Alternative Medicine for Pets/Precious


I am caring for my daughter's 11 year old, 18 lb Min Pin while she is overseas working.  Her name is Precious and she is a diabetic and receives insulin twice daily.  She has just been diagnosed with phemphigus.  She has a blood red, raw area above one eye,the same starting over the other one. Her lips are very dry, and almost crusty.  The vet has put her on prednisone, a topical ointment containing steroids and an immune system suppressant.  

Precious is a wonderful dog and I want to do everything I can for her.I really don't think all the drugs will be good for her and I know that the steroids can really mess with her diabetes.

Please point me in the right direction.

Thanks so much for your time.

Hello Elaine,

This is a situation that really needs to be handled by a holistic vet. One of the best in the country is here in Florida but does phone consultation and is absolutely amazing. To set up an appointment, call his office at 352-245-2025. His name id Dr Gerald Wessner, and you can truly feel his compassion over the phone. He is also quite affordable compared to other vets because he is actually in it for the animals. I would recommend that you give him a call (best around 2 pm EST). Leave a message if no one answers because he works on horses as well and is out of the office frequently.

I would recommend also that you put her on a raw food diet. There are many frozen varieties available at quality pet stores. Introduce it to her slowly, removing her regular food over a period of 3-5 days.

Please contact Dr won't regret it.

Hope this helps.

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I can answer questions concerning pet allergies, natural flea control, breeding and dog breeds, puppy training, pets and stress, and pretty much any dog related question.


I have been a Holistic Pet Care Consultant for over 20 years. My specialties are nutrition and flea, skin and coat problems but I have experience with other health issues as well. I have been studying canine nutrition for over 20 years as well and have a broad knowledge base there including breed specific information. I am the author of The Healthy Pet Handbook and Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet as well as many other pet related articles; and have hosted radio talk shows on natural pet care. I conduct seminars on natural pet care, relationship training and the spiritual, energetic relationship between people and companion animals. I trained my first dog in 7th grade, bread my first litter in 12th grade and began showing at age 20 (I'm now 60). I have studied dogs all of my life and I have a degree in Psychology with minors in Ecology and Animal Behavior from Utah State University. I am a graduate of The New York School of Dog Grooming (1972) and Orchard Kennels School of Training (can't remember the year). I am the founder and owner of Naturals For Animals in St Petersburg, FL and the developer of Critter Oil and other natural products and Pet Energy Therapy, a pet assisted therapy for people. I look forward to answering your questions and feel free to read the articles on my site,

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