Canine Influenza-Are You Scared?

One of my clients asked me yesterday about the dog flu. It seems that our local TV station interviewed a Dallas veterinarian who bragged about already having vaccinated over 200 dogs for this “devastating disease.” Wow! Over 200 vacccinated pets. Think how much money I could have made if I had vaccinated over 200 dogs for this new disease! I’m…

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Are “Prescription” Diets Really Necessary?

Prescription-type medicated diets are often prescribed by conventional veterinarians for pets with a number of diseases including urinary tract problems, kidney disease, heart disease, and diabetes. While there are certainly those cases in which medicated diets can help improve the quality as well as the quantity of a pet’s life, more often than not simply feeding a high quality natural…

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Health Care and the Public Option: Say Goodbye to Alternative Therapies!

Regardless of your political affiliation or philosophy regarding government involvement in our lives, most if not all of you are open to using a more natural approach (so-called alternative therapies) to improve the health of your human and animal family members. Unfortunately, this reliance on natural medicine is unlikely to be available if the government passes a public option.  Why?…

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Why Some Dogs Vaccinated Against Kennel Cough Still Get Kennel Cough

Ever wonder why your dog, who just came home from his weeklong stay at the boarding kennel, contracted kennel cough?  Didn’t he just have a vaccine against this disease a few weeks ago? There are several points to keep in mind when this scenario occurs.  First, no vaccine is 100% effective.  Second, the” kennel cough” vaccine does not vaccinate against…

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The Healthcare Debate: Two Questions That Must Be Asked

I blogged about some of my solutions to improve our health care system before.  I thought I’d share a few more ideas with you on this as well. It seems to me that there are two questions that must be asked before we can even try to find a solution to the healthcare issue, yet no one seems to be…

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What to Do If You Are Allergic to Your Pet

Even though most people love pets, unfortunately some people find themselves allergic to certain animals.  Is there anything you can do if you develop an allergy to your dog or cat? The first thing I suggest is to make sure you’re really allergic to your pet rather than being allergic to something ON your pet. Remember that your pet’s hair…

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The First Amendment and Animal Cruelty

As recently reported in many newspapers across the country, one of the issues the new Supreme Court will tackle this session involves the First Amendment and animal cruelty. Is it legal, under the free speech clause of the Constitution, to show pictures and videos of animal cruelty? This case results from the arrests of several people showing actual dogfights and…

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Bathing Your Pet Might Reduce Your Allergies or Asthmatic Symptoms

As you know, I’m a big fan of having my clients frequently bathe their pets. One of the secrets to my success in using natural therapies to help pets with skin disease is to prescribe a regimen of frequent bathing. The more frequently pets are bathed, the less need for conventional medications like steroids or antibiotics. For pets without skin…

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New Cancer Drug to Help Your Pet

A great discussion of the new chemotherapy drug Palladia by Pfizer, which has recently been licensed for treatment of mast cell tumors in dogs, was presented at the veterinary conference I attended last weekend. This drug is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor which decreases the growth of blood vessels to the tumor and may offer a new way to treat aggressive…

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