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A Natural Antibiotic for Dogs


By on March 18, 2014  in Herbs..

Goldenseal RootGoldenseal is a long-lived perennial that blooms in early spring. All parts of the plant may be used although the golden-yellow root is most commonly used.

Uses For Goldenseal

Traditionally, goldenseal was used as an appetite stimulant but its many uses go well beyond that. Overall, goldenseal is good for any inflammatory condition. It has antimicrobial, astringent and antiparasitic properties and also stimulates the liver.


Taken internally as an anti-inflammatory, goldenseal can be effective for ulcers and irritations in the mouth, upper respiratory tract, eyes and to a lesser degree, the digestive and urinary tracts. Goldenseal may also be applied externally to infections or ulcers as a poultice made from the powdered root.


Goldenseal can be useful for fighting bacterial infection in the mouth, gastrointestinal and urinary tracts. It can disinfect against many common pathogens including streptococcus, staphylococcous and salmonella.

Eye Infections And Conjunctivitis

A goldenseal eyewash is particularly effective for inflammation and redness of the eyes and conjunctivitis secondary to bacterial or fungal infection. To make the eyewash, make a tea from the dry root by simmering it in water for 10 minutes. Allow it to cool to room temperature and apply it directly with a compress, or add 10 to 20 drops to a saline solution and apply a few drops in the eye two or three times per day.

Digestive Issues

Goldenseal may also be used for digestive issues and liver conditions. It’s useful for treating loss of appetitie, diarrhea, influenza and infections.

Kennel Cough and Flu

Goldenseal can be given at the first signs of a cough. Give it together with echinacea for a punch! Goldenseal will soothe the mucous membranes while echinacea will help activate immune fighters.

Tapeworm and Giardia

Combined with garlic, goldenseal can help rid dogs of tapeworm and even giardia.


Goldenseal should not be used in pregnant, newborn or hypoglycemic dogs. Long term use should be avoided as it may alter the intestinal flora and over-stimulate the liver. High doses may also interfere with vitamin B metabolism.

Use goldenseal for a week or so at a time, not for extended periods.


Goldenseal can be given as a dried powder. Use 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds.

Goldenseal tea can be made by boiling a gram of goldenseal in a cup of water. Give 1/4 to 1/4 cup per 20 pounds per day.

If giving a tincture, give 5 to 10 drops per 20 pounds, 2 to 3 times per day.


When purchasing goldenseal, make certain it’s from a cultivated organic source, not wildcrafted. Goldenseal is one of the most endangered medicinal herbs and if wildcrafting continues, the earth will be devoid of this incredibly useful herb. It’s a great idea to grow some goldenseal in your yard. It prefers shade and rich, well-drained soil. If you can not find an organic source of cultivated goldenseal, Oregon grape root can also be an effective alternative.

Another great article from Dogs Naturally Magazine.  If you have a female dog she may be plagued every now and then with a urinary tract infections.  I have used goldenseal on my girls in the past and it has worked so well.  It is a safe option to regular antibiotics. 

White Oak Golden Retrievers


Gum Disease: The Hidden, Painful Disease that Affects 70-80 % 0f all Pets.

By Dr. Becker

The most important thing you can do for your pet’s oral  health is to perform routine home dental care throughout his life. Plaque forms  on your dog’s or cat’s teeth within 24 hours, so daily brushing is what I  recommend.

For help getting started brushing your kitty’s teeth, view  my instructional video.  A video for dog owners can be found here.

If your pet is highly resistant to having her teeth brushed,  there are products available that when applied to the teeth go to work to break  down plaque and tartar without brushing.

Other tips for keeping your pet’s mouth healthy:

  • Feed  a species appropriate, preferably raw diet. Giving your dog or cat the food  her body was designed to eat sets the stage for vibrant good health. When your  pet gnaws on raw meat, in particular, it acts as a kind of natural toothbrush.  This is especially important for kitties, since they don’t enjoy chew bones  like their canine counterparts do. Raw fed animals have substantially less  dental disease than their dry fed counterparts, but they can still develop problems  in their mouth. Unfortunately, feeding great food alone is not always enough to  prevent dental disease for the life of your raw fed pet.
  • Offer recreational raw  bones. Offering your pet raw knucklebones to gnaw on can help remove tartar  the old fashioned way — by grinding it off through mechanical chewing. There  are some rules to offering raw bones (not for pets with pancreatitis, diseases  of the mouth, weak or fractured teeth, resource guarders, “gulpers,”  etc.) so ask your holistic vet if raw bones would be a good  “toothbrush” for your dog. I recommend offering a raw bone about the  same size as your pet’s head to prevent tooth fractures. If your dog cannot or  should not chew recreational raw bones, I recommend you offer a fully  digestible, high quality dental dog chew.
  • Perform routine mouth  inspections. Your pet should allow you to open his mouth, look inside, and  feel around for loose teeth or unusual lumps or bumps on the tongue, under the  tongue, along the gum line and on the roof of his mouth. After you do this a  few times, you’ll become sensitive to any changes that might occur from one  inspection to the next. You should also make note of any differences in the  smell of your pet’s breath that aren’t diet-related.
  • Arrange for regular oral exams performed by your  veterinarian. He or she will alert you to any existing or potential problems in  your pet’s mouth, and recommend professional teeth cleaning under anesthesia,  if necessary. Obviously, preventing professional intervention is the goal, so  be proactive in caring for your pet’s mouth.

          Another very important article from Dr. Karen Becker, holistic veterinarian. 

White Oak Golden Retrievers  


Vaccines for Dogs-Causes of Damage

Vaccine Damage In Dogs

May 30, 2011 – Featured Articles, Vaccine Articles and News5 comments

May/June 2010 Issue

Part 2

Genetic Damage?

Perhaps most worryingly, the Purdue study found that the vaccinated dogs were developing autoantibodies to their own DNA, which indicates that we are injecting inheritable damage into animals.  According to Cambridge Life Sciences, antibodies directed against native DNA were first detected in the serum of patients with SLE in the 1950s.  The presence of anti-DNA autoantibodies is one of the four highly specific serological markers included in the 1982 American College of Rheumatology criteria  for the classification of SLE. The more of these antibodies an individual has, the higher the disease activity.  Long term risks include renal and central nervous system involvement.

SLE is an autoimmune disease characterised  by inflammation  and destruction of a variety of tissues.  Clinical presentation is varied, but a common feature is the presence of a number of autoantibodies.  Canine autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, which also occurs in isolation, can form part of the SLE syndrome.  The other common manifestations of SLE are platelet deficiency and inflammation in blood vessels, joints, skin, peripheral nervous system, meninges (which protect the brain and spinal chord) and the thyroid.

A paper entitled  ‘Vaccine Associated Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia (IMHA) in the Dog’ (15)  states, “This study provides  the first clinical evidence for a temporal relationship of vaccine- associated IMHA in the dog.”  However, the Merck Manual had made this association earlier.

The study remarked that there was a marked difference in frequency of IMHA between the first month after vaccination and subsequent months  which was not seen in the control group.  The authors concluded that, because not all cases are reported (none of the cases in their study had been reported), the prevalence of vaccine-associated IMHA is likely to be under estimated.

The seventh  edition of the Merck Veterinary Manual states:  “Bone marrow suppression with transient (21 day) or chronic/latent erythroid dysplasia, in the presence or absence of thrombocytopenia and neutropenia, Combs’ positive haemolytic anaemia, and immune-mediated thrombocytopenia have been associated with (i.e., may prove to be caused by) both retroviral and parvoviral infection in man and other species. Also, modified live parvovirus vaccines in dogs, and killed feline leukaemia virus vaccine are suspects as causes (in genetically susceptible animals) of such haematological diseases.”

Dr Jean W Dodds, writing in US Dog World, March, 1995, (16) states: “Immune–suppressant viruses of the retrovirus and parvovirus classes have recently been implicated as causes of bone marrow failure, immune-mediated blood diseases, haematologic malignancies  (lymphoma  and leukemia), dysregulation of humoral and cell-mediated immunity, organ failure (liver, kidney) and autoimmune endocrine disorders – especially of the thyroid gland (thyroiditis), adrenal  gland (Addison’s disease)  and pancreas (diabetes). Viral disease and recent vaccination with single or combination modified live virus vaccines, especially those containing distemper, adenovirus 1 or 2 and parvovirus,  are increasingly recognised contributors to immune-mediated blood diseases, bone marrow failure and organ dysfunction.”

Dr Dodds also stated:  “The T-cell leukaemias of human and animals are ex amples of those associated with retroviral infections.  The same class of viruses has been associated with the production of autoimmunity and immuno-deficiency diseases.  The recent isolation of a retrovirus from a German Shepherd  with B-cell leukaemia exemplifies the role of these agents in producing leukaemia and lymphomas in the dog.”

Dr Patricia Jordan has uncovered a very recent scientific paper (Journal of Virology, April 2010, p. 3690-3694, Vol. 84, No. 7) which describes the testing of veterinary vaccines for dogs and cats from both the UK and Japan.  Several routinely  used vaccines were shown to contain retrovirus contaminants. This study shows that the methods currently employed to screen veterinary vaccines for retroviruses should be re-evaluated.  From a pet owner’s perspective, it doesn’t go far enough to alert us to the potential consequences of manufacturing failures.

Vaccine Shedding

I believe that we should also concern ourselves with vaccine shedding.  In the DVM round table discussion  mentioned earlier, Dr Rude asked whether the shedding of modified live virus vaccine viruses from vaccinated animals have the potential to cause disease in non-vaccinated contact animals of the same species and/or different species.  The conclusion was ‘yes’.

The 1988 Concise Oxford Veterinary Dictionary postulates that parvovirus “originated from an attenuated feline enteritis vaccine strain”. (17)  The question is whether this was from shed feline vaccine, or injected canine vaccine grown on cats’ kidneys.

It’s also possible that symptoms of viral disease, such as arthritis from parvovirus, might arise from the vaccine process, from shed vaccine, as well as from field infection. (18)

More On Inflammation

A review article in In Practice, Vol 20 No 2, Feb 1998, by Michael Day, senior lecturer in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Bristol (19) states that environmental influences are crucial to the expression of immune mediated disease and that the most important of these is likely to be exposure to microbial antigens  following natural  infection or vaccination.  Mr. Day divides immune mediated disease into four main groups – hypersensitivity diseases, autoimmune diseases, immune system neoplasia (the formation  of tumors) and immunodeficiency diseases.

In a letter to Veterinary Times during July 1999, veterinarian Lyn Thomson responded, “This would indicate that veterinarians must consider and report the whole range of immune mediated diseases  post vaccination, including flea allergy, atopic dermatitis, dietary hypersensitivity, contact hypersensitivity, asthma, autoimmune diseases, lymphoma, lymphoid leukaemia, multiple myeloma, plasmcytoma, hisiiocytoma, thymoma, and immunodeficiency disease.”

A paper appearing in the British Veterinary Journal states  that dogs with rheumatoid arthritis showed higher anti-heat shock protein  antibody  levels in their sera and synovial fluids compared to control dogs. There was a significant correlation between anti HSP65 and antibodies to canine distemper virus, and the paper discussed  the relevance of the presence of canine distemper virus within the joints.  Since vaccines inject modified live distemper virus into the dog, this research should be of concern.  Shed attenuated live vaccine might also be considered in this regard. And it’s worth noting that the high antibody titers to distemper that we are so pleased with might also play a role in our dogs’ decreasing mobility. (20) Rheumatoid  arthritis is, of course an autoimmune condition in which there is inflammation  of joints and progressive erosion of cartilage and bone, which reflects the autoantibodies to collagen found in the Purdue study.

In 2000, research showed that poly-arthritis and other diseases like amyloidosis in dogs were linked to combined MLV vaccines. (21)   Dr Ronald Schultz is quoted in Vet Med Today: “Immune-mediated disease has developed  in human beings following vaccination, as was seen with cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome following swine flu vaccinations, and rheumatoid arthritis following influenza vaccination”.  (22)

In the 1996 Canine Health Concern vaccine survey, we found that a high per centage of dogs with arthritis in the survey were diagnosed  with the condition in a cluster nine months  after a vaccine event.

Dermatitis, another inflammatory disease, has also been linked to vaccination.  A study conducted by Frick and Brooks in 1983 showed that dogs predisposed  to develop atopic dermatitis didn’t develop this hereditary condition when exposed to an allergen and later vaccinated.  But a second group who were vaccinated before being exposed to the allergen did develop the condition, indicating that vaccines can play a role in skin disease.  The trial group also developed  conjunctivitis.

Merck also tells us that serum (which is used in vaccines) can cause Type III hypersensitivity reactions,  including an inflammatory skin condition involving painful local lesions leading to tissue necrosis (tissue death), as well as wide- spread vascular injury.

Although rare, I have come across three cases of dogs whose skin began to split post-vaccination.  One case involved a Golden Retriever called Spangler. Some of Spangler’s dead and dying skin was sent by his vet to an independent laboratory, which could neither confirm nor deny that his death was related  to vaccination.  Very early reports of vaccine adverse  effects incidently, talk widely of leprosy developing in those who were vaccinated.

Neurological Damage

The Merck Manual describes encephalitis as “an acute inflammatory disease of the brain due to direct viral invasion or to hypersensitivity initiated  by a virus or other foreign protein.  Secondary encephalitis,  usually a complication of viral infection, is considered to have an immunologic mechanism.  Examples are the encephalitides following measles, chickenpox, rubella, smallpox vaccination, vaccinia, and many other less well defined viral infections.”

Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain which can include lesions throughout the brain and central nervous  system) has been shown to appear in dogs after vaccination. (23)  Another paper in Veterinary Record states:  “Post-vaccinal encephalitis is a recognised complication of the administration of certain strains of live attenuated canine distemper vaccine. (24)

According to Braund’s Clinical Neurology in Small Animals: Localisation, Diagnosis and Treatment, “post vaccinal canine distemper encephalitis occurs in young animals, especially those less than six months of age.  It has been recognised as a disease entity for a number of years, and is believed to be association with vaccination using live virus.” (25)

Merck states:  “Symptoms of encephalitis may be associated with cerebral dysfunction (alteration in consciousness, personality change, seizures, paresis) and cranial nerve abnormalities.”

Think of all the epileptic dogs, and all of the dogs showing aggression, and start asking questions about the onset of these problems in relation to vaccine events.  If you are going to vaccinate, keep detailed, dated, records  of your dog – his mental and physical health, and veterinary interventions.

Epilepsy is listed by Merck as a symptom of encephalitis,  and we know that encephalitis can be vaccine-induced. Merck states:  “noninfectious  causes of encephalitis include … vaccine reactions:  many”. It adds that epilepsy can be caused by “CNS infections (meningitis, Aids, encephalitis) and also by a foreign serum or drug allergy, or by convulsive or toxic agents”.  See also Ballerini, Rico B et al., Neurological Complications of Vaccination With Special Reference to Epileptic Syndrome (Review Neurol, Jul-Aug 1973; 43: 254-258).

According to the Society for Companion Animal Studies, “epilepsy is the commonest neurological disorder seen in dogs and constitutes a major health problem.  (26)  “It is probable that between 30,000 and 366,000 of the 6.1 million dogs in the UK suffer from epilepsy.”

Many dog owners have noted personality changes in their dogs shortly after vaccination, including nervous, worrying disposition; short attention span; and aggression.  The Canine Health Concern survey found that high percentages of these conditions, where they existed in survey dogs, were reported to have started within three months of vaccination.  The study is detailed in What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines, Catherine O’Driscoll. (27)

Scientists other than the politically, but not morally or scientifically, discredited Dr Andrew Wakefield have discovered a vaccine-autism (neurological) link. For example, the Department of Paediatrics,  Tokyo Medical University, Japan, found the measles virus in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and autism. (28) The sequences obtained from the patients with ulcerative colitis and children with autism were consistent with vaccine strains.

In another paper, researchers found a correlation between the Hepatitis B triple series vaccine and developmental disability in US children aged 1-9 years.  (29)  The myelin sheath  may also be pertinent in relation to vaccine damage. Merck states: “Many congenital metabolic disorders affect the developing myelin sheath.  Unless the innate biochemical defect can be corrected or compensated for, permanent, often widespread, neurological deficits results.”

But vaccines can also play their part. Merck adds:  “In acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (post infectious encephalitis), demyelination can occur spontaneously, but usually follows a viral infection or inoculation (or very rarely a bacterial vaccine), suggesting an immunologic cause.”

I find it interesting that on the one hand, demyelination is deemed a congenital problem, but on the other it is clearly laid at the vaccine table.  This makes me ask whether dog breeders are responsible for many so-called genetic problems in dogs, or whether it’s because we vaccinate puppies before their true personalities and health status can be assessed.

Paresis is another potential sequel to encephalitis; Merck describes paresis as: “Muscular weakness of neural origin. It is usually regarded as a state of partial or incomplete  paralysis, resulting in a deficit of voluntary  movement. Paresis may result from lesions at any level of the descending  motor innervation pathway from the brain.”   In addition to my own four-year-old Golden Retriever, Oliver, presenting with paresis of both hind limbs before dying suddenly, I have been presented with many other anecdotal  reports of dogs suffering paresis shortly after vaccination where the vets suspected no link to their vaccines, and no adverse  event reports were filed.

Cumulative Damage

“There is a real concern that vaccines may predispose certain genetically susceptible individuals to immune-mediated disease,” says Dr. Ronald Schultz.  “The more antigens we administer, the higher the potential for hypersensitiv- ity. Type I is IgE mediated; type 2, cy- totoxic antibody mediated; type 3, im- mune-complex mediated; and type 4 cellular mediated. All of these hyper- sensitivities are natural  parts of the immune response, but they cause a certain amount of tissue damage.  That damage may occur in the kidney, liver, or as was the case with canine adenovi- rus 1, in the eye. In many cases it is impossible to show a direct connection between the damage and a vaccine, since it is the accumulation of many antigens over many years that results in clinically evident disease.” (30)

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association Vaccination Guidelines Group states:   “We should aim to vaccinate every animal, and to vaccinate each individual less frequently.” (31)

My own view is that we should take on board Dr Schultz’s statements made as a result of his duration of immunity studies, namely that, “Once an animal is immune to viral disease, he is immune for years or life”. Dr Schultz was motivated to conduct his studies when he reflected that children didn’t need vaccinating every year, so why do dogs?  It is also worth noting that no science has ever been put forward to justify annual vaccination, or three-yearly vaccination for that matter.

With regard  to the controversial leptospirosis vaccine and its known ability to stimulate anaphylaxis and encephalitis, its poor record of efficacy, and the fact that leptospirosis is a relatively rare disease, I go along with Dr Schultz’s own views that this vaccine comes with more risks than benefits, and that its use is questionable.  In view of the risks of any vaccine, informed guardian  consent would seem sensible.

And finally, I am happy to state publicly that I do not vaccinate any of the dogs in my care.   My own researched belief is that vaccines cause more death and suffering than the diseases  we vaccinate against.  I do, however, hold firm to the principles  of free choice and informed guardian  consent.  Without the information to base choices upon, no one is giving their informed consent. They are merely relying upon the knowledge, training, and financial needs of the person  whose advice they follow.

**White Oak Golden Retrievers-Another great article against vaccines and the reasons to support it.  Research has confirmed the damage that vaccines are doing tremendous damage to our dogs.  From genetic damage to hip and joint dysplasia.  Please print this article out and use for future use and to give a copy to your veterinarian and boarding business.  Things won’t change until we demand the changes.  You can put a stop to the madness and save your dogs life and health.


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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Dog Allergies- Try Colostrum



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Itchy DogAllergy symptoms occur when the immune system overreacts to the presence of a substance (an allergen) that’s not normally considered to be of danger to the body. When a dog is hypersensitive to one or more allergens, the body assumes it’s being invaded by something nasty and calls up the defense forces to neutralize the offending substance. Unfortunately, the release of histamine during this response produces unwelcome symptoms such as itchy, irritated ears, scooting, itchy feet, hot spots, breathing difficulties, and, in extreme cases, anaphylactic shock and death. Typical allergens include pollen and spores, foods, and flea and insect bites.

What Is Colostrum?

Colostrum, the “first milk” produced by mammals immediately after giving birth, contains a myriad of compounds which are involved in supporting the newborn infant’s immune system. They have a role to play in controlling the body’s response to potentially harmful outside invaders; that is, the mechanism that’s mistakenly invoked in those who’ve become sensitized to allergens.

What Are The Benefits Of Colostrum?

Colostrum can be taken as a supplement and can provide a huge range of benefits for dogs of all ages. Bovine colostrum, which comes from cows, is fully compatible for dogs and for other species too. It’s an old remedy that was relied on before chemical companies began churning out chemicals and antibiotics.

Gloria Dodd DVM states: “Today the orthodoxy is in a losing battle with the infective organisms that have the capability of mutating, producing antibiotic resistant strains, and growing at faster numbers than the drugs can kill. It will always be so- this is the genetic code imprinted in the organisms that assure their survival. This is the beauty of Colostrum- the organisms have no time to reproduce. Colostrum’s healing affects are multifaceted. I have become a believer and recommend it in all ill animals and people no matter what the cause, in arthritic, allergic and autoimmune conditions. I have found it has reduced my allergy expressions of migraines and psoriasis since I have been taking 2 capsules 3 xs daily.”

How Colostrum Works

Research has identified an ingredient called praline-rich polypeptide (PRP) as one of the main components of colostrum responsible for eliminating or improving the symptoms of allergies. It is also thought to be potentially useful for other autoimmune conditions. According to Staroscik et al, 1983 (Molecular Immunology, Vol. 20, No. 12, pp. 1277-1282), PRP has the same ability to regulate activity of the immune system as do hormones produced by the thymus gland. It can stimulate an under active system into dealing with disease causing organisms and it can also suppress an over active system that results from autoimmune disorders and allergic reactions.

PRP’s ability to reduce allergic symptoms is thought to be partly due to inhibition of the lymphocyte (white blood cell) and T-cell overproduction that’s normally associated with an allergic reaction. PRP may also assist in the creation of special cells (helper T-cells and suppressor T-cells) which suppress and switch off the immune response. Other studies have shown that PRP is highly anti-inflammatory, which helps to reduce the effects of the histamine that’s been released.

Bovine colostrum has also been shown to contain an array of antibodies to common allergens that can affect dogs. These antibodies are built up over time by the cows as they themselves respond to the allergens. When a dog ingests the antibodies contained in the colostrum, they remain on hand to assist in the body’s response to allergen exposure.

How Much Colostrum To Feed

Colostrum comes in capsules or in loose powdered form. It’s best fed on an empty stomach but can be fed with a small amount of yoghurt or broth. Gloria Dodd DVM recommends the following:

Recommended dosage is for one month minimum, then give as needed.

  • 1/3 teaspoon powdered form/25 # body weight twice daily or:
  • Small dogs and cats –1 cap twice daily
  • Medium to large dogs- 2 caps twice daily

For more information on the many uses of bovine colostrum, read this article by Dr. Stephen Blake DVM.

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Warts on Dogs

Canine Papillomas (WARTS)

Most cases of Canine Papillomavirus dog warts do not require treatment. The immune system will fight the virus within 1 to 5 months and the warts will disappear on their own.

Papillomas are benign clusters of abnormal cells caused by the papilloma viruses, a group of DNA viruses that cause proliferative cauliflower-like skin and mouth lesions in dogs. These viruses tend to affect three groups of dogs: young dogs who get outbreaks of oral papillomatosis, immunosuppressed dogs, and older dogs who grow warts as they age.pailloma

It’s assumed all dogs have been exposed to the papilloma viruses. But because all canine papilloma viruses are opportunistic, they only flare in bodies with immune systems that aren’t 100 percent healthy.

There’s no breed or sex predisposition to the development of papillomas, so immune system function is really the determining factor in whether or not your dog develops warts.

The good news is canine warts do not affect other species. There’s no need to worry about you, the cat, or your kids catching the canine wart virus.

Papillomatosis in Young Dogs

The form of the condition young dogs usually acquire is oral papillomatosis, where the oral cavity and sometimes, but rarely, the mucous membranes of the eye develop warts. These wart clusters often have a fleshy, cauliflower-like appearance. The virus is spread by direct contact between dogs, which often happens when they lick each other or greet one another.

The virus can also spread in other ways – through insect bites, cuts, scrapes, or where there’s inflammation present in your dog’s body. But certainly, oral contact is the most common means of transmission among dogs.

Canine oral papillomatosis typically occurs in dogs under two years of age because they are immunologically naïve as compared to adult dogs. A young dog’s immune system is immature and inexperienced, so he’s more likely to develop papilloma lesions because his body isn’t yet capable of mounting an effective immune response to eliminate the virus.

Canine oral papillomatosis in young dogs often spontaneously regresses after a few months when the immune system eventually kicks in, recognizes the problem, and resolves all the oral warts.

In severe cases of oral papillomatosis when dogs are suffering from congenital immunodeficiency, the body may not recognize an immune response is required. So there is a massive viral infection and the lesions in the mouth don’t heal. These poor puppies can have hundreds of warts in their mouth that make it nearly impossible to eat or drink without excruciating pain.

In these cases, a topical medication called imiquimod has been used to help boost immune-mediated inflammation, and thus facilitate destruction of the virus by the body. The antibiotic azithromycin has also been proven to help resolve oral lesions within 15 days. But I only recommend using these medications if the dog is not eating and her quality of life has been compromised.

Pups with oral papillomatosis should remain quarantined or separate from other dogs until all lesions have resolved.

Papillomatosis in Aging and Immunosuppressed Pets

The other categories of dogs that acquire papillomas are older pets with aging immune systems or pets given immunosuppressive drugs such as glucocorticoids like prednisone. Any drug that suppresses the immune system may encourage the papilloma virus to flare up.

Diagnosing Warts

Diagnostic testing isn’t necessary in most cases, as most vets recognize the classic appearance of papillomas. Because warts are benign, my rule of thumb is to remove them only if they’re causing quality of life issues for the pet. This means if the dog is repeatedly chewing or scratching the wart until it bleeds, or if a wart is between the toes and causing the dog to limp.

One thing it’s important to know about warts is they only grow to a certain size, and then they stop. A single wart is not going to grow large enough to take over a dog’s whole body.

If any skin lesion seems to be growing or changing, it’s worth a visit to your veterinarian for a checkup. In very rare cases, a wart can turn into a cancerous skin lesion called squamous cell carcinoma. These lesions don’t stop growing or changing. Any skin lesion that is dynamically or continually changing should be closely monitored by both you and your vet. But as I mentioned, this type of wart is quite rare.

If you’d like a definitive diagnosis, I recommend you ask for a fine needle aspirate of the growth, which means your vet will remove some cells and confirm it’s a benign epithelioma – a wart.

Treating Warts

Unfortunately, many veterinarians play on the fear pet owners have of cancer with remarks like, “Ooh, it could be something spooky. We’re not quite sure what it is.” And many veterinarians recommend that all skin lesions, even benign skin tags and certainly benign papillomas, be surgically removed. After all, the veterinarian makes good money removing these benign skin tags and warts. The owners have bought themselves some piece of mind.

It’s important dog owners recognize that many aging pets, in addition to having viral papillomas, can develop non-viral benign skin tumors as well. These are called sebaceous adenomas and epitheliomas. Although they are not virally induced, they’re still essentially harmless in most cases, and don’t tend to cause problems.adenoma

I prefer taking Dr. Pitcairn’s approach to warts, which is to use them as an immune function barometer of sorts.

To build a strong immune system we first need to address diet. Your dog or cat requires real whole fresh species appropriate nourishment, not highly processed bags of filler. In order to maintain the health of the immune system the digestive tract and gut must contain good bacteria that outnumber the bad. Only living foods support this so if all you feed is highly processed foods the battle is on. To give the system a boost to deal with the warts, I highly recommend adding a good carnivore specific probiotic and increasing the amount of organ meats.

The carnivore that lives with you should not consume high levels of carbohydrates, grains, starches and sugars. All mainstream pet foods are full of these species inappropriate fillers. And yes especially the food your veterinarian recommends. A holistic veterinarian will advise real whole fresh raw species appropriate food.

Because warts are usually painless and only annoying to owners, I recommend using the development of warts to monitor a patient’s immune health. Remember, removing warts doesn’t remove the virus from your dog’s body. Unless the immune function problem is addressed, his body will continue to produce warts. Most cases of Canine Papillomavirus dog warts do not require treatment. The immune system will fight the virus within 1 to 5 months and the warts will disappear on their own.

Homeopathy – The homeopathic remedy Thuja is a safe and holistic treatment for dog warts. It is available in pellets or liquid. Give 3-6 pellets or 3-6 drops by mouth once. Results should be seen within 1-2 weeks. Noticeable results may not be seen until the second week. Repeat after two weeks, if necessary. In cases where the dog has a large number of warts, increase the initial amount to two doses of 3-6 pellets or 3-6 drops, spaced 12 hours apart.

Another homeopathic product that works particularly well for pets with any sort of skin disease including warts called Psorinoheel, made by Heel. This combination homeopathic contains ingredients that help heal damaged skin and have potent antiviral properties including Psorinum, Sulfur, and Thuja.

Castor Oil-helpful when applied directly to the warts to soften them and reduce irritation. Apply as necessary.


Vitamin E – Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that strengthens the immune system and promotes skin regeneration. To use Vitamin E as a treatment for dog warts, pierce the soft-gel capsule with a pin and squeeze some of the fluid onto the wart and surrounding skin; rub in thoroughly. Apply a few times each day until the wart disappears. Allow 2-6 weeks for results.

The amount of Vitamin E used is based on the weight of your dog. Apply up to 75 IU per day for every 25 pounds.

Vitamin E is available at grocery stores, discount stores (Walmart, Kmart), pharmacies and health food stores.

Vitamin C – Vitamin C strengthens the immune system. Vitamin C is available in tablets, powder and topical cream. When using a cream, apply directly on the wart and surrounding skin; rub in thoroughly. Do not use a cream when treating oral warts.

A safe dosage for dogs under 2 years of age is 250 milligrams of Vitamin C twice daily. Dogs over 2 years of age can handle 500 milligrams of Vitamin C twice daily. Many dogs can handle up to 3000 milligrams of Vitamin C per day. If your dog experiences flatulence and/or diarrhea, reduce the dose.

Vitamin C tablets, powder and cream can be found at health food stores, pharmacies, and some grocery stores. Check with your local pet store for Vitamin C in pre-measured dog dosages.

The Vaccine-Wart Connection

Vaccines have been implicated as a cause of papillomatosis. This is another reason I don’t recommend over-vaccinating pets. Often warts are an indication the animal has received too many vaccines, or has had a negative reaction to vaccines.

Ironically, the homeopathic treatment for warts is the very same homeopathic treatment for vaccinosis, which is a remedy called Thuja. Needless to say, eliminating or reducing the number of unnecessary vaccines your pet receives is a great first step in reducing the potential for papillomatosis. Continuing to vaccinate can often bring about another flare up of warts.

Most veterinarians assume all dogs have been exposed to the papilloma virus. The goal is to keep your pet’s immune system healthy by reducing vaccines, feeding a low-stress diet, and providing clean air and water and a chemical-free living environment


References: Dr. Karen Becker, Dr. Richard H. Pitcairn


This is a very good article from;

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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?

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 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.

Coconut Oil for Dogs

L+D Health: The Benefits of Coconut Oil

From The Magazine | L+D Health

Coconut oil is rapidly growing in popularity. No longer found in health food stores only, large grocery store chains have begun to carry multiple brands in response to the increased demand. People have discovered the health benefits from cooking with it, baking with it and even using coconut oil as a hair conditioner. Now even our dogs can experience the health benefits inside and out from coconut oil.

The Science: The fat in virgin coconut oil is largely made up of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). This type of saturated fat is easily metabolized and turned into energy. There are two types of coconut oil, refined and unrefined. Refined usually is tasteless, because it is refined to the point that you are able to fry with it or bake with it without imparting any coconut flavor or taste into your food. However, the refining process may include harsh solvents and chemicals. If possible, look for a slightly more expensive brand that uses a chemical-free cleaning process. On the other hand, unrefined coconut oil is typically virgin and extra virgin, and similar to olive oil—the oil comes from the first pressing of fresh, raw coconut. There are pesticide-free organic brands as well. With so many choices and price points, reading the labels closely is highly recommended.

There are many healthful benefits to adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet. The unrefined type has a taste that most dogs immediately love. You can incorporate it directly into your dog’s meal by adding a 1/4 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon, depending on the size of your dog. As with any added fat to a diet, you will want to start slowly so your dog can properly absorb and process the oil and avoid diarrhea.

Why it’s Good for the Inside of a Dog:

  • Virgin coconut oil contains fatty acids such as lauric acid, which is also found in breast milk. Lauric acid has natural antibacterial properties.
  • The anti-fungal properties of coconut helps prevent and treat Candida and other yeast infections.
  • It improves digestive system function and enables better absorption of nutrients from the foods your dog normally eats. 
  • Coconut oil is also known to stimulate the thyroid gland which in turns helps maintain a healthy weight and activity level.

How it Can Help the Outside of a Dog:

  • Coconut oil is a great moisturizer when applied to your dog’s skin, healing hot spots and rough cracked foot pads.
  • You will notice overall improvement in your dog’s coat
  • Inflamed and itchy skin from flea bites or sores benefit from this oil applied directly.
  • Add it to your dog’s shampoo or rinse water to add a nice smell, and take advantage of its antioxidant properties.

 This article from L + D Health Magazine,

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Vaccines for Dogs-Schedule for Dog Breeders and Veterinarians

Unsure about the vaccination safety?            By Dr. Peter Dobias                                       You are not alone! Questions about vaccines are as common as water in the ocean. Some people worry that if their unvaccinated dog or cat steps out of the door, it is going to get sick and possibly die. Let me reassure you that the likelihood of this is very, very low. In fact it is much lower than your dog becoming ill from the vaccine itself. In this brief article, you will learn about the pros and cons of vaccines and become more comfortable making the right decision for your animal friends. Over the years , I have heard more confusing opinions about vaccination than about any other medical topic. Ultimately, I resorted to nature’s design for immunity; observing and studying the lives of wild canines and other species. Also, I have 20 years of practical experience in veterinary practice and knowledge of immunology. After careful consideration of pros and cons, I have made a decision not to recommend routine vaccination in my practice. There are many reasons for this decision but one of which will become more apparent after watching the video below. Vaccines contain mercury, formaldehyde and other substances that are proven to be carcinogenic and generally harmful. According to some alternative medicine and homeopathy sources, they also have the ability to induce symptoms that are similar to the disease itself. The repetition of vaccines is often the source of over reactive or inefficient immune systems, which is at the core of many ailments. There is no doubt that frequently vaccinated patients are ill more often. Read the following statement from the website of the American Veterinary Medical Association: “Adverse events may be associated with the antigen, adjuvant, carrier, preservative, or a combination thereof. Possible adverse events include, but are not necessarily limited to, failure to immunize, anaphylaxis, immuno-suppression, autoimmune disorders, transient infections, long-term infected carrier states, and local development of tumors. The role of genetic predisposition to adverse events needs further exploration and definition.” In my experience, puppies and kittens younger than twelve weeks suffer from the adverse effects of vaccinations more frequently. They have an immature immune system that is incapable of responding to the vaccinations. Their fast growing body is also more sensitive to external factors like vaccines. The paradox is that puppies and kitten vaccinated early – at 6 – 10 weeks often have no antibodies at 12 weeks. Why? The answer is relatively simple. Vaccine contains antigen. The puppies blood stream contains maternal antibodies. When these two meet, the antibody gets bound to the antigen. Yes, early vaccination makes your dog less protected! I could show you numerous test results that confirm this claim. Natures Vaccination – Socialize your puppy early Are you surprised by my suggestion? Have you been told not to socialize your puppy until the age of 3 – 4 months? This recommendation is given by some well meaning colleagues. Why? Because that is what we have been taught at schools and told by vaccine manufacturers. However, it is common knowledge that puppies and kittens are usually protected by maternal antibodies from milk until the age of twelve to sixteen weeks. In the wild, they are naturally exposed to viruses and bacteria by socializing with other individuals and gradually form their own antibodies. In captivity, I recommend measuring the level of your puppy’s or kitten’s antibodies at the age of 12 weeks. If there are any antibodies present, it is highly likely that your pet is protected and you can socialize it with others on a moderate basis. If it gets in contact with a pathogen, more antibodies – protection – are formed. School of life Giving your puppy an opportunity to make friends is very important. There are some dogs who have not been allowed to make friends until the age of 4 months. Imagine. This situation can be compared to a child, who was not allowed to see any other children until the age of 6 years. Puppies need to learn their doggie etiquette early. Older dogs are generally very tolerant of puppies and they gently guide them or tell them off if their behavior is not “according to the canine standards”. However most dogs have little patience with rowdy “adolescents” that have no manners, jump in their face and do not respect personal boundaries. They often get beaten up and become scared or aggressive in an anticipation of attack. Your alternative to vaccination There is a simple alternative to vaccination called titer test. A titer test determines the level and concentration of antibodies in blood. I usually recommend performing a titer test at the age of twelve and twenty weeks and subsequently on a yearly basis. By the time your dog is 4 – 5 years old, the chance of contracting distemper or parvo are close to zero and antibody titer may not be needed. How accurate is antibody testing? Some people claim that the antibody levels may not be accurate in determining the level of protection. On the contrary, countries and states like Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and the United Kingdom use rabies titer testing for animal imports. Let me reassure you that these countries’ rules are so strict, they would not use titer testing if it was not highly reliable. Rabies vaccination and titer Even rabies vaccination doesn’t need to be repeated as often as originally thought. Rabies vaccine is manufactured as a 3 year vaccine. After 3 years are up, you can submit a rabies titer test to one of the certified labs and received a confirmation of protection which often persists for liftime. Some countries and states, for example the UK, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand are rabies free and have very strict animal import rules. If you are planning to travel to these countries, familiarize yourself with the current guidelines. Rabies vaccine, titer and microchip for identification is usually required. What if your pet has no antibodies? On one occasion my dog, Skai, had absent distemper antibodies. I repeated the test a month later and his antibodies were present again. This happened without showing any signs of the disease itself. His immune system simply responded in an efficient way. In reality, the risk of your pet contracting infectious disease is very low. However, no-one can guarantee 100% safety. Ultimately you have to make your own decision. What to do if you decide to vaccinate? 1. Stay away from so called “combination” vaccines 2. Give each antigen/ vaccine at least four weeks apart. 3. Vaccinate pets that are twelve weeks and older. 4. Earlier vaccination often neutralizes the maternal antibodies and may leave your pet unprotected. 5. Watch for any side effects that may appear even months later. What are common vaccine side effects? It is often very difficult to determine what is a vaccine side-effect and what is an unrelated incident. One of the ways to confirm is the use of homeopathy. There are several treatments, remedies, that have known abilities to neutralize vaccine side effects. If I use one of these treatments and the disease symptoms disappear, it is safe to conclude that vaccines played a role. Vaccine side effects often appear similar to the symptoms of disease they were supposed to prevent. Distemper vaccine may cause skin and ear problems, eye discharges and infections, allergies, or neurological disorders. Parvovirus vaccine may be the cause of recurrent vomiting and diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease or diet related allergies, heart problems. Some other commonly seen side effects are: autoimmune disorders (like lupus) growth and development abnormalities epilepsy, anxiety, hyperactivity and aggression thyroid disorders and diabetes certain forms of cancer Which vaccines to give if you decide to vaccinate? 1. Parvovirus vaccine at twelve weeks 2. Distemper four weeks later. 3. Rabies – if you live in an area where rabies is common, or if you travel. Ideally delay rabies vaccination until six months of age. Beware of the following vaccines: Dog owners should be aware of vaccines against Bordetella (kennel cough) and Lyme disease. They often cause severe side effects similar to the symptoms of the actual disease. If a boarding facility, daycare or a puppy class requests Bordetella vaccine, ask to sign a waiver or if the facility operators are resistant, find another facility. What to do if you observe a reaction? Try to stay away from potent steroid drugs like dexamethasone or prednisone. These compounds have very severe and long lasting negative effects on the body and the immune system. Talk to an open-minded practitioner who will help you find safe and effective treatment. A dose of Thuja 200 C is a good start, however other treatments may be necessary depending on the nature of the reaction. A detailed evaluation of each patient may be necessary in order to select the correct treatment. I once read an article that stated “if clean water and nutritious food was provided in Africa, it would be a more effective prevention than any vaccine”. I can’t agree more. If you want to have a healthy dog, a healthy diet, the right amount of exercise and social interaction, low stress and a loving and caring environment are the best prevention. Sincerely, Dr. Peter Dobias – See more at:

This is an excellent article that has specific instructions for dog breeders, puppy owners, and veterinarians on when to give vaccines.  Keep your dog living in health for many years. 

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