My Goals for 2010

As we approach the end of January, I’d like to share some of my professional goals as a veterinarian and author. Goal #1-Encourage More People To Use Natural Therapies Based upon my own experiences, using natural therapies to prevent and treat health problems is the way to go, although admittedly this is a tough goal to achieve. There is a…

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Where’s the Proof? Just Look

One of my natural medicine colleagues just returned from a major veterinary conference. He told me that he attended a number of interesting presentations that involved serious medical conditions we see in practice every day. Because so many doctors who oppose natural medicine argue that there is no proof (double-blind placebo-controlled studies) showing the effectiveness of our therapies, he decided…

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What You Need to Know About “Proven” Therapies

It’s interesting that many critics of natural medicine remain skeptical of evidence that has proven the effectiveness of a therapy by many years of clinical experience, yet easily accept “evidence” that is funded by and offered by pharmaceutical companies to promote the latest new drug. As most of you know, I’m not at all against using conventional medications as part…

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When All Seems Hopeless, Don’t Give Up

Every day I see pets whose owners share with me the same tragic story. Their veterinarians have told them there is nothing they can do to help their pets. Many of these pets were seen by their veterinarians for routine checkups or what appeared to be minor problems. During the visit, a serious condition, often cancer, was diagnosed. As a…

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More Issues from Skeptical Veterinarians

I recently blogged about how skeptical veterinarians do not approve of using natural therapies that they consider “unproven.” According to the skeptics, unless the therapy has been proven to work through numerous rigidly controlled scientific studies, they would be considered “alternative and unproven therapies” that should not be used in the practice of medicine. (Of course if we held all…

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Why SkeptVet Might Be Skeptical

I recently wrote an article for USA Today online. In the article I discussed the new vaccine protocols established by all of the major veterinary organizations and veterinary schools. Basically these new recommendations confirm that pets do not need and should not receive annual vaccinations. One of the comments I received was from someone who calls himself skeptvet. This anonymous…

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5 Tips to Prevent Cancer

Cancer is one of the most feared conditions in dogs and cats. While we’ve made many great strides in treating cancer over the last decades, preventing (or at least reducing) cancer in pets should be every owner’s goal. Here are five simple things you can do to greatly reduce your pet’s chance of developing this dreaded and often fatal condition.…

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Man’s Best Friend Becomes Lifesaver for Men, Women, and Children

As rescue teams and humanitarian aid rush to the island of Haiti to try to offer assistance following a devastating tragedy, among the rescuers will be members of elite search and rescue teams. These teams will be composed of specially trained canines and their handlers. These dogs, similar to those used in other tragedies such as the bombing of the…

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Don’t Watch Cancer Grow!

Just a few minutes ago I saw a sweet little Scottish terrier (Jenny) that has a large cancerous growth called a mast cell tumor on her right shoulder. Unfortunately, the tumor is so large that without amputating the dog’s leg, surgery would probably not be helpful. In talking with Jenny’s owners, I discovered this tumor has been present for approximately…

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Cancer Treatment-Why Natural Therapies MUST Be Used

Not a day goes by that I don’t hear about pet or a person being diagnosed with cancer. Of course in my practice, I see multiple cancer patients each week. These lucky pets all have owners wise enough to know that an integrative approach to treating a patient with cancer is essential if the patient is to have the best…

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