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A Chronicle of Cure

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Healing takes time.

It seems we are so used to instant results in a modern world that perhaps we forget how to assess normal clinical improvement. We are inclined to be impatient as veterinarians and animal owners alike, in a world where instant results have become the norm.

The main thing is to help the animal feel better in itself, in its energy and demeanour and then other symptoms can improve over time. This is the objective of treating animals with integrative medicine and homeopathy.

Suppressing symptoms is not curing.

When faced with a serious disease diagnosis it is understandably difficult to not panic about treatment options but time has taught me that healing takes longer than we often expect for a number of reasons, some of which I will outline.

 

With the over reliance on allopathic or ‘reductionist’ medicines, we have come to expect instantaneous responses and we are misled into believing that this is to be expected. It is not necessarily true when treating chronic disease properly. We can get fast responses when treating acute or sudden trauma and illness but with time and an integrative approach we can also cure chronic disease with homeopathy, targeted nutritional therapy and other non-pharmaceutical medicines.

It may surprise many veterinarians that a large number of animals walking into the consultation room on first presentation do not actually need anything more than a thorough physical examination and a gentle touch to reassure them that they are being heard and helped. Help comes in assessing the options for why the owners may worry that their animal is unwell. If an owner feels there is a problem then there always is; it is often just not as serious as we are primed to expect, except in true medical emergencies.

This does not mean that we do nothing for chronic cases but within the confines of a standard veterinary consultation, which is probably ten to fifteen minutes, there is not a lot of time to get the animal and the owner into a position conducive to gleaning any accurate information regarding the true health disturbance.

I encourage all veterinarians therefore to take more time to make animals and clients comfortable and observe all the time what the animal is doing. Make appointments longer even if that means charging more since people want value for money rather than just a list of expensive options. Animals will be trying to tell you what is wrong if you cultivate the art of listening.

You can also learn to listen through touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a referral practice, many of my clients come to me dismayed by the range of expensive options outlined to them in the name of best practice. Best practice has become a bit of a threat to many of us in as much as we worry that if we do not offer imaging or pathology tests that we will be considered professionally negligent. I am not diminishing the importance of these practices in cases where there is a demonstrated need. Our job is to diagnose and treat disease and these two skills are intimately dependent upon each other when we are employing conventional medicines because a wrongly prescribed pharmaceutical can indeed be very dangerous. With the professional practice of homeopathy, where the threat of ‘wrong medicine’ no longer exists, we have a safer, effective and complete healing option at our disposal in cases where cure is possible. Holistic medicine originates from the ‘whole’ picture approach to disease and treatment options as we peel back the layers of influence that have contributed to maintaining a picture of ill health.

It is a false premise that many diseases are incurable and this seriously needs addressing so that my colleagues can regain their power as healers, strengthen their skills as physicians and feel happier about their abilities and the outcome and cost of their treatment options.

It is normal for animals changing from conventional medicines to natural medicines to experience what appears to be a worsening of disease symptoms. Misunderstanding this process accounts for a lot of the criticism directed towards the natural medicine approach.

The animal must learn how to use medicines differently and detoxify from the chemicals present in drugs. This can make them appear worse for a while and this is where the clinical skills of the veterinarian are crucial in identifying the strength and direction of the animal’s true response to therapy.

A homeopathic approach to disease treatment involves adding strength to the animal’s natural healing force and gentling or supporting them to cure. Years of vaccinations, antibiotics and chemicals need time to clear from the body.

Here is the example that inspired this post. It is a dialogue that occurs commonly in my practice during the course of healing over many months between myself, V (vet) and the owner O.

This is P, a cat with a skin disease that was considered to be incurable and had been on many drugs some of which caused life threatening side effects. Throughout the whole period the cat was valiantly exteriorizing her symptoms to the skin. This is the correct response and direction to cure but is almost always overmedicated, widely misinterpreted and without proper training in integrative medicine, completely misunderstood as such.

Homeopathic treatment, in this case, was sought as a last resort. Nothing seemed to be working and P was very distressed with intractable scabby and bleeding skin. Here is our conversation so that you can appreciate the effort involved by all three parties to bring an animal to cure.

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O: Administering the treatment is proving difficult for me. I now have a nasty wound from P and am not confident to do it again. All parties ended up stressed. This has always been a problem for oral medicines and P. Can I put it in her food? Or do you have any other ideas?

V: It is not acceptable that you get injured so I am sorry to hear.

You can squirt the drops once a day into her drinking bowl and she will get enough of the medicine that way.

You can change the water every few days but it will be fine to squirt into water bowl same amount that would go orally in a dose.

The protexin (probiotic) mixed in food but not drops (homeopathic medicine) in food.

Feb 2017

O: P is scratching herself bald underneath, it looks red raw and there are small patches of blood and bodily fluid on the cover where she sits. The nasty scabs on her ears fell off and exposed raw bleeding skin. I think this is the worst I’ve seen her. I applied some organic coconut oil to some of her fur but it doesn’t appear to have helped relieve the itch and she looks terrible. She’s uncomfortable and meows when picked up, which we avoid unless necessary. She’s still a personality and likes a gentle cuddle. I don’t know what to do next, please advise

V: there will be changes while she is still adapting to drug removal from her system and learning to use new medicines, (homeopathy).

It also depends on how much she will let you medicate or assist.

There is SOLUGEL from chemist that will be very effective and safe for healing the skin, better than coconut and I would use that for the time being especially ears and weeping areas.

If she is bright in herself and has good demeanour that is best sign for recovery.

If she is depressed or cranky we need to rethink.

There are other remedies I have but I know she is difficult to medicate so persevere with above and previous daily LacCan (homeopathy) for a while with thuja (homeopathy) three times a week.

I can see her if she doesn’t pick up but I am sure this is all part of the healing and as long as she is eating and basically in a good mood then that is the main thing.

( note: At this stage, P is not taking anything other than species appropriate raw food as medicine and homeopathy).

March 2017

O: Since I last emailed she has retreated to an indoor spot (spare bed) and sleeps; only venturing out for food and water and to sleep along side us, at night, from time to time. She rarely sits with us and is rarely social.  I have noticed her pupils are often dilated; I have heard that this may be due to pain? Her scabs are terrible but don’t appear to be oozing as much, this seems to be cyclic. She has groomed herself bald on her belly. I have applied the Solugel to parts on her head and ears and think it helps a little. Her appetite is good and she drinks the (homeopathic) medicated water well.

I am very worried she is in pain and wonder if it best to put her down, I hope you can reassure me but understand if we are naturally coming to the end. There is one week left of this 3 week period until I bring her back to you, hoping there will be some improvement by then. I will keep you informed.

V: I am going to deliver some new medicines to you today as I will be away until next Tuesday. When you get these there are directions for use and can stop the other.

I think she is probably as tired of this as you are and running out of energy a bit but she has not given up and nor will I until she tells us she is finished.

I don’t think there is much pain with this but I am sure she is uncomfortable and the dilated pupils is likely to be fear or being in darker areas (not much sunlight).

The new (homeopathic) meds cover any concerns you may have for pain and her response will be telling.

I will review pending response. I know it seems like ages but she has not been on this new program for long and we can’t hurry healing.

You are doing very well with P and as long a she is eating she is still coping.

2 weeks later March 2017

O:Since the new medicines P has improved in her behaviour and is much more sociable. She still has sores that are oozing a little. Her ears are much better now the nasty scabs have fallen off. How long should I continue with the Mez and is there a time you would like to see her?

V: That’s good news thanks.

The NitAc will be working for a month or so and is the main reason for her improvement.

We can use Mezerium 30 twice a week now for a month and I can see her in a months time or anytime beforehand if you prefer.

If you have any concerns about her deteriorating or new symptoms etc please let me know but these medicines work over time to restore her healing capacity and it takes time and vigilant intervention.

6 weeks following

O:I thought I’d let you know how P has progressed. She is hugely improved, her fur is soft and fluffy and appears to be growing back well, just a few scabs left now. I managed to add fish oil into her daily yoghurt ( which she goes bananas for). The troublesome ears are smooth and velvet like, she even attempted to play, which means chewing me! She’s eating extremely well and has become quite bossy and vocal. Just a few stool concerns, dark and hard with occasional diarrhoea, saw her scooting across the floor but no sign of worms. Started her on another round of protexin for a week in the hope it helps calm her gut. On the whole I feel quite positive, all thanks to you.

I’m still administering the homeopathic medicines (Card and Arn) twice each a week, I can’t remember how long I should continue and when to bring her back for a review, please advise.

V: well done and thank you for persevering.

That is very good news and I am glad P is feeling more comfortable.

The Ars200(Arsenicum) is the main reason for her improvement to this point and it will still be working to some extent.

It is ok to stop giving her the Arn30(Arnica) now.

Continue the Card6 twice a week for another 3 weeks and I will review her then.

If she shows any signs of regressing before then please let me know, otherwise please continue as directed.

These are real and permanent improvements but any signs of recurrence requires attention.

The protexin (green label) is a good idea.

May 2017

O: Just a quick update. I reduced P (homeopathic) meds to the Card 6(Cardus, milk thistle) only and the scabs are developing again, should I add the Arn 30 back in ? I have noticed occasional spots of blood on the wooden floor and on the cushion she sits on over the past month or so but I don’t know where the wound is, possibly from a claw which she gets caught.

V: yes you can use the Arn30 if you think it helps. It is good for injury.

I would also give P a single dose of the Ars200 today or tomorrow as well, just once.

Currently……..

This cat is currently doing very nicely in all regards after six months with a skin disease of years duration for which she was going to be euthanized. I have presented it here as an example of an integrative approach to healing and curing diseases that are deemed to be incurable.

I know that many of my fellow veterinarians become despondent when dealing with these cases and I post these articles to inspire them to seek answers and advice from integrative veterinarians as to how they may incorporate simple and effective changes into their practices that can make the world if difference to them, their clients and the animals.

 

My simple advice to my veterinary colleagues is as follows;

Vaccinate less, minimize the prescription of antimicrobials and other chemicals and recommend species appropriate raw foods that improve the gut microbiota as an essential healing tool.

 

Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, describes cure as “The physicians highest and only calling…” but also as the “….rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health…”

 

We should all continue to strive for this highest ideal in our calling as Veterinary Physicians.

 

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Do not give up!

Do not give up —Never!

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 29, Agni Press, 2002

 

 

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“Never give up”
Is the only secret
To achieve fulfilment
In life.

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 38, Agni Press, 2004

Antibiotic Resistance

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

It is generally accepted that the over prescription of antibiotics is the number one cause of emerging and continuing development of antimicrobial resistance.

And it is antimicrobial resistance that is the number one health concern worldwide such is the dependency we have created.

It is easy to assume here that this means simply not prescribing antibiotics for viral or non bacterial disease and in a sense this is correct but not entirely.

The entire truth is that there are very few instances at all that antimicrobials are well indicated even when bacteria are present. We need to be clear here to differentiate between pathogenic bacteria and normal commensals but it is only when these get out of balance that true infection occurs. A good and healthy population of commensal (normal) bacteria can keep the bad ones (pathogenic) in check.

It also depends on where they are found, for example gut bacteria getting into the urinary tract are considered pathogenic but that does not mean they are necessarily dangerous.

Bacteria are omnipresent, this means that unless you live in a hermetically sealed and sterilised room that there will be bacteria everywhere. In actual fact there are more bacteria on and in our own bodies than any other cell and this is a very good thing.

The guideline must therefore be extended to include the definition of inappropriate prescription of antibiotic and I wager this encompasses more than ninety percent of antibiotics prescribed.

In my own practice I have prescribed and used antibiotics two or three times in over ten years. All of these cases did not get better with the correct antibiotic because it is not antibiotics that cure patients it is their own immune systems.

 

If the immune system is working properly it will do the following

  • Elevate the body’s temperature as a healing and protective response to prevent infection and to generate inflammatory mediators to assist tissue repair.
  • Encourage the animal to rest and restore by virtue of the above normal and healthy response
  • Recruit cells to heal damage to tissues and organs
  • Alert antibodies and invasion control cells to attack foreign particles
  • Restore homeostasis

 

If this is interfered with by the inappropriate intervention of antibiotics then these good responses are arrested and the animal has to wait longer to heal.

Many people observe that their animals feel better almost immediately that they are put on antibiotics and this leads to the false assumption that they are necessary. Antibiotics kill bacteria but as complex molecular structures they do a host of other things include disrupt inflammatory pathways. This anti-inflammatory effect is something we have come to accept as a positive side effect but in fact it prevents the body from doing its job properly and consequently weakens the immune system of the animal.

Please ask your veterinarian to explain why antibiotics are necessary in the cases you present to them and if the answer is to PREVENT infection or IN CASE there is infection please reconsider the necessity to use them. Waiting and monitoring and testing are all appropriate alternatives to giving antibiotics preventatively because it is the animals vitality and not the absence of bacteria that is crucial to cure.

All veterinarians are acting in the best interests of the animals in their care but it is also your animal. There needs to be active communication and decision making occurring if we are to continue the benefits of antibiotic usage for serious life threatening diseases, that owing to depleted immune systems these individuals will depend upon long term.

 

All animals have the innate capacity to heal themselves given the correct support without the aid of antibiotic therapy unless they are already too debilitated to be beyond cure, in which case they can only be palliated.

 

When we prescribe antibiotics to an animal we are not curing it and I bet that most of these animals will cure themselves as quickly without the antibiotic if there were more medical choices available that assisted rather than impeded healing.

A major impediment to reducing antibiotic usage is the perception that there are no alternatives.

Try homeopathy, colloidal silver and herbal medicine as well as targeted nutritional therapy as a mainstay of prime health and healing. They are timed honoured, effective and optimum ways to support animals to cure.

Puppy Farming

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

There has been a lot of discussion and publicity about puppy farms in recent years and the general consensus is that we, the Australian public, don’t like them. They are not the way we would like to see society developing. I am not sure how much the average Australian really knows about puppy farming but it is not ideal nor sufficient to leave it to the law makers to fix this problem.

The law is a blunt instrument even with the best of intentions.

It works well in black and white cases like, it is illegal to kill people or use red pen to fill out official forms but in situations where some activities are legal, like breeding dogs, it makes it extremely difficult to say someone can do it and someone else can’t.

We should be questioning whether it is ethical in a modern society to “farm” dogs and then more clearly define the distinction between ethics and the law.

The RSPCA defines a puppy farm (also known as a puppy factory or puppy mill) as ‘an intensive dog breeding facility that is operated under inadequate conditions that fail to meet the dogs’ behavioural, social and/or physiological needs.’

This ought to be easy enough to identify utilising an evidence based approach to animal welfare but the sheer numbers of these establishments and their covert operations make it very difficult to police from an animal welfare perspective.

 

The Victorian State Government, to give it credit, is attempting to tackle the problem of puppy farming but the recently released draft legislation as an amendment to the Domestic Animals Act is creating some consternation amongst many groups of people from those who like to keep entire dogs and may like to have occasional litters, to the organised large scale registered breeding establishments of which many of us may be unaware.

 

It is admirable that the Victorian government wants to eliminate puppy farming but the issue is how to administer and police the situation better than we are currently doing without a massive injection of resources we can’t afford. Targeting offenders without overly restricting honest stakeholders in the pet breeding and welfare industries is proving very difficult.

Out of these discussions arises the possibility that we may even want to take a look at how big these ‘good’ breeding establishments could get before they also come close to being considered ‘farms’.

I see quite a number of psychologically damaged dogs, more than I did twenty years ago, in my practice and it is often revealed that many of these dogs come from ‘puppy farm’ environents. Unfortunately there is also a stigma attached to pet shop puppies as many of them are also found to be rejects from dog breeders or, more likely, outlets for puppy farms as well.

 

 

 

 

It has become a problem to identify these animals so it is not surprising that the pet owning public are finding it hard to tell the difference but as long as we feel we are rescuing these ‘poor’ animals that tug at our hearts, then the problem will be perpetuated. Fortunately pet shops have been better regulated now for a while and there are better systems in place to do background checks on animals being supplied.

A lot of rescue dogs I work with are also ex breeding animals from these ‘next to zero human contact’ puppy farms and they take some time to rehabilitate into families and good homes if it is even possible for them.

 

In the attempt to legislate against puppy farming there has been some concerns generated within the industry around dog breeding and keeping. Numerous community and commercial groups as well as individual one off home breeders could easily be disadvantaged and the amendment needs a lot more consideration before it potentially harms those it is trying to protect.

 

 

 

 

In my opinion, many of these issues considered to be things to be fixed by law, are not really things we should be trying to fix by legislation at all. Mandatory vaccination in humans and compulsory desexing of pet dogs are both excellent examples of ill advised, knee jerk, concepts that could have serious and long lasting ramifications and ought not to be the subjects of legislation. Perhaps puppy farming can be addressed better and cheaper by the public’s refusal to support them.

Perhaps the best foot soldiers in this war against puppy farming then are the consumers themselves being better informed and more vigilant.

There is a lot more talk, education and information filtering through and what is required is a reporting system at all levels of merchandising; pet shops, home breeders, rescue shelters and councils so we can all do our bit to end this ‘half life’ for farmed dogs.

If, en-masse, we do not accept online sales of pets, which is where many of these animals are sold and if we do not see the parent dog or dogs and if we have any reason to think this puppy is not from an establishment that provides for the best needs of the animal, we ought to refuse to accept the animal and report to an appropriate authority to investigate breeding activities. This authority already exists under the auspices of the RSPCA Inspectorate.

 

Puppy farms nearly always have a suspicious thread of history when you enquire and alarm bells ought to be heeded.

 

If there is to be legislative change we can maximize chances of a best outcome through proper consultation with primary stakeholders and experts in this area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the context of this post, consultation can be defined as discussions undertaken by an authority, Vic Government in this case, that has an agenda to pass an Act or a restriction on activities in a community, with those most likely to be affected.

In my observation and past experience, consultation of this kind is usually far less than thorough with the following identifiable flaws.

*Prior knowledge of the agenda is assumed and therefore not necessarily provided to those being ‘consulted’.

*It rarely allows time for respondents to prepare adequate responses to specific and important issues contained within the agenda.

* It is used as an excuse that consultation has occurred when in many cases it occurs after the decision has been made to implement an agenda and leaves little room for change.

* Frequently described as ‘ticking the box’ to claim it was done.

Proper consultation should involve;

Proposals being clearly outlined to stakeholders prior to the preparation of policy so that all relevant issues are clearly identified and a common agenda can be formalised. Proper consultation utilizes the skills of the stakeholders to identify the necessity and help build the structure of the policy.

 

Policies that affect law abiding and well intentioned businesses and practices will be best formulated with input from experts in the field and it always astonishes me that they are often the last people to be approached or properly consulted.

We should be better at these things by now.

We should be making better use of all our best people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alas,
Why do I think that
I think better,
Why do I think that
I know better,
Why do I think that
I do better
And why do I think that
I am better
In every way?

Sri Chinmoy, Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants, part 179, Agni Press, 1993

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I do not want to know
The future of this earth.
I wish to see a better face
And a better heart
Of this earth.

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 16, Agni Press, 1999

 

Desexing

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Once you have been in the profession or the world for long enough you start to see recurring patterns and the opportunity arises to reflect on the outcomes of routine decisions and practices.

“It looks increasingly likely that we are making our pets less healthy by desexing them.”

Since expressing my original thoughts about desexing a few years ago more information and discussions have come to light to indicate that we really ought to reconsider this ‘routine’ surgical practice in companion animals.

Whilst my original post is still largely valid, I have been wondering about the validity of claims regarding health issues arising from the deprivation of sex hormones, some of which we already know to be true. We have known forever, for example, that female canine urinary incontinence can be directly linked to oestrogen deprivation from ovariectomy (removal of ovaries).

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Whilst it seems that the inconvenience and risks of incontinence is generally considered to be a price worth paying to prevent oestrus behaviour, it stands to reason that other, lesser obvious side effects may also be occuring. Some of us are old enough to remember that veterinarians used to reimplant ovaries or remnants of them subcutaneously after surgically removing them during the spey procedure. This was so that the oestrogen could still be available to the dog’s brain and so that urinary incontinence was less likely to ensue.

Rather than leave ovaries insitu, which is how the Americans and Europeans are now proceeding, it was considered better to establish a new blood supply so that hepatic conjugation could render the ovary less likely to induce symptoms of ‘heat’ whilst still providing the required amount of oestrogen for other bodily functions. Perhaps we should reinstate this practice or at least look at why it was stopped. It seems there are good reasons for keeping ovaries that outweigh the possible disadvantages.

It is worth considering that perhaps many of the prevalent diseases we struggle with in our canine patients may indeed be related to desexing or oestrogen deprivation (males have oestrogen as well).

It is good to see many of my veterinary colleagues writing blogs about this important issue and as a profession we may need to think more widely about options as we move towards integrative medicine.

The health implications of desexing are explored more fully in Dr Karen Becker’s expository You Tube.

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Traditional (gonadectomy), spaying and neutering not only potentially shortens the lifespan but also has been correlated with various illnesses.  Obesity (sometimes not even responsive to extreme calorie restriction), osteoarthritis, Anterior Cruciate Rupture, diabetes, hypothyroidism, prostatic cancer, hemangiosarcoma, osteosarcoma, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infection, juvenile vulva are just a few conditions that are overly represented in spayed and neutered pets.

Research in the human field has indicated that oestrogen deprivation contributes to cognitive dysfunction, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and lowered immunity to infections.

“I can pretty much bet that any female veterinarian over age fifty has at least wondered about the real side effects of ovariohysterectomy in animals”

Whilst there are many opinions and divergent ‘facts’ being presented about longevity and side effects, by far the most sensible reason for desexing is prevention of unwanted litters. It is really up to each individual to assess all the other information at hand and make sense of the data that will vary in quality and accuracy with small sample sizes and a huge range of variables. For owners in Victoria, Australia looking for the modified ovary sparing spey and neuter surgical options I am pleased to see that some of my integrative veterinary colleagues are providing these services in light of these more recent findings.

Desexing stops unwanted litters and surgical sterilisation became common practice in Western countries for good reason in animal welfare shelters like RSPCA and the like, in an attempt to curb the rise in unwanted animals and indiscriminate breeding of cats and dogs.

The unfortunate reality is that desexing has not appeared to have made a significant impact on this terrible situation but on the contrary, the culture of routine desexing has perhaps damaged the long term health of many pets.

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RSPCA statistics that are readily available show that despite rigorous early and
compulsory desexing programs that over a fifteen year period the total numbers of dogs and cats presenting to them has only reduced by a fraction over 1% (down from 117,690 in 2000 to 99,400 in 2015). This could be considered a failed experiment in reducing unwanted pets and other factors beyond the scope of this discussion, need to be more vigorously pursued than the culture of compulsory desexing.

“Most of these unwanted and surrendered animals do not arise from the breeding of loved family pets and ‘responsible’ pet owners.”

I object to the proposal of the South Australian government therefore to make it compulsory for owned pets to be desexed for a number of reasons most of which are outlined in this post. Most municipalities of Australia in fact, are adopting similar hardline and poorly informed regulations that warrant scrutiny and challenging, since clearly it is only disadvantaging the public already doing the right things by their animals. If we look more closely at the data we will see that the main reason (over 70%) for surrendering an animal is for inappropriate behaviour. I postulate that these problems could also arise in part from cognitive changes and increased anxiety after desexing and hormone deprivation amongst other things that require more detailed analysis. The brain is the largest sex organ and the gonads are important helpers and players in maintaining a wide range interactions that we are still discovering or rediscovering.

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It may be correct that statistics show that dogs have longer lives from desexing, probably only because they don’t get run over on the roads so much these days on their way to biologically driven trysts.

Good fences and good training make good pets and it is wrong to judge people who  choose to leave their pets entire as not being responsible pet owners when most of them will be making informed choices.

 

 

7312. I Have The Right

I may not have the right
To think for you,
But I do have the right
To think of you.

Sri Chinmoy, Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 74, Agni Press, 1983

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You have the right to correct the world constantly.

Sri Chinmoy, You, Agni Press, 1973

3567. A right question

If you have a wrong question,
How can you expect a right answer?
If you have a right question,
Then rest assured, the correct answer
Will immediately follow it.

Sri Chinmoy, Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, part 36, Agni Press, 1982

 

Chemical Warfare; is it fair?

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Most of us have been engaged in chemical warfare in our homes for many years without really thinking too much about it.

Apart from environmental toxins that we do not actively choose to expose ourselves to, as highlighted in a recent New York Times article implicating flame retardants with hyperthyroidism in cats, there are many other examples that we do have a choice about.

We owe it to ourselves and to our pets to make better decisions about the products we use on them and in our home environment. We have to stop using our pets and our gardens as pest control and toxic waste dumps.
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“Our reluctance or refusal to acknowledge that all the chemicals we use in or on our pets every month for the inconvenience of fleas, the minor risk of heartworm or the near to zero risk of many parasites is directly damaging the ecological balance of soil and water systems and consequently our health and the health of our planet.”

Soil and water grow our food and our food determines our health but we still pile on the chemical assault in the name of ‘best practice’.

 

Slowly messages are filtering into our lives. I am relieved that we finally understand how dangerous glyphosate (the purportedly ‘non-toxic’ Roundup poured onto our earth in gallons for years) has been shown to be to our health through damage to our intestinal floral balance. Glyphosate causes serious chronic disease.

Many, many people have been made sick to bring us this ‘news’.

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We have been aware for a very long time that the run off from superphosphate fertilised pastures has contributed to toxic algal blooms in waterways, depleting oxygen and nutrients to aquatic life.

It appears through my own research that we also know that the faecal excretion of ivermectins (antiparasiticides) given to horses, cattle, sheep, dogs will be active in the soil for weeks to months killing soil inhabitants. Apart from the widespread use of these chemicals in agricultural practice, large numbers of dogs receive these chemicals every month in the guise of “all in one” heartworm and parasite control.

Invermectins kill soil organisms and insects essential to a healthy ecological and environmental balance. Even when we pick up after our dogs, the faecal material still ends up back in the soil or water along with the active chemical cocktails it contains.

 

Our war on these ‘lesser’ lifeforms with whom we share our planet is contributing to us killing ourselves through our failure to see that we are all part of the same universal system each with a specific role to play. We cannot survive without the organisms we have been killing because there is an ecological balance that is designed for the greater common good. Until we reclaim this harmony we cannot expect the “One Health” initiative to ever hold traction. One Health surely must look at the health of the Earth as supporter of all life.

Rachael Carson warned us over fifty years ago in Silent Spring that we were doing this but powerful companies that have invested millions of dollars in research to find better poisons keep pushing their agenda towards profits and stopping those in opposition from being heard. They profit in the short term by keeping us all sick and selling us medicines but in the long term we all go down together. The insidious rise in chronic diseases result in elevated stress and anxiety disorders with the poorer nutritional values of foods, silently but surely weakening us further.

“The current war on disease that has driven us to a state of near frenzy is none other than the ghosts of our own deeds past, returning to plague us for our misguided failure to act wisely and sooner.”

There are no ‘new’ diseases, just the same forces trying to restore balance in a counter attack. These forces will keep knocking at our door until we either, listen and change our approach, or we become so damaged by weakened immune systems that we have an intractable dependence on drugs and diseases with even greater resistance to them. By the way, vaccination is not the answer.

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It is easy to believe that we have already gone past the point of no-return in saving the health of our planet but fortunately individuals do make a difference.

 

Progress may seem slow but it is surely happening through the Herculean efforts of people such as MADGE, GeneEthics , and a host of organic and biodynamic farmers and organisations who have found strength in numbers to fight against multinational corporations who believe that they own our food and our health.

“Unfortunately, most of my veterinary colleagues and other medical practitioners are still largely unaware of their own power to change this paradigm as the corporate approach forms the basis of our training and is delivered in the name of science.”

Thankfully there are those amongst us who continually strive in peaceful ways to reinstate good principles of health and nutrition. Moreover, home gardens and sustainable communities are making a comeback in a peaceful rebellion against adulterated food supplies and poor decisions to implement failed and harmful farming technology. In the pet world, people are vaccinating their pets only as needed which is usually only once in their lifetime and choosing to use natural parasite control largely through sensible dietary means.

We must find time to think seriously about what is important and what we are doing. Education and information dissemination and the persistence of individuals who strive to practice medicine from integrative or holistic perspectives are bringing us closer to balance and harmony with our environment.

The ultimate force that keeps us moving forward is nothing other than hope.

We must find gratitude that despite the problems we have brought down on ourselves that there is hope that we will wake up and start very soon to be better citizens of the world.

 

Every morning
I love to watch the dawn
Of my heart’s hopeful smiles.

Sri Chinmoy, Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants, Part 112, Agni Press, 1987

If you have
A beautiful hope,
Make it sleepless.

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 3, Agni Press, 1998

Be brave!
You must fearlessly face
All the problems
That are attacking you.

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 47, Agni Press, 2007

 

A New World of Peace

Monday, March 7th, 2016

This is an announcement that Dr Pearson will be unavailable for consultations between April 3 and June 15 this year (2016) and Paws to Heal will be closed during this period.

We apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause and recommend that you visit your local veterinary clinic for any problems that may arise over this time.

Geelong Animal Emergency Clinic is recommended for out of hours attention.

Dr Pearson will be joining the North American Peace Run Team  and will be running in a relay with fifteen other peace runners from New York to San Francisco on the first half of the US Peace Run 2016.

For those interested in learning more about the SriChinmoy Oneness Home Peace Run, please read on.

Otherwise Dr Pearson will see you later in the year and would like to thank you all for your continuing patronage and friendship.

 

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness Home Peace Run is history’s largest and longest running torch relay, having visited over 140 nations since its inception in 1987. It is non-political, non-religious and non-commercial. A relay team carries a peace torch from town to town, visiting schools and community groups along the way.

The core message of the Peace Run is that peace begins inside the heart of each individual. The burning flame symbolizes the flame of aspiration that we all carry inside our hearts. It also, of course, is a major source of immense excitement for the children.1447-28.jpg.450x0_q85

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The run was inaugurated by world peace visionary Sri Chinmoy in 1987 as a grassroots volunteer initiative whereby those being inspired by the message of peace and wishing to be involved, take leave from their family commitments and workplaces to immerse themselves in an unforgettable adventure for however many weeks possible.

This year I have the privilege of being invited to participate in the US run and can think of no better way to see and experience a country than on foot, step by step. This will be the longest run I have done to date, taking only one to two weeks a year most other years and am eagerly anticipating the next few months.

I am often asked why I do this event. This you tube alone is all the answer I ever really need.  Be sure to watch it full screen and full volume.

The following photographs also speak for themselves.

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As a team we visit schools and communities throughout the run and conduct simple presentations to the children and public in a mutual sharing of enthusiasm and inspiration for a more peaceful world. The children often spend a lot of time and effort leading up to the visit making drawings and composing poems to present to the runners.

We sing songs (the Peace Run Song) about peace and about the Run. We show the children how to access their own inner peace using a simple exercise that they can practice anywhere and anytime.

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In recent times amidst global turmoil and an escalating refugee crisis it is very easy to forget that peace begins with individuals and equally difficult to muster the patience and kindness necessary to bring this about. In our daily duties and difficulties it is often hard to find time for peace in our own lives and the Peace Run provides a perfect opportunity for people to hold the torch and connect with thousands of others around the world for a brief but significant moment with a common purpose. The Run tries to visit as many countries as possible so that the message is universal.

Sri Chinmoy tells us that when we are following the spiritual life, we have to know that our real freedom is in identifying ourselves with the rest of the world, with humanity at large.

The Peace Run is an immersion into an ideal world for a brief period where happiness, joy and peace can be felt and shared in a microcosm of perfection that the Run carries from town to town. It is a self energizing event as the runners receive inspiration from people from all walks of life that we meet along the way.

I look forward to my time on the Peace Run because it reminds me that there is hope and the possibility of a better world through heart power. This power keeps the Run on the road and keeps us all alive.

You can follow the Run on a daily basis at this link.

Peace Does Not Mean the Absence of War
October 26th, 1987

Peace does not mean the absence of war.
Peace means the presence of harmony,
Love, oneness and satisfaction.
Peace means a flood of love
In the world-family.

 

 

The Low Down on Bacteria

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

It seems the more we look the more we come to realise how little we actually know for sure. That’s not a bad thing on the whole because it keeps us looking.

My own investigation has come up with the conclusion that the food we eat and how we eat it, is essential in determining what sort of microbiota we harbour, irrespective of whether we are human, canine or camelid.

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The microbiota governs health and the gut microbiome is the largest living intelligence an individual possesses. This posting will look at how this knowledge influences our choice of foods in relation to how we feed our dogs and cats.

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The debate over raw feeding dogs and cats will most likely smoulder along for quite some time. There is no convincing those who have decided one way or the other but for those still searching there is much to be discussed and learned.

In the area of best diets for dogs and cats there are few absolutes. There are however, many attempts to persuade or dissuade using fashionable terminology that becomes increasingly confusing to well meaning pet owners seeking accurate information.

Here are some terms that I find have become corrupted

‘good quality’, ‘natural’, ‘balanced’, ‘real food’, ‘organic’, ‘holistic’ and the good old ‘scientifically formulated’ as if there really is anything truly scientific about putting food into mouths. In fact in the hands of advertising companies pretty much everything you read on the packet is misleading jargon devised to erode consumers confidence in their own common sense.images-7

Cooked foods provide nutrients that are good but inevitably altered and diminished by cooking. Humans are the only species on the planet to cook their food and no other animals require cooked food. Dogs and cats will eat it because they are co-dependent on humans and have adapted to tolerate these foods over many centuries. Some dogs prefer cooked food and some older or very ill dogs tolerate cooked food better at times. It takes more energy to digest raw food which is why advanced cancer cases and old aged animals can benefit from cooked foods and obese younger animals will lose weight on raw diets.images-4

The benefits and reasons for feeding raw diets have been widely described elsewhere.

There is also a lot of worry and uncertainty surrounding the issue of bacteria in foods. Dogs especially have evolved to deal with bacteria that we could not tolerate as they drag around the trophy three weeks dead rabbit or possum carcass. Cats are much fussier and prefer fresh kill unfortunately for birds and bird lovers and gardeners. They do however devour the entire prey, bacteria and all. The low down is that the vast majority of bacteria are beneficial in a species appropriate diet. Cats can eat raw mice, I don’t think we ever should for example.

The universal answer to all enquiries regarding what constitutes best feeding practice for pets is that it depends upon the availability and affordability of options and the addition of some fresh species appropriate whole foods to the diet.

As a race we no longer hunt and gather our own food fresh from nature and with the dependency on processed and stored foods it can be difficult to provide fresh food to animals when any leftovers from meat works are rendered into cooked petfood. Butchers are less likely these days to be primary providers of whole animals as most of the dressing is done before they are employed as retailers. It is certainly worth asking your butcher about the availability of scraps and offcuts nevertheless.

Any attempt to introduce any quantity of fresh whole foods (ie; not packeted or tinned but fresh from the butcher or the earth) will bring enormous benefit to even the lowest quality and cheapest processed foods available. In fact the addition of even the occasional fresh green vegetable or fresh meaty bone will bring profound benefit to the lives and health of any dog or cat and even owners on very limited budgets can help their pets in this way. There is also a growing market for processed fresh pet meats, which are often reasonable alternatives as long as there is also a fresh bone component. This is most important and constitutes one of the only truly valid ‘balances’ required, the calcium to phosphorus ratio. No more than 20% bone and no less than 10% to that of total meat. Not surprisingly this equates to a whole, well nourished prey.

In my research for this posting I have attended webinars and read many articles from varied sources.  Thirty years ago veterinarians were discussing the perils of home made diets for dogs and this arose largely due to the failure to feed a meat/bone ration.  Bone must not be cooked (unless used to make a broth) and was often neglected as an essential ingredient in homemade diets.

Some points worthy of consideration:

+ every feeding option available potentially has some disadvantages so having access to current and accurate information is imperative to making informed choices. There are some excellent resources available including The Answer Vet

+ It is not sufficient to say that a food provides all the essential nutrients. A pill or a drink can essentially claim that fact but is not a behaviourally satisfying or species appropriate diet.

+ As more information becomes available about the importance of the microbiome we will better understand that the gut-brain axis is not switched to optimum settings for health in animals by simply providing nutrients alone. What our animals need is environmental enrichment of social contact, eating in groups, crunching species appropriate diets that satisfy emotional and behavioural development that mashes and kibble cannot replace.

+Dogs and cats have teeth.

+ The number of dogs presenting to my practice for gut related problems is testament to the fact that we need to focus more on best feeding practices which includes chewing and getting behavioural needs met along with provision of essential nutrients

A rapidly emerging field of interest (nutrigenomics) involves understanding what the body (microbiome) actually does to and with the food we feed our pets.images-5

This is currently better researched in ruminant physiology.

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A good example of this includes the discovery that cows fed on pastures of equal omega3 content produce different levels of high quality fatty acids (CLA) in their food products (meat and milk) on mixed grass pastures than single (equivalent) crops. The gut flora (rumen in this case) is more productive and apparently does exciting things with the environmental and dietary enrichment of mixed grass pastures.

This is quite an amazing finding that demonstrates the innate intelligence in biological systems that we cannot ever hope to replicate. I am certain that it is not unique to ruminants and we will be hearing about a lot of ‘new’ discoveries in this area soon whereby the bacteria augment the health of the host in ways we have not yet fully realised. It also reminds us clearly of the health benefits of pasture fed meat over grain and feedlot.

A topic of major concern to many people looking at raw diets for pets is that of parasites. As vets we were very well taught about parasitology but not in the context of feeding raw meaty diets to dogs. Even now it takes a bit of searching to get the low down on why freeze dried probiotics are effective and freezing meat kills parasites dependent on the length of freeze time.

It can be confusing and easy to see why many people opt for processed foods but an increasing number of clients to my practice who have had difficulties managing their own health have come to care about the comparisons between foods for ourselves and our animals.

Reasons to care include, not spending hard earned money on ineffective or inactive probiotics, not feeding contaminated offal or wild game to dogs without precautions and keeping people and animals safe from potential zoonoses (animal diseases infective to humans). These risks are minimised by knowledge.

Some items I have been asked about recently are presented here.

Fresh frozen green tripe (cow stomach lining) appears to be a reasonable way to source the benefits of this highly nutritious food as, apart from being slightly less smelly, it appears the bacterial and probiotic benefits are also retained. Freezing wild rabbits, marsupials, wild ducks and birds, wild goat or wild buffalo for three weeks will kill toxoplasmosis and hydatids if they happen to be present and since it can be very hard to tell if they are, a good practice to employ if you are feeding these wild game foods and have a large enough freezer. Not all wild animals will carry these parasites but with encroaching urban populations and feral cats, the risk of wild hosts picking these up from infected dog and cat faeces increases.

Trichinella is a dangerous worm that is resistant to freezing and is a risk in feeding raw or undercooked wild pig (and certain Atlantic fish if Northern Hemisphere). Rare exceptions such as these fuel fear over raw feeding practices. Being informed avoids these perils. The flip side to this is the most recent misinformation about raw feeding putting dogs and families at risk of salmonellosis when the majority of documented cases of food poisoning with salmonella actually come from cooked and processed kibble diets and poor food hygiene practices.

Suffice to say that good hygiene practice should attend all food preparation irrespective of the diet fed and bacteria on the whole are extremely beneficial and essential to good health.

I am reminded here of a fantastic video on Lateline I saw recently about how we are now curing intractable bowel disease using a transplant of healthy faeces.

Here is a quote from a veterinary colleague

“I recently got a litter of premature puppies better from ‘atonic guts’ as diagnosed by a specialist after ultra sounding the 2 week old pups who were fading. I got the breeder to make a soup of faeces from her most healthy, non chemically treated dogs, and give it orally to the pups and they were all back to normal in a day.”

Incidentally, homeopaths have been curing myriad ailments with bowel nosodes (medicines made from bacteria from human intestinal tract) since they were pioneered in the 1920’s.

Bacteria were the first inhabitants on Earth and have built elaborate cities from all walks of life including us and the other animals.

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The low down is that bacteria still rule the world. If we feed them and keep them optimally happy then we get the benefit of maximum health and vitality as tenants of their elaborate biological edifices.

We are just renting space on Earth from them temporarily for our own purposes.

Changing behaviour

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

I am sure that I am not the only person over fifty to feel that it is getting harder to keep up with new trends, technology and a rapidly changing world. It’s no longer information overload, I seemed to have survived or be surviving that. Now it’s outsourcing everything including our autonomy, personal responsibility and any skill we may have once possessed, to an app. Moreover it seems that social media plays a more important role in our lives than visiting our neighbours for a cuppa.

But is this entirely as alarming or as worrying as it first appears?

I observe that changing peoples’ behaviour is more difficult than changing their minds, it takes longer. Yet there are some pretty amazing positive changes in behaviour occurring in the Western world at present driven by social media.

What if your reluctance to change your behaviour really was having a detrimental impact on others or the planet?

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This post will highlight the rapid changes that are happening in the world in the form of attitudes to animal consumption and much to my amazement, the role that modern information technology can play in changing our behaviour.

The most important changes are definitely not easy. This was highlighted to me recently in a film I was invited to see that presented the harsh facts surrounding the global environmental devastation wrought by animal agriculture.

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Perhaps the new ‘world leaders’ really are the social media gurus evidenced by the massive rise in veganism this year alone in response to a ‘no holds barred’ attitude to reporting world affairs by a rogue independent group of journos bringing a non commercial perspective to food advertising.

Very effective game, or behaviour, changing in my opinion.

I didn’t think things would or could change much overnight but I have to say that the events of the past twelve months, summarized in that you tube, is a very positive example of how quickly things can change in a modern world with the right driver.enviropig

Everybody seeing these films would come to understand that producing animals for food in the modern world with burgeoning overpopulation is wholly unsustainable.

 

I am still inclined to believe that it will not immediately stop the behaviour of meat or dairy consumption in most people but we live in interesting times.

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Nobody wants to hear or believe that we must stop consuming animal products, except perhaps vegans or animal rights activists, but the evidence is mounting that our attempts over the past few decades to keep up the demand for meat, fish, poultry and dairy products in a global population explosion has caused us to kill our planet.

 

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Up until now the pawltry advice in the ‘West’ has been to use less water, drive cars less and buy local produce. These are all excellent initiatives but there is always a bigger picture that some of us like to know about and in the case of global warming, weather and climate changes and environmental degradation this is reducing an enterprise that many of us have taken for granted and has, up until now, sustained our very livelihoods; animal production or farming by any other name.

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Animal production and aquaculture appears certain to not provide adequate food to feed the people we have on Earth. The idea that our behaviour needs to change now must be the overriding motivation.

 

We desperately need to reduce population, reduce consumption, reduce expectations, or perish.

 

There is enough food for everyone but not enough of the foods that many of us take for granted. Much of the food crops being produced go to feed animals for slaughter and not to the starving humanity. This could be considered criminal if we adopted a global conscience but I am equally certain that the problems of the world cannot be simply solved overnight.

We needed to change our behaviour when slavery was abolished, when women entered the free market workplace and became employers and executives and when smoking was banned from most public places to name some situations we ought to be able to recognize. We are changing the culture of bullying behaviour in schools and workplaces and we are seeing the necessity of accepting diverse personal lifestyle choices in mainstream society. One of these choices will definitely need to be to drastically reduce the reliance on animal products in our diets.

As a gourmand myself, I find this confronting and in an environment where it is impossible already to find a nourishing vegetarian option in more than one food establishment within a fifty kilometer radius (and I live in a large city!) is a serious indictment on the speed that this change may occur, or worse, possibly not.

Unlike all the changes that have gone before, this change has a definitive expiry date. According to some, we have already gone past it.

The worlds’ food supplies will run out unless we stop feeding a vast amount of them to animals in order to feed the appetite of the minority. This happens in feedlots in developed countries and grazing lands where food crops could be grown instead. Granted there are communities across the globe that subsist on non-arable lands in nomadic lifestyles that depend upon animals to wholly sustain them but these are distinct and unique minorities in remote areas on the globe.images

 

 

 

 

Meateaters are actually the worlds’ most destructive minority group.

If we really cared about our role as a human being and not just as an Australian, then we might find the incentive to change our meat eating behaviour and that of the food establishments that feed us.

Consumer demand is the driving force in a free economy. We have seen this already with the rise in availability of gluten free foods or nonGMO produce. We are the consumers and as difficult and convoluted as we choose to make the problem, I have family and friends who farm animals and I am a veterinarian, we all have to face the necessity of change. images-2

 

 

 

 

Of course there be fallout from this proposed mega behaviour change that will require major initiative and skill to manage well. The existing farmed animals will need destocking or rehoming and the farmers will need to be supported to develop new livlihoods and implement plant based or alternative enterprises. We will also be faced with the dilemma of how to best feed our pet cats and dogs without species appropriate food readily available. The majority of our western world’s household pets already eat artificial foods so they may adapt better than us in the new meat free world. Plant based foods will be the only option in an ideal future. Better for us but worse for dogs and cats unfortunately. For better or worse, pet ownership at least is already declining in Australia.

The premise that animal agriculture is unsustainable warrants immediate consideration and action because time is running out for this change in our behaviour as we exceed population six billion, all expecting to reach age ninety.

The alternative and ultimate choice, keep eating animals and animal products whilst many human beings in the world die along with them or accept that a change of behaviour is necessary as soon as possible.

Our choices and our behaviour determine the shape of our society.

 

 

 

Change your inner attitude first!
Your outer environment
Will automatically change.

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 1, Agni Press, 1998

Determination
Can change your mind.
Determination
Can change your heart.
Determination
Can change your life
Altogether.

Sri Chinmoy, Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants, Part 72, Agni Press, 1984

If you do not change your life
Willingly,
God will change your life
Forcefully.

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 43, Agni Press, 2005

 

History Repeats

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Seven reasons for why obtaining a history from a previous or referring veterinarian is very important to a holistic and integrative practitioner.

 

1/ Owners will sometimes forget the chronology of disease symptoms or even that some incidents occurred at all.

Given that cure proceeds from most recent to earliest symptom, according to Hering, it can be very helpful to know what the earliest symptoms entailed. This can help plot accurate assessments and prescriptions during homeopathic management towards disease cure. Conversely, a totally new symptom can be more readily identified if an accurate history is available.

 

2/ The timing of certain symptoms arising can help identify aetiology.

A strong treatment option can involve a clear aetiology or ‘never well since’ and owners may not recall these things as clearly as a documented vet history. Why was the animal vaccinated then? because we were going away and leaving them in kennels for 3 weeks. This may have been overlooked by the owner as significant since it is considered routine to them.

 

3/ Drug pictures and artificial disease can be better identified.

An examination of the vet history can help to ascribe certain symptoms as drug pictures and not true disease symptoms in a case of chronic disease. It may be difficult to see the animal for the disease in chronic cases and a good vet history can help unravel some or much of the picture confusion as iatrogenic.

 

4/ Specific drugs may be implicated and may require antidoting or treating with isopathy/tautopathy.

Owners will not always know what drugs were used. For example there have been cases where ketamine anaesthesia has caused long term mental symptoms in cats.

We can also identify certain suspicious events and links yet to be investigated properly such as cancer and cartrophen, Cocker rage and ivermectin, amongst numerous other allopathic suppressions and stimuli.

Vaccination dates are always important.

5/ Client /Veterinarian relationship

I have observed quite often that a client/owner will place a lot of importance on the vet history and will often arrive with a whole file of information about their beloved pet. It is courtesy to acknowledge this effort and also to accept an offer to keep a copy of these records as it confirms a degree of concern for their pet that can enhance trust and respect.

 

6/ Professional ethics

In a global climate of recurrent hostility towards homeopathy it is very important to be recognised first and foremost as a professional veterinary colleague and practitioner. Good communication between treating veterinarians assists optimum outcomes for the patient and also enhances awareness of the effectiveness and benefits of a holistic and integrative approach to disease management.

 

7/ Minimisation of risk

Similarly in a climate of rising litigation against health professionals it is wise and advisory to have excellent and accurate records. If necessary these can be used to demonstrate the professionalism we bring to our cases where this may otherwise be difficult to ascertain. As homeopaths we often do not use conventional medicines routinely for example. A conventional history will usually contain a record of disease diagnosis and results of pathology or imaging that can strongly support our practice. It is advisable to recommend that these tests be undertaken in cases where they have not been conducted and to record our recommendations.

 

 

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We do not need
Any other teacher
Than history,
And this teacher
Teaches us for free.

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 22, Agni Press, 2001

Food for thought

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

Alleged conflict of interest and the regrettable perception of insult aside, there are more important issues arising from the recent 7.30 report on veterinarians and the petfood industry that directly relate to our profession.

What do we, as veterinarians, really know and advise about pet nutrition?

It is possible that the message from this incident is that we need to take charge of the information that underpins all health and not outsource this imperative to food manufacturers with vested interests especially, as has been demonstrated by this news report, since we get caught up in the fallout and suffer anguish.

When did we begin to implicitly trust pet food manufacturers to know more about pet nutrition than we do?

The public ought to be able to rely on us to have accurate information on matters related to pet nutrition and we can actually have greater profit margins by selling services rather than products with the bonus of better value for money to clients. A range of pet foods being offered for sale is not the real issue from the public’s perspective, it is usually the fact that we are selling products at all. This does not mean we should not sell petfoods, it just reminds us that people and the pets, may in fact, require more from us than that.

If we are selling these commercial foods because we know them to be safer, better and more convenient then that is what people need to hear from us and they also need to know why we think this to be true.

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Owners may need to feel that they are doing more for their pets’ health and wellbeing by creating meals for the animal by themselves without our criticism. Some of my clients know more about canine nutrition than I still do after years of further study.

Most of my practice involves helping pet owners develop and feed the best possible diets for their pets with or without the use of commercially prepared foods.

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This is a collection of observations, statements and questions for which evidence and answers can be found if we know where to look.

They are questions and comments that do arise and may arise much more frequently in small animal practice in this world of ‘information’ overload.

Each phrase is a starting point for conversations we need to be having with each other about how to best feed our pets.

As veterinarians we most definitely stand to profit by finding the best solution to the number ONE essential foundation element of animal health; NUTRITION.

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  • all veterinarians care about animals and their welfare
  • all veterinarians are dedicated and intelligent health professionals
  • who coined the phrase “prescription diets” and what does it mean?
  • Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine”
  • Prevention is better(and more fun) than cure
  • There is evidence that fresh, real, species appropriate food can treat and prevent many diseases.
  • Dogs and cats have teeth for cutting and tearing their food
  • What are vets actually taught about dog and cat nutrition and by whom?
  • Would anyone choose to eat dry, heat extruded, unidentifiable food pellets for every meal of their lives over fresh whole species appropriate foods if they had a choice?
  • The microbiome relies on real (fresh organic and raw) foods to keep functioning optimally
  • Optimum and vibrant health relies on a healthy gut microbiome
  • There is a gut-brain axis
  • Nutrigenomics is an exciting and important field of discovery that warrants our immediate attention and investigation
  • The mainstay of all health practice in all species hinges on optimum nutrition
  • What are real foods as distinct from convenience foods or ‘dead’ foods?
  • Why have commercial pet foods changed formulae over recent years to include such things as green lipped mussel, vegetables and omega 3 amongst other nutrients?(albeit in suboptimal, inappropriate and misleading quantities)
  • Dogs and cats do not actually have a requirement for carbohydrates in their diets
  • Dogs and cats optimally use raw fat for energy
  • Chewing grass is normal and essential for dogs and cats if they are not getting fresh raw greens in their diets
  • Heated or cooked fats become toxic
  • Commercial petfoods are ultraheated and irradiated during manufacture or import
  • Why is pancreatitis so commonly diagnosed in dogs?
  • Cooked fat potentiates and probably causes pancreatitis
  • Grains are proinflammatory foods, how do they behave in dogs and cats?
  • Dogs will survive (but not thrive) being fed most things
  • Chewing large and inappropriate (cooked or weight bearing) bones can break teeth
  • Chewing appropriate raw meaty bones is probably the last remnant of ‘normal’ behaviour acceptable to carnivores in a modern world
  • Crunching raw meaty bones releases endorphins and ‘feel good brain chemicals’ in dogs and cats that contribute to vibrant health
  • Why are humans the only species that cook foods?
  • Most cases of documented food poisoning have come from commercial dog foods and poor storage and not from feeding raw diets to pets.
  • Commercial pet foods are very convenient
  • The effort required to field owners queries about diet and to have a wider base of knowledge of nutrition can be hugely profitable to veterinarians
  • Opinions and facts are different things that may occasionally coincide

Having observed that many of my holistically minded and educated veterinary colleagues have been long sufferers of tireless slander from sceptics and industry experts, I simply appeal to readers to make up their own minds about something as basic as what we feed our pets, especially when the results of simple common sense practices clearly speak for themselves.

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Do not think
Your opinion
Is the only opinion.

Sri Chinmoy, Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 11, Agni Press, 1999

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Do not remain glued
To your own opinion.
Others may have opinions
That can easily challenge
And defeat yours.

Sri Chinmoy, Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants, Part 175, Agni Press, 1992