep quiet about the vaccine issue I wouldn t take any notice of them. People are always pressuring other people about everything However me forcing my views on someone else makes me the same as the others trying to force them on me. I work out of Greencross who recommend yearly vaccination. They have never tried to stop my titer testing and have been wholly supportive of me offering an alternative viewpoint. The veterinary profession is a large group of people all intelligent and therefore there is a huge range of behaviors and opinions on everything. I see no point in apportioning blame. The pharmaceutical industry has a large influence on the veterinary profession because they control the funds. Someone always does this. Some of the influence is wonderful and some not so good. We must all remain proactive and think for ourselves and understand that if you invest you need to make a profit and not let us stop our thinking because this is so. The government is in a difficult position. If people just stop vaccinations epidemics are more likely. The media hype can give disinformation both positive and negative. I think they are caught between a rock and a hard place. Individual prescription of vaccine takes a lot of time and many people won t be bothered they just want their shots and to go home. If they have a low parvo titer and have to vaccinate some get cross and feel they wasted their money. I am very much 26 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine against forcing people to vaccinate however the pressure is also coming from insurance companies. No insurance if you are not covered for risk. I think that veterinary medicine has moved beyond vaccines steroids NSAIDs and antibiotics although it is difficult to be sure. In my view the main causes of ill health in companion animals are genetics (the pet breeding industry) inadequate exercise and companionship malnutrition or over feeding and chemical exposure. Dr Judy Jasek My training was different to what I have come to believe is appropriate in my own practice. We were trained in vaccination protocols per veterinary school and manufacturer recommendations. We were not however educated in the potential long-term effects of vaccinations. When I first went into practice I noticed the occasional local reaction a lump or bump at the injection site sometimes hives. Since then through observation in practice I have most definitely seen unwanted vaccine effects. I have come to believe that many so-called idiopathic diseases are indeed caused by vaccines. I always look at the timing of onset of disease with past vaccination history. I also find that some conditions particularly skin disease may also flare up on the anniversary date of the vaccination. Diseases I have come to associate with vaccinations include skin disease allergies which can actually be the body trying to detox behavioral changes such as phobias and aggression especially after the Rabies vaccination vestibular disease one of the best examples of a disease with no known cause yet very few veterinarians will even acknowledge the possibility that it could be a vaccine-related illness seizures autoimmune anemias and thrombocytopenias and chronic intestinal disease especially those that do not respond to any standard treatment. I educate my clients on the laws and disease risk. Rabies is still required by law and many people are not comfortable letting this go. I do not however feel that it is necessary from a disease prevention standpoint here in Colorado. I also offer homeopathic remedies to help pets detox after the vaccination. I educate clients about keeping puppies healthy with or without vaccines and I also offer nosodes as an alternative. For those that do choose to vaccinate I encourage titers rather than boosters if possible. Once I educate these clients they are happy to back off on the frequency of vaccinations. I believe that poor nutrition and over-vaccinating are the main causes of ill health in animals. These can eliminate the animal s own ability to heal and thrive. Initially decreasing vaccinations impacted my income dramatically it is a mainstay of the traditional veterinary business model. After the initial decline however I now see more clients because I do not push vaccines and recommend them on a case by case basis only. I don t feel that there s any pressure from the veterinary profession to keep quiet on the vaccine issue. Most will respect another s right to practice as they choose. I do feel however that if too much voice was raised about the vaccine issue there may be more pressure from the pharmaceutical companies to stay quiet they are the real money-makers not the veterinarians. They are the ones with the creative persuasive marketing that convinces veterinarians and pet owners that the vaccines are necessary. I am honoured to be able to help pets live a better life and I believe that all veterinarians have the pet s best interest at heart. We do however have the necessity to make money and without the proper education regarding the hazards of vaccines they are a very profitable way to do this. The pharmaceutical industry has way too much influence on the veterinary profession. I believe the pharmaceutical companies run the traditional side of veterinary medicine from educating veterinarians about prescription diets medications and of course vaccinations paying for CE courses buying staff lunches etc. Veterinarians are trained from day one to use their products. I can tell you from personal experience that it takes a lot of outside the box thinking to break out of the mold. In the defense of other vets we are led down that path and trained that this is the best way to treat pets. With regard to government legislators I believe that money talks and although I have no direct proof I have very little doubt that legislation is to some extent canine nutrition . homeopathy . natural health care . training and behavior subscribe Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 27 dictated by involvement of the pharmaceutical companies. Dorothea Hofman BVSc (Hons) IVAS I don t believe my training in vaccination was adequate at college. Other options and the side effects of vaccination were never mentioned only the benefits of vaccination were ever discussed. When I first went into practice I observed one dog in particular that was normal at presentation and then after vaccination suffered acute visual loss which never returned to normal. The most scary thing about vaccination is the improvement in dogs health particularly skin conditions when one ceases vaccinating them. I have also seen acute onset of GME conditions post vaccination in a boxer. Now I only vaccinate puppies and kittens if specifically required. Adults are then encouraged to be titer tested for immunity. If required they are given a triennial vaccination of the C3 component. We do not routinely do kennel cough vaccines. Cats are vaccinated if kennelling is required. We will also give letters to clients if their dogs cats are not normal and healthy and therefore are excluded from the vaccination criteria. I feel that many pet owners are forced or convinced to vaccinate yearly by false practices within the profession. Some people are ignorant of other options and if veterinarians do not provide options the client continues to believe they are doing the right thing. Veterinarians should know better and are in my opinion perpetuating an ignorant client for their own financial gain. Another problem with vaccination seems to be the disregard for licensing requirements that vaccines be given to healthy patients . Animals with preexisting skin conditions auto-immune disease dental disease Cushing s disease as examples are not healthy yet I repeatedly see these animals being vaccinated when in my opinion they should not be. We also see many animals that are vaccinated when being desexed or having other procedures done and in my opinion these animals are not healthy since many will be given medications such an anti-inflammatory or antibiotics post surgery. Unfortunately I call this the while you are here syndrome and it seems to be increasing in prevalence. If the animal must have a vaccine at least give it to the patient when the level of physical stress is less once they are recovered. I am sure other veterinarians hate my attitude on vaccines but the internet can be a wonderful tool for knowledge and eventually word will get around. They will be proven to be the ones at fault and look to be more money orientated than they are even now. I am disappointed with the ethics of the veterinary profession in general and the over servicing that is infiltrating the profession. Now cat castrations are often given pre-aesthetic blood checks and fluids purely to increase the cost to the client. Many clients are made to feel guilty if they do not agree to these extras. Some practices are telling their clients that they must not love their animals enough to give them these extra services. The pharmaceutical industry has a responsibility to change since they offer bonus schemes to vets relating to many products. The industry probably has too much influence on the veterinary profession. The Australian government and government regulators are towing the pharmaceutical line and restricting freedom of choice in all aspects of medicine. The Australian government now withholds parenting payments from families with non-vaccinated children. This is blackmail. Conventional veterinary medicine appears to be doing more harm than good and most illness in animals is caused by poor diet and over-treatment with vaccines and drugs. I would love to think the situation will change but there are only a few lone voices out there and we are in danger of being regulated out of business. 7 8 12 13 To be fair to current knowledge I graduated from veterinary college in Canada in 1964. At that time we understood much less about the molecular aspects of immunology and the long term medical effects of vaccinations both beneficial and potentially harmful. We also had fewer infectious diseases to treat and prevent and hence fewer vaccines for them. I was always a clinical research scientist but colleagues and pet owners would tell me about malaise and illness that appeared shortly after pet animals were vaccinated. This was in addition to the rare case of anaphylaxis induced by vaccination. They spoke about irritability lowgrade or even high fever anorexia stiffness and occasional seizure-like episodes. These usually occurred from 2 to 10 days post-vaccination sometimes longer (up to 45 days). The clinical signs associated with vaccine reactions typically include fever stiffness sore joints and abdominal tenderness susceptibility to infections neurological disorders and encephalitis collapse with autoagglutinated red blood cells and icterus (autoimmune hemolytic anemia) (AIHA) or generalized petechiae and ecchymotic hemorrhages (immunemediated thrombocytopenia) (ITP).1 2 4 W. Jean Dodds DVM long time vaccinology expert I don t really believe my training in veterinary college was adequate with regard to animal vaccination. Hepatic enzymes may be markedly elevated and liver or kidney failure may occur by itself or accompany bone marrow suppression. Furthermore MLV vaccination has been associated with the development of transient seizures in puppies and adult dogs of breeds or cross-breeds susceptible to immune-mediated diseases especially those involving hematologic or endocrine tissues (e.g. AIHA ITP autoimmune thyroiditis). 1 7 10 Post-vaccinal polyneuropathy is a recognized entity associated occasionally with the use of distemper parvovirus rabies and presumably other vaccines. 2 3 7 This can result in various clinical signs including muscular atrophy inhibition or interruption of neuronal control of tissue and organ function muscular excitation incoordination and weakness as well as seizures. 7 Certain breeds or families of dogs appear to be more susceptible to adverse vaccine reactions particularly post-vaccinal seizures high fevers and painful 28 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine episodes of hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD). 7 9 Vaccination of pet and research dogs with polyvalent vaccines containing rabies virus or rabies vaccine alone was recently shown to induce production of antithyroglobulin autoantibodies a provocative and important finding with implications for the subsequent development of hypothyroidism. 10 Furthermore injection site fibrosarcomas have recently been documented in dogs as well as cats and other cancers such as leukemia have been vaccine-associated. 7 18 If I was in private practice today I would only use a conservative puppy or kitten series (2 to 3 doses only) of vaccines one before 12 weeks in puppies and 10 weeks in kittens and a second between 14-16 weeks in puppies and 12-14 weeks in kittens. All vaccines should be 3 to 4 weeks apart. I would not vaccinate beyond the puppy and kitten series and I would not worry about income impact regardless as our veterinary oath requires that we do no harm . Judicious use of vaccines is paramount. I don t feel any professional pressure to keep quiet on the vaccine issue. I ve been teaching it for more than 40 years It must be understood that this is an educational problem that needs to start with the veterinarian so that he or she can educate the clients and public in general. I totally embrace my profession and always have but the pharmaceutical industry has considerable influence on it there is a huge marketing effort here that s their job. We are the ones that need to sift this information appropriately. We the consumer professionals have allowed this influence to go unchecked. 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Titer testing and vaccination a new look at traditional practices. Vet Med 97 1-13 2002 (insert). Moore et al Adverse events diagnosed within three days of vaccine administration in dogs. J Am Vet Med Assoc 227 1102 1108 2005. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. My own conclusion is that vets are not properly trained in vaccine adverse effects which is possibly why over-vaccination is such a problem. As a result of this survey and wishing to help the animals pet guardians and the veterinary profession I am forming the Pet Parents Union which for its first task will be writing to all veterinary practices in the UK and in North America if we get the support to inform them of current duration of immunity (DOI) data and current science on vaccine adverse effects. If this initiative is of interest to you and you would like to consider joining the Union please take a look at www.petvaccine.weebly. com. f Catherine O Driscoll s e-book The Animals Agenda can be purchased through Amazon. Catherine runs the Canine Health Concern. She recently spearheaded a campaign to force the British government to put an end to the normal practice of annually vaccinating dogs in the UK and asks her fellow dog lovers to lend their voices to the campaign. Contacts and template letters for you to send are also carried on the CHC site. Visit 14. 15. Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 29 In the world of alternative medicine many pet owners know about acupuncture Chinese herbs and chiropractic care. But few know about a refined form of applied kinesiology called Nutrition Response Testing.SM gans. In this scenario the testing muscle will then go slightly weak. This is how NRT determines the organ is ailing. The NRT assessment further determines what stressors are affecting the body s individual organs using homeopathic electrical imprints of stressors. It was designed for humans by Dr Freddie Ulan of Ulan Nutritional Systems. Stressors are identified as toxins food allergens or infections. These stressors have been clinically shown to interfere with the body s ability to heal itself. In my practice we have adapted the technique with the support of Dr Ulan his staff and other veterinarians and local practitioners to help our patients achieve greater health. One of our first successes in NRT was a 13 year old female spayed Cocker Spaniel by the name of Bella. Bella had been my patient over many years and had been worked up for advanced aging issues and extremely elevated liver enzymes. Her Nutrition Response Testing.SM or NRT is an assessment of the neurological reflexes of your pet s body to determine the usage of nutritional supplementation for optimal healing and improved wellness. The neurological reflexes are determined by applying pressure to a strong peripheral muscle (for example the triceps via an extended arm) while simultaneously applying pressure to acupressure points that correlate to organs. When an organ is weak it will cause a mild amount of electrical energy to be drawn to it from the peripheral muscles. This is due to a slight loss of blood flow that is created at the acupressure point when touched. This phenomenon works much like hypothermia would blood is shunted away from the peripheral muscles to maintain blood flow in the most important core or- Nutrition Response Testing SM a different kind of applied Kinesiology by Elizabeth Cutright DVM 30 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine work up included general blood tests Cushing s disease testing radiographs ultrasound and a liver biopsy with Histopathology. All tests pointed toward general hepatitis with no specific cause. She was put on general geriatric support products with no change in her liver enzymes. Although Bella was not clinical for liver disease she had suffered from arthritis frequent bouts of cystitis (bladder inflammation) reoccurring ear infections and a general lack of energy. Bella s owners and I were frustrated when blood testing at her annual exam in July of 2010 showed the highest elevation yet of her Alkaline Phosphatase liver enzyme 1763 U (normal is 5-131 U). We were all very concerned. Rather then repeat previous testing we decided to try something different. And yes that something different was NRT. The NRT scan revealed a weakened small intestine. Further analysis of her acupressure points with homeopathic resonance kits revealed that an immune challenge food allergy and scar tissue were at the core of the issues affecting her small intestines. A clinical nutrition program was designed for Bella and she received laser therapy for her scar tissue. Some food types mainly grains were removed from her diet. Her prescribed food supplements were also tested at various acupressure points for any allergic reactions or difficulty with digestion. Bella s progress was measured for the next six weeks with repeat scans. After this the frequency of her visits was slowly decreased based on the layers that tested weak after her initial work up. This is called the healing and observation period. During this time Bella s liver enzymes dropped from 1763 U to 1204 U. This may not seem like a significant change as the number was still quite elevated but it was a 30% improvement using only Bella s natural healing ability an impressive result. It was unlikely that Bella s liver enzymes would return back to normal and our goal was to stop the elevation as much as possible and maintain her best state of possible wellness. Bella did respond with higher energy levels and a renewed interest in life. As Bella progressed her small intestines continued to scan at their optimum healing and wellness level. At this point it was determined her bladder kidney and pancreas were her second layer of imbalance. Her program was manipulated accordingly. Bella is now on a maintenance program with includes a grain free diet. When the owners later switched to a balanced homemade diet they were able to use fewer supplements and Bella suffered fewer digestive changes. Bella continues with these visits so she does not slip back into her previous state of compromised health. Since her NRT program she has not had any episodes of cystitis or intermittent ear infections. Her energy is better then ever and although she has occasional liver enzyme flare-ups they always come back down. When Bella s owners were asked how they felt about their experience here s what they said Since starting the program Bella has increased energy levels and we ve managed to get her down to an ideal weight. Since she was a puppy she has had urinary tract infections approximately twice a year. In the last year she has not had any. We have started our younger dog Buddy on this program and he like Bella has responded tremendously. They seem to know the morning of their scheduled visits and rush to the front door to have their leashes put on and to get in the car. They truly seem to enjoy their doctor visits. Since they re doing so well so are we. We are currently managing an increasing load of cases and are seeing good results using NRT with anxious dogs reactive dogs dogs with diarrhea chronic vomiting frequent urination blockage in cats mange low energy surgery healing seizures and skin cases. f Dr. Elizabeth (Robertson) Cutright is on staff at LePar Animal Hospital and received her DVM from the University of Illinois Champaign. She has a background in wildlife medicine through volunteering for the Wildlife Medical clinic. She works in tandem with Dr. Joe Whalen in advancing holistic care through combination chiropractic care and continued training in nutritional response testing developed by Dr. Freddie Ulan. She shares her home in Chicago with her husband Bradley daughter Katelyn Mae Weimaraner Lance and Domestic Shorthair Mamasita. Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 31 what your vet really knows about NUTRITION by Andrew Jones DVM Don t listen to what your vet has to say about feeding your dog vets know virtually nothing about animal nutrition. How can I make these bold claims Well I am also a veterinarian and I practiced small animal medicine and surgery for nearly 20 years. I graduated in 1992 from the University of Saskatchewan College of Veterinary Medicine. I invested thousands of hours training to diagnose and treat disease and perform surgery. There was training in pharmacology anatomy epidemiology and emergency care my training covered nearly all aspects of veterinary medicine including large and small animals. But something very big was left out nutrition. I was taught nearly nothing about nutrition and I am of the opinion that most veterinarians also know very little about nutrition. My education came from the food company representatives those that sponsored events while I was a student and later the food reps that visited the veterinary practices I worked in. The food reps encouraged veterinarians to sell their veterinary only food as it was deemed exclusive and could be sold with a higher mark up. It was seen as a good way to add income to the practice and get clients coming repeatedly back through the door. I was told that the pet food was good quality backed by scientific research and so much better than those grocery store brands. As a veterinarian from university to conferences the food company representatives told me repeatedly to avoid home diets and raw feeding as these were unbalanced and potentially harmful. In practice however I was regularly meeting clients who fed raw and home prepared diets to their dogs they were passionate about their dogs and insisted that this alternative food was healthier. I couldn t argue for most of these dogs were healthier and had shinier coats cleaner teeth and fewer medical issues. In all of my years in practice I never saw one dog present with a disease linked to feeding unbalanced food. Then came the pet food recall. Over 5 600 pet food items were recalled in 2007 thanks to the chemicals melamine and cyanuric acid which were imported in corn gluten rice gluten and wheat gluten. These chemicals caused kidney disease and kidney failure in dogs and cats. More than 4 633 pets were reported dead in the PetConnection database. In total over 14 000 pets had been reportedly affected in some way or another by the tainted food. In 2007 I chose to write about the pet food recall in my daily newsletter. There were some remarks that the British Columbia 32 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine Veterinary Medical College (BCVMA) took exception to. These include Veterinarians claim not to be influenced by the reps but clearly they are...there are many less expensive generic versions of some pretty big name pharmaceuticals that are not being prescribed. Most veterinarians have ZERO training in nutrition. I ve been influenced by pet food companies representatives in the past. I spent little time learning about pet food quality or nutrition. It wasn t until my own dog died of cancer that I really started to question the quality of my veterinary only food. In the midst of the pet food recall the conventional dietary mantra is Don t give clients home recipes The best diets are the balanced commercial diets found in a bag or can...Right. Over 4000 dead dogs and cats and over 15 000 sick pets as a result of balanced commercial pet food. natural varied healthy diet is one of if not the single most important changes that you as a pet owner can make for the long term health of your pet. Our dogs ancestors ate much differently in the wild. Dogs consumed their entire prey and their diet was rich and varied. The bones they chewed on helped keep their teeth clean. Unfortunately pet food companies have failed to take some of these basic facts into account to the detriment of our pets health. Commercial kibble is often composed of grains (including corn and wheat) fat by-products fillers artificial colors artificial preservatives and in some cases contaminants and toxins. The dog food industry is now dominated by large multinational consumer corporations who in my opinion are far more interested in profit than the health of your pet. The entire pet food industry is not on the whole very ethical. Not only do they produce some pretty unhealthy stuff they also do some pretty unethical things. The pet food industry is an extension of the human food and agriculture industries. Pet food provides a market for animal fat grains considered unfit for human consumption and similar waste products to be turned into profit. This waste includes intestines udders etc. and possibly diseased and cancerous animal parts. Your veterinarian is extremely knowledgeable able to diagnose the most obscure disease and can perform the most intricate surgery but they likely know very little about dog nutrition. This was highlighted during the pet food recall when nearly 5000 pets died. In the midst of this the conventional veterinary mantra was to avoid all home and raw diets labelling them as unbalanced and unsafe. It turned out that the commercial diets were not safe. My suggestions are for you to do your own research become knowledgeable about the basics of animal nutrition and feed a variety of fresh healthy foods to your dog. f Dr. Andrew Jones was raised on a farm in British Columbia Canada. Since graduating with his DVM from the University of Saskatchewan in 1992 Dr. Jones had been practicing as a small animal veterinarian and has treated thousands of animals. He has a special interest in a variety of alternative non-traditional remedies for pets and publishes a daily newsletter on alternative pet health care. He has authored numerous digital books articles and reports has created a Home Study Course for dog and cat owners hosts an online Pet Health Member Site and has recently developed a complete nutritional supplement for dogs. Dr Jones is a strong advocate of safe natural home care for dogs and cats and works to empower pet owners worldwide to become more active in their pets health. For more information about Dr. Jones visit A Panel was struck with the BCVMA and here is what they had to say about my take on the pet food recall The Panel found Dr. Jones statements to be manipulative unverifiable and in extremely poor taste. The effect of his statements was to shed unfavorable light on the profession as a whole. The tone was haughty sarcastic and derogatory. The panel finds that Dr. Jones violated ss 8 26 and 27 of the Code of Ethics (Bylaws). Clearly many of my former colleagues do not agree with my beliefs but they can t impose those on you. You are free to feed your dog what you feel is the healthiest food despite what your veterinarian may say. Over the last nearly 20 years of veterinary practice I have seen thousands of dogs and spent much time thinking about disease and what is causing it. There are many reasons for the increasingly common serious dog diseases but I believe the biggest single factor is food. Good nutrition is key to the health of our dogs. The best way for you to understand this is by thinking about your own health. Imagine shopping in a grocery store. The inside aisles are cookies chips food in cans in bags food that lasts a long time not needing refrigeration. The outside aisles have fresh fruit vegetables milk meat and bread the healthier fresh items. If you are to eat a varied balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables - those from the outside aisles - you are far more likely to be healthy and avoid disease. If you primarily eat from the inside aisles the pop chips cans and bags you are far more likely to be sick. Our dogs are no different yet most dogs are exclusively fed from the inside aisles dry unvaried non-nutritious kibble. Feeding a Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 33 Traditional Chinese Medicine by Nancy Joyce Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient medicine known for its ability to promote good health and resolve illness and pain when other modalities have failed. TCM is thousands of years old and includes a variety of modalities such as acupuncture acupressure moxibustion auricular therapy tui na massage food cures and herbal therapy. TCM can play a great role in producing and maintaining good health in our pets. Some TCM concepts that are important to understand include Qi the Meridians Yin-Yang and the Five Elements. Qi Sometimes referred to as universal energy vital force matterenergy ki or prana Qi is difficult to translate precisely as its nature is inherently versatile able to manifest and be different things at different times. When we look at the Chinese symbol for Qi part of it means vapor steam and gas and the other part means (uncooked) rice. Qi can be as rarefied and immaterial as vapor and as dense and material as rice. At the basis of all is Qi all the other vital substances are but manifestations of Qi in varying degrees of materiality ranging from the completely material such as body fluids to the totally immaterial such as the mind. Zhang Zai (AD 1020-1077) clarified the nature of Qi All that is void and empty is full of Qi which in its state of condensation and thus visible is called being but in its state of dispersion and thus no longer visible is called non-being. When dispersing Qi makes the Great Void only regaining its original misty feature but not perishing when condensing it becomes the origin of all beings. In summary Qi is in a constant state of flux and varies in density depending on the level of vibration. When Qi is dense it takes on a more physical shape and when Qi is dispersed it gives rise to subtle forms of matter and energy. Qi manifests simultaneously on the physical and mental-spiritual level. The Meridians There are 14 main Meridians interconnecting channels that allow Qi to circulate throughout the body. The channels flow from the tips of the fingers to the head throughout the torso to the tips of the toes in an orderly fashion. The Meridians plunge deep into the torso to connect with their related organs and are more superficial at the hands and feet hence many acupuncture points are located from the knees and elbows to the tips of the limbs where accessing the Qi can have strong effects in balancing the body. Many illnesses and injuries are either caused by or accompanied by disturbances in the flow and balance of Qi. These disturbances blockages excesses or deficiencies can be restored to balance by tapping into the appropriate Meridians through various acupuncture points. Yin-Yang Theory The concept of Yin-Yang is simple yet profound and although one might seem to understand it at an intellectual level it is an ever-evolving study of the ebb and flow that permeates every aspect of our lives including health and disease. Yin and Yang are constantly changing into one another just as day gives way to night and night to day. The cyclical patterns of Yin and Yang can be seen in the seasons the sun and moon heaven and earth sleep and wake left and right hot and cold and so on. From this philosophy the four principles of Yin-Yang 34 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine theory in Chinese Medicine were created and include the opposition of Yin and Yang the interdependence of Yin and Yang the mutual consuming of Yin and Yang and the intertransformation of Yin and Yang. Five Elements Theory The Five Elements is a wonderful theory with a variety of branches that demonstrate a keen observation and understanding of everything in nature. It helps us understand how everything inside and outside the body is in constant flux and adjusting to one another. For example understanding how the elements are listed in different sequences reveals how the organs can interact and support each other manifesting in health and vitality and how the organs can overact on one another resulting in imbalance and disease. There is a cosmological sequence a generating sequence a controlling sequence an overacting sequence and an insulting sequence. As an example the generating sequence shows how wood generates fire fire generates earth earth generates metal metal generates water and water generates wood. This sequence could be interpreted as the organs mutually supporting each other thereby promoting health and vitality. However a closer look at the controlling overacting or insulting sequences would reveal how the organs can also manifest imbalances and disease. The Five Elements is an ancient theory describing interactions in nature and relationships between phenomena. In TCM the elements Wood Fire Earth Metal and Water have many correspondences an organ tissue season taste climate sense organ emotion and sound - to name a few. By linking all of the symptoms manifesting in a patient to the elements and their correspondences patterns begin to emerge pointing to certain illness or disharmonies of the organs and or functioning of the body. TCM prescribes acupuncture and herbal formulas based on pattern differentiation. A closer look at the Wood element reveals its correspondences to be liver sinews spring sour wind eyes anger and shouting. Fire heart vessels summer bitter heat tongue joy and laughing. Earth spleen muscles none sweet dampness mouth pensiveness and singing. Metal lung skin autumn pungent dryness nose sadness and crying. Water kidneys bones winter salty cold ears fear and groaning. Many important concepts on the nature of the Five Elements are found in the book Shang Shu written during the western Zhou dynasty (1000-771 BC). Water moistens downwards. Fire flares upwards Wood can be bent and straitened. Metal can be moulded and can harden. Earth permits sowing growing and reaping. . Sowing growing and reaping refers to an individual s health vitality and ability to heal and repair. The Earth s Yin and Yang organs are the Spleen and Stomach and together they form the Root of PostHeaven Qi the origin of all Qi and Blood produced after birth. Zhang Jie Bin summarizes this important concept Stomach Qi is the nourishment of life itself if the Stomach is strong life will be healthy if the Stomach is weak life will be unhealthy. No matter how serious the disease if Stomach-Qi is still strong the prognosis will be good. Pattern Differentiation One of the largest differences between western and Chinese medicine is that the goal of TCM is to find the root cause of the problem and not just treat the branch (or mask the symptom). TCM does not diagnose in the traditional sense of giving a name to a symptom such as allergies or diarrhea. Instead TCM treats patients overall wellbeing and the treatment plan is based on Pattern Differentiation. By treating the root cause other symptoms often thought to be unrelated are also cleared and once the root is addressed the original symptom is less likely to return. If the condition is acute it generally takes fewer treatments to get the body back to health. If the condition is long standing it generally takes a greater number of treatments which might include nutrition acupuncture and herbal therapy to help the body return to good health with good defensive Qi. Getting to the Root Cause In determining the Root Cause it is important to collect as much information about the patient as possible. Details that would be important include medications if applicable sleep habits skin condition sweat panting coordination focus over- Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 35 all hot or cold body pain stress energy level digestion bowel and urine emotions trauma and health of the five senses. The shape and body type of the client are also taken into account as are odors and colors. After intake and observation key elements in TCM are tongue and pulse diagnosis. It s odd for us think the tongue has clues to the body s health but it s truly amazing how health and illness can manifest on different parts of the tongue. From no coat to very wet swollen or thin dark red purple or pale swollen sides or cracked down the middle the tongue offers many insights. Pulse diagnosis is a detailed and effective method of tapping into the patient s overall health as well as the health of the individual organs. From superficial possibly acute conditions to deeper more chronic deficiencies the pulse has many clues to help confirm or question a pattern differentiation. It s possible to have more than one pattern manifest in a patient at one time and a well studied practitioner will know how to unravel this. For example blood stasis from trauma surgery or emotional stress can fester and cause heat. An abundance of heat (often present in many dogs) can compound the situation leading to a burning off of the fluids that can potentially lead to blood deficiency. Blood deficiency and heat are one possible cause of skin allergies and dryness. However treating the patient for blood deficiency will not have the greatest effect until the blood stasis is resolved and the excess heat cleared. From there boosting the liver s ability to course freely moving blood and Qi and tonifying the spleen and stomach to encourage the body s natural ability to produce more blood and nutritive fluids with quality (preferably raw) food will naturally resolve the dryness and the skin allergy. In resolving this skin allergy or any other health issue with TCM we permit the body s natural ability to restore itself fostering good health and strong defense Qi (immune system) as opposed to filling the body with steroids and medications and creating further breakdown and many side effects which would require even more medication. f Nancy Joyce lives in Ottawa with her Chihuahuas Zara and tiny Tia. She has a background in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and uses this knowledge to educate pet owners on exercise nutrition and overall well-being for the pets. Her consultations assess whole health and aim to resolve the root cause of an illness not just the symptoms. 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Bravo LLC 2011 Shinier healthier skin and coat Cleaner teeth and fresh breath Better weight control Improved digestion Reduction of allergy symptoms Harder smaller less smelly stools More energy and stamina Increased mobility in older animals For more information visit 36 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine never a good option... by Roxanne Stone MSc With the advent of the industrial revolution and the rapid depletion of small family farms our ancestral food chain has seen significant changes within the last 100 years and not altogether for the better. The mass migration of people into cities and away from small villages and farms has influenced our food industry to move to overly cooked heavily processed low quality convenience foods. Unfortunately these same foods have made their way into the bowls of our companion animals and they are experiencing many of the same human health repercussions as a result. Historically cooked foods have never been a part of the canine and feline diet rather they have subsisted and thrived off live prey fermented carrion and they foraged for any scraps they could obtain. They have only been introduced to cooked and processed foods within the last 80 years. Looking back at the historical diets of dogs and their wolf ancestors it is clearly evident that they are carnivores. Their teeth gut and digestive physiology strongly support this. Dogs have hinged powerful jaws along with canines and triangular shaped carnassial teeth for the ripping and tearing of flesh and crushing of bone. They do not have the typical molars for the grinding of plant material or a four chamber stomach for the slow digestion and fermentation of complex carbohydrates (starches from plants and grains). They have a large stomach short digestive tract and very small cecum indicative of consuming large amounts of high protein food in a short time period and for fast digestion and rapid absorption of nutrients. 1 In the wild these canines could typically go many days between their meals. Why are 90% of animal caretakers feeding their carnivore companions a dry kibble diet consisting of at least 60% carbohydrate very little moisture and minimal low quality protein Much of the protein in commercial kibble diets is also plant based. Expecting our pets to graze on this type of diet all day long and be satisfied both physically and nutritionally does not make sense. Without going into too much detail on the history of dry commercial kibble diets the short end of the story is that it was introduced in response to the high cost of meat during the Great Depression and was heavily promoted at the end of WWII when it gained popularity for its convenience ease of distribution and low cost. Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 37 If our pets have managed to survive off this cheap convenient low quality protein source for the last 80 some years why should we be concerned about it Even though our pets may be surviving off commercial kibble can we really say that they are thriving on it The answer is pretty clear. Chronic degenerative diseases auto-immune diseases allergies kidney pancreatic and liver disease are all rampant within our pet populations and cancer rates continue to rise. 2 A study conducted in Stockholm Sweden by Dr. Kollath showed that young animals fed a cooked processed diet initially appeared to be healthy but once they reached maturity they began to rapidly age and develop degenerative disease symptoms. The control group that was raised on a raw uncooked diet did not age as fast and showed no degenerative disease symptoms but remained healthy. Another study out of Belgium Relation Between the Domestic Dogs Well Being and Life Expectancy a statistical essay utilized data gathered from more than 500 domestic dogs over a consecutive five year time period (1998-2002). The authors Lippert and Sapy were able to statistically show that dogs fed a homemade diet consisting of high quality foods used from their owners meals versus dogs fed an industrial commercial pet food diet had a life expectancy of 32 months longer 10 - that s almost 3 years What many unsuspecting caretakers are unaware of is that in addition to substandard ingredients there are many forms of toxins introduced into our pets bodies through these highly processed cooked kibble diets. These toxins include aflatoxins heterocyclic amines acrylamides and most recently discovered in dry cooked pet foods PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) a chemical used as a flame retardant. 3 Aflatoxins Grains such as corn wheat and rice as well as nuts and legumes are often contaminated with molds either pre or post harvest as a result of poor growing conditions or substandard or extended storage. These molds can easily grow and produce a very potent carcinogen (aflatoxins). The aflatoxins are very stable and high temperature processing steps will not render them benign. Exposure to these toxins even at low doses can wreak havoc on your dog s system causing anemia liver or kidney failure cancer and premature death. 2 Even if your kibble is grain free it still contains a high carbohydrate content so there is the potential for mold spores to contaminate the kibble during storage especially if it is exposed to a moist environment. This can also happen in your home if your kibble is stored in a moist basement or an open container. Heterocyclic amines Many scientific studies have established the presence of mutagenic cancer-causing substances such as heterocyclic amines as a result of cooking meat and fish and have additionally demonstrated a relationship between dietary heterocyclic amines and cancer. 4 5 6 7 A 2003 study that sampled 25 cooked commercial store bought pet foods showed that all but one tested positive in their mutagenic test and a subset of 13 of these same samples were tested and confirmed the presence of heterocyclic amines. 4 Acrylamides Both the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and WHO (World Health Organization) have classified acrylamide as a probable carcinogen . Studies show that acrylamides are formed due to the high temperature heat applied to vegetable foods more specifically a reaction between the amino acid asparagine and the simple sugars found in these foods. Whether that food is fried baked roasted or extruded these substances have been measured at many levels and in some studies there are significantly high levels. Factors that contribute to acrylamide formation are the lack of remaining moisture in the product and the surface area. These two attributes are found in every type of kibble which are all low in moisture (most kibble is 10%) and formed into small bite size pieces (large amount of surface area). PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) Although further studies are needed to determine if there is a direct toxicological effect from PBDEs it is still alarming to learn of the presence of these chemicals most commonly used as flame retardants in many house- 38 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine hold products in our commercial pet foods. A recently published study in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology revealed that the average blood concentration of these PBDEs was as much as 10 times higher in tested dogs than in humans. The researchers also found the presence of PBDEs in dog food samples and at higher levels than in meats sold for human consumption. The authors suggest these PBDEs found in the dog food may be a result of processing rather than contributed by the food source itself. 3 Commercial kibbles not only harbor harmful toxins they are also stripped of much of their nutrient value becoming a dead food product. 2 Unfortunately many well intentioned consumers who want to give their pet a high quality commercial diet choose to buy expensive grain free kibbles with claims of all natural - or even organic - ingredients believing they are purchasing a more nutritious pet food. But the fact is even if these kibbles contain high quality ingredients with no preservatives fillers or additives they are still going through a cooking process which ultimately nullifies much of the nutritional value these quality ingredients would have contributed. The kibble is left with proteins that have been denatured enzymes that are rendered inactive and any natural beneficial micro-flora (good bacteria) are no longer viable. These components are all extremely important and provide a synergistic effect for the complete digestion absorption and assimilation of nutrients from the food. Manufacturers try to add back some of the lost nutritional value with synthetic vitamins and minerals so their formulas comply with AAFCO standards and they can call their food complete and balanced on their label. However studies show that these synthetic vitamins can actually cause more harm than good to our pets because the body cannot completely utilize them and instead it will processes them as a foreign substance causing more stress to the liver and kidneys. 2 Sadly our environment is already saturated with many pollutants and toxins which we cannot avoid. Why not take control and avoid the ones we can for both ourselves and our pets In order to defend against these environmental pollutants our pets bodies need a strong well established healthy immune system. The best way we can power our pets immune system is with whole live nutrientdense raw foods. 2 8 A raw species appropriate diet is the best defense we can give our pets to thrive and maximize their opportunity for a long healthy life. As caretakers of these amazing companion animals who unconditionally enhance our lives we feel that it is not only fair to provide this to them but rather our responsibility. f References 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 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Heterocyclic Aromatic Amine Intake Increases Colorectal Adenoma Risk. Am J Clin Nutr. May 2009 89 (5) 1418-24. Skog K. G. Steineck K. Augustsson and M. J gerstad Effect of Cooking Temperature on the Formation of Heterocyclic Amines in Fried Meat Products and Pan Residues. Carcinogenesis 16 (1995) pp. 861 867. View Record in Scopus Cited By in Scopus (135) In 1996 Roxanne earned her Master of Science degree in Food Science with a minor in Chemistry from Utah State University. She has over 12 years experience within the food industry in Research and Development Manufacturing and Quality Assurance. In 2007 looking to contribute to more environmentally responsible manufacturing techniques and more traditional organic food products she started her own food consulting company. Joining her sister Jacqueline Hill in 2009 she became an active partner in Answers Pet Food managing product formulation research and development as well as procurement. Roxanne is a member of the Weston A. Price Organization Animal Welfare Institute and the Humane Society. Roxanne resides with her family and their Australian Shepherd mix Lilly in Ashland OR. Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 39 prepared RAW FOODS ...making a choice by Ward Johnson Take a stroll through your local pet store these days and you ll be overwhelmed by the selection of dog foods available. From kibble and canned to frozen and raw pet food companies continue to innovate while many consumers feel overwhelmed by the sheer mass of variety. While most shelf space is still stocked with kibble there are new categories of pet food that have found their way into the mainstream and are proving that they re here to stay. Also known as dry food or pellets kibble has dominated the pet food market since the advent of processed pet food in the early to mid 1900 s. Kibble was originally created to provide a convenient way for people to Photo credit Patricia and Robert Petit feed their pets and to give food processing companies an opportunity to market byproducts and waste materials as a profitable source of income. The health of the dog was not a primary concern. Kibble is the most convenient type of commercial dog food available because it requires very little effort to feed. Simply open the bag and pour it into a bowl. Kibble requires no preparation it remains edible for a long period of time and it does not need to be refrigerated due to the high heat and preservatives applied during processing. The major disadvantage of kibble is that it is cooked which destroys the naturally occurring nutrients and enzymes in the ingredients and thus requires them to be added back synthetically as a final production process. This is why you ll see upwards of 20 or more vitamins and minerals on the ingredient label of your average bag of kibble. These added nutrients aren t as easily absorbed by the body as the nutrients inherently found in whole foods. Sweet potato for example is full of natural Vitamin A. Because sweet potato also contains the 40 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine corresponding digestive enzymes to help the body break down and absorb Vitamin A any living creature will get a far healthier dose of Vitamin A from eating an actual sweet potato than they would from say a synthetic derivative of Vitamin A. As a rule of thumb the closer to raw and whole a pet food is the fewer vitamins and minerals you ll typically see on the ingredient label. This is because raw foods already contain more nutrients and thus don t need as many to be added in order to meet the AAFCO nutrient profiles required to legally label a pet food complete . The fact that raw diets provide optimal nutrition for dogs is not a new concept. Dogs have a short intestinal tract and strong stomach acids both of which make it easy and safe for them to consume and digest raw food. This allows them to take advantage of the naturally occurring vitamins and minerals found in raw food along with the corresponding enzymes that assist in digestion and the absorption of nutrients. The trick for pet food companies has been to figure out the best way to provide a pet food consisting of raw ingredients without having to add harmful preservatives such as those that are prevalent in many kibbles and canned foods. Frozen raw diets are typically packaged in logs or patties that can be thawed and fed. While these frozen diets provide excellent nutrition storage and thawing times can make consumers more resistant to feeding them. Additionally frozen diets typically contain a high water content which often makes them more expensive than other foods because of the added shipping costs. Raw Shelf-Stable Raw shelf-stable is the latest category of pet food to gain widespread appeal in the pet industry. While frozen raw foods provide excellent nutrition they are not as easy for stores to stock since they require freezer systems inside the store. They also require the customer to have freezer space in their home. Raw shelf-stable foods on the other hand offer a combination of raw food with the convenience of kibble. These types of pet foods have been available in pet stores for a long time but only recently has the pet industry begun to classify them in their own unique category. Raw shelf-stable foods typically consist of a blend of human quality dried fruits vegetables herbs nuts and meat fortified Just-Add-Meat Diets In the mid-1980 s a niche category of pet food was introduced to provide an alternative for people to provide their pets with raw food. Just-add-meat diets are shelf-stable pre-mixes that typically consist of human grade grains nuts herbs fruits and greens that the customer combines with their own source of raw meat. Just-add-meat pet foods are very economical and offer consumers the ability to feed a completely fresh and raw pet food. These diets require the customer to source their own meat in the form of frozen patties from the pet store or fresh cuts from the grocery store or butcher. This along with the increased preparation time required has acted as a barrier for some consumers who value convenience over nutritional value. Raw Frozen Diets Raw frozen diets have been on the market since the 1990 s. They typically consist of raw muscle and organ meat and bones along with added nutrients to provide a complete and balanced meal for pets. Cold is nowhere near as destructive to nutrients as heat so freezing results in almost no degradation of naturally occurring nutrients and enzymes. Thus you will typically notice a far lower number of added vitamins and minerals in these types of foods compared to kibble. Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 41 with a smaller number of vitamins and minerals to provide a complete and balanced meal. Nearly all raw shelf-stable foods use fruits and vegetables that are air dried with very low heat thereby preserving the naturally occurring nutrients and enzymes essential for digestion. As a result these ingredients can still be considered raw. But when it comes to the methods used to dry the meat major differences exist. Raw shelf stable foods can typically be broken down into two categories those that use dehydrated meat and those that contain freeze-dried raw meat. When meat is referred to as dehydrated this means that it has been cooked or heat pasteurized prior to the dehydration process. Meats are brought up to at least 165 Fo to destroy food-borne pathogens such as salmonella and E-coli and then are subsequently dehydrated by a variety of methods air-dried steamed and spray-dried being the most common. Though the temperatures used on dehydrated meats are lower than those used to process kibble by definition when any food is brought up to a temperature above 118 Fo it has in essence been cooked. This is because 118 Fo is the temperature at which the enzymes and nutrients naturally present in raw food begin to break down. The higher the temperature used the faster these nutrients and enzymes break down. Because raw meat is so full of vitamins minerals and healthy amino acids you will typically see more added vitamins and minerals on the ingredient labels of foods that contain cooked meat similar to kibble. Freeze-drying is a method of moisture removal that allows the manufacturer to remove cooking from the process thus allowing raw meat to be preserved in a more natural state. When raw meat is freeze-dried naturally occurring nutrients and enzymes are left more intact. Freeze-drying involves a slow gradual combination of high pressure and cold temperatures to remove moisture without any cooking. Frozen meat is put inside a freeze dryer where pumps create a vacuum combined with extremely cold temperatures. Very low levels of heat are then applied causing the ice within the meat to turn directly into water vapor. The product changes from frozen to freeze-dried without ever being thawed or cooked thereby retaining virtually all of the nutritional value of raw meat minus the water. The downside to freeze-drying is that the process takes a long time (typically 24 to 36 hours) and tends to be a more expensive process than other forms of drying. While some consumers prefer cooked meat because it is an effective method of removing salmonella and E-coli other customers are looking for raw food that uses other safety procedures to prevent food-borne pathogens. Whether consumers chooses a food made with freeze-dried meat or cooked dehydrated meat comes down to personal preference and what they feel is best for their pets. One thing that s certain is that consumers are demanding better quality foods for their dogs and innovative products like frozen raw just-add-meat diets and raw shelf-stable foods that blend convenience with natural nutrition are giving kibble a run for its money. f Ward Johnson is an animal nutritionist and passionate advocate for raw foods. He studied holistic nutrition for pets at The Uptown Veterinarian a holistic practice in Minneapolis MN for two years prior to becoming the owner and proprietor of Sojos a natural pet food company in 1996. 42 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine The Healing Revolution why you should trust nature instead of drug companies by Peter Dobias DVM There has been a lot of discussion recently about why veterinary visits are in decline. Here is a thought or two on the topic of the evolution of veterinary medicine. Living in the space age When I was growing up my teachers often loved to describe the future. They told us vivid stories of fast trains space travel aircraft hovering over streets and buildings looking nothing like what we knew in the real world. Since then many things have changed. It is 2012 and the future that my teachers described is now the past. However in my imagination the modern world was supposed to look like a freshly painted canvas where everything was futuristic and new. Instead the present which was the future of the past is a strange hodge-podge of the past the present and the future. We use iPhones computers and Skype as a matter of routine and instead of being grateful for the technology we complain that it is not fast enough. My teachers didn t tell me that in 2012 we would still be driving the fume-spewing cars that people used to drive 100 years ago. But what makes me the most disappointed is that our health care is chronically stuck in the past. I know I know - some may say that we have made incredible progress because we are able to transplant organs perform triple bypasses and grow test tube babies. I agree that on the technology level we have made progress. However as a society we are still riding the wave of a medical system that is based on the belief that putting toxic chemicals into our bodies will keep us healthy. It is like trying to purify drinking water by pouring sewage in it. Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 43 Freaky or good The most recent reports show that the number of veterinary visits in North America is dropping while the number of pets is rising. The same decline has been registered in the processed pet food industry. If you own a veterinary clinic or a processed pet food company you may be rather unhappy about this situation. However if you are a dog lover the same situation will probably make you happy because it may be an indicator that pets are healthier and need veterinary care less frequently. This what I call the medical paradox because in practical terms the more successful a doctor is the more likely he is to be put out of business. Even today in the age of advanced medical technology a conventional medical approach is merely able to achieve survival but rarely a cure. A drug is often prescribed to counteract the side effects of the previous drugs and the continuous intoxication leads to more severe problems or even cancer. When that stage is reached doctors use chemotherapy radiation and surgery which are extremely costly and often ineffective. The Achilles heel of veterinarians I have spent more than 20 years in veterinary practice treating patients and talking to colleagues. During that time I have found very few vets who went to vet school because they liked business administration and marketing. In fact most vets are really lousy at it. What we love to do is to make a difference in the lives of animals and their people. This Achilles heel of poor business management skills has made veterinarians highly prone to the sleek marketing campaigns of drug and pet food companies that are way too eager to offer education and business management advice. Most veterinary medical schools have also been exposed to the not-so-selfless generosity of these companies. Pet food and drug companies have educated much of the common sense out of the veterinary profession in the field of nutrition and medicine. For those who think that this is a radical opinion I ask you to think again. Why would anyone think that processed food that sits on the shelves for months or even years is better than a wholesome fresh raw or cooked diet Decades later I see this situation as a true tragedy of veterinary medicine. Many veterinarians have become the blinded soldiers of pet food and drug companies feverishly defending their agenda and losing the trust of pet owners. Phytonutrients What s sugar got to do with it I am often conflicted about what to think about the marketing geniuses of drug and pet food companies. It drives me crazy to see how decades of carefully molded propaganda and advertising made many people believe that using drugs and a stale old bag of kibble would keep our pets healthy. Not that long ago I was shocked to learn that sugar crops in the US are subsidized. Yes you are reading correctly production of the white killer in the US is subsidized by taxpayers money. To make things even more interesting there are two major companies that grow sugar in the US and guess what One of them lobbies the Democrats and the other one of course the Republicans. This is to ensure that no matter what the political climate is the wheels of business will continue turning. And so it happens that the more sugar goes into food the more people are addicted to it which leads to overeating and obesity poor physical health and a tendency toward depression. The ill person is then treated with pharmaceutical drugs which generate more business and increase the need for medical and diagnostic equipment. Super food for awesome dogs and cats Green Min Antioxidants Amino acids Essential Minerals Love Chlorophyll You can t live without them... drpeterdobias 44 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine However I disagree with people who think that vets have created a pact with drug and pet food companies. Most vets simply believe what they were taught is true and cannot even fathom the idea that they have been victims of good marketing. A letter from Dr C Recently one of my clients sent me a letter that was written by a veterinarian from Vancouver Island. Let s call him Dr C. Dr C wrote a letter in response to an article that viewed raw and natural food positively. In his letter Dr. C defended processed food stating that it is the only safe food out there and that the bacteria in meat can cause infectious disease when handled. Perhaps Dr C forgot that many households already prepare raw meat in their kitchen if they eat meat. In 15 plus years of working with clients who feed raw I have not witnessed any cases of salmonellosis or campylobacter among my patients. I also disagree with Dr. C that processed food is the only safe option for our pets. It is hard to forget the numerous pet food scandals and recalls including the one of melamine tainted pet food that permanently damaged or killed tens of thousands of North American pets. Dr. C calls raw feeding a fad that he hopes will soon go away. The reality is that processed pet food sales are dropping and natural and raw feeding is getting more popular despite the attempts to discredit it. I also believe that it is not in the best interests of our pets to stop seeing a vet for preventive visits or whenever support is needed. In fact a good solid long term relationship with the right veterinarian is one of the cornerstones of a pet s healthy and long life. Even if more vets decide to follow a holistic path it s hard for them to get away from their practices to go back to school and even if they could there are not many professors with sufficient knowledge to teach a holistic approach. New age of education Until recently most people gained their education at schools where teachers are those who pass on the knowledge and students are those who receive it. This is rapidly changing because the internet can be not only an amazing source of information but it can also serve as a vehicle of peer to peer learning where everyone is a student and everyone is a teacher sharing new knowledge experiences findings and evidence. In fact Apple has recently announced a free book editing application which will allow anyone to write a book and publish it for tablet readers iPad and iPhone or other devices. It may still take a while for some of my colleagues to realize that in order to continue to evolve professionally we have to surrender to the new way of learning where universities will be one - but not the only - source of the most current information. It may still take a while for the dust to settle in a new order however I am sure about one thing. Pet food and drug companies will only change if we stop or reduce the use of their products. One more thing whenever you are unsure who to trust look back to nature. It is always right. f For more information questions and articles visit If you have any questions you can visit Dr. Dobias at drpeterdobias or www.drpeterdobias. com You can also check out his free webinar schedule at www. community webinars. Dr. Peter Dobias has been in veterinary practice since 1988. In 2008 he decided to sell his thriving holistic veterinary practice in Vancouver BC Canada to dedicate his future years to disease prevention and transforming the face of veterinary care to less invasive and more natural treatment methods. He believes that we can create a healthy and long life naturally. The Power of the Internet The processed food situation is only one example of how stagnant the waters of veterinary education are. Teachers at universities also frequently act as researchers who are paid by pet food and drug companies. Some vets are also afraid of being sued and fear that their veterinary associations will not defend them if they don t use conventional treatment and nutritional protocol. The good news is that consumers are no longer dependent on one-sided information from advertising and they can make an informed decision about their pet s care. Thanks to the power of the internet and free information many people have switched to natural raw or cooked pet food and achieved great results. Unconscious victims I said this earlier but I want to repeat it one more time. I sincerely believe that most vets are the unconscious victims of a marketing plot that has resulted in a disconnect from more informed pet owners. Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 45 Zoopharmacognosy Natural Healing for Dogs by Eleanor Goold What is Zoopharmacognosy Zoopharmacognosy is the study of the process by which animals self medicate in the wild. In the wild animals have access to a wide variety of medicinal plants and mineral nature s medicine cabinet if you like. They naturally forage plants and their essential oils clay algae and other natural remedies. Therefore when they become afflicted with an ailment they have the opportunity to select what they need from their natural environment. This innate ability enables animals to maintain their health in the wild and it is this in-built mechanism which is the key to maintaining their health in a domestic environment. You may have observed a display of such innate behavior in your own dog for example eating grass and purging later on. ways offered in this way first for self-selection) orally (which can be a suggested route if the dog licks the bottle) or topically (i.e. for wounds if selected). Because dogs have such an amazing sense of smell (olfactory sensory cells in a sheepdog can number from 200-300 million compared to approximately 6-10 million in humans) a simple sniff of an essential oil can have an immediate and profound effect. Likewise even a few licks of a macerated oil can work wonders in no time at all. Zoopharmacognosy can help with a plethora of issues and ailments which may include anything from the release of emotional trauma and behavioral issues to promoting the healing of wounds. I have used Applied Zoopharmacognosy with my own dogs to great effect and have also worked with many rescue dogs who are more often than not suffering from some kind of emotional trauma. Dogs are primarily carnivores but do eat a great deal of grasses and plants in the wild. This may be why during a self-selection session most domesticated dogs will select a fatty oil or macerate such as Marigold (Calendula officinalis) because the natural oils and plant component may be missing from their domesticated diet. Marigold is normally selected for skin and stomach issues as well as its general comforting effect. Dogs will not normally choose every fatty oil offered to them and often select one over another. Dogs can also purge on fatty and macerated oils and so may select such an oil if they have unwanted matter such as worms. Applied Zoopharmacognosy and dogs Working on this principle and knowing that an animal knows how to heal itself even before symptoms become apparent a trained practitioner works by offering animals appropriate secondary compounds (such as essential oils) for self selection. The oils and remedies offered generally depend on condition and species as does the route of administration. The routes of administration can be via inhalation (the remedies are nearly al- 46 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine My own dog loves Marigold but not all of the time. It is also interesting to note that her interest also depends on her geographical location. She never selected this oil in Hungary where she had full run of a large garden and would often eat grass but regained her interest whilst we were in France where we had no garden. animals are the same and so one cannot compare one dog s reaction with another. Some dogs will take their time to select an oil or react differently and others could display the same or a similar condition but select an entirely different remedy. This is important in Applied Zoopharmacognosy and is why self-selection must be just that. No diagnosis by the practitioner is involved the animal must be allowed to self-select and self-dose. The animals are always teaching me about the oils and remedies some want to deal with physical issues before they address the emotional and vice versa. There has been many a time I have been perplexed by an animal s choice in remedy only to get that aha moment later on. This was particularly the case with a dog I worked with at Siofok Animal Rescue in Hungary. One man s meat is another man s poison I feel it pertinent to mention a little bit about self-selection and poisoning as this is a topic I am often queried about and it can lead to some misunderstanding. Sadly there have been reports of pets poisoning themselves and this is a valid concern when first encountering the practice of Applied Zoopharmacognosy. However it would appear that in the wild animals rarely poison themselves - certainly not intentionally. Unfortunately this appears to be a domestic animal phenomenon. When it does happen in the wild it may be because of loss of normal habitat or poor pasture leading to hunger which makes them less likely to avoid a potentially toxic plant - or hunger could cause them to eat more of it than usual. Drought can also increase the concentration of secondary compounds in a plant rendering it potentially more toxic. Another possibility is the inability to sequentially self-select a neutralizing compound such as clay probably for the same reasons outlined above. This may be especially the case for captive animals. If animals in the wild were not innately able to detect poisonous plants or be able to metabolize or neutralize the toxicity of plants in some way herbivory would not be possible. The next question most people ask is What about chocolate Chocolate can of course be very bad for dogs because they cannot metabolize the theobromine content very well which can lead to toxicity. It may well be that chocolate is often disguised by the sugar content and other artificial additives and flavorings which mask the taste and odor. For more in-depth information on the science of essential oils which includes information on poisonous plants and why animals might poison themselves I would refer you to The Science of Essential Oils & Herbal Extracts by T H Ingraham BSc Hons published by The Ingraham Academy of Zoopharmacognosy. Case Study Macko had been the victim of abuse in a former home and came to the rescue in a very sorry emotional state. When I met him he was hiding in his makeshift basket at the back of the shelter and was terrified of humans and would not even interact with the other dogs. On my first visit he did seem to select some of the a one-click shop... for all your Holistic Needs Supplements Homeopathics Essential Oils Treats and Food FREE Shipping No minimum purchase Coupon Code DogNat Animals only select what they need It is important to remember that a dog or any animal will only select an oil or remedy that is needed. Once it is no longer needed they will no longer choose that remedy. Furthermore not all Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 47 usual range of oils offered for emotional release such as Angelica Root for easing an animal into healing Linden Blossom for previous abuse and Violet Leaf for fear of pain so I left a few drops on some of the blankets in his basket so that he might self select during his own time. Remedies are never forced on an animal. During subsequent visits although still very timid he did not select any of the usual emotional release oils one would expect from a dog who had been emotionally deprived and abused. He was never interested in Rose which is often selected by animals for emotional trauma and release. Instead he chose more physical oils such as Seaweed Absolute (a good immune stimulant) Sea Buckthorn (high in Vitamin C) and German Chamomile (anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory) among others - but his behavior appeared to remain the same. It was not until my fourth and final visit that we had a breakthrough. Macko came bounding up to me a completely different dog. Instead of cowering in the corner with his tail between his legs he gave me a wag of the tail and wanted to play. He would happily inhale the oils from my hand and would nudge me with his head for more. The change in him was astonishing. It is interesting to note that during my last visit he only selected Immortelle which as well as being selected for promoting the healing of scar tissue and other physical ailments can also be selected by animals who are emotionally deprived. Macko had taken time to heal himself using the remedy appropriate to him at the time he knew innately which oils to select. This is an important concept in Applied Zoopharmacognosy. You must allow the animal to not only self-select the remedy but also to deal with the ailment or emotional issue in his or her own time...naturally. A zoopharmacognosist does not medicate diagnose dose treat or prescribe self medication only works if the animal has the choice not to select the remedy. Never put secondary compounds in feed. Not to be confused with Aromatherapy Zoopharmacognosy works on ethological observations rather than medical diagnoses. f Eleanor Goold is a professional animal therapist and writer. She spends her time in Hungary France and the UK and regularly travels around Europe working with animals and writing. She is married to her therapist husband Mat and together they run The Star Ruby Organization primarily set up to promote the wellbeing of both ourselves and our animal companions. They are both currently owned by a Parson Russell Terrier type rescue dog named Ellie. ...Training from the dog s perspective We offer a variety of Classes Seminars & Workshops Private Lessons Swimming Facility & Ring Rentals Doggie Daycare Doggie Dayschool Conveniently Located - Positive Training Methods - Individualized attention 1975 Cornell Ave Melrose Park IL 60160 Visit us at for Class Schedules Fees Special Events and more... foryourk9 foryourk9 847-671-6844 48 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine 10 Minute Trainer DOOR DASHING DOGS Door Dashing is when a dog runs outside whenever a door opens without permission to exit. The dog will just zoom out of any open door. Door Dashing is unacceptable because not only is it rude it can be dangerous for the dog. I personally don t believe that if your dog goes through an open door before you he is being dominant. There are a lot of fun exciting reinforcing things outside. Dogs door dash because there is a fun world out there and they simply want to explore it. I am all for letting dogs explore but our job is to teach them that exploring is a privilege they must earn by first waiting whenever the door is open. The first step in teaching your dog to wait at the door is to make sure he will come when called. This is a cue that s lacking in a lot of Door Dashers. Many times these dogs are not allowed much time off-leash. For these dogs wandering the great outdoors without the burden of a collar and leash is a huge reward because it is something they don t get all that often if at all. These are the dogs who spend their days waiting for that door to open and when it does whoosh they are gone and you will spend the next half hour walking the neighborhood with cheese pleading with him to come home. This only has to happen once and the reward will be so huge that your dog will immediately be a dedicated repeat offender. If you have a committed Door Dasher make sure he gets ample off-leash time in a safe fencedin area and practice his recall until it is stellar. Step two is to teach your dog to love going back into the house. Make sure you make a big fuss of him every time he enters the house and have lots of cookies by the door. The more reinforcing the house is the better the chance he will stay in the house or at least come back immediately if he does dash. Here are the steps to train your dog to wait at the door until released. if he doesn t move give him a treat. If he does move then close the door and have him sit again. Keep increasing the criteria until you can fully open the door without him moving. Step 3 When the dog can stay as the door is fully open then you can release him from his stay with a previously learned release word (break free release or another word you have chosen). Make the behavior bullet proof by challenging your dog even more. See if you can take a step outside without him moving. Keep making it a challenge for him and keep practicing this important safety behavior. f Pamela Johnson B.S. M.A. CPDT-KA has a background in education and she is a natural teacher of all things. Pamela s family consists of a Husky Mix (Isabelle) Two Border Collies (Bandit & Twix) Cat (Sabrina) and husband (Marxsen). Pamela is also the owner of Pam s Dog Academy Step 4 Step 1 Have your dog on leash next to a door. Ask the dog to sit. Then start to touch the door knob. If he moves toward the door remove your hand from the knob and wait until he sits again. If he stays in one spot give him a treat. Reward your dog in the position or the spot that you would like him to be in when you open the door. Step 2 Once your dog is staying in one place as you touch the door knob start increasing the criteria. Try to open the door now and Photo credit Patricia and Robert Petit Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 49 Lymphosarcoma by Charles E Loops DVM During the past twenty years lymphosarcoma (also called lymphoma) has become the most prevalent cancer I treat each year. Moreover I see more young dogs affected every year with this condition. Lymphoma is most frequently a cancer of middle age (6 to 9 years depending on the breed) with large breeds having an earlier onset on average. Of the 50 or more cases of lymphosarcoma I treat every year about 10% of the dogs are under four years of age. The reasons for the increased prevalence of this cancer are not clear. Some studies have investigated a connection to chemical and herbicidal exposure and more research has been done in search of a viral connection but no definitive connections have been found to date. Over-vaccination as a predisposing factor for all cancers is also suspected but not by the medical community at large. Specific genetic predispositions don t seem to exist for lymphoma but a general predisposition to acquiring a cancer condition does exist in certain breeds and families. We see more cancer in general in Boxers Giant Schnauzers Bernese Mountain Dogs Irish Wolfhounds and Dobermans. There are also familial tendencies toward cancer in many individual lines of dogs of various breeds both large and small. The most common early symptom of lymphosarcoma is swollen lymph nodes. The most noticed and generally the most reactive location is in the lower jaw area. These submandibular lymph nodes are not palpable when normal but are easily palpated when enlarged. Other superficial lymph nodes can be secondarily enlarged as well axillary and popliteal the most common (which are found in front of the shoulder and in the rear thigh area respectively). Internal lymph nodes not palpable or visible will also be enlarged in this most common multicentric type of lymphoma. Other forms of lymphosarcoma less commonly seen are gastrointestinal and cutaneous types where multiple tumors appear all over the external body underneath and in the skin. Along with the lymph node enlargement dogs may exhibit weight loss lethargy decreased appetite and fevers. They can also be completely asymptomatic with the enlarged nodes presenting as their only symptom. Most often owners will reflect that their dogs have been slightly less energetic for a week or two before discovering the swollen lymph nodes. The homeopathic treatment of lymphosarcoma in the dog can be a challenging and frustrating experience for both the practitioner and owner. With increasing experience in numbers of cases treated and with many and various methodologies and holistic modalities tried lymphosarcoma remains the most difficult of cancers to treat holistically. It is rarely curable with any therapy but remission for one to two years can be possible. I always hesitate to speak of percentages when considering possible outcomes with my patients. In patient-oriented medicine (holistic) as opposed to disease-oriented medicine (Western) percentages have little place. Homeopathy treats the patient as a whole not the disease. That s why each patient receives different homeopathic remedies or a different protocol because the process of matching the energy of the homeopathic remedy 50 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine or remedy picture to the imbalanced energy of the patient or patient picture is what the homeopathic practitioner does. This match is what homeopathy is and how it works similia similibus curentur - like cures like . A perfect match neutralizes the patient s disease picture and it subsequently vanishes and as such is cure. With complicated disease pictures such as patients with cancer we mainly get partial matches and therefore partial cures. This is a type of remission. The conventional oncologist offering chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma will not hesitate to give percentages. These percentages can be impressive with some specific types of lymphosarcoma B-cell versus T-cell or stage I or II rather than III or IV. Seventy-five percent or higher of these cancer patients can go into remission with chemotherapeutic treatment. The length of remission is of course an unknown and the number of treatments necessary for long term results are unknown at the onset of treatment. High costs ( 5 000 to 15 000 over a year or two) side-effects stressful vet visits etc. must all be considered when choosing a treatment plan. Homeopathic treatment of lymphoma can provide remission in perhaps one in every four or five cases but with much less expense no negative side effects no stress and few vet visits if any (telephone consultations are always possible). The length of remission when treatment is successful can completely parallel that of Western medicine. Homeopathic treatment used in combination with chemotherapy has provided the longest remissions and the most successful cases I have seen and homeopathic remedies can also help with the side-effects of chemo increasing the overall quality of life. In my experience Western medicine has the edge on providing the best chance of remission with lymphoma. The decisions concerning how to treat our companions with lymphosarcoma are mainly philosophical while also considering the stress of the treatment and the financial realities. The dog s age condition and the presence of other chronic diseases must also factor into the decision. My personal choice would be to not use chemotherapy with my canine companions but many of my clients have been very happy with the results of the combination of Western medicine used in conjunction with homeopathic treatment. As with all my cancer patients finding the right constitutional remedy is at the heart of success in patient response. This remedy is often a polychrest remedy such as Sulphur Calcarea carbonica Silicea Lycopodium Arsenicum album etc. More cancer specific remedies such as Scrophularia nodosa Carbo animalis Calcarea fluorica etc. will help with remission and reduction of lymph node enlargement. I have also found that the addition of a Cell Salt combination the recipe adapted from an Indian homeopath s formulation helps with all of my cancer patients. These five specific cell salts combined in the lowest possible potency to achieve dilution seem to enhance each patient s response to the other higher potency remedies and promote a greater sense of well-being and energy. Choosing the optimum potencies of remedies in treating cancer patients has been a 20 year project. With homeopathy it is important to match the energy of the imbalance or disease state of the patient with the energy of the remedy eg. high potency higher energy. With the C potencies (each dilution being made by a factor of 100 parts alcohol to 1 part remedy) I consider the high potencies those greater than 30C. I have found that 200C Carcinosin is an optimum potency for my cancer patients but it can only be used intermittently as it can cause aggravations or a worsening of symptoms. My preference is to use LM potencies in my cancer patients. The LM or 50 millesimal potency is a dilution of 1 50 000 for the LM 1 and then the dilution is repeated using the LM 1 as the basis to dilute by another 50 000 times and this equals an LM 2 and so on to create the higher LM potencies. This method of dilution and succussion was advocated and described by Hahnemann in the sixth edition of the Organon. Another important difference with the LM s is the number of succussions (strong hitting of the bottle on a hard surface) that they require. C potencies are succussed ten times between potency attenuations but LM s receive 100 succussions. Both dilution and numbers of succussions factor into the energy contained in a homeopathic remedy. These LM potencies act energetically like short-acting high C potencies. This has many advantages especially when using more than one remedy in the treatment protocol. It allows each dose to have a maximum effect before repeating that dose or giving a different remedy dose. I find that cancer patients require frequent dosing and respond more rapidly to homeopathic treatment than with intermittent or less frequent dosing. My patients generally receive a dose of a remedy twice daily. This is often described as jabbing at the vital force or vital energy of the patient. In the next cancer article I will explain many of the other advantages of using LM potencies and the interpretations of patient responses to these remedies. f Dr. Charles Loops has a special interest in treating cancer and the extended reach of the telephone consultation has allowed his thousands of canine and feline patients to benefit from homeopathic prescribing. To learn more information on homeopathic cancer treatment visit Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 51 Nutrition with Lucy the importance of Pigments By Lucy Postins Did you know there s much more than just a visual difference between brown processed pet food pellets and fresh minimally touched colorful foods Phytonutrients the pigments that give fresh foods their vibrant hues of red green purple yellow and orange do more than just make a pretty meal they contain powerful antioxidant properties that can have a profound effect on total health. While it s true that some produce enjoyed by humans isn t necessarily biologically appropriate (or even safe in some cases) for canines many fruits and vegetables are suitable for dogs to eat and contain compounds that can provide protection against many of the ailments and diseases to which domestic dogs are prone. It s fair to say that as research continues more and more health benefits are likely to be uncovered and the list of species shown to benefit from them will increase too. Phytochemicals contained in plants have been shown to provide protection from environmental challenges. They help to protect plants from disease insects drought excessive heat ultraviolet rays poisons and pollutants in the air and soil. They form part of a plant s immune system . Despite the fact that most phytonutrients are officially considered non-essential nutrients and their consumption isn t essential for survival (most of them certainly aren t included in the AAFCO nutrient profiles or other references that many vets and pet owners are familiar with) phytochemicals do seem to be essential for deep-seated good health wellbeing immunity and probably longevity. Some of the health benefits of consuming the phytonutrients contained in colorful foods include enhancing immune system activity protecting against cancer supporting eye and heart health improving communication between cells and repairing DNA damage. Antioxidants also help to slow down the signs of aging by cleaning up the by-products of oxidation within the body s cells. The study of phytonutrients is one of the most exciting areas of nutritional research today and is extending our knowledge of the health benefits of food far beyond the macronutrients (protein fat carbohydrates and fiber) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) that we ve studied historically. Some of the best-known phytonutrients are carotenoids (such as beta-carotene lutein lycopene and zeaxanthin) and flavonoids (such as isoflavones anthocyanins and flavones). Researchers have identified hundreds of different individual phytonutrients and it s estimated that one day we may know about as many as forty thousand. The powerful health properties of colorful pigments are thought to play an especially important role in cancer prevention. While the majority of the research on phytonutrients is being done on humans it s likely that most of the benefits being demonstrated apply to numerous animal species including domesticated pets as well. Read on for a snapshot of the different pigments found in various color groups of foods. Red foods such as tomatoes pink grapefruit watermelon and papaya are rich in the antioxidant lycopene (a carotenoid). In addition to its antioxidant activity lycopene has been shown to suppress the growth of tumors in both laboratory and animal experiments. Researchers believe that poor communication between cells is one of the causes of abnormal cell growth which may ultimately lead to the development of different kinds of cancer. One of the ways that lycopene may limit tumor growth is by stimulating communication between cells. Most of lycopene s health benefits are related directly to its antioxidant properties. Lycopene is especially effective at quenching the free radicals that can damage cell membranes. Purple and reddish fruits and vegetables such as blueberries cranberries blackberries eggplant and plums contain compounds called anthocyanins a class of flavonoids which have been found to help reduce the risk of cancer stroke and heart disease. Some studies have shown that the consumption of blueberries is linked with improved memory function and healthy aging. More than 300 structurally distinct anthocyanins have been identified in nature. 52 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine Some anthocyanins have anti-inflammatory properties and some studies are looking at their role in the inhibition of tumor development as well as in diabetes and ulcer treatment. It s also thought that anthocyanins possess possible antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Dark green foods such as spinach kale bok choi and cabbage contain lutein another free-radical-quenching carotenoid antioxidant that s especially important for skin and eye health. Lutein is also present in egg yolks. Dark green foods also tend to be a good source of the B-vitamin folate which gets its name from the Latin word for leaf folium. Folate helps produce and maintain new cells and is essential for the formation of DNA and RNA the building blocks of cells. It also helps prevent the types of DNA changes within cells that may lead to cancer. Orange yellow and green foods like sweet potatoes carrots mangoes spinach and pumpkin (a superfood and one of the richest known sources of carotenoids) contain beta carotene which can be converted by the body into retinol a bioavailable source of vitamin A. This potent antioxidant is beneficial for eye health immune system function and a healthy heart. Zeaxanthin which is also found in yellow and green foods like spinach collard greens as well as egg yolk is beneficial for the eyes and immune system. Many beta carotene rich foods such as oranges papayas bell peppers and kiwis also contain vitamin C which helps protect cells from free radical damage and promotes skin and immune system health. White fruits and vegetables such as bananas parsnips potatoes and garlic take their color from pigments called anthoxanthins. These contain health-promoting chemicals such as allicin which may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Their role in helping to reduce the risk of stomach cancer and heart disease in humans is under study. Some white foods like potatoes and bananas are also good sources of potassium which controls nerve and muscle function as well as blood pressure which in turn will help prevent diabetes kidney failure and Cushing s disease. Isoflavones which are found in flax rye and red clover have been researched extensively for their ability to protect against hormone-dependent cancers such as breast cancer. Food color is a key factor in identifying its nutritional integrity but it also provides clues about the level of processing the food has undergone. Refined and processed foods that have turned brown from extreme heat or high pressure are missing the colorful magical phytonutrients that natural whole food ingredients possess and which the body needs in order to stay truly healthy. Just because our dogs have been domesticated and live with us in houses doesn t mean they ve somehow lost their innate physiological need for a varied colorful healthy whole diet - just like their wild counterparts. A simple hike in the back country will reveal the red and purple stained scat of coyotes and even wolves who ve supplemented their mostly meat diets with some of the colorful pigmented wild berries that nature provides. Regardless of the diet you feed your dog the value and health benefits of the pigments probably shouldn t be overlooked. f Dehydration results in a concentrated nutrientdense food. How our foods are made First we start o with fresh raw whole foods. They are washed and then nely diced for easy digestion. Our gentle dehydration method removes only the moisture. Leaving a nished product that s bursting with nutrients avor and aroma. Just add water for a wholesome human-grade meal Lucy Postins is a companion animal nutritionist and founder of The Honest Kitchen a natural pet food company in San Diego CA. More nutritional resources are available on or (866) 437 9729. For more information please visit or call 866.437.9729 to request a free sample. Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 53 detective to determine their wants and needs. Why are you upset Why are you feeling ill Please let me know why you attacked your dog brother at dinner. There are a great many stories to sort through to find the answers. Some animals are rescues and have emotional issues from a past home. Other animals are very sensitive and are picking up on and grappling with the emotions of other family members wanting to help. But what if the answer to their upset is simple My greatest teachers in animal communication have been my own animals. My elderly dog daughter Sarah is now heading toward the 15 16-year old mark. She s a sassy strong soul who has had a few health challenges as most elderly dogs do. She has arthritis in her back which makes it difficult sometimes to navigate the stairs. Her digestion requires additional enzymes to be added to her food. And she has glaucoma and is losing much of her eyesight. When she first lost her eyesight we watched with horror as she bumped into walls and often lost the awareness of where the pet door was to the outside. Gradually she memorized the layout of our home and became a better navigator. One night last winter I noticed Sarah struggling to maneuver the hallway. I theorized that since she saw some light turning When communicating with our animals we must often play simPle by Ronni Ann Hall p it kee on the outside porch light when she went out the pet door might make her path clearer so I flipped it on and went back to watching television. I could hear her fumble out the door and a few minutes later she made her way back in to sit next to me on the floor on her dog bed. I had hoped that the porch light being on was of some assistance. We continued on with our evening routine with my dogs resting and me viewing the television. After we made it to bed everything was fine and normal as both girls jumped into bed with me. But several hours into the night Sarah jumped out of bed made it out the pet door and back but proceeded to wander the hallways back and forth and barking. Now as a concerned dog mom I panicked. What was wrong This wasn t part of our routine Was Sarah hurting Was there an intruder in the house My mind raced. As an animal communicator I m trained to be analytical and search for answers but in my fear for her and my confusion with her odd behavior I couldn t hear or understand her. After a few rounds pacing back and forth Sarah jumped back onto the bed now appearing less agitated but very awake. This confused me more. Then it dawned on me. This is how she acts in the morning when she wakes up and is excited and waiting for breakfast 54 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine Using animal communication I tuned into Sarah and information came from her and flowed through me. I could see the outside light on and I could feel her confusion. When she woke up from sleeping and went outside she simply concluded that the light meant it must be daylight and time to wake up and therefore eat She was even more confused when I didn t realize this fact and wasn t jumping up to make her meal. My other animals have also reinforced this lesson of looking for the simple answer. Bun-Bun or Abundance is one of our very vocal and slightly neurotic parakeets. In talking to my birds through animal communication I use the same process as talking to my dogs. Whenever I tune into her I usually hear complaints she doesn t like too much light or the room is too warm or her companion is being too noisy. Back in June she alarmed me when the cere in her beak puffed up in size. Again my thoughts went to complicated answers and my large imagination feared she had a major illness. When I tuned in and when I was much calmer - I kept hearing The food The food At first I thought she was just doing her usual complaining. But with that piece of information I remembered just the day before I had bought the birds new food. It was a different brand as the pet store had run out of the usual one. I didn t anticipate any potential problems but Bun-Bun had an allergic reaction to an ingredient in this new food. In my animal communication consults I ve spoken to a Pekinese who urinated on his person s shoes simply because he hated the smells he was bringing home from his new job. One other client a lovely Shepherd began itching and sniffling after his family moved into a new home that was very old and therefore had a dusty ventilation system. The next time your dog is exhibiting an emotional behavioral or health issue ask yourself first what changes have been made in your animal s environment recently And what can help provide the answer is standing in their paws and seeing from their perspective. In my animal communication classes I teach this fun exercise. After they are relaxed and calm I have the students imagine in a meditation they are a tiny mouse standing in the corner of the room. Their challenge is to make their way to the other side of the room without being stepped on or encountering any obstacles. For fun I usually throw in a few of those obstacles. I usually hear lots of groans of how scary it was being in that situation and how hard and frustrating it was being so small in such a big world. After being in the bodies of mice I guide the students into imagining they are large Great Danes hunched over in tiny Volkswagens. Most students complain that they feel squooshed and uncomfortable in such small spaces when they are so large. But with this new big body they are thrilled to realize they can reach the kitchen counter very easily and the cake that is sitting there. And finally I have them become small Yorkies who are fenced in a yard when a very large mean-looking dog is walking by. This time around most of the students wish they were in the Great Dane bodies. I have them apply this new perspective to their own animals and how they may be feeling in their homes. What happens then when you make changes in those environments Did you move a chair add another animal or a noisy dog neighbor change the food or put up a fence There are your clues. Animal communication coupled with logic and a new perspective is an excellent tool for helping our animals. Next time your animal is having an issue remember to rule out what is simple first f Ronni Ann Hall is psychic spiritual teacher and professional animal empath. 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Remember that delivery time for periodical mail can vary so please be patient and wait till the end of the issue month to report a missing issue. Contact Dogs Naturally US and Canada (877) 665-1290 Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm EST subscribe Do you ever wonder what your dog is thinking or how he is feeling Does your dog have unresolved physical and or emotional issues Is your dog s happiness and wellbeing a priority If the answer to any of these questions is yes your dog can benefit from holistic energy healing and interspecies communication. See what Ellen s clients are saying 60 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine Dog People Catherine O Driscoll A conversation with Catherine O Driscoll founder of Canine Health Concern which is launching the Pet Parents Union to act as a consumer lobby and watchdog for the pet products industry. See for further information about the Pet Parents Union. What is the Pet Parents Union I ve been running Canine Health Concern since 1994 that s 18 years of my life. During the early days it was sacrilege to say that vaccines were harming our dogs or that lavishly marketed pet food might not provide the nutrients our pets needed. Although there are now many well informed pet guardians sharing information about vaccines diet and complementary therapies - and thousands of us working to help animals live healthier lives - we are separate entities and small groups and we can be more effective if we join together and speak with a strong unified voice. This is why we need Pet Parents Union. Alone or in small groups it is hard to break through the multi-million dollar marketing budgets of large corporations. It has become increasingly clear that legislators are not legislating in favor of the animals but in support of big business. There is no official body that puts animals first instead there is a revolving door of friendship between government and the pharmaceutical and pet food industries. How can the Pet Parents Union change this With direct practical action. When people unite and work together miracles can and do happen. The Pet Parents Union has two purposes. One is to unite animal lovers and share information that protects their pets. The second is to work together instead of alone which will give the movement strength. Funding is always a problem for those of us who seek to effect change. We can t afford TV advertisements or fancy PR consultants. We can t afford impressive stands at exhibitions or to sponsor dog shows veterinary teaching or educational establishments. We have no effective voice with legislators. But if we unite we can start to do some of these things. Do you have any immediate plans We are writing to every veterinary practice in the UK to share research on duration of immunity (DOI) and the wide range of side effects vaccines can and do provoke. We believe that if vets were aware of the harm over-vaccination is doing then they wouldn t do it. At the same time we will be promoting the new titer test options which are safer than blind vaccination and might mitigate vets loss of booster income. We also intend to extend this initiative to North America. Will people have to pay to join the Pet Parents Union No. We don t want to limit the power we can gain through numbers. We want everyone of like mind to join together without putting up any barriers that might prevent this. So how will you fund your initiatives We are looking into sponsorship opportunities with ethical companies and one pet charity may support us. We also welcome donations from individuals who have the ability to help. How do you see this growing in the future We would like to embrace the veterinary community. We ll begin by presenting Good Vet Awards to those practices which are following the three-year protocol supported by titer testing and we ll be seeking to update them on longer DOI. We ll write to boarding kennels dog clubs animal charities and every organization that has the ability to impact how we do things in the dog world. It s a big dream and I have no idea how it will work out. I only know that it is time to try. This is the only way we have ever achieved anything by just jumping off the ledge and hoping we land safely. If this ignites a spark in enough people we can finally change the world for the animals. f Dogs Naturally Magazine March April 2012 61 Secret Garden Dandelion Dandelion or Taraxacum officinale is a part of the Sunflower family. Although it is native to Europe and Asia dandelion has found its way onto virtually every continent. Both the leaf and the root are commonly used and each has its own actions. Dandelion can be used as an infusion decoction and tincture or the dried or fresh leaves and flowers may also be used. In dogs with digestive issues dandelion is an important herb to consider. It is instrumental in helping the body to both utilize nutrients effectively and safely remove toxins and eliminate waste. If you choose to pick your own dandelions there are some things you should keep in mind. First make sure the plants have not been sprayed with pesticides. When drying them make sure the leaves are not wet as mold may develop on them. Dry them in a well-ventilated area away from the light and store them in plastic bags once they are brittle and dry. When gathering the roots gather them as late in the fall as possible as this is when they pack the most punch. Finally make sure you have the right plant There are many plants that are similar in appearance to dandelion and although they likely won t hurt your dog they are not likely to help either. There are no real side effects to using dandelion. Because it is a diuretic make sure your dog has good access to the outdoors.f Dandelion leaf Dandelion leaf has three major functions Nutritional Herb - dandelion leaf has immense nutritional value. It contains large amounts of Vitamins A C K D and B complex iron manganese phosphorus trace minerals and a rich supply of potassium. Diuretic - dandelion leaf is just as effective as many diuretic drugs but without the resulting loss of potassium - dandelion itself is an excellent source of potassium. Digestive aid - dandelion leaf can help with many GI complaints including constipation flatulence and indigestion. Dandelion root The greatest actions of dandelion root are Blood purifier - chronic metabolic disease and conditions particularly gout and liver disease respond well to dandelion root. Increased bile production - dandelion directly stimulates the liver and gall bladder making it a good choice for treating liver insufficiency colitis and gallstones Liver tonic - dandelion leaf helps the liver remove toxins from the body. Toxic conditions that would respond well to dandelion leaf include jaundice chronic skin disease hepatitis and arthritis. Topically the white sap is applied to warts and skin cancers. 62 March April 2012 Dogs Naturally Magazine Raising the Bar The Art and Science of Homeopathic Medicine 3 FuLL DAyS oF SPeAkeRS & WoRkSHoPS A SPECTACulAr mArkETPlACE of HomEoPATHIC goodS & SErVICES SPECIAl EVENTS fIlm PrEVIEWS & morE. 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