Antibody Blood Testing Can Reduce the Dangers of Over Vaccinating

Frequently, vaccinating a dog or cat against multiple  bacterial and viral disease threats can result in a hypersensitive immune system that can lead  to allergies, auto-immune disorders, and  acute vaccine reactions.  For these reasons  it is best to vaccinate your pet against only those diseases that the animal is at high risk of being exposed to.     To further reduce the frequency of vaccination I recommend a yearly blood test that measures your pet’s antibody levels to see if they are at a  protective against Canine Distemper, Parvo, and Panleukopenia and Rhinotracheitis.    If the titers turn out to be low then vaccinating or boostering is indicated.  However, if the titer is within a protective range then no vaccine need be given .   Unfortunately, most municipalities or boarding and grooming facilites will not accept Rabies titers as proof of protection.

For more information on holistic or alternative medicine please visit our website www.do4pets.com.

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Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal, one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets rodents, and reptiles with both conventional andalternative medicine. Dr. Simon is certified in Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Stem cell therapy. He is the author of 4 pet care books, a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and past board member of the  American Holistic Veterinary Association.   Visit us at  www.doc4pets.com

Woodside Animal Clinic sees pets from all over Michigan but primarily from the greater Detroit area including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Cities in these counties including Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Detroit, Redford, Livonia, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Warren, Centerline, Clawson, Troy, Sterling Heights, Southfield, Birmingham, Lathrup Village, Bingham Farms,  Franklin, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Novi, Northville,Wixom, Brighton, Livonia, Plymouth, Commerce, Ann Arbor, Ortonville, Clarkston, Waterford, Union Lake, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Utica, White Lake, Grosse Pointe, Romeo, Swartz Creek,  Shelby township, Washington,  Flint, Hartland, Lansing, Okemos, Howell, Brighton, White Lake, Romeo, Saline, South Lyon, Battle Creek, Saginaw, Windsor Canada, Toledo Ohio

Lumps, Bumps and Cancer in Pets

If your dog or cat has a lump or bump anywhere on his or her body it could be early cancer.    A simple physical exam can not determine whether the bump is a malignant tumor, cancer,  or a benign mass.   Commonly given advice by veterinarians is to watch a mass and see if it grows or changes.    Unfortunately,  such advice  may jeopardize the animal’s life.   Waiting to see if the mass grows may waste valuable therapeutic time if the mass turns out to be cancer.   Lumps developing on or under the skin are often benign tumors but there is no sure  way to know visually or by feel.    Such lumps may be cysts, abscesses, or benign fatty tumors or a life threatening cancer.    It is very important to evaluate such a growth as soon as possible by either a needle aspiration biopsy and/or excision of the entire mass.    Either the aspiration biopsy of the mass  or complete excision will provide a specimen that can be sent to the laboratory  for a complete microscopic evaluation by  a pathologist.    This way cancers can be identified and removed before they have had a chance to spread to other areas of the body.     Pet owners should be made aware that what often appears to be a benign fatty growth can not be distinguished from a cancerous mast cell tumor by simply feeling it .     Of course, non cancerous fatty tumors are by far more common than cancerous mast cell tumors but playing the odds is not a good idea when loosing the bet might mean your pet could die from  cancer.   If the lump turns out not to be a tumor but, on the other hand ,  a cyst,  or abscess the  mass can be either opened up and its contents cleaned out or it could be removed in its entirety and thrown out with the trash.     If cryo surgery is to be used to remove the growth then excising a small piece of tissue before the freezing begins will allow tissue to be sent to the pathologist .

If you feel any sort of mass on your dog or cats body please do not sit around and watch it growth.  Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian so that he can give you his honest opinion about how to proceed.

For more information on holistic or alternative mediicine please visit www.doc4pets.com

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Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal, one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets rodents, and reptiles with both conventional andalternative medicine. Dr. Simon is certified in Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Stem cell therapy. He is the author of 4 pet care books, a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and past board member of the  American Holistic Veterinary Association.   Visit us at  www.doc4pets.com

Woodside Animal Clinic sees pets from all over Michigan but primarily from the greater Detroit area including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Cities in these counties including Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Detroit, Redford, Livonia, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Warren, Centerline, Clawson, Troy, Sterling Heights, Southfield, Birmingham, Lathrup Village, Bingham Farms,  Franklin, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Novi, Northville,Wixom, Brighton, Livonia, Plymouth, Commerce, Ann Arbor, Ortonville, Clarkston, Waterford, Union Lake, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Utica, White Lake, Grosse Pointe, Romeo, Swartz Creek,  Shelby township, Washington,  Flint, Hartland, Lansing, Okemos, Howell, Brighton, White Lake, Romeo, Saline, South Lyon, Battle Creek, Saginaw, Windsor Canada, Toledo Ohio

The Value Of The Holistic Approach To Disease

There has been much more interest in holistic and alternative medicine in recent years.   Pet owners are becoming more sophisticated and are less likely to blindly trust drugs as the only solution to their pets problem.     Pet owners are becoming more suspicious of drugs and know that many can have serious side effects.   In addition, the failure of traditional,  drug medicine to effectively deal with chronic disease makes pet owners even more interested in looking  for and  frequently trying an alternative,  more natural approach to healing.    The failure of traditional medicine to address chronic immune mediated disease is one the main reasons pet owners are becoming disenchanted with conventional medicine.

These immune system  diseases are treated conventionally with immune suppressive drugs and antibiotics which suppress symptoms and treat secondary effects but do not address the primary cause of the problem.    Examples of such diseases are:  inflammatory bowel disease, inflammatory bladder disease in cats, and degenerative intervertebral disk disease including spondylosis.    Conventional therapy for these diseases, steroids and antibiotics, is not strongly supported by research studies and yet the traditional veterinary establishment frequently finds fault with holistic therapies  for not having the double blind studies to support its unconventional approach.      These traditional veterinarians seem to be unaware that many of their everyday conventional protocols are based only on the experience of individuals and are not  “evidence based”  which is their own established method for determining the legitimacy of treatments.

Conventional drug medicine is to be congratulated at  it’s success in treating acute disease and emergencies, however it falls very short in treating chronic disease in such a way that the patient ends up truly healthier after the treatment.     Although traditional medicine may be quite effective in suppressing the symptoms of these chronic diseases the therapy is often detrimental to the long term survival of the patient and he or she may become progressivel y weaker over time.    The conventionally prescribed drugs may often give immediate relief from chronic symptoms  but all too  often the price that is paid  is that  additional drugs are necessary  to treat the secondary symptoms and complications caused by the original therapy.   Far too often the  original cause of the problem is not addressed and, consequently,  the need for continual  drug therapy with its inherent complications is ongoing.

Yes people and their pets may be living somewhat longer than before but many are sicker than the last generation and the quality of their lives has been reduced.    The question should not be one of life span but really of “health span”.     What good is living longer if you are hurting or  sick.     The epidemic increase in auto immune and inflammatory disease is extremely troubling but conventional medicine has failed to address disease from an immunological point of view.    Consequently, traditional medicine has gone down the road of symptom suppression and not of true diseases prevention.
Holistic medicine, both human and animal,   focuses on repairing or modulating  breakdowns in the patients immune system and  bodily functions.   It looks for   genetic weaknesses,  mal nutritiion, and environmental toxicities in an attempt to fix the problem.  Killing germs with bigger and better antibiotics simply ignores the real underlying cause of the disease.   It is important to understand that infections are usually a secondary effect of immune system defects.  Dr. Louis Pasteur was the formulator of the germ theory of disease.     His position was that germs are the cause of most diseases and therefore antibiotic therapy is the solution      A contemporary of Pasteur, Dr. Claude Bernard a famous French physiologist  was of a different opinion.   He taught that the real cause of infectious disease is not germs but a defect  in patients immune system which allowed the germs to get a foot hold and mulptiply.   As the story goes, on his death bed Pasteur acknowledge that Bernard was right and agreed that it is the break down in the body’s immune defense and not the germs which  result in disease.   However, Pasteur had been the more charismatic speaker and his position  became the conventional dogma and took the medical  and veterinary profession down a road where the search for the magic bullet (antibiotics and allopathic drugs) was prime objective.    If  Dr Bernard would have been better at selling his approach the medicalthan profession would look far different  than it does today .

Holistic medicine also realizes that everything put on or in the body, whether through diet, vaccination or pesticide treatment can have a short and long term effect on the health of a sensitive individual . That’s why it’s so important to feed a healthy diet.    Hippocrates the father of medicine spoke the famous words,  “Let food be thy medicine”.    Nutritional and herbal therapy are much safer and gentler approaches to disease and , more often than not,  address the cause of the problem at a deeper level with few to no side effects.

Holistic veterinary medicine has been growing exponentially in recent years to address this growing need and demand of small animal veterinary medicine.  Membership in organizations such as The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, The Academy of  Veterinary Homeopathy, The American Veterinary Chiropractic Society, and The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society has taken off in this last decade. To learn more about these various modalities, including where to find a trained veterinary practitioner in these areas, and how they may be of help to especially chronically ill pets, one can start at the websites www.AHVMA.org

When seeking out a holistic veterinarian it’s important to make sure that they are adequately trained in their particular area of interest, and that they receive ongoing continuing education each year. Just as there are great variation in conventional veterinary medical skills and practice, the same can be said of holistic veterinary medical practitioners, especially as there is growing interest and an economic niche seen in this area of veterinary medicine.

For more information on alternative or holistic medicine please visit us at www.doc4pets.com

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Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal, one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets rodents, and reptiles with both conventional andalternative medicine. Dr. Simon is certified in Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Stem cell therapy. He is the author of 4 pet care books, a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and past board member of the  American Holistic Veterinary Association.   Visit us at  www.doc4pets.com

Woodside Animal Clinic sees pets from all over Michigan but primarily from the greater Detroit area including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Cities in these counties including Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Detroit, Redford, Livonia, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Warren, Centerline, Clawson, Troy, Sterling Heights, Southfield, Birmingham, Lathrup Village, Bingham Farms,  Franklin, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Novi, Northville,Wixom, Brighton, Livonia, Plymouth, Commerce, Ann Arbor, Ortonville, Clarkston, Waterford, Union Lake, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Utica, White Lake, Grosse Pointe, Romeo, Swartz Creek,  Shelby township, Washington,  Flint, Hartland, Lansing, Okemos, Howell, Brighton, White Lake, Romeo, Saline, South Lyon, Battle Creek, Saginaw, Windsor Canada, Toledo Ohio

Healing Chronicly Inflammed Tissue With Oxygen Therapy

 

Regardless of  whether we are talking about pets or people,  chronic inflammatory disease   is closely  associated with  poor blood flow and  poor  oxygenation of the affected  tissue or organ.   The reduced supply of oxygen to the tissue results in a buildup of lactic acid  and a decrease in the number of  electrons available for cellular energy production and healing .   Pain and dysfunction are the end result when  reduced tissue blood flow diminishes available cellular energy necessary  for  healing inflammatory disease.

Now that we understand how  chronic inflammation is related to a decreased tissue blood supply and poor oxygenation  it only makes sense to ask how we can increase the poor blood flow to an inflammed  area .    One of the best ways is to dilate the blood vessels feeding the chronically inflammed tissue.    This can be accomplished in several   ways.   Providing your pet with supplements containing the amino acid arginine produces  vasodilatation by increasing the body’s production of nitric oxide.     A second   way  to promote vasodilatation and increased tissue oxygenation is through acupuncture.   In research studies acupuncture has been shown to stimulate nitric oxide production, dilate blood vessels, and consequently bring more oxygen and healing energy to chronically diseased tissue.      Whether we use arginine supplementation or  acupuncture  the increased tissue oxygenation will decrease unwanted acidity and increase cellular energy  both of  which will encourage damaged tissue to heal.

Regularly exercising your pets is a third way to support tissue oxygenation.      Pets that are encouraged to exercise will have better overall circulation to their tissues.    The better circulation will result in higher  levels of cellular energy and more rapid healing.    Whether you walk, jog, play fetche or Frisbee with your pet the enhanced level of activity and blood flow will definitely benefit both you and your pet.

Another way of  increasing oxygenation of your pet’s organs and tissues is by using nutritional supplements.   Dimethylgycine is a well known nutrient that is used by athletes, both human and animal, to support the immune system and increase endurance by allowing for better tissue oxygenation.     Another nutrient, Mega hydrate,  is an extremely powerful antioxidant that can helps oxygenate, hydrate, and detoxify your pets damaged cells.     Gingko Biloba is a well known herb that causes vasodilation and consequently better tissue oxygenation.   Adding Celtic sea salt to your pet’s food on a daily basis will reduce tissue acidity and help keep the body better oxygenated.    Celtic sea salt is very helpful in treating arthritis and kidney disease.   Regularly feeding your pet fresh colorful veggies will provide additional  antioxidants that will support tissue oxygenation and reduce inflammation.

Massage therapy can be a very pleasant way for you to encourage blood flow to your pet’s  sore or damaged bones, joints and muscles.   With very minimal training you can learn to massage chronicly painful areas and bring healing blood and oxygen into to the tissue.    There are also simple physical therapy techniques you can learn, such as putting damaged joints through their range of motion.   These techniques   will encourage better blood flow to an area  and increase the rate of healing.    Ozone therapy is a way of  adding oxygen to bodily tissues either by giving an ozone enema or by saturating a lactated ringers solution with ozone and then infusing the lactated ringers under the skin.   Oral hydrogen peroxide therapy is one more way of increasing oxygen in the tissues.

The above suggestions for  preventing or limiting inflammatory disease by increasing tissue oxygenation  address healing  your pet at a very fundamental level.      Treating inflammation in this way is much preferred to  using  steroids or non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs which do not heal but simply  mask symptoms of pain and dysfunction.

For more information on holistic or alternative medicine please visit us at www.doc4pets.com

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Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal, one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets rodents, and reptiles with both conventional andalternative medicine. Dr. Simon is certified in Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Stem cell therapy. He is the author of 4 pet care books, a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and past board member of the  American Holistic Veterinary Association.   Visit us at  www.doc4pets.com

Woodside Animal Clinic sees pets from all over Michigan but primarily from the greater Detroit area including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Cities in these counties including Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Detroit, Redford, Livonia, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Warren, Centerline, Clawson, Troy, Sterling Heights, Southfield, Birmingham, Lathrup Village, Bingham Farms,  Franklin, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Novi, Northville,Wixom, Brighton, Livonia, Plymouth, Commerce, Ann Arbor, Ortonville, Clarkston, Waterford, Union Lake, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Utica, White Lake, Grosse Pointe, Romeo, Swartz Creek,  Shelby township, Washington,  Flint, Hartland, Lansing, Okemos, Howell, Brighton, White Lake, Romeo, Saline, South Lyon, Battle Creek, Saginaw, Windsor Canada, Toledo Ohio

LATEST THEORY ON HOW ACUPUNCTURE WORKS IN PETS AND PEOPLE

There are many theories as to why and how acupuncture works in pets and people.     It is believed that  pet acupuncture increases the blood levels of many different substances in the blood and spinal cord.    Cortisone, endorphins, and serotonin are just a few of the body’s pain killing chemicals that are produced when acupuncture is performed.      In just the last few years the discovery that the inner lining of blood vessel produces a substance known as nitric oxide which controls vascular dilation and constriction has led to the most cutting edge theory of acupuncture.

It has been known for some time that  chronic inflammatory areas of the body are often painful and have a decreased blood supply.   This decreased circulation leads to decreased tissue oxygenation and increased tissue acidity in the animals body.   Poor oxygenation and acidity resullt in pain and dysfunction.     In just the last few years  research has discovered that an increase  “nitric oxide synthase” activity   is present around acupuncture meridians channels and acupuncture points.    It is now accepted as  fact that, by causing vaso dilation and vaso constriction, nitric oxide is  a key regulator of  blood circulation and tissue oxygenation.    Research has further shown that when acupuncture is used to treat areas of chronic disease, blood plasma levels of nitric oxide increase and blood flow to those areas subsequently increases.    Double blind studies have shown that when acupuncture was performed on normal body areas the blood flow did not increase whereas it did when acupuncture was used to treat chronicly inflammed tissue.   It is believed that when acupuncture needles are inserted and rotated in soft tissue, they stimulate the fascial sheath  that surrounds cells and increases nitric oxide production, vasodilation, increased tissue oxygenation and pain control.    Of course the production of endorphins, cortisone and serotonin also occurs with acupuncture and no doubt further helps with pain control.

Regardless of which theory is right we continued to be amazed at how effective acupuncture is when treating intervertebral disk disease in dogs and cats.    Many people who can not afford $2500 for an MRI and $3000 for disk surgery have found acupuncture to be a life saver.    Of course acupuncture is also effective for many other  problems such as hip dysplasia, arthritis, chronic licking, and epilepsy.

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Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal, one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets rodents, and reptiles with both conventional andalternative medicine. Dr. Simon is certified in Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Stem cell therapy. He is the author of 4 pet care books, a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and past board member of the  American Holistic Veterinary Association.   Visit us at  www.doc4pets.com

Woodside Animal Clinic sees pets from all over Michigan but primarily from the greater Detroit area including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Cities in these counties including Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Detroit, Redford, Livonia, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Warren, Centerline, Clawson, Troy, Sterling Heights, Southfield, Birmingham, Lathrup Village, Bingham Farms,  Franklin, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Novi, Northville,Wixom, Brighton, Livonia, Plymouth, Commerce, Ann Arbor, Ortonville, Clarkston, Waterford, Union Lake, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Utica, White Lake, Grosse Pointe, Romeo, Swartz Creek,  Shelby township, Washington,  Flint, Hartland, Lansing, Okemos, Howell, Brighton, White Lake, Romeo, Saline, South Lyon, Battle Creek, Saginaw, Windsor Canada, Toledo Ohio

Treating Spondylosis & Disk Disease With Rubeola Viral Immunomodulator

Rubeola Virus Immunomodulator (RVI) is an extremely dilute injection of Rubeola virus.   It was originally licensed  for veterinary use to treat myositis and fibromyalgia in horses.   It has recently become available to small animal veterinarians but only with specific stipulations.   The use of RVI in small animals has been primarily for the treatment of spondylosis and intervertebral disk disease.  However Iam sure it also helps muscle inflammation as it does in horses.   Back in 1992 Dr. Don Polley wrote an article in a veterinary journal which discusses his experience using RVI on dogs.    In this article he was extremely enthusiastic about his results and it was because of this article that I became interested in the product.   When I first tried to get a bottle of RVI  I was told it was not yet available for use in Michigan but later was approved for veterinary use for dogs but only after the veterinarian got  special written permission  from the  Office of the State Veterinarian.
Spondylosis is an arthritic disease which produces “bone spurs” at the end of each vertebra.   These bone spurs continue to enlarge and will eventually bridge the intervertebral disk space and form a calcified splint across the joint.    It Is believed that the formation of these spurs , bridges and calcified splints is the body’s way of stabilizing a hyper-mobile joint that results from a disk collapse.   If these bone spurs become large enough they will impinge on the spinal nerve root and slow nerve transmission.    Bone spurs and calcified bridges can easily be seen radiographically.   Often multiple vertebral segments are involve.   Giving  a series of  RVI injections can reduce inflammation,  restore the nerve transmission and strengthen the gait.     The injections are given just under the skin and not in the muscle so they are not uncomfortable.     Response to these injection is often  rapid and within 1 week to 10 days we will usually be able to determine if therapy was successful.     Success is based on the disappearance of such symptoms as hind leg weakness,  knuckling over and dragging the toes, and a drunken appearance to the gait.   RVI injections  are quite safe and few to no reactions have been reported.     Electro-acupuncture, natural hydrocortisone therapy, pulsed magnetic therapy, soft laser therapy and infrasonic therapy are other modalities that can be used in place of RVI therapy or sometimes along with it.

At this writing I have only performed this therapy on 5 animals and have had good success on three.    Of course if the above mentioned symptoms are a result of an acutely ruptured disk,  a spinal tumor or a fibro cartilaginous infarct the RVI series will probably not produce a significant change.

RVI therapy usually consists of a series of 6 daily injections.

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Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal, one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets rodents, and reptiles with both conventional andalternative medicine. Dr. Simon is certified in Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Stem cell therapy. He is the author of 4 pet care books, a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and past board member of the  American Holistic Veterinary Association.   Visit us at  www.doc4pets.com

Woodside Animal Clinic sees pets from all over Michigan but primarily from the greater Detroit area including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Cities in these counties including Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Detroit, Redford, Livonia, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Warren, Centerline, Clawson, Troy, Sterling Heights, Southfield, Birmingham, Lathrup Village, Bingham Farms,  Franklin, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Novi, Northville,Wixom, Brighton, Livonia, Plymouth, Commerce, Ann Arbor, Ortonville, Clarkston, Waterford, Union Lake, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Utica, White Lake, Grosse Pointe, Romeo, Swartz Creek,  Shelby township, Washington,  Flint, Hartland, Lansing, Okemos, Howell, Brighton, White Lake, Romeo, Saline, South Lyon, Battle Creek, Saginaw, Windsor Canada, Toledo Ohio

A Natural Approach to Chronic or Recurrent Infections In Pets

If  your dog or cat is prone to recurrent or chronic infections the important question you must ask your self is–Why is this happening ?       Is there a genetic weakness in your pet’s immune system?   Is there a nutritional deficiency  that  weakens the immune response.  Is the environment  your pet  lives  stressful  and suppressing the immune system?   Does your pet’s living area harbor hidden sources of infectious or parasitic dangers.?  Is there a thyroid deficiency  which suppresses the immune response?  Is your pet’s  diet inadequate in some way such that the raw materials needed for a healthy immune are missing?    Does your pet have allergies or an auto immune disease that predisposes  the animal  to secondary bacterial infections?   Does your pet have intestinal or external parasites?

Not all animals  are born with a genetically strong immune systems.    These genetically challenged pets may show a tendency to develop recurrent skin, ear, bladder,  kidney and lung infections,  to name just a few.    We can’t eliminate the animal’s genetic weakness but we can support the immune system in several ways.    A superior commercial diet or, better yet, homemade diet will contain all of the necessary nutrients the body needs to manufacture essential immune system molecules.   Adding nutritional supplements to an already good diet can help to either plug nutritional holes or raise the level of specific vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, enzymes and antioxidants which are instrumental in establishing a strong immune system.    Homemade, meat based, low grain diets that are prepared by following a professionally developed recipe is what I recommend for those caregivers who have the time to do so.    To protect immune compromised pets from the danger of bacteria contaminated meat I recommend searing the meat before grinding it and then adding the seared ground meat to the rest of the homemade diet.

Caregivers of pets with immune weakness should be particularly concerned with their pet’s hygiene, including the skin, coat, ears, and teeth.     Routine grooming to remove mats, dirt, fleas, ticks, lice,   and foreign materials such as burrs will go a long way in taking stress off the immune system.    Weekly ear cleanings will remove dirt and wax in the ear canal which if left will predispose to infection.    Regular home and professional dental care is next only to good nutrition in helping to support the immune system.     Tartar formation, gum disease, and periodontal disease are serious threats to a healthy immune system.    By reducing the bacterial population of your pet’s mouth with good conscientious home and professional dental care,  you greatly lower the chance that oral bacteria can get into your pets blood stream and cause heart or kidney disease.

If your pet has skin or respiratory allergies or is suffering from and an auto-immune disease such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) then infectious diseases are very likely to follow.    Allergies result in inflammation of the skin and mucus membranes of the gastro-intestinal and respiratory tract.    When healthy, the skin and mucus membranes of the body are natural barriers that block the invasion of bacteria into the deeper tissues, however, when allergies or autoimmune disease injure these natural barriers they can no longer act as a formidable defense and secondary yeast and bacterial infections appear.

A pet that  is constantly anxious and under stress is much more likely to develop infections than a pet that lives in a quiet, peaceful, loving environment.    If you have a pet that has not been properly trained and and needs to be constantly reprimanded for soiling the house, chewing on furniture , barking excessively,  or biting people  then you have a home environment that is unhealthy  and stressful for both you and your pet.      A pet that is not a good citizen and is disrupting the household is hard to love and welcome as a positive contribution to the family.     Proper obedience training early in the life of the pet will pay back dividends in both the physical and psychological health of your pet and entire family.

If you have a pet who has a history of chronic infections requiring long term or frequent antibiotic therapy but the condition never really clears up consider my above advice.    However, if nothing seems to prevent recurrence  of infection  then consider using the following natural remedies in place of long term antibiotics:    Olive leaf extract,  Echinacea, Goldenseal,   colloidal silver,   Iodine,  thyroid supplementation, zinc,   vitamin C,  astragalus,  mushroom therapy,  systemic enzymes,  and monolaurin.   Please understand that chronic  or recurrent infections are serious business so find an experienced  holistic veterinarian who will be best able to assess you pet’s condition and advise you on how to create an effective natural antibacterial regiment.

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Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal, one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets rodents, and reptiles with both conventional  and alternative medicine. Dr. Simon is certified in acupuncture, chiropractic and stem cell therapy. He is the author of 4 pet care books, a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and past board member of the
American Holistic Veterinary Associatio.n

Woodside Animal Clinic sees pets from all over Michigan but primarily from the greater Detroit area including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Cities in these counties include Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Detroit, Redford, Livonia, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Warren, Centerline, Clawson, Troy, Sterling Heights, Southfield, Birmingham, Lathrup Village, Bingham Farms,
Franklin, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Novi, Northville, Wixom, Brighton, Livonia, Plymouth, Commerce, Ann Arbor, Ortonville, Waterford, Union Lake, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Utica, Grosse Pointe, Romeo and Flint, Hartland, Lansing, Okemos, Flint, Howell, Brighton, White Lake, Romeo, Saline, South Lyon, Battle Creek, Saginaw, Windsor Canada, Toledo Ohio

Holistic First Aid Options for Pets

Many books and articles contain information on pet first aid but few deal with first aid from a holistic perspective.  I will not attempt to make this section a complete discussion on first aid  but will simply recommend a number of holistic remedies that will give the pet care safe natural  options.   When giving homeopathic first aid remedies or Rescue Remedy you can place 4 to 5 drops directly in the pet,s mouth.   You can also add the  remedies to the pets drinking water.    10 drops in a quart of drinking water should be sufficient and then the container should be “sucussed” (shaken with concussion) 20 times.   You can then use this mixture as the sole source of drinking water by placing all or a portion of the container in the pets water dish..    If the pet is in a lot of discomfort or is otherwise having serious problems you can dose the pet, directly from the dropper bottle  as often as every fifteen minutes until improvement is seen.
Rescue Remedy is a liquid Bach Flower Remedy which helps pets deal with the emotional and psychological stress of injury.     It should be given every 15 minutes as soon after the injury as possible.

Nux Vomica 6X homeopathic is an antidote for bacterial, viral, or chemical toxins.

Thuja homeopathic is a therapy for preventing and treating post vaccination reactions

Thlaspi Bursa is an herbal remedy that can be  used to help relieve urethral obstructions commonly encountered by male cats.

Ledum 6X homeopathic can be used to treat puncture wounds and help prevent tetanus

Apis 6X homeopathic has been used successful to treat allergic reactions caused by insect bites

Ipecac 6X homeopathic can be used to help control vomiting

Arnica 6X homeopathic is quite effective in relieving muscle, joint and soft tissue pain

Anconitum 6X homeopathic is often given to bring down fever

Goldenseal 6X homeopathic

Echinacea 6X homeopathic is a natural antibacterial agent

Hypericum

Belladonna 6X homeopathic is helpful in treating heatstroke and seizures

Arsenicum Album 6X homeopathic is given to animal who are weak and exhausted

Kyolic garlic is a non specific poison antidote

Essential oil of Lavender should be applied to burns to help reduce damage.

Traumeel homeopathic ointment is an anti inflammatory remedy which relieves pain when rubbed on a injured area of the body

Systemic enzyme supplements are great for ligament, tendon, joint and muscle injury.  They are also very helpful in preventing infection and can be used with antibioti

Pedialyte can be given to pets who have lost fluid through diarrhea or vomiting in order to re establish normal electrolyte balance

Hydrogen Peroxide 3% can be used as both a flush for contaminated wounds or to stimulate dogs and cats to vomit up contaminated food or poisons

Eyebright herbal, boric acid, or contact lens solution can be used as an eye wash

Slippery Elm herbal remedy is helpful in treating diarrhea, vomiting and coughing.

Micronized charcoal absorbs intestinal toxins when consumption of poison is suspected

Colloidal Silver is a very effective  oral antimicrobial.  It could also be used as a wound flush or ear flush

Calendula herbal ointment can be used as an antibacterial wound ointment

Honey or a concentrated sugar solution  can be placed in wounds and are both effective antibacterials that can actually be more effective than antibiotics

Apple cider vinegar (organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized)

Yogurt or probiotics should be given to animals with diarrhea to help support the GI tract by restoring the number of good bacteria in the stool

Pumpkin for constipation

Aloe vera can be used topically on the skin for burns or taken orally as a gastro intestinal protectant
Number for the Animal Poison Hotline  for Pets: l 800 548 2423 or 900 680 0000 (fee charged)

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Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal, one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets rodents, and reptiles with both conventional andalternative medicine. Dr. Simon is certified in Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Stem cell therapy. He is the author of 4 pet care books, a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and past board member of the  American Holistic Veterinary Association.     Visit us at www.doc4pets.com

Woodside Animal Clinic sees pets from all over Michigan but primarily from the greater Detroit area including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Cities in these counties including Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Detroit, Redford, Livonia, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Warren, Centerline, Clawson, Troy, Sterling Heights, Southfield, Birmingham, Lathrup Village, Bingham Farms,
Franklin, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Novi, Northville,Wixom, Brighton, Livonia, Plymouth, Commerce, Ann Arbor, Ortonville, Waterford, Union Lake, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Utica, Grosse Pointe, Romeo and
Flint, Hartland, Lansing, Okemos, Flint, Howell, Brighton, White Lake, Romeo, Saline, South Lyon, Battle Creek, Saginaw, Windsor Canada, Toledo Ohio

 

Alternative & Holistic Medicine: A second chance for dogs and pets

If your pet has a recurrent or chronic disease that has not responded to the best efforts of conventional medicine why not give alternative medicine / holistic medicine a chance to show what it can do. Recurrent ear infection, skin allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, and osteo-arthritis are just a few of the many chronic diseases that have conventionally required continual drug therapy to suppress symptoms which have been reducing the pets quality of life. These drugs may be temporarily successful at reducing symptoms but their long term use often results in side effects that may make the use of these drugs of questionable value.

Because alternative medicine takes a more holistic view point in its quest for healing it may focus on an organ system that appears to have no relationship to the symptoms that are being addressed. Since alternative medicine sees all organ systems as connected its therapy is often geared to using modalities that affect the organism as a whole rather than a drug geared to treat a symptom or the organ system where the symptoms occur.

When alternative medicine feels it must directly address symptoms the use of herbs, homeopathic remedies, specific nutrients, and plant produced hormones will accomplish the task with minimal side effects. Keep in mind that many of our most celebrated drugs were originally isolated from plants but then were concentrated and/or synthesized in laboratories. The extraction of active ingredient from the plant and the isolation of it from the other synergistic balancing chemicals found in the intact herb is what makes a drug more likely to produce side effects. Because drug production isolates and concentrates what it believes to be the “active ingredient” it looses the safety net that is present when using the whole herb with its less concentrated, better balanced mix of chemicals.

Alternative health care professionals believe that the pet owner should play an integral part in the healing of their pet. The practitioner believes that a partnership with the pet owner is necessary for the most rapid and successful healing to occur. In order for the pet owner to serve as an effective member of this healing partnership they must thoroughly understand their pets problem and the plan for healing. Consequently,  the holistic practitioner must schedule longer appointments to allow for client education and to answer all the pet owners questions.

Alternative veterinarians believe that inflammation resulting from nutritional and environmental toxicity in combination with nutritional deficiencies is one of the very basic causes for ill health. Minimizing toxin intake and maximizing toxin excretion is a very important aspect of holistic healing for health and healing.

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Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal, one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets rodents, and reptiles with both conventional and alternative medicine. Dr. Simon is certified in Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Stem cell therapy. He is the author of 4 pet care books, a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and past board member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

Woodside Animal Clinic sees pets from all over Michigan but primarily from the greater Detroit area including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Washtenaw counties. Cities in these counties including Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Detroit, Redford, Livonia, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Warren, Centerline, Clawson, Troy, Sterling Heights, Southfield, Birmingham, Lathrup Village, Bingham Farms,
Franklin, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Novi, Northville,Wixom, Brighton, Livonia, Plymouth, Commerce, Ann Arbor, Ortonville, Waterford, Union Lake, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Utica, Grosse Pointe, Romeo and
Flint, Hartland, Lansing, Okemos, Flint, Howell, Brighton, White Lake, Romeo, Saline, South Lyon, Battle Creek, Saginaw, Windsor Canada, Toledo Ohio

Cryosurgery For Dogs and Cats: Freeze it don’t cut it

Cryosurgery is a surgical technique which utilizes liquid nitrogen or nitrous oxide to freeze unwanted tissue and consequently destroys it. The tissue which is frozen may take up to 4 weeks to fall off or dissolve but fortunately there is very little discomfort to the pet during this process. Because the surgery does not require cutting and suturing the procedure may be performed with a local anesthetic and/or mild sedation — no general anesthesia is required. The fact that a pet need not be anesthetized for cryosurgery is a great advantage when working an older pet whose liver, kidney and heart may not be in the best of health. Cryosurgery is also a big advantage when attempting to remove a very vascular tumor that would bleed excessively using conventional surgery. Cryosurgery is performed with a special cryosurgery unit that freezes the tissue using either a nitrous oxide or liquid nitrogen probe or spray gun. “Cryo” is generally used on smaller growths and on growths which would be difficult to cut out and suture closed, i.e. wart like skin tumors, malignant oral tumors (squamous cell carcinomas) or tumors on the lower portion of an animal’s leg. The procedure is, for the most part, very safe when performed by a veterinarian having sufficient experience in using this technique. Cryosurgery also provides the advantage that there are no sutures for the pet to lick at, and that fortunately most animals never bother the healing wound.      This is an especially important advantage when removing growths from small rodents that are difficult to restrain from chewing out their sutures.

Most cryosurgery procedures performed on animals do require sedation to keep them from moving but general anesthesia is usually unnecessary.    A local anesthetic may be used along with sedation to minimize the need for full anesthesia.    The actual cryosurgery proceedure involves 3 freeze thaw cycles perform in quick sucession while under the same sedation.   Within 3 to 4 weeks after the cryosurgery the growth will scab over, shrink, and disappear.    Because cryosurgery actually freezes the nerve endings surrounding the growth rarely is there post surgical pain associated with the proceedure.

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Woodside Animal Clinic is a unique, very personal, one doctor practice where, for over 35 years, Dr. Simon has been healing dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, and reptiles with both conventional and alternative medicine. Dr. Simon is the author of 4 pet care books. He is certified in veterinary acupuncture, chiropractics, and in stem cell therapy. Dr. Simon is a past president of the Oakland County Veterinary Medical Association and a past board member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

Woodside Animal Clinic sees pets from all over the greater Detroit area including Oakland, Macomb, Wayne,Livingston and Macomb counties.  The cities serviced include:  Royal Oak, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Detroit, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Warren, Centerline,  Clawson, Troy, Sterling Heights, Southfield, Birmingham, Bingham Farms, Franklin, Farmington, Farmington Hills,  Novi,  Northville, Wixom, Brighton, Livonia, Plymouth, Commerce, Ann Arbor, White lake, Ortonville, Waterford, Clarkston, Union Lake, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Utica, Romeo, Windsor Canada, and Toledo Ohio.