Ask the Veterinarian/Over weight dog
Dear Dr. Christina
I have a male toy poodle, Miko, who just turned 7 years old.
Before the age of one, he started having seizures. He was started on Phenobarbital 15mg/day. The dose of his phenobarb was gradually increased according to his blood levels and seizure activity.
At the moment he takes 30mg Phenobarbitone bid.
In August 2010 he had acute Pancreatitis. The poor baby was in so much pain and the Vet tried to prepare me that he will not make it through as his liver enzimes were severely elevated. I am an ICU nurse and did everything to nurse him to keep him comfortable. I nursed him for 9 days and nights in separate room with his IV and he went twice a day to Vet for injections. I picked him up with towel to support his belly and took him out every 40 minutes to pass urine. He was nil/mouth and I struggled to get him to take water.
In my waking hours I researched a lot to try and do the best for my dog. He was at a healthy weight of 3.9kg. Miraculously, my sweet little boy recovered and never had a set back re his liver. He was very much "on edge" and nervous after his illness and never seemed to be able to relax. The Vet added Amitriptyline 5mg bid as a behaviour modification. He seemed to be a little more relaxed.
My husband is a Diplomat and we had a posting in Zimbabwe. The Vet was absolute fantastic and available 24/7. He even called me at 01h00, 03h00 and 05h00 when he visited his surgery to check on sick animals, as he knew I did "night duty" taking care of my boy.
In the time Miko recovered, I slowly introduced home cooked meals. At first only a little rice. I ordered Berte's Digestion Blend from the US and added to the cooked meals. I also put one teaspoon of Protexin powder in the drinking water.
A regular meal of the dogs contained 50% lean protein, 25% rice and 25% zucchini/butternut.
With the cooked meals, I could easily give Miko his milk thistle powder. Before he became ill, my dogs only had their dry food we ordered from Canada, as they were picky and did not want to eat anything else. the food contained 15% fat and 25% protein.
After eating cooked food, they became very picky. Even pulled up their noses for my "menu" of the day and some days did not want to take the cooked or the dry food.
Then, in 2011, 8 months after Miko's pancreatitis, we got news that we had to move to Australia for the next 4 years. That was such a stressful period, as my dogs had to be in quarantine for 7 months according to the specifications to allow my dogs to come with us. They are our only "kids" and we will never be able to leave them.
I drove the 15 hours to South Africa and visited all the accredited kennels and found a lovely place with comfortable log cabin, infra red heating and a private garden of 7 x 10 meters. We were stressed out of our minds for the wellbeing of our dogs. When we went on holiday, they stayed with an elderly couple and were never alone.
They did wonderful in SA, but the diet posed a problem. Although I made pre-prepared meals, and liver treats to hide his tablets in, the Vet started them on Hill's Science diet W/D. It made it easier for the staff to have all the dogs on same diet.
After 2 weeks I visited my dogs and they both lost one kilogram!! I was so upset, but staying there for 5 days, I noticed their picky behavior disappeared and I realized how I spoiled them. I flew or drove down every 4 to 6 weeks to visit with my dogs for a week and spend the whole day with them. They seemed to love the staff that visited to do their daily tasks of brushing and walking them.
After 6 months in SA, they had to fly down to Sydney as they had to stay at least one month in Australian quarantine. Their new environment was completely different. From happy dogs that got brushed daily, groomed as needed, ear and eye hygiene daily, daily walks, they landed in a SPCA like kennel. No grass underneath their feet, no walking, no sunlight! They stayed on a cement slab where they had to sleep, lie down, urinate, etc. They were allowed to leave the kennels twice a week for no longer than 30min! I had to pay a walker $70/ 30 minutes walking twice a week. I gladly did it for them to relieve them from their cage for an hour a week! Even when I got a private groomer for the dogs, they had to do it in 30 minutes, otherwise they would loose the privilege of both walks of the week. The 30 minute grooming time, cancelled the one walk of the week!
We were only allowed to visit twice a week for 3 hours. NO exceptions! We drove every Tuesday from Canberra to Sydney - a 3 hour drive( 6 hours round trip) to visit our babies. They were nervous, falling down on the ground when you put out your hand to touch them. It took the whole visiting time in the confined space, to try and win their confidence. On every visit I took their pre-cooked frozen meals. On every visit I picked up Miko's Phenobarbital that he did spitted out. I was very concerned about Miko's stressed behavior and consulted Vet to pay visit. She found nothing wrong.
When they were released, we took them straight to Vet as both babies had Kennel Cough. Once at home, Miko, who had 5 seizures/ year, had about 5 seizures a week.
I took him to the Vet and he repeated his Phenobarbital levels. The Vet did not want to increase his 60mg Phenobarbital/ day, but added Epibrom 200mg/day (1/2 tablet bid) I hate all the tablets he gets, as I know all of them are toxic for his liver.
My one concern is now that my dog gained so much weight in the 2 years since we arrived in Canberra. His weight went up to 7.2kg! They are still on Hills sience diet. I give him the amount of food a 4kg dog should get. They don't get any pre cooked meals anymore as they did not seem to like it.
The only thing I cook is chicken liver treats. I mince it and add 2 egg whites/ kg of liver. Then I thicken it with rice flour. Afterwards I bake it cut it into 2 x 2cm pieces. It is an easy way to give his medication. I will soak 20g of his food in the mornings and evenings and add one tablespoon of prepared mince to it. The mince consists of chicken liver, or kangaroo mince or heart healthy beef or chicken breasts. He gets milk thistle powder and that's the way I give it to him. The rest of his daily quota, is the dry W/D.
I stopped to give them leather hide bones to chew on, as I think it might let him gain weight. My vet told me to give chicken necks for their teeth. Well, I started it last week. Because Miko seems to be "starving", he just bite pieces off and swallow it without chewing. This morning he had severe stomach ache. I could not touch him as he wanted to bite me. My husband put his face close to him and just talked to him and he nipped at his nose. I stayed with him and after 30min he stopped wiggling and pressing his stomach against the matress. When I held out my hand, he allowed me to touch his belly. I massage his stomach and applied pressure on liver area - he was comfortable with my touch and he is now his old self again. I am not sure if it was the chicken necks that he just swallowed without chewing?
Dr., I am sorry for this very lengthy letter, but I just wanted to give you some history. I think my dog is so compulsive re his food since the period in quarantine. I measure his quota of the day and fill his bowl every 3 hours. If I don't do it, he will eat both dogs food in one sitting. Before I could leave their food outside and they ate whenever they felt hungry.
I guess my question is what food do you suggest to give my dog. I will buy anything that is healthy for them. I am not sure if the W/D Hill's Science diet is good for Miko. In this day and age one can never be sure of the rubbish they add to diets. For myself and my husband I cook (or juice) from scratch and eat organic to avoid putting rubbish into our bodies. I will do the same for my dogs.
What can I do to help my dog to loose weight. Suggestions for healthy treats - something that will be helpful to clean their teeth as well.
I do walk my dogs at the lake for 20 to 30 minutes a day, and they go on the treadmill for 8 minutes a day.
Thank you for attending to this long letter, I will appreciate any advice and input re their diet and suggestions to help my dog slim down.
Miko is so lucky to have you for a mom as you have done everything you could think of to do for his health. Now you have taken a step that matches your health philosophy - you have asked a holistically trained veterinarian for help. When I only had my conventional veterinary training, I would often be very frustrated by problems that recurred and persisted like this because it often seemed that one of my treatments (antiseizure) would cause more problems (weight). The holistic philosophy has taught me that there is an underlying vibrational imbalance that causes most problems and the healing goal is to resolve that imbalance with treatments selected for that individual animal so everything resolves. To better understand this perspective, read the first few chapters of Don Hamilton's Homeopathic Care of Cats and Dogs or the few pages in my book, the Healthy Animal's Journal (available at Www.ChristinaChambreau.com). Now that the multitude of holistic modalities is available, I can tell you to never give up. Try one after the other, and record the changes with each. Miko can lose weight easily as soon as you go back to feeding fresh food. When you begin working with an integrative veterinarian, he may even be weaned off the anti-seizure medicines (or they can be lessened rather then having to continuously increase them. If there is a recurrence of the pancreatitis, you and the holistic veterinarian can treat it.
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You have 3 major approaches:
1. Treat conventionally - avoid this now at all costs for Miko (and all your animals, now and in the future).
2. Try some self healing treatments for sure. Stopping the W/D (you are right - junk - like cardboard) and feeding a fresh diet again will be key.
3. Begin now to work with an integrative veterinarian for the very best chance of health and long life. (See FIND A HEALER, below) There are many options in Australia, and the whole raw feeding diet started there with Dr. Billinghurst so you are in the right country for now. (what a challenge you and the dogs went through to move there. You are an amazing family.
If you were trained in different healing modalities (see below - YOU BE THE HEALER) you could help by using Reiki, T-Touch, HTA, flower essences, supplements, homeopathy and more. I am giving multiple suggestions because only some may be available in your area, and each animal is unique, so what works with one does not work with all. This is the joy of holistic approaches - we have dozens of things to try, while conventional has merely a few. These are general health suggestions, but I do recommend an integrative vet for deep healing which Miko needs.
1. Even before you are trained in Reiki, you can ask for this energy healing that cannot hurt and may help (See REIKI, below, for web sites to request healing). Once you learn Reiki, you can use it a. if there is a seizure; b. on the food to shift its vibration to be less likely to cause pancreatitis or weight gain; c. to generally improve the health of all people and dogs in your home.
2. Mitomax is a super probiotic that can improve nutrient absorption, so helps with all problems. I have had many animals' itchiness clear up while using this, though sometimes they need to stay on it. Unlike other probiotics, it is very stable and is ok at the low stomach pH. (Order at http://christinachambreau.com/product-overviews-
click on Pets max city - Be sure to give my name when you order to get a discount.) It may easier there to use one of the other probiotics, maybe a probiotic/digestive enzyme.
3. Rescue remedy from the health food store. Put one drop in a separate water bowl for all to drink if they want to. If there is a seizure put a few drops straight on his nose. Put 4 drops in an ounce of water in a jar and give a few drops in every meal and every few hours in between. You cannot use it too often. It is totally safe internally and externally in any quantity and dilution. It is great for people too - for anxiety, stress, shock, grief and more.
4. Most importantly, change back to a fresh food diet. I prefer a raw meaty bone diet but if you work with TCVM trained vets they may feel a raw diet may be too hot for Miko, and suggest some cooking. Avoid any grains at this point.
5. When he is not eating W/D, and is eating fresh food and fresh food snacks, his weight will normalize as it was before the quarantine and changing to processed food. Feeding them big chunks of meat is what cleans their teeth. They do not need to "chew" the way you are thinking.
My vet told me to give chicken necks for their teeth.
ANS: Good for your vet!! However, it is not just chicken necks - it is anything big enough to have to bite into, to "sink their teeth" into.
Well, I started it last week. Because Miko seems to be "starving", he just bite pieces off and swallow it without chewing.
ANS" Again the biting is good and maybe you are looking for different chewing. When you get rid of the "rubbish" dog food he will be less hungry and may be willing to gnaw on the meat or necks better. I often find the necks too small. I would suggest a 6 inch by 6 inch or bigger (1/2 to 1 inch thick) slab of meat to gnaw their way through in addition to the bones in the necks for calcium.
This morning he had severe stomach ache. I could not touch him as he wanted to bite me. My husband put his face close to him and just talked to him and he nipped at his nose. I stayed with him and after 30min he stopped wiggling and pressing his stomach against the matress. When I held out my hand, he allowed me to touch his belly. I massage his stomach and applied pressure on liver area - he was comfortable with my touch and he is now his old self again. I am not sure if it was the chicken necks that he just swallowed without chewing?
ANS" Swallowing without chewing is normal for dogs (No chewing teeth - see #2 below) so that was not the cause. He certainly had some pain. Try a chunk of meat next time. AND begin to work with an integrative veterinarian who can give you specific answers for each concern. If you had known reiki, or TTouch, or HTA, or given Rescue Remedy, he may have responded sooner.
An integrative veterinarian is trained in many different approaches, including using conventional drugs only when absolutely needed. Working with one can increase the chance that Miko can live a long and healthy life after recovering from this current problem. There are good ones and great ones, and a few homeopathic veterinarians will consult by phone or email. There are many in Australia, so you may want to find a local one for hands-on and one who will continue to work with you by email (probably homeopathic) or phone when you are transferred in 4 years. Read my comments at the end on working with and selecting a holistic veterinarian.
You can go to the web sites for each type of holistic practice and use their referral list to find one near to you: Use the following sites to select the best match for you.
Australia - http://www.civtedu.org/australia/
western - http://www.naturalvet.org/
1. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine: www.IVAS.org & www.TCVM.com
2. Homeopathic veterinarians (these can often help you by phone if no other holistic practitioners are nearby that you like): www.theAVH.org and www.DrPitcairn.com. To find homeopathic practitioners for yourself, and homeopathic products, go to
http://www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org/products-and-services; http://www.homeopathicpharmacy.org/members/; http://www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org/resources/practitioners
3. Wide range of other treatments: www.AHVMA.org, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.
If you wish to consult with me by telephone, go to my website and read about my practice.
There are also lots of practitioners and approaches that are used by trained people that you can find by searching the Internet.
ISince you are interested in better health in general, please read on. You will be excited to have a veterinarian tell you that most of your instincts are right.
7 KEYS TO HEALTHY ANIMALS
1. Know the current level of health. Most health problems are the result of an underlying energy imbalance. As we cure animals of "disease", we find that other things we thought were normal go away, so we can use these clues to know that animals are not healthy yet. Your goal is for your animal to have great energy, no doggy odor, no hairball vomiting, little shedding, a glowing coat and many more. Below is a complete list of these signs (Early Warning Signs of Illness). In young animals, these apparently "normal" problems may be the only indications to start exploring new options for lifestyle or treatment. Buy the Healthy Animal's Journal (www.HealthyAnimalsJournal.com) so you can see how these early warning symptoms and obvious ill symptoms change over time. Because of your postings, I would strongly suggest keeping one on each dog (get the ebook version)
2. Feed the best as you already know - just tailor it to their digestive systems which may be different for each dog. What are the best diets for people or animals -- the most processed or the freshest, most organic? A basic study has started to see the health effects of processed, cooked and raw diets – please add your dog’s information to this study - www.good-fordogs.blogspot.co.uk. The best ingredients should be the most consciously raised - local, organic vegetables, free ranging protein sources. Dogs and cats have ripping and tearing teeth, bone crunching teeth, no digestive juices in the mouth, jaws that do not chew, a stomach full of acid where the food sits for 4-12 hours and a very short transit time in the intestines. Dogs and cats do not pull out a knife to de-bone their prey and do not pull out matches to light a fire to cook their meat and vegetables. Therefore the best diet for dogs and cats is raw meat including raw bones, pureed raw and cooked vegetables and a few supplements (Calcium if no bones are eaten is critical). Grains are not good for most animals, but if there are none of the early warning signs (see below) and no illnesses, you can feed some grains, preferably the higher protein ones. Start as young kittens and puppies or at whatever age you read this (Brighthaven.org, a cat sanctuary switches 16 years old and older cats to raw meat diet and some have lived to 27 and 30, and now one to 35). Second best is same quality, but cooked. Even grocery store quality meat and vegetables are much better than most processed foods. Processed foods are an effort for the food industry to use up its waste products except for a few companies with great motives (and even they sometimes get bad or inferior ingredients). Processed foods are also a problem for the environment - they are not sustainable. Many dogs and cats need probiotics, especially if fed processed, dead foods. My current favorite is Mitomax. I have had many animals' minor health problems clear up while using this. Unlike other probiotics, it is very stable and is ok at the low stomach pH. (Order at http://christinachambreau.com/product-overviews
- click on Pets Max City)Every animal needs and wants a different combination of foods and supplements at different times in their lives depending on different stressors and health challenges, just as we do. With any food, observe each of your animals for the effect that food has on them and change if decreased energy or poor coat or other Early Warning Signs. NEVER feed DRY food to cats - even as treats. It causes most cats to drink more water resulting in stress to the kidneys and also can trigger bladder problems in cats. You can now buy many commercial raw meat diets. You must research them as well. Ask where the ingredients are raised? Are chemicals used? Are the chickens, beef, pork, etc raised in humane ways, out in the sun to get the Vitamin D in the meat, etc?
You said: "The only thing I cook is chicken liver treats. I mince it and add 2 egg whites/ kg of liver. Then I thicken it with rice flour. Afterwards I bake it cut it into 2 x 2cm pieces. It is an easy way to give his medication. I will soak 20g of his food in the mornings and evenings and add one tablespoon of prepared mince to it. The mince consists of chicken liver, or kangaroo mince or heart healthy beef or chicken breasts. He gets milk thistle powder and that's the way I give it to him. The rest of his daily quota, is the dry W/D.' I think if you get rid of the W/D, use these treats - keep them so large that they need to gnaw a bit on the chunks (that uses up calories and helps teeth) - and go back to a grain free raw meat (low fat) and pureed vegetable (what you all eat) diet his weight will stabilize.
3. Vaccinate the least. In my opinion, vaccines have caused more harm to animals than anything else we have done. Do you get measles and mumps vaccines every year of your life? Researchers in conventional veterinary medicine agree that we vaccinate too often, in too many combinations, and that this level of vaccination, while preventing epidemics, is harmful to the health of susceptible animals. On-going studies show that antibodies are high 10 and 16 years later for dog and cat distemper and dog Parvo so I recommend just a few baby shots and NO more. While Rabies is also a viral disease, you must follow the law (so if you could stay in Australia it would be wonderful for your dogs since there is none of this nasty one). You can help fund research to allow the vaccine to be given less frequently, which will help dogs and cats become healthier. Go to: THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND www.RabiesChallengeFund.org.
To help prevent damage from the Rabies vaccine, or any others that are required by your travelling, do the following. First, learn Reiki (see Below) and hold the vaccine syringe in your hand until the "draw" is gone, then Reiki the injection site once you are in car, then Reiki the whole animal daily until they do not "draw". If you have not yet learned Reiki, use the contacts below to have it done for your animal after the vaccine. For two weeks before and two weeks after, give the totally safe Vaccine Detox, a flower essence from Spirit Essences (get a discount at http://christinachambreau.com/resource/recommended-products
). Give triple the dose of calcium (or add some calcium) for 3 days before and 5 days after the vaccines. Dr. Peck is finding a drop in calcium at vaccination time. Then use the Early Warning signs, below, to see if further holistic treatment is needed if any of them appear or worsen. A wonderful list serve on vaccines, their harm and alternatives is at yahoo groups. To register, go to email@example.com A great web site is http://vaccines.dogsadversereactions.com/
The AVMA, veterinary colleges, AAHA, FPA and other leaders say 3 years is the best for all other vaccines, so certainly do not do yearly for anything (unless there is a Leptospirosis outbreak in your area, then email me for guidance). Please do not let the need to put your dog in a kennel force you to poison your dog with extra vaccines unless it is an emergency. The insert in vaccine packages says “Give only to healthy animals”, so if your animal is ill in any way, or undergoing treatment, they should not be vaccinated. Vaccinated animals often develop many chronic conditions including diabetes, cushings disease, addisons, allergies and even cancer.
If your animal has any type of reaction to vaccines, please report it to http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/cvb/html/adverseeventreport.html
4. Use the fewest chemicals, remembering that there are chemicals in vaccines. Each animal is an individual and will respond differently to heartworm, flea and tick preventatives. Some are very sensitive to chemicals used in the yard or the house and in vaccines - they will become profoundly ill. Others will be triggered by these chemicals to just not have full health. Chemicals in foods can cause allergic type reactions, so again feeding a fresh diet from local ingredients will be best. Healthy yards have lots of weeds. House cleaners can be made from foods and microfibril cloths clean like a charm. Healthy animals never get fleas and ticks
5. Understand how animals become ill and how they heal. First there is an energetic imbalance (they are just not right), then functional (the dog is itchy), then inflamed (skin is red, infected, swollen and hot) and finally tissue changes (thick, black skin). Results of any treatment can be no change, amelioration (current symptoms disappear with no other improvements, then return), suppression (current symptoms disappear and they become more ill) or a cure (everything about the animal to begins to improve, especially the overall energy level.)
Keeping a journal is critical to determine what treatments are helping problems to become less frequent and less severe. You can stand firm with what you feel is working even if your professional disagrees and change approaches when needed.
is a great one to use in print or e-version is available.
6. Learn different healing approaches. this is probably the most important because of your living in so many different areas. There are so many different ways to stimulate your healing that you never need to give up trying. Flower essences, essential oils, homeopathy, massage, Reiki and herbs are a few. Classes are found through your health food store, by phone or on-line. I teach many classes around the country and my web site lists classes taught by others as well.
7. Select the best healers for each animal's health team. Most people want a veterinarian (preferably integrative) and an energy healer. You decide what needs to be tried next for your animal. When you realize the animal is not improving – seek different care. Use conventional veterinarians for diagnosis and emergency treatment, or if other methods are not working. Again, integrative veterinarians (see above) will be able to do both, and have the philosophical understanding of the vibrational causes of illness. and again, find one who will work with you for the rest of your lives with animals - wherever you live.
YOU BE THE HEALER
I also strongly recommend getting some training in understanding the wide range of approaches to health so you can be in charge of what you choose for treatments for your animals. You can learn Reiki (which can take the "bad" out of vaccines and any needed drugs, or even make food healthier), massage, HTA, TTouch, acupressure, flower essence therapy, aromatherapy, all of which are 100% safe to use for any problems (see REIKI below). There are many more approaches you can do to help heal your animals with some training since they need to be used more carefully - homeopathy, herbal medicine, Chinese herbs. In addition to classes (see below), there are many very good list serves filled with people experienced with not vaccinating and feeding raw meat diets. Go to yahoogroups.com and look for “Novaxk9s” and “Raw Paws”. As with human health approaches, there are many different opinions, so you need to experiment and see what makes your animals more or less healthy. Keeping a journal can help you decide what is working and what is not working (www.ChristinaChambreau.com).
www.ChristinaChambreau.com has a listing of courses taught by her and others that may help you. I am doing teleseminars and Swill expand to Webinars in the future. Every Thursday at 11 Am eastern is the blog talk radio and you can access replays at any time www.HomeopathyWorldCommunity.com, then click on my picture with a hat. If you want to organize a webinar for me and get people in your area of the country to attend I would love to do that for you. You can do searches online for the many other classes and lectures available. Go to www.theAVH.org for classes every November as part of the annual conference. People come from around the world for this.
Healthy Animal Update is an emailed newsletter that is occasionally sent out – to sign up – go to www.ChristinaChambreau.com. While there check out classes and products. Blogs on the site are frequent - sign up for the RSS feed.
Good Health and looking forward to seeing you/hearing you in some of my classes.
From the book, Healthy Animal's Journal - "Reiki: Personally, I think every person who lives with or works with animals must know at least Level I Reiki. The practitioner places her hands upon the animal (or it can be done from a distance, even around the world) with the intent for healing to occur. The energy flows through the healer into the animal. This is based on directly applying Chi (energy) to rebalance the energy field so it no longer needs to produce the physical symptoms. It is a very good adjunct to any healing modality, especially to relieve pain and inflammation. I have seen cats who begin to eat again when their food has Reiki done on the food. It also "takes the bad out of" things. By doing Reiki on smelly water in restaurants I have been able to drink sweet tasting and smelling water. Use Reiki anytime that you must give injections, vaccines, drugs, flea or heartworm drugs, or other substances with potential toxicity. Do you work in a grooming salon, or kennel, or veterinary clinic, or barn or anywhere animals are being seen? Use your Reiki on any treatments to be given and to calm the animals. People have reported getting animals to eat by doing Reiki on their food. http://www.reiki.org
is a great practitioner in Maryland who knows a lot about cats. Get a free treatment at www.interdimensionalhealing.com. Great information on Reiki - http://www.reikicourse.org
. Kathleen Prasad is a wonderful teacher and works with my favorite sanctuary and holistic education center, BrightHaven www.brighthaven.org. She just had an article on Reiki in Feline Wellness. Kathleen leads a free monthly telechat for anyone trained in Reiki and using it with animals. http://www.animalreikisource.com/
. If you cannot find a Reiki Class near you (same class for people and animals as it connects you through an "attunement" to the healing energy of the universe, making you a channel of healing), three groups offer long distance, free, attunements.
3. www.ReikiBlessings.com offers free Reiki attunements, classes and training on-line and animal classes, too
Long distance healing and training is at www.animalhealers.homestead.com/
A client of mine is using Christine, Her name is Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.awakeningrainbows.com. To receive free distance Reiki send her your first name only, city and state, and whether or not you have had any Reiki training. She invites you to include your pets as well. She uses a teddy bear and does a full body Reiki distance treatment for one hour each Sunday evening from 9 p.m. until 10 p.m. EST.
Another wonderful healer, Deena Spears works long distance with Sound Tuning. www.Singingwoods.com. I have seen many animals and the people in a home be healed by her work.
LISTS SERVES TO HELP YOU LEARN TO FEED THE BEST
From the folks that brought us Jstsayno2vaccs is a new site for raw feeding - excellent - http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawk9s/
Here is what they say, “Lastly, we saw a need for a beginner's raw feeding group. Many of the raw feeding groups have grown very large and often new people are lost in the shuffle. In addition, some raw feeding groups are specialized to one type of feeding only. We believe that feeding raw is the first step in whole health and have tried to create an environment of learning and support where there are no dumb questions and everyone gets individual attention. With that in mind Kathleen recently instituted a mentoring program where mentor's sign up to help individuals, and new folks can opt into the program and receive private help in their journey. It has been a huge success.
- the above groups breeding web site. Excellent.
- Dr. Tom Lonsdale site
- Australian lady, no vegetables, no fruits, good links and articles
- very practical, meat only
– DC food delivery of specialty meals.
- Lisa Pierson, DVM
– Jean Hofve, DVM – full of great information
- sells raw meat products
I do not personally know all the rest, so use your common sense as you read.
And if you are really stuck on a specific issue
There is also a list of lists where other raw feeding lists can be found. Many are breed specific, location specific or subject specific.
EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF ILLNESS FOR DOGS AND CATS
1. Is your companion really healthy?
2. Can you tell if the treatment you selected is deeply curing?
3. Can your companion be healthier than you realize?
YES - read on and evaluate your animal for true health.
Most health problems are the result of an underlying energy imbalance, made worse from poor diet and vaccination. They are rarely acute diseases (except injuries). Therefore, you may find that the problem does not clear up as you expect or it recurs. If so, you are dealing with an underlying predisposition to illness, and these clues to underlying ill health will help you select a remedy and monitor the results. As we cure animals of "disease", we find that certain other "NORMAL" things go away, too. Do not be satisfied until most of the following symptoms are gone. In young, apparently healthy animals, these apparently "normal" problems may be the only indications to start treatment. This is only the beginning of a list - as more animals are cured we will find new levels of health. Tracking these is easy when you use the Healthy Animal's Journal by Dr. Christina Chambreau (www.HealthyAnimalsJournal.com)
SKIN: doggy smell; attracts fleas a lot; dry, oily, lack-luster coat;
excessive shedding; not grooming, ear problems - waxy, oily, itchy, recurrent mites; eye discharge, tearing, or matter in corner of eyes; raised third eyelid; spots appearing on iris; "freckles" appearing on face; whiskers falling out; fragile, thickened, distorted claws that are painful or sensitive to trim.
BEHAVIOR: Fears(of loud noises, thunder, wind, people, animals, life); too timid; too rough or aggressive (even at play); too hard to train; barks too much and too long; suspicious nature; biting when petted too long; hysteria when restrained; clumsy; indolent; licking or sucking things or people too much; not using litter box or not covering stool.
DIGESTIVE: Bad breath; tarter accumulation; loss of teeth; poor appetite; craving weird things(rubber bands, plastic, dirt, cat litter, paper, dogs eating dog or cat stools, rocks, sticks...); sensitivity to milk; thirst - a super healthy cat on non dry food will drink at most once a week; red gum line; vomiting often, even hairballs more than a few times a year; mucous on stools; tendency to diarrhea with least change of diet; obesity; anal gland problems; recurrent parasites.
STIFFNESS when getting up, early hip dysplasia; tires easily in hot or cold weather; can no longer jump up on counters, or go up or down steps.
TEMPERATURE: Low grade fevers - Normal for healthy cats and dogs is
AGE & REPRODUCTION: Should live a long life (Shepards 17 years, Danes 12, cats 24). should be able conceive easily, deliver normally, and not pass on "genetic breed" problems.
WORKING WITH AN INTEGRATIVE VETERINARIAN
Holistic medicine takes the perspective of treating the whole animal. Even if there is a current problem, for example diarrhea or itching, a good holistic veterinarian will ask questions about what problems there have been in the past, what changes in the household or the environment may have triggered the current complaint and if there is anything that makes the current complaints better or worse. They will also evaluate the overall energy level of the animal. Their goal is to make the animal healthier for life, not just to get rid of the current symptom. They will educate you and explain what they see when physically examining your animal.
Some of the modalities that integrative veterinarians may use in addition to conventional include acupuncture, herbs, flower essences, homeopathy, chiropractic, network chiropractic, nutrition, glandulars, Reiki, Tellington touch, healing touch, long distance healing modalities. Some of these have certification programs with a year or more of courses, exams and evaluation of clinical ability. Others are either self-taught or not regulated. Some individuals are wonderful with your animal -- others great at explaining to you what is happening with your animals. A few are good in both areas. Few veterinarians are perfect, and we all have bad days. Your animal should at least be comfortable with your choice and you should be able to get your questions and concerns addressed.
Once you have done the internet work suggested above, how do you select one to start with and then how do you know if you are getting good service and what can you do to help them help your animals?
Ask the veterinarian you are interested in:
1. Ask what modalities are used?
2. What is their training?
3. Is their goal overall health or to merely treat the current complaint? This may be the most important question.
4. What organizations they belong to & how recently have they gone to conferences or taught? (Just because they belong to AHVMA, or AVH, does not mean they are trained or capable in those modalities.)
As she treats your animal, a good holistic veterinarian will usually:
1. Ask about the history, overall energy, what might have caused the current problem, the environment and what makes the symptoms better or worse.
2. Their physical exam will be gentle, complete and they will show you (you may need to ask) what they mean by “gingivitis, big lymph nodes, heart murmur”, etc.
3. They will be willing to answer your questions and explain why they are recommending a particular treatment.
4. If they recommend conventional treatments (antibiotics, prednisone, etc.) they will explain to you why they choose this over holistic, and give you a chance to request the more holistic treatment.
5. They will not do anything (vaccinate, treat) without asking you first.
6. They will recommend fewer or no vaccinations and a raw meat or at least more holistic diet.
7. They will schedule follow up appointments until your animal is really healthy.
(See symptoms of chronic disease)
What you can do to help your holistic veterinarian
1. Keep a dated journal of any problems, even little ones.
2. Write down any treatments given.
3. Call if symptoms worsen, or they are less energetic and less happy, or you have concerns.
Many people feel that they would rather give a lot of chemical preventatives for worms and viruses and food from a bag as it seems easier and some dogs do seem to thrive on this approach - like some people who smoke and drink and live a long healthy life. In 30 years of integrative practice, though, I see many people frustrated with cancer, diabetes, cushings, severe allergies and more. Many of them, when switching to the above approaches, find both improved health and even satisfaction that they are treating their dog as a member of the family. They feed from the same sources they get their ingredients. They vaccinate no more than they get. If they do not take worm preventatives all the time, they do not give it to their animals. If the label says "do not touch without gloves" they would not think of putting it on their pet's skin.
Truly it is your choice and there is no right or correct answer, just the one that makes more sense to you.