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Rabies in Dogs

Why Challenge Current Rabies Vaccine Policy?

Rabies vaccination is required by law in nearly all areas. Even though protection from rabies is documented to last at least three years, current law in some states or areas still requires that boosters be given annually or biannually rather than the standard policy of every three years. However, vaccination against rabies virus is occasionally associated with debilitating adverse effects. According to the CDC domestic animals account for less than 10% of the reported rabies cases, with cats, cattle, and dogs most often reported rabid. Scientific data indicate that vaccinating dogs against rabies every three years, as most states require, is unnecessary.

Studies have shown the duration of protective immunity as measured by serum antibody titers against rabies virus to persist for seven years post-vaccination. By validating the ‘true’ life of rabies virus immunity and moving to five and hopefully seven years, we will decrease the risk of adverse reactions in our animals and minimize their repeated exposure to foreign substances. Killed vaccines like those for rabies virus can trigger both immediate and delayed adverse vaccine reactions (termed “vaccinosis”). While there may be immediate hypersensitivity reactions, other acute events tend to occur 24-72 hours afterwards, or up to 45 days later in the case of delayed reactions.

Reactions that have been documented include:

  • Behavior changes such as aggression and separation anxiety
  • Obsessive behavior,self-mutilation, tail chewing
  • Pica – eating wood, stones, earth, stool
  • Destructive behavior, shredding bedding
  • Seizures, epilepsy
  • Fibrosarcomas at injection site
  • Autoimmune diseases such as those affecting bone marrow and blood cells, joints, eyes, skin, kidney, liver, bowel and central nervous system
  • Muscular weakness and or atrophy
  • Chronic digestive problems

The Rabies Challenge Fund

Rabies Exemptions and Waivers
Rabies Vaccination is required by law. In some instances, it is possible to secure a written waiver for exemption from rabies booster vaccination. A letter justifying the medical reason for such exemption needs to be obtained from your primary care veterinarian. When seeking a waiver, a rabies serum antibody titer should be performed. Adequate serum rabies titers are at least 1:5 by the RFFIT method. Waiver requests are not generally accepted based on serum antibody titers alone, but may be granted on a case-by-case basis with justification. Waivers are not granted as a matter of personal preference, and localities often do not permit waivers and exemptions regardless of the justification.

This article comes from the Rabies Challenge Fund.  They are an organization that does what they say they will do.  They are currently working on changing the law from rabies being given every three years to every seven years.  Please donate anything you can to help this organization achieve this goal.  Our dogs lives depend on it.  Go to: to make a donation.

White Oak Golden Retrievers


Probiotics for Dogs and Cats

Probiotics: The One Supplement Every Pet Should Be Taking

October 26, 2010

The use of probiotics in mainstream veterinary practices is on the upswing.

Veterinarians are starting to use beneficial bacteria not only to treat their patients with gastrointestinal disorders, but also as immune system support for puppies, kittens and aging pets.

According to Amy Dicke, technical services veterinarian for P&G Pet Care:

“Sixty to 80 percent of the body’s immune system lies in the digestive tract. This means the GI function has influence on the immune system and how it reacts. A healthy GI tract will help an animal fight disease, so keeping this balance of healthy bacteria alive is an important part of overall wellness.”

“Research isn’t readily available to support every potential use of probiotics in animals, but veterinarians should remain open to benefits outside of a diarrhea remedy,” says Susan Wynn, DVM, of Georgia Veterinary Specialists. “Clients will continue to demand probiotics and the industry will continue to find ways to use them.”

Dr. Becker’s Comments:

As you’re aware if you read the full article at the link, mainstream veterinarians and major pet food manufacturers are getting into the probiotics business in a big way.

That’s both good and bad news, from my perspective.

Probiotic Profiteers

I’m happy to see more attention paid to the enormous benefits probiotics can provide to the health and well-being of companion animals.

However, I’m concerned pet food companies will use the growing interest in probiotics by pet owners and veterinarians to create food formulas containing substandard, essentially useless probiotic additives. Then, of course, their marketing people will get busy positioning these ‘new-and-improved’ formulas in such a way that consumers will believe they are providing high quality probiotics conveniently contained in the food they serve their dog or cat.

It’s troubling to know that some of the very pet food giants responsible for the poorest quality diets available – formulas that have largely contributed to the compromised health of millions of companion animals — are the same ones now leading the industry’s charge to get probiotics-related pet products to market.

A Short Primer on Probiotics

Probiotics are ‘friendly’ strains of bacteria that maintain healthy levels of good bacteria in your pet’s GI tract, and also defend against opportunistic, potentially pathogenic (bad) bacteria.

The digestive tract is the largest immune organ in your pet’s body, and yours. Believe it or not, your dog or cat has even more intestinal bacteria than you do, despite her much smaller size. The GI tracts of companion animals are designed to handle a tremendous bacterial load – bacteria that would quite likely develop into a life-threatening infection if found elsewhere in your dog’s or cat’s body.

A healthy population of friendly bacteria keeps your pet’s immune system in good working order. If the balance of bad-to-good intestinal bugs gets out of whack, your dog or cat will eventually develop GI symptoms and an increased susceptibility to illness.

Studies demonstrate animals raised without friendly bacteria in the gut, or with a poor balance of good-to-bad gut bacteria, are at dramatically increased risk of developing disease.

Why a Healthy Balance of Gut Bacteria is Important

When your dog’s or cat’s gastrointestinal bacteria are in balance with the right amount and type of healthy bugs on board, there is symbiosis. Good things happen inside your pet’s body. For example:

  • Vitamins are made
  • Vegetable fiber is processed as it should be
  • Unfriendly bacteria are kept in check
  • Toxins are well-managed

When unfriendly, pathogenic bacteria take over your pet’s digestive system, it creates dysbiosis, which is more or less the opposite of symbiosis.

Dysbiosis results in increased permeability – leakiness — of the intestinal wall, which means your pet’s GI tract will be less able to allow healthy bacteria and nutrients in and keep disease-causing bacteria out.

A healthy GI tract is selective about what is absorbed. Nutrients are taken in and non-nutritive substances, including toxins, are filtered out.

Exciting Recent Study Results

Back to the good news-bad news department — up until major pet food manufacturers took an interest in probiotics, there was very little research into the ways in which supplementation could improve the health of dogs and cats.

Now that pet food companies have discovered a lucrative market in probiotic products, it’s a very safe bet much more funding for research will be made available.

Study results will benefit pet food producers, of course, but they will also help veterinarians, pet owners and others concerned with the health of dogs and cats learn more about the uses and promise of probiotic supplementation.

A few examples of recent research:

They also maintained their vaccination titers longer and had higher levels of fecal secretory IgA, an important antibody produced in the lining of the intestine that protects against bacteria and viruses. The higher fecal IgA result was also seen in elderly dogs fed E. faecium, as well as kittens. Kittens and adult cats showed decreased incidence and duration of naturally occurring diarrhea and improved good-to-bad gut bacteria ratios.

  • In another study of the benefits of E. faecium involving 11 healthy dogs, not only was their fecal microflora improved, but so were serum lipids. Eight of the 11 dogs given the probiotic supplement showed a decrease in total lipids and normalized cholesterol levels.
  • In a study of the effects of strain L. acidophilus on healthy adult cats, the probiotic altered the balance of GI microflora and in addition, resulted in beneficial systemic and immunomodulatory effects.
  • In this study, conducted by a veterinarian to test a pet probiotic manufacturer’s claims of help for cats with renal failure, results showed the supplement decreased creatinine levels in six of seven cats and improved their health and vitality. This probiotic contained a mixture of three strains: Streptococus thermophilus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Bifidobacterium longum.

The Pet Probiotic I Use and Recommend

Two things I don’t recommend are 1) using human probiotics on dogs and cats, and 2) using processed pet foods with probiotic additives.

Probiotic formulas used by humans were developed specifically to fortify the bacterial species found in the human GI tract. Pets have specific strains of bacteria unique to them, so they need a unique probiotic. Your dog or cat must have organisms derived from its own species for best results. You probably won’t harm your pet by offering human probiotics, but you aren’t providing as much benefit as you would be by offering a species-appropriate product.

The bacteria in a probiotic must be live and able to reproduce in order for it to be beneficial. Tests on dog foods claiming to contain probiotic micro-organisms showed the manufacturing process kills too many of the live bacteria, rendering the probiotic effect useless by the time the food is packaged and shipped.

A pet probiotic should have the following qualities:

  • It must not cause disease (despite the fact it contains bacteria)
  • It must survive the acidic environment of your pet’s stomach
  • It must contain enough live organisms to colonize the intestines
  • It must contain the correct strains of bacteria beneficial for pets, not people
  • It should remain stable under normal storage conditions
  • It should be easy to give to your dog or cat

A Great Article by  Please go to to order your probiotic specially formulated for dogs and puppies.  Giving your puppy or dog yogurt is not enough probiotic to be of benefit for your pets.  We introduce a probiotic to our puppies at 3 weeks of age when they start to eat.  It has helped our puppies immune system from the start and has cut down greatly on loose stools and diarrhea.

White Oak Golden Retrievers

Rabies in Dogs-The Rabies Challenge Fund

Welcome to the Rabies Challenge Fund.

The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust will determine the duration of immunity conveyed by rabies vaccines. The goal is to extend the required interval for rabies boosters to 5 and then to 7 years. This project depends primarily upon grassroots gifts for funding the costs of conducting the requisite vaccine trials. Our contributions to date have come mostly from kennel clubs and private individuals. The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust is a federally registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

I’m contributing!

Hi Everyone,

This Law is HUGE!  If this law gets passed, we can count on our dogs living longer, healthier lives. Science has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the rabies vaccine is good for a very long time (if not for the life of your dog).  Giving your dog the rabies vaccine every 3 years (some states still require ever year) is killing our dogs, making veternarians rich and is absurd in an educated world that we live in today.  Please help get this law passed.  Any amount you can contribute will help them.

Thank you!

White Oak Golden Retrievers 


Cancer in Dogs

Do You Make This Cancer-Inducing Pet Mistake?

By Dr. Becker

Many pet guardians don’t realize the potential for exposing  their four-legged family member to environmental toxins like pesticides and herbicides.  People also don’t realize that after they apply a product to their lawn or  garden, the chemical residues are tracked indoors on pet paws, and contaminate  surfaces throughout their home.

A pesticide known as 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, or “2,4-D”,  was developed during World War II. It was one of two active ingredients in the  notorious defoliant known as Agent Orange, used during the Vietnam War to  destroy forest cover for our enemies, as well as their food crops. A tremendous  amount of herbicide was sprayed over millions of acres of land in Vietnam from  1961 to 1972. Agent Orange was the most commonly used product, and it has since  been revealed to cause a wide range of serious health issues, including rashes,  psychological problems, birth defects, tumors, and cancer.

These days, 2,4-D is used on athletic fields, golf courses,  landscaping, timberland, rights-of-way, and various crops. A short list of  popular products containing 2,4-D includes:   

  • Bayer Advanced All-in-One Lawn Weed and  Crabgrass Killer
  • Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max
  • Scotts Liquid Turf Builder
  • Sta-Green Phosphorus-Free Weed & Feed
  • Scotts Snap Pac Weed & Feed

  Despite decades of scientific studies associating 2,4-D with  cancer in humans and animals, the chemical continues to be one of the top three  pesticides sold in the U.S. More recent studies have linked the chemical to  hormone disruption that increases the risk of birth defects and neurologic  damage in children.


Pesticides, Bees, and Your Pet

I’m sure many of you are aware that bee colonies across the world are disappearing in a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder (CCD). In fact, most U.S. beekeepers have lost from 50 to 90 percent of their honeybee populations.

There are several factors involved in the die off of bees, not the least of which is the unprecedented widespread use of pesticides and insecticides. Neonicotinoid pesticides kill insects by attacking their nervous systems. These are known to get into pollen and nectar, and can damage beneficial insects such as bees.

Honeybees contribute $15 billion in annual agriculture revenue to the U.S. economy alone, as a full one-third of the American food supply depends on them pollinating crops. Just about every fruit and vegetable you can think of is dependent on the pollinating services of bees. Apple orchards, for instance, require one colony of bees per acre in order to be adequately pollinated. So, unless the mysterious disappearance of bees is reversed, major food shortages could result.

If we don’t take action to protect bees and other pollinators from the toxic effects of pesticides and insecticides, there is no question that the survival of our pets, and our own survival, will be in jeopardy. In fact, honeybees are so crucial to our existence that a quote attributed to Einstein states: “If bees die out, man will only have four years of life left on Earth.”

Pesticides and Canine Malignant Lymphoma

Most dogs love a carpet of thick green grass. They run  around on it, roll on it, dig at it, and stick their noses in it. But unlike humans,  who launder their clothes and bathe regularly, dogs don’t change their fur or  footpads every day. Whatever collects on their feet and coat outdoors stays  there until the next time they get a bath. It also gets deposited across  multiple surfaces inside your home, including carpeting, rugs, furniture and  pet bedding.

A recently published study conducted over a six year period  by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University1 showed that exposure to lawn pesticides, specifically those applied by  professional lawn care companies, raised the risk of canine  malignant lymphoma – a progressive, fatal disease — by as much as 70  percent.

Sadly, it’s easy to envision how normal canine behavior  turns risky when your dog’s outdoor environment has been doused in potentially  toxic chemicals.

Herbicides and Bladder Cancer In Dogs

Another study, published last year in Science  of the Total Environment,2 indicates that exposure to herbicide-treated lawns has been associated with significantly  higher bladder  cancer risk in dogs.

The chemicals in question are common herbicides containing  2,4-D, 4-chloro-2-methylphenoxypropionic acid (MCPP) and/or dicamba. Dogs are  being exposed through ingestion, inhalation and transdermal contact.

Since these chemicals are commonly detected in grass  residues from treated lawns AND untreated lawns, it’s clear there is chemical  drift. This means that even if you don’t use these products, if a neighbor  does, your dog could still be at risk from chemicals that blow into your yard  from a nearby property.

Flea and Tick Preventives (Pesticides) and Your Pet

You may not be aware of it, but most flea  and tick preventives are actually pesticides, regardless of what form they  come in — spot-on treatments, pills, dips, solutions, shampoos, or collars.

Spot-on  products attracted the attention of the EPA in 2009 after reports surfaced  of over 40,000 adverse events the prior year, including 600 deaths of family  pets. The agency called for new labeling requirements, but as recently as  September, four  cats were reported to have died from misuse of the products.

It’s important to remember that just because a compound is  applied to or worn on your pet’s fur doesn’t mean it’s safe. What goes ON your pet goes IN your pet, by absorption through the skin  or ingestion during grooming.

Protecting Your Pet from Toxic Pesticides

Don’t apply pesticides to your yard, and if you use a lawn  care service, don’t allow them to use chemicals, either. The same goes for  herbicides, and be aware that a neighbor’s herbicide can potentially  contaminate your property and pose a risk to your pet.

Avoid lawn care and other gardening products that contain  insect growth regulators (IGRs). (And be aware that the chemical pyriproxyfen,  an IGR, is used in certain flea/tick spot-on treatments.)

Don’t allow your dog access to any lawn unless you can  confirm no pesticides have been used.

If you think your pet has rolled around on chemically  treated grass, my recommendation is to bathe him as soon as possible. If you’ve walked your dog in a suspect grassy area,  giving him a foot  soak as soon as you get home should flush away any chemical residue that  may be clinging to his feet and lower legs.

If you live in a townhouse or community that applies  chemicals to common areas, I recommend “detoxing” a patch of grass in your  backyard by watering the chemicals down into the soil to reduce skin contact  after application. Keep your pet on a leash (and on the sidewalk) until you’ve  walked to your chemical free destination.

When it comes to pest control, remember — keeping your  pet’s immune system healthy and strong is the best way to help him fight off  parasites as well as disease. A balanced,  species-appropriate diet is  the foundation upon which your pet’s good health and long life must be built.

Use a safe, natural pest deterrent that is chemical-free.  Also consider cedar oil (specifically manufactured for pet health), natural  food-grade diatomaceous earth, or fresh garlic (work with your holistic vet to  determine a safe amount for your pet’s body weight).

Bathe and brush your pet regularly and perform frequent full-body  inspections to check for parasite activity, and insure your indoor and outdoor  environments are unfriendly to pests.

Detoxifying Your Pet

Consider periodic detoxification for your pet. The level of environmental exposure to chemicals will dictate the  appropriate frequency and type of detox. If your dog has constant exposure to  toxic chemicals all summer, supplying a daily detox protocol is a wise idea. But  if your pet’s only source of chemical exposure is heartworm pills, or if you  are applying flea and tick chemicals directly on your pet, then offering a  detox program the week after each pill or topical treatment makes sense.

There are many detoxifying  herbs and supplements to choose from. A detox protocol should not cause any  side effects or visible changes in your pet.


This excellent article by holistic veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker is eye opening.  If you don’t want your pet to die of cancer, start now. 

White Oak Golden Retrievers

Vaccines for Dogs

 Vaccine Damage Article – Dogs Today

By Catherine O’Driscoll



Here is a statement of truth:  once immune, dogs are immune against viral disease for years or life.  The study group set up by the WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) on vaccines has come up with global guidelines which categorically state that dogs and cats should NOT be vaccinated at more than three yearly intervals, and then only for core vaccines – distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus.  Core vaccines do not include Leptospirosis, which the WSAVA acknowledges as causing more adverse reactions than other vaccines.


Importantly, the WSAVA acknowledges that vaccines can be harmful, and titer (blood) tests are safer than revaccination.      


I constantly receive emails from people whose dogs have been harmed by vaccines.  Edward McKenzie-Clark stated:  “Last week, at the request of the new owner, I had a puppy I bred vaccinated. The  puppy went downhill overnight and is now seriously ill.  The vet is telling me that this puppy’s condition and the vaccination are coincidences. The puppy is going into kidney failure caused by either leptospirosis (in the vaccine) or drinking anti-freeze (impossible).  Can there be a connection between the vaccine and the puppy’s health?”


If this man had given this puppy heroin, his vet would be in no doubt as to cause and effect.  It’s amazing how they don’t connect the dots.  In fact, a study conducted by Purdue University found that vaccinated, but not unvaccinated, dogs developed auto-antibodies to a wide range of their own biochemicals.  One of these was laminin, which coats kidney cells.  Vaccinated dogs were attacking their own kidneys. 


Vaccines can also cause the disease you’re attempting to prevent.  In the Canine Health Concern vaccine survey, 100% of dogs with leptospirosis contracted it just after being vaccinated against it.  Leptospirosis, of course, attacks the kidneys – and the puppy had severe kidney damage.


Edward wrote again. “I had to put Hamish to sleep on Sunday. He deteriorated rapidly over the weekend and I decided I couldn’t allow him to go through any more.  There are a lot of ‘if only we did this’ days.  My other half says I’m too hard on myself and perhaps I can be but it’s very hard to put out of my mind what that poor baby had to go through.”


A few days later, Edward wrote: “The pharmaceutical company have said they will pay for an autopsy. I’ve said if you pick up the rest of the £300 bill. They refused so I’m refusing to let them have the autopsy done.  I asked why are you so keen on an autopsy when you claim it wasn’t your vaccine?  No answer!  I stopped vaccinating in 1990 after a similar incident and this was only done at the new owner’s request so NEVER again will a vaccine come near my dogs.”


I shared Edward’s story with Dr Patricia Jordan, a vet who has done a great deal of research into the vaccine issue.  She added these comments:  “Kidney failure is a common sequel to vaccination.  The basement membrane is susceptible to damage from a clogging that results as the immune complexes are drained via the lymphatics. The kidney is a big part of the lymphatic system. The body tries to clear the toxins in the vaccines and there is damage done in this clearing mechanism.


“Lepto is a very adverse event associated vaccine and the damndest thing is that lepto vaccines simply do not work.  Dr Ron Schultz (the world’s foremost independent authority on canine vaccines) hates to see them in with anything else and, in puppies, advises that they are completely finished with the viral inoculations before getting a vaccine against Lepto, which he neither recommends nor advocates – even in Lepto endemic areas.


“I have seen older dogs go into kidney failure within two days of receiving a Lepto vaccine.”


Many dog lovers, I suspect, have difficulty in understanding the science surrounding vaccination, so they’d rather trust the ‘experts’ than struggle to understand.  Dr Jordan sent me one of her diary notes, which isn’t technical in the least.  Perhaps this will have meaning for you?


“What a depressing day today.  I had to kill a patient who was vaccinated every year, fed crappy food, and was so immune exhausted that he had everything wrong – coccidia, yeast overgrowth, cancer.  I took pictures of his poor wracked body.  I only had about a month to try to reverse his condition.  It was insurmountable due to the years of visits to the vet and resulting complete adrenal exhaustion and immunosuppression.  He was just spent. 


“The day got worse. I heard barking in the reception and found a tiny eight pound terrorist barking at a tall noble greyhound.  The tall dog was looking desperate and his sides were heaving.  I went back to finish the patient I was with.  By the time I had finished, I’d missed the next patient and the owner of the practice had him.


“I was able to walk by the room for another reason and was very concerned to see vaccines laid out in the room – with the dog who looked like he couldn’t breathe.  I have ranted and raved against vaccines – the over-use and the fact that every single day there is malpractice committed with the administration of this danger to sick and geriatric animals.  Anyway, the dog was shot up with vaccines.


“After lunch, I returned to see two of the kennel workers carrying that dog’s dead body back to the freezer for burial.  He had gone home and died.  The owner was very upset.  Apparently, he wasn’t expecting to have vaccinated his pet and his pet die shortly thereafter.


“I looked at the record.  The dog had been a cardiac patient for a while, with terrible heart murmurs.  That was why he was so concerned about the barking terrier, if only eight pounds.  The dog could hardly get around, so why was he administered an eight way MLV vaccine? 


“There appears to be very little compassion in this field.  Very little honesty and integrity for the patient of the client.  I will get blasted by most vets reading this, but the situation is true.  It’s a desperate situation.”


I agree with Dr Jordan.  The situation is desperate.  Those in authority don’t appear to care, and the pet owners seem unable to get out of the mode of following. 


Alice Hughes wrote to me:  “Please help.  Our pup is six years old and has suffered terribly from arthritis. For three weeks she lost the use of her back end.  One week ago today she had her booster and within days she was in distress and is barely moving around.  She is lethargic and sad.  What can we do?  I am not sure if I should take her to the vet for advice because when we were there last Saturday, he seemed displeased that I turned down the kennel cough shot (I just felt uneasy about so many chemicals going into her and she is never in a kennel).  He is 100% behind the annual shots and sends me notices each year, twice. I feel like I am killing her.” 


Research shows that vaccines can cause arthritis.  They can also, as a symptom of encephalitis (which is an acknowledged vaccine reaction), cause paralysis of the rear end.


Elaine Loydall wrote:  “Two weeks ago we did the year’s round of boosters. Our younger boy who is 16 months had a massive fit almost two weeks after the jabs. It was scary.  Do you have a view on this, and does this mirror other experiences?”


Yes it does mirror other experiences.  Epilepsy is another symptom of encephalitis, an acknowledged vaccine sequel.  Millions of pounds have been paid out worldwide in compensation to the parents of epileptic, vaccine damaged, children. 


Brenda Hopping wrote:  “I took my eleven year old dog (the love of my life!) to have his boosters yesterday.  Just minutes after leaving the vets, he collapsed to the ground in an unconscious state and looked as if he was dying.  The sight of this was horrendous, just seeing his legs at awkward angles and in spasms.
”He did come round, but his eyes were glazed and he looked completely disorientated.  I couldn’t lift him.  I managed to persuade him to his feet and he wobbled back to the vets.  My dog has a slight heart murmur and I feared the worst. The vet would not say that it may be something to do with the vaccination.  He just told me to take my dog home and advised me that if it happened again, I should bring my dog back for an ECG.

“In my mind it is too much of a coincidence that his ‘attack’ was straight after the vaccination.  I really think that the state of confusion and the lack of knowledge on the part of the owner is beneficial to the vet and invariably to the pharmaceutical companies.”


Proceedings of the First Veterinary Vaccine Symposium, held in 1997, advised that geriatric dogs – over eight years of age – should not be vaccinated.  All vaccine datasheets state that only healthy animals should be vaccinated.  A dog with a heart murmur is not healthy.  He should not be vaccinated: he can die. 


To make matters worse, Brenda was forced to have her cat euthanised recently as his vaccine-induced cancer had become so aggressive.  Brenda says, “His big eyes and lovely face still haunt me and I am in tears now as I write to you.  To think, if I had been better informed, he may still be with me now.”


When I started reporting vaccine reactions back in 1994, a limited amount of research was available.  It isn’t limited any more.  What is needed now is for vets to stop giving unnecessary annual shots, to start upholding the truth, and for pet owners to become aware of the truth and honour the trust their dogs place in them.


It is a sad fact that we live in a world where we can’t trust apparently respectable business people and healthcare providers to put our dogs’ health first.  We need to wise up – our dogs depend on us.   

White Oak Golden Retrievers- *Very Important Read by the well respected Catherine O’Driscoll.

Please pass on to your veterinarian and ask them why they have NOT adopted this research that has been well known by the American Veterinary Association for many years now.




Lumps on Dogs

Is your dog lumpy ? Fatty lumps (lipomas), other lumps and  why surgery is not the best choice

By Dr. Peter Dobias

If you  find  yourself  confused about what  to do    when you  find a lump or immediately think of the worse  case scenario,  I hope that this blog will be useful.

One of my  readers sent me an email with a question: “My dog has a lump, where can I get it removed?” How could I  forget to write about such an  important  topic, I thought.  I need to share what  I have learned about lumps right now.  So, I  dropped  my  original plan and have taken on the lumpy topic to save your pooch some trouble and make things easier on your pocket.

It seems that most  people  think that lumps are like aliens from a  sci-fi movie and  we have to  get  rid  of  them. I went online and surprisingly, all the blogs and articles talk about diagnosis or surgery and I could not find any information about their prevention or any suggestions as to why  they happen.

Over  the years ,  I have observed lumps and  bumps on many dogs.   Most  of them are fatty lumps called  lipomas. The name suggests  that  they are composed of  lipocytes –  fatty  cells  that decide to grow more than they should.

A relatively small  percentage of lumps end up in the “malignant” category, however, I  always like to know what I am dealing with before giving treatment  recommendations.The interesting thing that I have noticed is that most  lumps appear to be associated with the spinal segments that have the tightest  muscles or  evidence of inflammation and injury.

To  make things clearer, imagine  that  your  dog has a lipoma on the chest.  If you  draw a line from the lump up to the chest following the ribs,  you end  up at  a certain vertebra. If you  explore this area  further, the  muscles  are usually tight and inflamed and your dogs skin often twitches, suggesting  sensitivity discomfort and injury. If you find it  challenging to grasp the concept of  energy lines, imagine a salmon. The energy lines are much clearer as the muscle is separated in segments corresponding with the number of “ribs” or fish bones.   Mammals  do not have this clear visual definition, however the energy channels exist  along the same  lines.

I started to see  clearly that there was a connection between tightness or injury of  a certain spinal  segment and lump formation. I have always believed that a healthy back is the key to a healthy body and that the back is the energy flow channel that  maintains  even  energy flow throughout  the body, tissues and organs.

If  the  back gets  injured  or  tight,  the energy flow stops. I like to see the energy flow as  light flowing through the body’s channels; which Chinese practitioners  refer to as meridians. If the light reaches an injured or congested area, then energy stops flowing and  these  inflamed  areas ” suck the light – the energy out”  like the dementors from Harry  Potter books.

These injured parts are the black holes  of the body;  stopping the flow, creating congestion,  which leads to lump formation. In the most severe and chronic cases, this leads to cancer formation. I see the lumps and bumps as the signals of the body that there is  something wrong. They are  the markers of these injuries, inflammation and blockage and must not be ingored.

If a lump is removed,  the problem, the  congested  energy  spot and  the tightness  remains. Lumpectomy can be compared to removing the signal lights  on your car’s  dashboard at  a time when your  oil  is leaking.  You  will not see the signal, but the problem will go on if not  addressed  at the same time.

Here are some practical suggestions to addressing lumps

  • If you see a lump,  do not panic. I  suggest    getting  it examined physically and perform a fine needle aspirate, (collecting a few cells by inserting a needle in the centre of the lump).   The procedure is simple and the samples of a few  cells  obtained  can be sent to the lab.  Sometimes people  wonder if there is a potential of spreading a malignant tumour  this way. I have not seen  any  evidence of worsening  prognosis if fine needle  aspirate is done. Ultimately, it is better to know the diagnosis  than worrying sick over a lump that is benign.
  • Most veterinarians have not been trained to see the connection  between back or  muscle  injury  and lumps and many practitioners will not even recognize that there is an energy  flow issue or injury in the related spinal segment. I suggest  finding a good  animal  chiropractor  or o physiotherapist using a technique called  IMS –  intramuscular  stimulation  to  reset  the muscle  fibres and  improve the energy  flow.  Both  treatments,  chiro  or  IMS  have to  be  repeated  until the body “relearns” its patterns.  One treatment is often  insufficient to yield good results and in  older dogs  it is better to create a preventive treatment  plan –  once a month or so to help the body stay  in  balance.
  • In my opinion, lipomas should not be removed  unless they obstruct your dogs  movement.   Removing lumps gives us an illusion that the problem is gone, while in reality, it doesn’t  get rid of the cause; the “black hole” in  the spinal energy  flow. I often see dogs  getting  worse  after surgery with more  lumps  cropping up.  It seems as if the body is trying even harder to signal that there is something wrong.  The signals get “louder and louder” and if we do not hear or can’t  recognize them, sometimes cancer sets in.
  • If you see  a lump,  track it to the  related  spinal segment by drawing a line from the lump to the back. It is relatively simple. Follow the ribs or if the lump is on the abdomen,  draw a line up and slightly  forward on an angle that is parallel to the last rib. If lumps  are present  on the hind legs,  the issue is  usually  located in the lumbar region.  If on the head,  neck or  skull,  alignment may be the problem; if on the abdomen,  lumbar or thoracic, the spine needs attention.  If the spinal segment is tight,  I  recommend treatment by a chiro, physio and massage in conjunction with homeopathy.
  • I have also  noticed  that some lipomas occur in  areas where the skin and fat  under the skin or the underlying  muscle gets  injured or overstretched .  Some people believe that the  excessive stretch of tissues  results  in  trauma  to the fatty  cells – lipocytes.  These lipocytes try to repair, start multiplying  and a lump is  formed. If your dog is a fast  and wild runner, lumps may be more likely to happen.
  • If you are wondering if there is a miraculous natural  cure  for lipomas.  From  what  I have seen,  I must say that  once  they happen,  they usually  do not  disappear. You may as well spare yourself  the money buying “miraculous” lipomacures and spend it on a chiro or  physio  instead.   You can  decrease their  growth  rate by improving the energy  flow in the spine and the body in general.
  • If the cytology  results of fine needle  aspirate come back with confirmation of cancer, this is a much more complicated topic and a consultation would be needed. I  personally am  not  in favour  of chemotherapy and  radiation and have seen dogs living longer and happier lives without  these. I find  it  ridiculous to see that we have accepted poisoning as one of the ways of “healing.”
  • Surgery may be a reasonable measure  in  case of some malignancies – for  example  bone tumors because they are so  aggressive.  I have seen some dogs  surviving for years. However,  once again  I want to remind  you  that surgery does not remove the original cause of the tumor and the treatment should include  changes in  nutrition,  supplements, homeopathy and spinal alignment  techniques.
  • Some people  believe that the higher tendency to inflammation the body has, the higher tendency to cancer.  I agree.

Here is what you can provide for your dog to statistically decrease the chances cancer :

  • Healthy exercise,  not   too much.
  • Good natural, ideally  raw  diet.
  • Feed  less than 1/3 of large animal  red  meat as it has a tendency to  cause more  inflammation in the body.
  • Use a good source of whole food anti-oxidants and minerals for proper function of the immune system and every cell. I could not  find one on the market,  so  I  formulated one myself – GreenMin.
  • Use only  natural  vitamins  and supplement. Synthetic supplements are not what nature intended and often create disharmony of excess in the body.
  • The body knows the difference. My dog Skai  has also been getting SoulFood – Certified Organic Multivitamin for Dogs.
  • For muscle injury and back pain or  as a general cancer  prevention,  I like  using Zyflamend, a turmeric based  anti-inflammatory  that is also known for its anti-oxidant, anticancer  properties.  If your  dog  has a  moderate to severe problem,  you can give  Zyflamend daily or  as a preventive once or twice a week.When it  comes to  omega oils,  I like to give Skai and my patients  WholeMega – a wild salmon oil that is processed gently to  maintain  its properties.  For cancer prevention, you  want to go for a Omega 3 as in most diets  these ones  are missing.
  • As a general  cleansing and immune system support, I like to use Probiotics.
  • Activated mushrooms such as LifeSheild Immunity.

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Another great article by Dr. Peter Dobias, a holistic veterinarian.  Please visit his website for other great information in keeping your dog well.

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Vaccines and Vets: Is Your Holistic Vet Really Holistic?

Many of our dog owners are discovering that their vet that is listed under “holistic vets” on the holistic site are really not holistic at all.  Here’s why…..White Oak Golden Retrievers

Vaccines and Vets: Is Your Holistic Vet Really Holistic?

07/28/2013  By

 A dozen years into veterinary practice, I’d just learned that an everyday, common veterinary procedure that I’d been told in vet school was benign, was not only not benign, it was causing illness in the name of preventing it!

Shortly thereafter, I also learned that the common way of using this procedure was useless: it did no good for the animals who received it.

Now my head was really reeling. I was doing this procedure somewhat regularly. In my conventional practice days, I did it a lot.

This eye opening, world shaking, revelatory information was coming not only to me, but to any of my veterinary colleagues who chose to read about it. In my case, it came in the context of rebooting my holistic vet career during my studies of veterinary homeopathy.

What I was hearing were two remarkable truths that had been entirely absent in my veterinary education to date:

  1. 1. Vaccinations are capable of creating disease (and often do just that).

  2. 2. Repeating vaccinations throughout life just plain didn’t work.

I was taking the very first Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy in 1992-93 in Eugene, Oregon when this really sunk in. Here I was, surrounded by other holistic veterinarians, some at it much longer than I, and our instructor, Dr. Richard Pitcairn, was showing us case after case illustrating the harm that was coming from vaccination. More significantly, he was also showing us that sick animals usually didn’t get better without, at some point in their treatment, receiving a vaccinosis remedy.


Vaccinosis, it turns out, is a term coined by the brilliant British homeopath, J. Compton Burnett, M.D. When?

In 1884!

You can still enjoy his original treatise on the subject, called “Vaccinosis and its Cure by Thuja.” In it, Burnett takes you through his human cases of horrible suffering that simply would not yield to the treatments of his day, even those homeopathic treatments that seemed certain to work.

These folks didn’t get well until he considered vaccines in his patient’s history, and treated specifically to undo the illness that had begun from that procedure.

Seeking a term to apply to this wide group of illnesses that had begun after vaccination, he dubbed it vaccinosis.

First, Do No Harm!

Many of my holistic veterinarian colleagues who were on the same training had seen vaccine illness as well. Dr. Pitcairn’s examples just made it abundantly clear that vaccination was anything but a harmless procedure.

I vowed to stop at that point, and to only do infrequent rabies vaccines.

How could I knowingly make animals sick? Hadn’t I taken an oath to make them well?

Second, Do Nothing Useless!

As our groundbreaking veterinary homeopathy course was drawing to a close, a seminal chapter on vaccinations appeared in Current Veterinary Therapy, one of the most respected books in veterinary medicine. A copy of it was brought in by a colleague and we all read it and discussed it over meals together.

The authors were Dr. Ronald Schultz (University of Wisconsin), and Dr. Tom Phillips (Scrips Research Institute). They are veterinary immunologists. These words stood out from their chapter, and were shared with our clients whenever and where ever we got the chance:

“A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual revaccination. Almost without exception there is no immunologic requirement for annual revaccination. Immunity to viruses persists for years or for the life of the animal…… Furthermore, revaccination with most viral vaccines fails to stimulate an anamnestic (secondary) response…. The practice of annual vaccination in our opinion should be considered of questionable efficacy…”

Now, my mind was firmly made up: I was not going to give my patients something that was neither good for them nor helpful to them! Damn!

Change? Not on My Watch!

Shortly after we graduated from what many of us felt was training that bested any we got in vet school, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association meeting was held in Minneapolis. Many of us attended, and the topic of greatest interest to us was vaccine illness, aka vaccinosis. We heard from Dr. Jean Dodds 1 and Dr. Pitcairn about hypothyroidism and other chronic disease that was showing an onset after vaccination.

At these meetings, informal conversations are often as valuable as the lectures themselves, as we cross pollinate ideas with one another.

One comment really left me stunned.

It was on this great new information that we’d been doing harm for years and certainly not helping animals by annually vaccinating them.

One “holistic” veterinarian from Ohio, several years my senior, flat out stated, “Well, I’m not going to stop vaccinating!”

I didn’t hear any logic to that decision, just a strongly stated declaration! From a purportedly holistic vet. Who later went on to become the president of the AHVMA!

My friends and I were agog and our eyes opened to a deeper reality: there are financial reasons behind continuing to vaccinate annually! Stopping would mean losing one’s bread and butter.

While we were already committed to practicing as holistically as possible, many of our brethren were not. “Holistic vet” was a convenient term that likely drew in more clients, while it was sufficiently vague that it didn’t constrain what happened inside the practice.

I’ll Do Whatever I Damn Well Please!

It should come as no great surprise then that the average, non-holistic vet is not embracing these new understandings about vaccinations even now, some twenty years hence. My colleague here in Texas, Dr. Bob Rogers, informally polled over 400 vets at national meetings, and got the following response in all but one:

“I don’t care what the data says, I am not changing.”

This same colleague, in visiting the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medicine, beseeching them to take up the charge for change, was told by a board member that he,

“…could vaccinate a clients (sic) pet every week for twenty two years and nobody could tell him not to.”

Attitudes That Damage Your Animal: Beware

As you set about navigating what seem like perfectly clear waters on your way to a vital animal, keep your eyes open for these dangerous attitude reefs. My profession is bemoaning the fact that veterinary visits are falling, yet refusing to step up to a responsible position on a damaging, useless procedure: repeating vaccinations throughout your animal’s life.

While there’s good value in a regular vet exam, if it comes with the burden of vaccinations, you’ll do well to either get your needs clearly emblazoned on Spot’s chart [No Further Vaccinations!] or find another vet who’s willing to work with you while respecting your choice to opt out of this procedure. And yes, I’m talking about rabies, too.

Unfortunately, the burden is on you to carry this torch. Don’t expect Dr. White Coat to lead the charge.

Tell us in the comments how you interact with veterinary care in a safe way. Thank you to Will Falconer, DVM for this truthful article.

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Everyone needs to educate themselves and stop letting vets KILL your dogs.

Cancer in Dogs

I get a call everyday from someone who has just lost their beloved Golden.  A Golden that means everything; their best friend; the one that understands them; the one that has been there through thick and thin; their child, their protector, their life!

It always happens the same way; suddenly and without warning they become ill and their health deteriorates quickly and then they are gone!

Then they question; did I do everything I could, did I not do something.


 Cancer is the #1 killer of all breeds. We all need to take a stand to buy dogs that are not in-bred or line-bred, feed a natural diet, avoid chemicals and vaccines that are pushed at our dogs in all forums, refuse to aspire to a “standard” setup by organizations that do not have our dogs health or best interest in any of the money making schemes that publish.

Join us to save your dog before it’s too late. Check out our Health and Diet Page of our Website.

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