Choosing a Veterinarian and Choosing what treatments you want for your pet.
Is your Veterinarian Being Honest With You? Below is a great ABC News Video with a healthy undercover dog going for checkups to various vets. Please watch this video as it will empower us as pet owners to make our own decisions for our pets instead of blindly taking advice from the business of veterinary medicine. Always keep in mind that a Veterinarian office is a business there to make a profit. Granted there are some wonderful and compassionate vets out there, but we must be on guard and educated. (Video coming soon or look it up on YouTube).
As a small dog owner we must be careful not to impose treatments on our pets that are not necessary, and may even lead to short or long term side effects.
Conscientious Pet Parenting
By Dr. Becker (Dr. Becker is a licensed and esteemed Veterinarian)
Today I’m interviewing Dr. Christina Chambreau, a homeopathic
veterinarian who has practiced since 1980 and lectured all over the
world. Dr. Chambreau finds it incredible that so many pet owners do
exactly what their veterinarian tells them to do, without asking any
She has people ask her, “Dr. Chambreau, should I give heartworm
medicine every month all year long?” When she asks them if they
understand how pets get heartworm, they have no clue.
She advises pet owners not to give heartworm medicine if they don’t
know how their dog gets heartworms, “even if you love your veterinarian
and she’s saved two of your dogs’ lives.” Dr. Chambreau believes we must
be responsible for each pet we care for.
You need to ask yourself, “Does this feel right to me?
Does this feel right for my animal?” says Dr. Chambreau.
A Western medicine example is heartworm prevention drugs. As Dr.
Chambreau points out, if a mosquito is carrying infective heartworm
larvae and the temperature drops below 65 degrees for a week (or even
for a day), that mosquito is no longer carrying the infective larvae.
So do you need to give a heartworm preventive in the winter in
Chicago? Of course not, which is why you need to know what you’re giving
your pet and why. It’s wonderful to consult with your veterinarian,
however, having blind faith in any single individual can be dangerous.
We must take responsibility for the animals we have committed to care
for, and part of that responsibility is knowing exactly what we’re
doing for them, and why.
We certainly need to partner with a veterinary healthcare team we trust, but that does not absolve us of our ethical responsibility as pet owners to know what we’re doing.
Coaching and Consultations for Concerned Pet Parents
In addition to writing the “Healthy Animal Journal,” Dr. Chambreau has created a coaching practice
to help pet owners make better choices and empower themselves to take
better care of their pets. She’s teaching people how to become advocates
for their animal companions. People use Skype to contact her from all over the U.S. and around the
world. They ask questions like, “What can I do? My dog has pancreatitis.
He isn’t responding to treatment, and now my vet says we may have to
take the gall bladder out because there’s sludge in there. Do I need to
do that?”Dr. Chambreau coaches pet owners through such situations and helps
them make educated choices. She’s filling a great niche in the
veterinary community. Many vets schedule 10- to 20-minute appointments,
and there’s little to no time to answer pet owner questions.
Dr. Chambreau is providing a great resource in helping pet guardians
find the answers they seek. She also offers second opinion guidance when
pet owners aren’t convinced their animal is improving under their
regular vet’s care.
As Dr. Chambreau points out, it’s a matter of understanding that
deeper (root) problems resolve first. So, for example an itchy,
miserable dog may still be itchy, but may be feeling much happier and
more energetic, in which case the treatment is working.
If, on the other hand, the dog is no longer itching but still isn’t
doing well overall, it’s very likely the treatment temporarily resolved
the symptom (itchiness), but not the underlying problem. In those cases,
the pet owner needs to explain their concerns to their veterinarian, or
look for another one.
Here is a link to the full article and I encourage you to read through many of Dr. Beckers articles on pet health. http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2016/02/14/conscientious-pet-parenting.aspx
Stay Informed and Educated about your pets health. Be in charge of their health care. Here are some other leading Veterinary experts on holistic pet health.
Dr. Dodds is very well-known for her minimum vaccine protocols and as Co-Trustee of The Rabies Challenge Fund. She provides an FAQ on the subject and has authored several articles such as "Changing Vaccine Protocols". I strongly urge you to research this amazing award winning Veterinarian and Research Scientist! Her work on animal serology is the change we need to see in the treatment of our animals. Her articles are interesting and easy to read. http://www.hemopet.org/education/jean-dodds-veterinarian.html
Here is Dr. Dodds health resource blog which is another great wealth of information. I also see that she is actively answering questions for people on her comments to her blog which is very helpful!! http://drjeandoddspethealthresource.tumblr.com/
Dr. Ron Schultz PhD is researching immunity duration for vaccines. He has proven that in most cases vaccines given once last for the lifetime of the pet and that revaccinating does not make them more immune. Here is one of his amazing articles of why Vets who push for annual revacination are WRONG http://www.puliclub.org/chf/akc2007conf/what%20everyone%20needs%20to%20know%20about%20canine%20vaccines.htm
Dr. Ron Schultz Principal Investigator in the Rabies Challenge Fund which is a research study that will determine the duration of immunity conveyed by rabies vaccines. The goal is to extend the
required interval for rabies boosters to 5 and then to 7 years instead of the current 3 year. Here is a link to the education page for more info http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/education
Dr. Jordan has a wonderful website with ebooks, blog, articles, and she provides consultations for those who do not have the luxury of a true holistic Veterinarian in their area or need a second opinion. http://dr-jordan.com/