Dr. Shawn’s Skin Line

August 17, 2013 on 12:33 pm | In General Posts | Comments Off

Here is a recent interview I did on my product line.

Why is it important for dog owners to regularly shampoo their dog?

Regular bathing with an organic shampoo specifically designed for frequent bathing keeps the skin and coat healthy and shiny, reduces itching and infection, reduces “doggy odor,” and reduces the amount of dirt/debris/allergens the pet brings into the house (and potentially aggravating the owner’s allergies or asthma.)

How often should dogs be bathed with shampoo?

If using an organic shampoo specifically designed for frequent bathing I recommend at least weekly…for pets with skin problems up to daily for 1-2 weeks then 2-3 times weekly for maintenance. This controls the disease and reduces the need for antibiotics and steroids.

How did you come by your formula for your brand of shampoo?

Based upon my knowledge of dermatology, toxicology, and herbology, I designed the shampoos and ear wash to help my patients. In practice I use very few medications thanks to the healing abilities of the shampoos and ear wash.

How is your brand different from others? What makes it unique?

It’s the only brand designed by a holistic veterinarian formulated for daily use. The organic herbal oils have soothing and healing properties and smell great. Because the products are chemical-free they won’t harm the pet, the owner, or the environment. They have also been used clinically on thousand of animals, so we know they work!

Is there anything else you would like to add in regard to bathing your pets?

The more you do it the less medications pets with skin disease usually require.

Saving Money on Pet Care

August 9, 2013 on 4:53 am | In General Posts | Comments Off

One of the goals of using holistic pet care is to decrease the cost of pet care. Because the focus is on disease prevention, costs tend to be less over the life of the pet as illnesses are reduced. Additionally, for pets with chronic medical conditions, once the amount of conventional medications are decreased, costs also tend to decrease.

However, there are times when veterinary visits can be expensive. Pets with serious conditions such as cancer and other immune problems incur expensive treatments. Likewise, acute problems that require a visit to the emergency room are also expensive, especially since a follow-up visit to the veterinarian the next day is often needed to continue diagnostic testing and further treatment.

There are ways to decrease the cost of pet care. Here are my tips for how we try to save our clients money on their veterinary expenses.

1.Get pet health insurance. There are many companies and no one is right for everyone. Currently my recommendation is Trupanion as they pay 90% of covered costs and cover natural therapies. Since diseases such as cancer can easily cost $10,000 or more, having pet insurance can drastically lower the cost while allowing your pet to get the best care possible.

2.Use Care Credit. This is a credit card for pet care that most people can qualify for after submitting a simple application (on the web, on the phone, etc.) Using this plus pet insurance allows you to pay $0 out of pocket for your veterinary visit. Care Credit pays the hospital and you pay Care Credit, interest-free, once the insurance payment arrives.

3.Practice preventive care. Preventing disease is always less expensive than treatment. In our practice this means annual visits for pets under 5 years old and twice yearly visits for pets 5 and over. These visits focus on health and include a full physical examination, as well as laboratory testing of the blood, urine, and feces. Experience has shown that many pets that get this level of preventive care often have minor abnormalities on their testing that are easily treated with natural therapies, preventing these minor problems from becoming more serious and expensive issues later in life.

4.Get a second opinion. I’ll discuss second opinions in another article, but if your pet has a chronic disease (or an undiagnosed problem) getting a second opinion may help cure the problem. A second set of eyes is always helpful. A large amount of time spent by holistic veterinarians involves second opinion cases that often allow a quick resolution of the problem which saves money on future visits.

5.Bundle services. Anytime you can do several services at once you can save money. In our practice, all pets that are sedated or anesthetized for procedures such as dental cleanings or tumor removals receive a number of additional services (such as an EKG, X-ray to screen for bladder stones and abdominal and chest tumors, medicated ear flushing, etc.) at a reduced cost (often up to 80% off of the normal cost, saving the owner quite a bit of money, yet allowing the pet to get necessary diagnostic testing.) Problems that are discovered with these reduced-cost procedures are easily and effectively treated before becoming worse and costing more.

6.Use natural therapies. Natural therapies are usually less expensive than conventional therapies. For example, natural treatment of an ACL (knee ligament) injury is much less expensive than knee surgery. Using natural remedies to treat seizures, for example, is much less expensive than using medications, as pets on medication require regular blood and urine testing to detect signs of toxicity from the medications. This testing is not needed for pets treated with natural remedies.

These are just some of the different ways we help our clients keep their health care costs to a minimum. Check with your doctor to see how he can help you reduce your pet’s cost.

Also…readers of my blog can save 10% every day on any of my natural pet products by entering the code “drshawn” at www.drshawnsnaturals.com!

Debunking Heartworm Fallacies-Part 1

August 7, 2013 on 7:50 pm | In General Posts | Comments Off

A reader recently directed me to a website making all sorts of erroneous claims about heartworm infection/disease in dogs. Since there are SO many inaccuracies on this site, I’m going to devote a spot in the newsletter each week to correcting these false statements.

First, let’s start off this week with a discussion of heartworms in dogs. Heartworm infection occurs when an infected mosquito deposits immature larval heartworms into the dog while the mosquito feeds on the dog. Most pets that I see with “heartworms” have heartworm infection. Heartworm disease results when a pet infected with heartworms actually develops clinical signs, which can include sudden death, vomiting, weight loss, lethargy, and heart failure. It’s very rare that I see pets with heartworm disease. Pets with heartworm disease are more likely to suffer side effects with traditional heartworm treatment than pets with heartworm infection. Next week we’ll continue our discussion of heartworms and dogs.

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