Vaccines and Titers

Animals properly immunized against the clinically important viral diseases have sterilizing immunity that not only prevents clinical disease but also prevents infection, and only the presence of antibody can prevent infection. An animal with a positive antibody titer blood test against these viruses has sterilizing immunity and should be protected from infection. If that animal were vaccinated it would not…

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Functional Medicine

At Paws & Claws Holistic Animal Hospital, our focus and specialty is on functional medicine. Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and doctor in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional…

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Safer Holistic Anesthesia for Dental (and Other) Procedures

Dental Disease and Anesthesia Most pets have periodontal disease that must be addressed. This involves cleaning the teeth, and a proper dental cleaning must be done under sedation/anesthesia in order to thoroughly treat the periodontal pockets that accompany dental disease. A holistic approach to anesthesia is a safe alternative to traditional anesthetics. The holistic approach allows minimal amounts of sedation/anesthesia…

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Dog Flu

Yes it’s flu season, which means we’re getting many calls about the dog flu. There is a lot of misinformation out there, so here are a few quick facts to keep your dog healthy this flu season. 1.First, as is true with the human flu vaccine, the vaccine DOES NOT prevent the flu….the goal of vaccination is to minimize the…

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Cancer Guidelines from Dr. Shawn

As you know, we are really aggressive when it comes to diagnosing and treating cancer. We have developed a number of unique therapies to boost your pet’s immune system and fight the cancer, and often we can do this without using chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Our protocols are so successful that we even get referrals from area oncologists whose patients…

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Top Reasons Pets See Vets

According to several studies done by pet insurance companies, the most common reasons pets see their doctors, other than for vaccines (which we know most pets don’t need,) are… Skin problems GI problems Urinary Problems Behavior Issues Cancer Epilepsy Arthritis Fortunately, all of these things are easily identified early, BEFORE your pet becomes ill, with a simple examination and a…

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New Year’s Resolutions

Each year I put together a list of ideas for my clients to consider for their pets. I’m happy to share it with you. In 2016 I propose….. To decrease the amount of vaccines and medications I give to my pets. Blood titer testing will eliminate vaccines for most pets, and choosing more natural therapies can decrease the amount of…

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Top Reasons Pets See Vets…And How Holistic Care Helps Them

According to several studies done by pet insurance companies, the most common reasons pets see their doctors, in addition to vaccines (which we know they don’t need,) are… Skin problems GI problems Urinary Problems Behavior Issues Cancer Epilepsy Arthritis Fortunately, all of these things are easily identified early, BEFORE your pet becomes ill, with a simple examination and a few…

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Dr. Shawn’s Specialty

I’m often asked…”Dr. Shawn, what is your specialty? What makes your hospital different?” Legally I can’t call my self a specialist (even though my clients and many of my colleagues consider what I do a specialty) since there is no board-certification program for holistic, naturopathic, and functional medicine. However, I can answer that question. Our “specialty” involves 2 things: We…

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A Day in the Life of a Holistic Vet

I’m often asked just what it is that a holistic veterinarian does. In other words, how is our day different from those of our conventional colleagues? In this article, I’ll share a typical workday in the busy life of a holistic veterinarian. Unlike conventional doctors, holistic veterinarians have 2 categories of clients. The first are those clients, usually regulars of…

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