Probiotics, What Are They? Do our dogs NEED Them?

Probiotics, What Are They? Do our dogs NEED Them?

Probiotics, What Are They? Do Our Dogs NEED Them?

What are Probiotics you ask? Probiotic literally means “for life,” or supporting life. Our probiotic microorganisms are the essential “friendly” flora–especially, the “good” bacteria–that maintain the ecosystem in our pets (and our own) bowel, or intestinal tract. Compare this concept with antibiotic drugs, which are designed to be “against life.” Because antibiotics destroy “good bugs” along with the “bad bugs” (the pathogenic bacteria), we need to add probiotics to our pet’s diet. If we have resorted to conventional antibiotics to treat infection, or if the immune system has not been able to mount the necessary defenses to keep our pets (or ourselves for that matter) healthy. We;ve heard this statement often, but what does it really mean? The answer lies in the vital role that intestinal tract flora play in over all health. Friendly bacteria including Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifido-bacterium bifidum, and Lactobacillus bulgaricus are your pets (and your own) body’s first line of defense against the all the potentially harmful microorganisms that your pet or yourself inhale or ingest. Probiotics are another term for these friendly bacteria that live and work in the gastrointestinal tract every day of our life. Think of them as a mighty bacterial army that defends the body against dangerous invaders. Having sufficient numbers of these friendly bacteria in residence can help prevent a wide range of health problems. Here is an excerpt from an article obtained from Dr. Beau Diskin about Probiotics: “Probiotics (Friendly Intestinal Bacteria) have many functions. These can be broadly classified into 4 areas: METABOLIC, NUTRITIVE, PROTECTIVE and ANTI-MICROBIAL. There are two types of bacteria, which colonize our bodies, good and harmful bacteria. Good bacteria, most of which are Lactic Acid bacteria ensure good health. They normally inhabit the intestines and are critical in maintaining the correct balance of our intestinal microflora. However, to achieve this they must be present in optimal numbers, types and ratio (85% beneficial to 15% non-beneficial)… Probiotics are live and beneficial bacteria. They maintain and restore a healthy gut. Probiotic are absolutely necessary to help: 1. Manufacture B group vitamins, biotin and folic acid. 2. Reduce blood cholesterol levels. 3. Produce natural antibiotics, which can protect against harmful bacteria such as salmonella, E.Coli and shigella. 4. Regulate and stimulate many aspects of the immune system. 5. Improve lactose intolerance. 6. Display significant anti-oxidant activity. 7. Inhibit the growth of some yeast (eg. Candida Albicans). 8. Detoxify harmful chemicals and carcinogens from the body via the intestinal system. 9. Increase energy levels. 10. Regulate and increase hormone levels. 11. Remove toxins ingested through foods (eg. Pesticides and Herbicides). 12. Absorb nutrients, antioxidants and iron from your diet. 13. Removal of toxins as waste products of digestion. 14. Reduce food intolerance (eg. Lactose and Gluten). 15. Reduce inflammation. 16. Digestion of food.” The Royal Society of Medicine of Great Britain reported that 90% of chronic diseases are caused from an unhealthy intestinal system primarily the colon. There exists a connection between imbalance in the intestines and the following: Arthritis, Candida/Thrush, Chronic Fatigue (does not relate to dogs or cats) , Asthma, Hayfever, Food Allergies, Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne, Irritable Bowel, Celiac Disease, Indigestion, Constipation, Lupus, Low Immune System. If we wish our pets (and ourselves)to maintain a healthy body, we need large quantities of friendly bacteria. This is easily done by taking supplements of good bacteria to help us counteract the harmful bacteria. Live bacteria supplementation, as opposed to freeze-dried or liquid preparation (yogurt, etc.) tend to have a greater effect on the re-colonization and re-balancing of the gut microflora.

Several things can destroy the intestinal bacterial balance in a pet’s gut. Overuse of antibiotics destroys good bacteria as well as bad. Moreover, stress, poor diet, pollutants, environmental changes, and prescription drugs can also deplete beneficial bacteria.

Other killers of good bacteria include chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and soil sterilizers in agriculture which damage the soil ecosystem and the natural flow of bacteria found in the food chain. These chemicals, as well as chemicals in the water supply, reduce the good bacteria in the gut. This allows harmful bacteria to multiply and produce large amounts of toxins and carcinogenic agents. These toxins inhibit the normal function of the digestive system and increase the demands placed on the liver and kidneys. Consequently, this speeds up the aging process and leads to various diseases and digestion problems. Has your pet recently been on anitbiotics? Does your pet have digestion problems, diarrhea, skin problems, food intolerances, or other chronic health problems? Supplement with a high quality pet probiotic to restore his/her healthy gut, and chances are you will improve your pet’s over-all health. Pets with large amounts of beneficial bacteria are better equipped to fight the growth of unhealthy organisms. So, if pets are to maintain a healthy body, they need large quantities of friendly bacteria. Supplement a well-balanced diet with a high quality pet probiotic and give your pet the health that he most certainly deserves.

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Are you confused by the ever-growing maze of natural health modalities? Are you giving your dog one thing after another and still not seeing good results? Have you consulted with numerous conventional veterinary practitioners and your pet is still not well? The Whole Dog provides solutions! Dr. Jeannie Thomason is a certified, veterinary naturopath (aka Animal Health Coach) who has been educating dog owners and providing naturopathic ( holistic, natural) animal care since 2003 via her consultations, articles, webinars and this website . She also offers tested and proven, natural products when necessary.

Dr. Jeannie’s focus is on putting the dog’s needs first by taking a “wholistic” or naturopathic approach and honoring him as the species he is – a dog. Honoring the dog as such is by far the best gift you can give him.

Natural/Holistic Dog Care

For those who have only ever known conventional dog care methods, the natural approach may at first seem to go against almost everything you know. This is because conventional methods tend to have been developed from the human perspective and based on the dog being an omnivore like a human. The holistic or naturopathic approach looks at and works with “the whole dog”, in a natural way that ignites the body’s internal healing force and stimulates its natural abilities to heal itself. Elimination of the symptoms is what conventional medicine is based on however, just eliminating the symptom is NOT the same as elimination of the cause or dis-ease that produced that symptom or symptoms in the first place. While Dr. Jeannie’s passion is to assist you in preventing health problems in your pets. Most of her clients have been owners of dogs, cats and parrots who have not improved with conventional veterinary treatments at their regular veterinarian. Dr. Jeannie states: “Most of my clients have a local or regular veterinarian for conventional surgery and emergency services only, while they will consult with me for chronic or ongoing problems and nutritional help where the ongoing conventional drugs and diets have not been working for their pets; for example demodectic mange, yeast infections, skin allergies, ear infections, intestinal upsets, pancreatitis, kidney disease, idiopathic seizures, cancer, etc. ” Naturopathy is not a single modality of healing, but lifestyle that incorporates nature’s array of healing modalities, including nutrition; aromatherapy, herbal medicine, homeopathy; hydrotherapy or other natural modalities.

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Nosodes

Nosodes

Nosodes

So what is a Nosode? (from nosos, the Greek word meaning disease) Simply stated: a nosode is a homeopathic remedy prepared from a pathological specimen. The only difference between a nosode and any other remedy, is the starting material. It could be blood, pus, any other body secretion or excretion, or even a diseased fragment of tissue, such as a growth. Rabies nosode for example, starts with the saliva of a rabid dog and is then “potentized”. A nosode could be described as an “oral vaccine” in the sense that its purpose is to “immunize” the body against a specific disease. The major difference between a nosode and an “orthodox” vaccine is of course the extremely small (if any) quantity of physical substance in a nosode. Remember, it is the “energy” pattern not the “substance” that does the job in a homeopathic remedy. Do they work? The method of homeopathic prophylaxis has never been rigorously tested. Nonetheless, there is some evidence suggesting that homeopathic medicines do act to prevent diseases during epidemics.

Nosodes appear to stimulate the entire natural immune system to react against a specific disease. One of the many reasons that they have not been accepted in the `orthodox’ medical community, is that they do not produce specific, measurable antibodies! This “titer testing” is of little value in measuring effective immunity from nosode usage. Again, because the `mechanism’ of action is poorly understood, the ‘orthodox’ reaction is to reject all evidence as merely `anecdotal.’ Perhaps the `challenge’ study by Dr. Schultz will provide more acceptable evidence to this mentality. more

“The purpose of vaccination is to protect your pet from potentially fatal infections by pathogenic (disease-causing) viruses such as distemper, rabies,and others. The way this is done is to inject either a killed or a “modified” (non-pathogenic) live virus, which sensitizes the immune system to that particular virus. Thereafter, if your dog or cat is exposed to, let’s say, parvo virus, s/he will be able to respond quickly and vigorously, producing antibodies to overcome the infection. This sounds like a pretty good plan, on the surface. However, as with any medical procedure, we must ask the simple and direct questions, “Is it safe? Is it effective? Do the benefits outweigh the risks?” The Problems With Vaccinations “Routine vaccination, as it is practiced today, is not always effective, and frequently has adverse side-effects, either short or long term. With the use of multivalent (combination: 4 in 1, 6 in 1, etc.) vaccines that are repeated year after year, the frequency and severity of these side-effects in our pets has increased dramatically. Not surprisingly, most of the problems involve the immune system. After all, the immune system is what vaccines are designed to stimulate. But they do so in a very unnatural way that can overwhelm and confuse the immune system. The body may overreact to normally harmless substances (allergies, especially flea allergies and other skin problems), or even produce antibodies to itself (autoimmune disease). At the same time, the body may be sluggish in responding to those things that it should reject, such as common viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. This can result in increased susceptibility to acute infections (such as ear infections in dogs, bladder infections in cats), chronic tapeworm problems, or in more degenerative cases, cancer.” Dr. Donna Starita Mehan People, become excited when they first hear about nosodes, thinking that they have found a way they can protect their dogs from infectious disease without the risks of vaccines.

Like many others, I was excited too however, as I began to read and learn more about homeopathy, I made the personal decision not to use nosodes “instead of” vaccines. I don’t feel that they work very reliably at all, and I consider the repeated administration of nosodes in a healthy animal to be dangerous. After all, you are introducing the energy of a disease, over and over and over, in an effort to prevent that disease. I personally feel that you can cause many of the same problems with nosodes used in this fashion as you do with vaccines!

I truly believe that the repeated administration of nosodes on a preventative schedule is dangerous and WILL induce disease in your dogs! Giving the epidemic remedy, be it a nosode or some other remedy, after exposure or during an outbreak, once or twice, will possibly be protective. But to put dogs on a regular schedule of prevention, giving the nosodes over and over, is superstition and is “from a place of fear or lack of understanding.” Dr. Bernstein

The classical homeopathic use of a nosode (other than using it just like any other homeopathic remedy) is done during an epidemic, following a known or suspected exposure. For instance, if I took my dog to a dog show and found out the next day there was an outbreak of kennel cough at that show, and I then gave my dog a kennel cough nosode AFTER this exposure, that would be a classical preventative use of a nosode. If I found out a dog my dog played with came down with parvo, I could then give a parvo nosode. But to just give all these disease nosodes, repeatedly and in combination, to prevent illness from a virus they might encounter at some time in the future…. well, it has no science or homeopathic theory behind it, and I just can’t do it or recommend it.

While this may be an alternative for some, please, realize that this is an area about which many, many people who have studied homeopathy seriously for decades have grave concerns. Educate yourself before giving them to your dogs. If you decide I’m wrong on this one, fine, that is your choice. But please, learn about the theory behind them, their history and development, and the basis of the controversy, before giving them to your animals or relying on them to prevent acute disease as a “substitute” for vaccination.

LINKS TO NOSODE INFO”

www.tarascavaliers.com/html/re_nosodes.html
www.naturalrearing.com/J_In_Learning/Immunization/NOSODES.htm
www.charlesloopsdvm.com/remedies.htm
www.caberfeidh.com/Nosodes.htm I personally believe that if I keep my dog’s immune systems as strong and healthy as possible,that my dogs will handle most challenges easily, and if they do get sick with an infectious disease, that it will be fairly easily treated with homeopathy and natrual remedies. I don’t however, take that risk lightly. I accept it and prepare for it. Juliette de Bairacli Levy, founder of Natural Rearing, wrote that after three generations of raw-feeding and not vaccinating, her dogs never again knew any kind of disease, and after five generations they knew “unbroken good health.” Very few of us, (certainly not me,yet) can claim to have achieved that. I do have a few third generation dogs that have been raw fed and not vaccinated and have been remarkably healthy and am breeding towards the goal of five or more generations! I believe that God has already provided the immune system as our dogs(and our own) defense to microbes and viruses found in our environment. The degree to which one is able to educate the immune systems to recognize invaders will help determine our dogs and ourselves ability to cope with health challenges.

I supplement my dogs with Transfer Factor in additon to their raw diet and not vaccinating.

Transfer factors are tiny protein molecules found in colostrum, produced by immune cells called T-cells. These provide “immune knowledge” from a mother’s immune system to her baby used in recognizing and fighting outside threats by transferring information from cell to cell, transfer factors serve as “teachers” to the new cells, ensuring a strong immune system capable of surviving, even thriving, in its new environment. They allow the immune system to remember conditions for which immunity has already been established. When a person has been infected, for example, with chicken pox in childhood, their body develops a memory of that illness, and prevents the person from becoming re-infected with it later in life. In the future, the specific immune transfer factor molecule for chicken pox will endow the immune system with the exact ?blueprint? of what chicken pox looks like, and the body will be able to quickly recognize and respond to any possible re-infection. Many of these transfer factors – or “immune memory molecules,” were introduced to us from our mother?s milk or colostrum, which is the richest source of concentrated transfer factors known to scientists.

Dr Darryl See – “There is no other product in a nutritional substance, nor a drug, that has this kind of power and ability to affect our immune system. With the increase of killer viruses, mutated germs, super-resistant germs, and food contaminations, our only hope and defense, must lie within our own immune system.”

Debra Grierson leaves the veterinarian’s office clutching Maddie and Beignet, her Yorkshire terriers, and a credit card receipt for nearly $400.

That’s the cost for the tiny dogs’ annual exams, including heartworm checks, dental checks and a barrage of shots.

“They’re just like our children,” said the Houston homemaker. “We would do anything, whatever they needed.”

What many pet owners don’t know, researchers say, is that most yearly vaccines for dogs and cats are a waste of money — and potentially deadly. Shots for the most important pet diseases last three to seven years, or longer, and annual shots put pets at greater risk of vaccine-related problems.

The Texas Department of Health is holding public hearings to consider changing the yearly rabies shot requirement to once every three years. Thirty-three other states already have adopted a triennial rabies schedule. Texas A&M University’s and most other veterinary schools now teach that most shots should be given every three years.

“Veterinarians are charging customers $36 million a year for vaccinations that are not necessary,” said Bob Rogers, a vet in Spring who adopted a reduced vaccine schedule. “Not only are these vaccines unnecessary, they’re causing harm to pets.”

Just as humans don’t need a measles shot every year, neither do dogs or cats need annual injections for illnesses such as parvo, distemper or kennel cough. Even rabies shots are effective for at least three years.

The news has been slow to reach consumers, partly because few veterinarians outside academic settings are embracing the concept. Vaccine makers haven’t done the studies needed to change vaccine labels. Vets, who charge $30 to $60 for yearly shots, are loath to defy vaccine label instructions and lose an important source of revenue. In addition, they worry their patients won’t fare as well without yearly exams.

“I know some vets feel threatened because they think, `People won’t come back to my office if I don’t have the vaccine as a carrot,’ ” said Alice Wolf, a professor of small-animal medicine at Texas A&M and an advocate of reduced vaccinations. “A yearly exam is very important.”

The movement to extend vaccine intervals is gaining ground because of growing evidence that vaccines themselves can trigger a fatal cancer in cats and a deadly blood disorder in dogs.

Rogers conducts public seminars on the subject with evangelical zeal but thus far has been unsuccessful in persuading the Texas Veterinary Medical Association to adopt a formal policy.

“I’m asking the Texas attorney general’s office if this is theft by deception,” said Rogers, whose Critter Fixer practice won an ethics award from the Better Business Bureau in 2000. “They just keep coming out with more vaccines that are unnecessary and don’t work. Professors give seminars, and nobody comes and nobody changes.”

When rabies shots became common for pets in the 1950s, no one questioned the value of annual vaccination. Distemper, which kills 50 percent of victims, could be warded off with a shot. Parvovirus, which kills swiftly and gruesomely by causing a toxic proliferation of bacteria in the digestive system, was vanquished with a vaccine. Over the years, more and more shots were added to the schedule, preventing costly and potentially deadly disease in furry family members.

Then animal doctors began noticing something ominous: rare instances of cancer in normal, healthy cats and an unusual immune reaction in dogs. The shots apparently caused feline fibrosarcoma, a grotesque tumor at the site of the shot, which is fatal if not discovered early and cut out completely. Dogs developed a vaccine-related disease in which the dog’s body rejects its own blood.

“That really caused people to ask the question, `If we can cause that kind of harm with a vaccine … are we vaccinating too much?’ ” said Ronald Schultz, a veterinary immunologist at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. “As you get more and more (vaccines), the possibility that a vaccine is going to cause an adverse event increases quite a bit.”

Less frequent vaccines could reduce that risk, Schultz reasoned. Having observed that humans got lifetime immunity from most of their childhood vaccines, Schultz applied the same logic to dogs. He vaccinated them for rabies, parvo, kennel cough and distemper and then exposed them to the disease-causing organisms after three, five and seven years. The animals remained healthy, validating his hunch.

He continued his experiment by measuring antibody levels in the dogs’ blood nine and 15 years after vaccination. He found the levels sufficient to prevent disease.

Fredric Scott, professor emeritus at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, obtained similar results comparing 15 vaccinated cats with 17 nonvaccinated cats. He found the cats’ immunity lasted 7.5 years after vaccination. In 1998, the American Association of Feline Practitioners published guidelines based on Scott’s work, recommending vaccines every three years.

“The feeling of the AAFP is, cats that receive the vaccines every three years are as protected from those infections as they would be if they were vaccinated every year,” said James Richards, director of the Feline Health Center at Cornell. “I’m one of many people who believe the evidence is really compelling.”

Texas A&M’s Wolf said the three-year recommendation “is probably just as arbitrary as anything else,” and nothing more than a “happy medium” between vaccine makers’ recommendations and the findings by Schultz and Scott aimed at reducing vaccine-related problems.

But many vets are uncomfortable making a drastic change in practice without data from large-scale studies to back them up. There is no animal equivalent of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which monitors outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease in people, thus keeping tabs on a vaccine’s effectiveness.

Federal authorities require vaccine makers to show only that a vaccine is effective for a reasonable amount of time, usually one year. Richards notes that studies to get a feline vaccine licensed in the first place are typically quite small, involving 25 to 30 cats at most.

There is no federal requirement to show a vaccine’s maximum duration of effectiveness. Arne Zislin, a veterinarian with Fort Dodge Animal Health, the largest animal vaccine maker in the world, said such studies would be expensive and possibly inhumane, requiring hundreds of animals, some of them kept in isolation for up to five years.

“I don’t think anyone with consideration for animals would really want to go through that process,” said Zislin, another vet who believes current data are insufficient to support an extended schedule.

Diane Wilkie, veterinarian at Rice Village Animal Hospital, said she tells pet owners that vaccines appear to last longer than a year, but her office hasn’t officially changed its protocol yet. She said 20 percent to 30 percent of her cat patients are on the extended schedule.

“It’s kind of a hard situation. The manufacturers still recommend a year, but they’re the manufacturers,” Wilkie said. “It’s hard to change a whole professional mentality — although I do think it will change.”

In Houston, yearly pet examinations typically cost $50 to $135, with shots making up one-third to half of the expense. A dental check, heartworm test, fecal check and overall physical are usually included in the price. Without the shots, vets could expect to lose a chunk of that fee.

But an increasing number of vets are emphasizing other services, such as surgery. Wolf said savings on vaccines might prompt pet owners to get their pets’ teeth cleaned instead. An in-house test to check antibody levels is in development.

“I definitely think there’s a profit issue in there; don’t get me wrong,” Wilkie said. “(But) people are willing to spend money on their pets for diseases. Although vaccines are part of the profit, they aren’t that big a part. We just did a $700 knee surgery.”

Vaccination findings

Veterinary research challenges the notion that pets need to be vaccinated every 12 months. Some of the findings:

Dog vaccines/Minimum duration of immunity

· Canine rabies3 years

· Canine parainfluenza3 years

· Canine distemper (Onderstepoort strain)5 years

· Canine distemper (Rockborn strain)7 years

· Canine adenovirus (kennel cough)7 years

· Canine parvovirus7 years Sources: Ronald Schultz, University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine; Fredric Scott, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine; Colorado State University; University of California-Davis Center for Companion Animal Health.

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FULVIC ACID (Humic Extract)

FULVIC ACID (Humic Extract)

How To Maximize Your Pet’s Immune System with Fulvic/Humic Acids

What is FULVIC ACID (Humic Extract)? Humic acid/extract can be extracted from any material containing well-decomposed organic matter – soil, coal, composts, etc. Extraction is by way of treatment of these materials with a solution of sodium hydroxide. This dissolves much of the organic matter present. If we then take this solution and add enough acid to drop its pH to about 2, organic material will begin to flocculate and can be separated from the liquid portion. The flocculated material is humic acid. What remains in solution is fulvic acid. Soil extract materials, particularly the class of substances known collectively as “Humus,” “humics,” “humic Acid(s),” or “humates,” have been widely used in a number of applications for many years. The “powers” of Humic Acid Fulvic acid (Humic acid)consists of an immense arsenal and array of naturally occuring phytochemicals, biochemicals, supercharged antioxidants, free-radical scavengers, super oxide dismutases, nutrients, enzymes, hormones, amino acids, antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungals. It is known to greatly enhance the bioavailability of important trace minerals and regenerate and prolong the residence time of essential nutrients in the cells as well as modify the damage or toxic compounds such as heavy metals and free radicals. It restores electrical balance to damaged cells, neutralizes toxins and can eliminate food poisoning within minutes. To the science of living cells, Humic acids are vital in bringing substantial amounts of nutrients and minerals into water solution and delivering their living energies to the living cells Ancient cultures such as the Chinese discovered the powers of humic acid found in soil as did the peoples of India, Mexico and the American South. In vitro and animal studies have been conducted evaluating the anti-viral properties of humic acid against specific viruses such as Hepatitis A, B, and C, herpes, influenza, hemorrhagic fever (Ebola-like), SARS, and West Nile. These studies indicate that humic acid can help support the body’s natural ability to prevent these viruses from replicating and spreading.* However, over time, heavy metals and pesticides polluted our soil, making it essential to purify these humic acid extracts before they can be ingested. Plus, humic acid needs to be taken in a highly concentrated amounts to be useful Farmers have known long ago feeding humic acid literally cures cows of mastitis, makes manure odorless, makes animals more docile, helps pigs, chickens, etc. be productive and reduce the need for antibiotics. Due to its antibiotic, antiviral properties, the animals seem to recover quicker when ill.* Humic substances are nature’s most powerful antiviral. New studies continue to show virus – cancer connection The relationship of viruses to cancer is not too surprising, considering the mounting evidence that shows that there is a missing link in our food chain that is allowing viruses to run rampant in their attack on humans, animals, and even our food crops. What may surprise you most is that drug companies have sponsored extensive secret studies for the purpose of profiting from this dire situation, when in fact inexpensive and effective natural solutions exist. Many medical studies show that humic substances, especially humic acids, have the power to protect against cancer AND the related cancer causing viruses. Studies often show reversal of deadly cancers and tumors using special humic substance therapies.

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*One quick note, if you put too much humic acid (granules) more than 0.5% w/w in your dog’s food, some may get diarrhea for the first 1-2 days – do not be alarmed, this usually has to do with detoxification. But after that the stools should become normal.

Vital HF™is a patented formula of rich humic extracts which work as a virus inhibitor by surrounding virus cells and preventing them from binding to healthy cells,* a process called viral fusion inhibition. Virus cells have “sticky spots” that enable them to attach to host cells. The Vital HF™ molecule specifically prevents this by covering up these sticky spots on the virus. Once this binding process is inhibited, the virus cannot replicate and spread, and the body’s own immune system is able to eradicate or reduce the remaining virus cells. In laboratory studies, no side effects have been detected, nor have interactions with medications been identified.* *While this product is currently being sold for humans it is being used for pets with wonderful results!

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*A consultation is highly recommended before any preventative program or treatment is started. A consultation includes a personalized diet and holistic program suggestions that are custom-tailored to your own dog’s individual and personal needs. While I will continue to provide educational articles and information for you, most of these are general in nature. Therefore, I encourage you talk to your “Holistic” Veterinarian” and/or set up an appointment with me to tailor a program specifically for your pet’s needs. This is particularly imperative in pets with complicated health issues, or if you’ve done a lot of outside reading and have conflicting information.

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Vaccines – Are They Safe for Your Dog?

Vaccines – Are They Safe for Your Dog?

Vaccines – Are They Safe for Your Dog?
Written by: Dee Blanco who is a holistic veterinarian practicing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The questions surrounding the issue of veterinary vaccinations are many. My intent is to open other doors of thought that might help you make your decisions align with your animals well being, your lifestyle, your left and right brain and most importantly – your heart. … Because I cannot completely separate from this topic, you will clearly hear my bias, my emotions as well as my perspective from my years practicing allopathy and subsequently homeopathy. I will make recommendations based both on this study of many years and on the way I hope to be of help in the world. I strongly recommend for you to let this info simmer a bit … please make sure to do more research. And always listen to your inner voice. You are your own authority, you are your animal’s primary health care practitioner, on call, 24 hours a day. You may decide some of this info is useful, and some you will let go by. Please make sure you do not allow fear to run your decisions. I have spent a good amount of time in the last 12 of my 19 years as a vet, studying the issue of vaccinations. During this time, in my holistic vet practice, I have been able to see the clinical manifestations and harmful effects of the use and abuse of vaccinations. I have also been able to see improvements of many common maladies in our domestic animals using holistic medicines, in particular homeopathy. It is from this clinical standpoint as well as my own study of the available info on vaccinations that I present my info. I am continually compiling more info in my ‘database’, so if you would like to add anything you might have, please feel free to send me your info. The History of Vaccinations The birth of vaccinations came when the English doctor Edward Jenner discovered that the people who worked closely with cows seemed to be less susceptible to smallpox. He injected small amounts of the smallpox crusts into healthy individuals (including his own son) and found these people to also be less susceptible to smallpox. Unfortunately, this process may have fatally weakened his son and his son’s friends, because he died at the early age of 21 of tuberculosis. Then, during the American Civil War, Louis Pasteur, an accomplished microbiologist, was able to change the vaccines he was using enough that some of the harmful effects were diminished. He was famous for his work in cattle where he was able to prove that vaccines could protect against the deadly disease, anthrax. Thus, he started the new field of medicine called immunology. Pasteur also became famous for his concept of the ‘germ theory’. This is still the theory modern medicine uses to explain all illness. Thus we have created a ‘war on bugs’ that we seem to be losing. It’s interesting to note that on his deathbed Pasteur recanted his prior work of blaming the microorganism. His last words were “seed is nothing, soil is everything”. In Chinese medicine we say “it’s not the agent, but the terrain”. Both are saying the same thing – the germ is nothing, but the host’s resistance is everything. These concepts lay the foundation for all forms of holistic medicine. How Vaccines Work The primary intention of the vaccine is to produce a stimulation to the cellular immune system, via the production of antibodies. Antibodies attach onto the virus and render it inactive and harmless. It is through this stimulation and resultant production of antibodies that the body is now prepared for a possible ‘attack’ by ‘foreign invaders’ later down the line. These invaders are typically known as bacteria or viruses. This immunity will later provide protection without having to go through the disease itself. It’s a bit like the vigilant minute-men always on guard for a possible attack. There are problems with this way of thinking which we will discuss later. Why Vaccines Cause Problems Typically, the vaccines are injected into the body; subcutaneously (under the skin) or intramuscularly (in the muscle). These vaccines usually have numerous viruses as well as other ingredients in them. Exceptions to this include the rabies, corona, and bordatella vaccines. Herein lies the second and third problem with the vaccination process. The process of injecting numerous viruses at one time into the body does not mimic in any way what we would see in the natural world. There would never be such an enormous exposure to that many microorganisms at one time. … These diseases have never, in the real world, occurred at one time, never. The purpose for which mother nature uses and continues to use acute illness is to thin out the population, whereby the fittest survive. Everything in nature has a rhythm, everything. The rhythm of distemper, of polio, of measles, of influenza, of parvo, of rabies are all on a schedule. This schedule, much to the chagrin of the vet profession, is not determined by the vet profession! Neil Miller, a father of two, in his desire to understand the issues around vaccinations for his children, decided to explore the issue extensively. He studied the rise and fall and the death rate of the childhood diseases of polio, measles, and whooping cough in both the US and the UK. He compared the death rates and the point at which vaccinations were introduced. Much to his surprise, in all three of these diseases, he saw that the death rates starting in the early 1900s were markedly decreasing by the time the vaccines were introduced. In the case of polio there was actually a bit of an increase after the vaccines. The increased numbers of deaths after polio vaccines were covered up by reclassifying them as aseptic meningitis. Therefore the deaths didn’t show up in the records, but it is quite clear that vaccinations did not really have a beneficial impact on the already declining health rate. The reason the diseases were declining had more to do with the increased natural resistance and better understanding about prevention through hygiene. Thirdly, the process of injecting viruses into the body is a very unnatural method of introducing viruses, with the exception of Rabies virus. Most other forms of exposure are through the mucous membranes – the nose, throat/mouth, even the eyes. This creates another huge insult to the immune system. First we gather a whole bunch of viruses and other ‘stuff’, then we inject them into the body at one time! I have to ask myself if this could be the start of massive confusion and havoc causing the body to attack itself? In other words, could this be why we are seeing so much autoimmune disease? Fourth, when these viruses are injected into the body, they find their way into the small capillaries, then into the larger vessels and are filtered by the lymph nodes. This sounds fine except that usually these viruses are first introduced into the mouth and nose, where the humoral immune system is stimulated. It produces the powerful immunoglobulins (IgA, IgG, IgM) which provide the first line of defense. When this primary defense mechanism of the humoral immune system is bypassed, you are dependent on the cellular immune system only; this is the branch that produces antibodies. Producing antibodies is a fine thing, but when the natural pathways are bypassed it creates an extra load on the system. Having the natural stimulation of both wings of the immune system is a more balanced approach and isn’t what happens with injected vaccines. Last, but certainly not least, are the other substances that are in the vaccine vials that are potentially problematic. This discussion follows. What Is In A Vaccine? The two forms of vaccines available are the modified-live (MLV) and the killed vaccine. For obvious reasons, the Rabies vaccine is a killed product … the MLVs are the viruses that were once alive and now have been chemically attenuated (altered) so that they are still recognized by the body but are, theoretically, not able to cause the full blown clinical disease. Typically, the chemical agent used to alter the virus is formalin or formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Attenuating the virus so that it cannot attach to a cell wall and infect that cell is a good idea, but not all the virus particles may be altered. Some may escape attenuation and are free to cause disease. This may be part of the reason that we see ‘breaks’ in vaccinated animals. There has also been much speculation that these MLVs have shed into the environment, exposing other animals, including wild animals, to these diseases. Additional components of the vaccines are the preservatives that do what preservatives do. These ingredients are also known in current medicine to be carcinogenic agents, including a compound called thymersol, a mercury derivative and aluminum, used to attenuate the viruses. We all know the possible effects of aluminum. Even the cells these viruses are grown on can produce allergic reactions in the body. Some of the tissue lines used are from ducks, monkeys, pigs, and the like. These could be creating much of the constant itching, inflamed bowel, and eczematous ears that are so prevalent. There are additional ingredients called adjuvants. These are foreig proteins that are added to give a generic, non-specific immune response. These proteins are proprietary (secret) info and are not given out to anyone. It’s much like the ingredients on a bottle of BBQ sauce where they list ‘herbs and spices’ generically. No one really knows what ‘herbs and spices’ really means. These preservatives and adjuvants are what are believed to be the major cause of the surging incidence of fibrosarcomas in cats. Studies at Colorado State U. by one of my professors, Dr. Dennis Macy, are showing this strong correlation. It is felt by the biologics companies that if the body doesn’t respond to the numerous viruses that are in each vial of vaccine, than surely the body will respond to other foreign proteins. One rep from a major biologics company, at a meeting on vaccines in 1997 I attended, said quite embarrassed, ‘We know how to turn the immune system on, but we don’t know how to turn it off”. This is the fundamental problem with vaccines: they are generically stimulating to the body, usually creating illness where there once was none. How Do You Tell If a Vaccine Is Working? The easiest way to determine if a vaccine is working is to take a blood sample and send it to a lab to determine if there are still circulating antibodies against that virus. This is called an antibody titer. This is a simple test, but there has been some controversy as to what titer level will provide protection from the clinical disease, and what level tells you there has been exposure to the disease. The next way is to believe the biologics companies. This is not my ideal choice since I believed them many years ago when I would vaccinate animals and they would break out with the disease. Perfectly healthy animals coming down with the diseases they were being vaccinated against! It was embarrassing and horrifying that I caused these illnesses. The biologics companies told me their vaccines could never have caused the illness. They justified this by saying that the animals must have been incubating the illness and it coincidentally came out at the time of the vaccine. This never made sense to me but as a young, brain-washed vet, I passed this info on to the clients. I still to this day find it interesting that we are a self-serving profession creating the illnesses that return later through our doors to be treated again. What could be more self-serving? I believe this is one of the reasons the vet profession turns its back on the issue of vaccinations. It would mean we would have to take a good hard look at what we are doing. It would mean we would have to take responsibility. Enough of my soap box, for now. One way to determine how long a vaccine is capable of lasting in the body is by duration of immunity studies. These are studies that the biologics companies conduct to determine whether vaccinated animals can withstand a challenge from a live virus contact. The problem here is that there are inadequate duration of immunity studies at this time. These are difficult and expensive test and there has not been enough pressure on these companies to do these tests. One of the reasons is because the profession has assumed that vaccines are harmless and giving repeated doses or annual vaccinations is ‘good medicine’. Because of inadequate studies, the biologics companies are not willing at this point in time to change the recommended protocols. Much info available from numerous sources verifies that the MLVs, if given after 14 wks of age (after maternal antibodies have decreased), are effective for a lifetime. Most rabies titers at this time are showing effective protection at 5 to 6 years after vaccination. I believe the rabies duration of immunity studies would help us change the ludicrous yearly vaccination requirements in many states. Many animals I test are showing protection to parvo and distemper after 10 years or more. The real question here is: how did these recommendations for yearly vaccinations start? Why Are We Vaccinating Yearly? This is a really good question, isn’t it? The first massive vaccination program began in the 1940s and the 50s for distemper and adenovirus. These early vaccines showed that one third of the puppies did not maintain protective titers to distempter for one year after the initial vaccination. By the way, we have yet to talk about susceptibility, which these researchers did not take into account. This led to the recommendation in 1959 that dogs should be vaccinated annually, as a safety measure. Distemper was a horrible, life threatening disease and was capable of going through a population of puppies very quickly. Usually it caused gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloody diarrhea (much like Parvo), or respiratory symptoms, and in the most severe state would cause neurological symptoms which were rarely successfully treated. In 1961, recommendations that a serum analysis of the blood was the best way to determine immunological protection. Since clients would need to pay for that, plus an exam, and possibly the re-vaccination fee, it would be easier and cheaper, based on the local incidence of distempter, the history of the animal, and the potential risk, that annual vaccinations be given. Thus start the annual standard of practice. There was no science here! Unfortunately, there were few people willing to push for the serum analysis, or to really look at the exposure of each animal, or to look at any other factors influencing susceptibility. Dr. Ron Schultz and the U. of Wisconsin-Madison, a veterinary immunologist, questions the lack of scientific evidence to support our current practices. In his article in the 1992 edition of Current Veterinary Therapy, Dr Schultz and his co-author, Dr. Phillips, discuss the issue. Their words follow: “A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual vaccinations. Almost without exception there is no immunologic requirement for annual revaccination. Immunity to viruses persists for years or for the life of the animal. Successful vaccination to most bacterial pathogens produces an immunologic memory that remains for years, allowing an animal to develop a protective anamnestic (secondary) response when exposed to virulent organisms. Only the immune response to toxins requires boosters (e.g. tetanus toxin booster, in humans, is recommended once every 7-10 years) and no toxin vaccines are currently used for dogs and cats. Furthermore, revaccination with most viral vaccines fails to stimulate an anamnestic response as a result of interference by existing antibodies (similar to maternal antibody interference). The practice of annual vaccination in our opinion should be considered of questionable efficacy unless it is used as a mechanism to provide an annual physical exam or is required by law (i.e. certain states require annual revaccination for rabies).” Whew! The summary of his statement is this: yearly boosters are unnecessary and the current antibody protection in the body will actually interfere with other new vaccines. Therefore, they are not useful and certainly don’t provide more protection if given annually. This report also emphasizes that yearly reminders get people into the clinic to give yearly vaccines and put little to no emphasis on a wellness exam. This is a backward approach, isn’t it? Shouldn’t we remind our clients to come in for a yearly wellness check and if necessary then suggest the vaccinations? Have we become so complacent and dependent on these little vaccine vials and their financial power? Are there not other methods of preventative medicine? If you choose these yearly vaccines will your animals be protected against all the harmful diseases known to animals? Who Is Susceptible? And To What? There is a questions as to who is susceptible and to what diseases, which really distills down to: at what age are the animals most and least susceptible, and what diseases are species specific or regionally specific? It is odd to me that the topic of age susceptibility is rarely if ever spoken about and yet it seems to be such an important consideration in the decision about the need for vaccinations. We are not talking about breed susceptibility, we are talking about the ages at which certain illnesses are more likely to manifest. For example, measles and chicken pox are a childhood disease that if allowed to be expressed while young are relatively benign. As the child grows older, the susceptibility to these illnesses decreases. This is the same with many of the animal vaccines. As a clinician it is very, very uncommon to see distemper, parvo, parainfluenza, adenovirus, panleukopenia, calicivirus, herpesvirus, and others in adult animals. These seem to be most dangerous when the animal is young and their immune system is not fully developed. When I see an adult with parvo or distemper, it is frequently a purebred or has other immune dysfunction or is likely poorly cared for. I do see a predominance of parvo and distemper in young animals less than 6-8 months old, and less frequently as they get closer to 1 year old. My question is this: why are we vaccinating animals that have passed the point of great susceptibility? Would it not be similar to humans being vaccinated every year of our lives with chicken pox, measles, diphtheria, whooping cough, hepatitis, tetanus, etc.? The other question concerns the vaccination of diseases that are not seen at all in a particular region, or that vaccines are not effective against because the viruses have many different serovariants. For example, leptospirosis. This is a vaccine that does not provide long-lasting protection and will not provide cross-protection for all the different strains of lepto. Then why are we using this? Coronavirus is another vaccine enigma. Corona in dogs produces a mild, transient diarrhea and it is known that the vaccine does not provide protection against an infection with corona. Hardly worth the vaccine, isn’t it? Lepto is not seen in my area, so why are we vaccinating? I have seen this practice with Lyme, Corona, Feline Leukemia, Feline Infectious Peritonitis, and many equine vaccines. This seems to be an issue of convenience since the manufacturers supply all over the country/world. It also seems to fall into the category that the practice of injecting viruses into a healthy body, or an unhealthy one for that matter, is a benign process. What Are the Adverse Reactions, If Any? Unfortunately, adverse reactions to vaccines have been considered to be the immediate hypersensitivity reactions of anaphylaxis. This severely limits the types of reactions that are ever even considered to be related to vaccines. Other problems surface which make accurate tallying of adverse reactions difficult. At present time there are no easy or effective reporting systems; many vets are reluctant to report even those where an animal dies, and the cause-effect relationship is not always clear. Even to those who believe that many of the illnesses we see, both acute and chronic, are directly related to over-vaccination, it is still at times difficult to show how this works. There are many situations where the perfectly healthy puppy is taken at 6 weeks for his first vaccines. Maybe he has a slight fever or lack of appetite and energy for a day or so. Then he is returned 2 to 3 weeks later for more vaccines. Maybe he will show another fever or maybe a day of diarrhea. Then he is returned in 2 or 3 weeks for more vaccines. Maybe he starts to itch a bit. Often by the time the pup is 6 months old he has several problems going on. He often has loose stools and he itches, but there are no fleas. Thus begins the first stages of chronic illness brought on by the vaccines. When a perfectly healthy individual is given viruses that cause illness, the animal is going to manifest illness-related symptoms. This healthy individual is asked to maintain a low-level stimulation of a state of distemper, a low level state of parvo, a low level state of rabies, and so on. As long as you are in a low level state of illness you are not in a high level state of health. Therefore, the vaccines provide protection by keeping the body in a diseased state of health. Often the animal will not manifest the illness it is vaccinated for, at least not in its acute form, but it will manifest in other conditions. Usually these conditions are inherited weaknesses. Chronic symptoms look very much like the acute illnesses but they are often not life-threatening unless allowed to continue for years and years. For distemper we often see: Watery fluid dripping from the nose Conjunctivitis, eye discharge, entropion Chronic gastritis, hepatitis, pancreatitis, appetite disorders Recurrent diarrhea Sensitivity to food with resultant diarrhea Epilepsy, rear leg paralysis, spondylitis Lip fold dermatitis Excessive licking of feet, eruptions between the toes, allergies Kennel cough, chronic bronchitis Chronic skin eruptions, especially lower half of body Failure to thrive, abnormally thin For rabies we often see: Restless nature, suspicion of others, aggression to animals and people Changes in behavior: aloofness, unaffectionate, desire to roam, OR clingy, separation anxiety, ‘velcro dog’ Restraining can lead to violent behavior and self-injury Self-mutilation, tail chewing Voice changes, hoarseness, excessive barking Chronic poor appetite, very finicky Paralysis of throat or tongue, sloppy eaters, drooling Dry eye, loss of sight, cataract Eating wood, stones, earth, stool Destructive behavior, shredding bedding Seizures, epilepsy, twitching Increased sexual desire, sexual aggression Irregular pulse, heart failure Reverse sneezing Some of the illnesses you are familiar with include any auto-immune disease such as lupus, red cell aplasia, auto-immune hemolytic anemia cardiomyopathies; neoplasias such as fibrosarcomas, mast cell tumors, thyroid tumors, etc.; inflammatory bowel disease, eczematous ears, any dermatological condition, warts, lipomas, poor hair coats, stomatitis, periodontal disease, thyroid disease, and the list goes on and on. Now you could be wondering why I am so bold to ‘blame’ all these and more on vaccines. The reason is simple: I have an empirical, call it experimental lab where I visit daily and watch the animals, year after year. In the short years of my career I have seen the incredible increase in all these illnesses, some we never even learned in vet school. In fact, my vet school is now primarily an oncology treatment center! This was not the case a short 20 years ago. I have also spoken with many vets who have practiced longer than I and their response is the same. They did not see the level of chronic illness, nor the resistant and concretized type of illnesses that we see today. Because I am able to use homeopathic remedies to help resolve these effects of the vaccines I am able to see first hand the cause-effect relationship. I have also looked at the info of those who have come before me to help in this process. One such person was J. Compton Burnett, a British physician of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Burnett was a proponent of the smallpox vaccine until he started noticing that the vaccines given to young people in the prime of their lives were causing many ‘other’ health problems. He coined the term ‘vaccinosis’ to describe the illnesses caused by vaccines, separate from the illnesses they were protecting against. Much of what Burnett saw closely resembles what we see today in our animals. This is interesting how this human model is actually teaching us about what happens with animals. Burnett further verified his hypothesis by giving the homeopathic remedy, Thuja, to many of these vaccinated individuals, as was described by Hahnneman. He was able to reverse many of these harmful effects. This is still a widely used remedy for the effects of vaccines. Alternatives Remember, the body has incredible capacity to provide protection against all sorts of invaders. So, if our approach to protection is from the standpoint of supporting the body in doing its job, which it already knows how to do, we are working at a more fundamental level. If we support the energy and physical systems of the body we will support the immune system, not overload it. Clean hygiene, good nutrition, clean water, plenty of exercise, constitutional treatments (preferably homeopathic), good breeding practices, and homeopathic nosodes, where needed. This all sounds very simplistic and, in fact, it is!

Should you decide to use nosodes they must be used under the guidance of a qualified vet, just as with any medication. Nosodes are homeopathic remedies made from the diseased products of whatever disease you are wanting to protect against. For distemper, nasal discharge is used. For parvo, fecal material is used. These are subsequently filtered, and sterilized, diluted and succussed as any homeopathic remedy and are administered orally. I use them starting at 7-9 weeks and continue for the first year of life only. They cannot be used for rabies licensing.

Nosodes provide protection by stimulating a non-specific immunological response. They fill the susceptibility the animal has to the disease without actually producing antibodies. If that susceptibility is filled, much like a cup of coffee to the brim, then nothing else can come in and fill it up. You can’t be over-susceptible. In my practice nosodes are very effective with the exception of animals with chronic illness and poor breeding practices. The primary nosodes I use are for the life threatening diseases such as parvo, distemper, and panleukopenia. I will also use bordatella for animals in kennel situations.

If You Do Vaccinate If you choose to vaccinate, please be careful. My recommendations are as follows: wait until 14 weeks for puppies and kittens, until the maternal antibodies are no longer present. If you must use something before 14 weeks, use nosodes; after 14 weeks, give one MLV parvo/distemper combination for dogs; for cats, give one panleukopenia, and one rabies vaccine at least two weeks after the above. OR: One distemper at 12 weeks, followed by one parvo at 14 weeks (these are the single vaccines and are the best, but often difficult to find). All other vaccines, except rabies, I cannot recommend, period. Other Issues We have yet to discuss the topic of rights, animal rights, and guardian rights. This is one you can play with on your own. Additionally, we have yet to talk about the laws that mandate rabies requirements that don’t reflect the current science. I hope to see these laws changed as there is more info form the duration of immunity studies. It will be up to the grassroots movement to initiate this as most vet associations will not support a law that will hurt the pocketbooks of the vets.

So, you can see there is quite a bit of info to assimilate, and there is more! With this, I believe there is enough to shed some light on a topic that even confuses most vets.

The Whole Dog Store will continue to post more articles on the subject of vaccinating our pets as we believe this is a very important and controversial issue.

This is another great reason to keep your pet’s immune system in good order with the use of Fastrack Probiotics, 4Life Transfer Factor and a good, natural diet and vitamin/mineral supplements.

Nutritional Consultations

Nutritional Consultations

Nutritional/Diet Consultation

Nutritional consultations are individually customized for all special needs and age groups and are delivered either in electronic format (email) or hardcopy (mail). Diet/Nutritional Consult. This consultation is available for assistance and education in feeding a species appropriate raw diet to your dog and/or in adjusting the raw diet you may already have in effect as well as assisting and educating in which supplements may or may not be needed in your dog’s particular state or condition.

NOTEIf you are transitioning from commercial kibble or canned/processed diet to home prepared or raw diet and/or your dog has specific dietary requirements due to particular health problems, a minimum of 4 weeks of extended support ($75.00) is highly recommended so I can help you and your dog settle into the new routine comfortably and I can be available for support in case of a healing response/detox or any issues as they arise – this includes the reformulation of a recipe if needed.

Diet/Nutritional Consult only: $85.00 per dog with 4 weeks of extended support (10 questions per email/one email per week): = $160.00 If no special needs are involved and you already have experience feeding a home prepared or raw diet, you may request this consultation without the extended support option.

Extended Support for any Consultation is always available:

Ideal for dogs with health issues that you may feel require a longer period of time to resolve or if you have more questions after the initial consultation period. * 2 weeks (10 questions per email) $37.50 per dog * 4 weeks(10 questions, per email, one email per week for 4 weeks) $75.00 per dog * 8 weeks(10 questions, per emai, one email per week for 8 weeks) $145.00 per dog * 12 weeks (10 questions, per email, one email per week for 12 weeks) $210.00 per dog

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Natural Rearing Breeders Association FAQ

Natural Rearing Breeders Association FAQ

Natural Rearing Breeders Association
FAQ

What is The Natural Rearing Breeder’s Association?:
We are a premier organization comprised of like-minded breeders and animal health professionals dedicated to the principles of rearing our dogs as close to nature as possible. Only incorperating complementary medicine and preventative treatments and only as needed. We promote a healthy lifestyle to support the complete dog (mind, body and spirit) while promoting an awareness for our changing world.

Why Should I Join The NRBA?:

The Natural Rearing Breeder’s Association stands for INTEGRITY. This association consists of breeders dedicated to the natural rearing of quality, pure bred dogs. This includes feeding a raw, natural diet along with minimal to no vaccinations and raising the dogs in a loving environment full of stimulation to produce smart, intelligent, healthy dogs. Our members are dedicated to the ethical treatment of dis-ease of the mind, body, emotions and spirit using complementary and/or alternative health methods. Our members are ‘approved’ breeders who have agreed to and signed our Code of Ethics as well as members who are degreed, registered, licensed or certified professionals in alternative animal health field(s) dedicated to life, health and longevity of your dog.

All members have proven track-records and experience. All members’ credentials have been verified to ensure the integrity of this organization and the services each member provides. NRBA strives to be a leader in bringing to the dog community accurate, reliable and factual information regarding educating the public on the whole dog approach of natural rearing. We strive to set the standard and an example nationwide of the strength of a community and an organization.

What Do You Mean by HOLISTIC APPROACH?:

We are dedicated to the belief that health is a state of mind and spirit as well as body. We believe that dis-ease should be treated in a positive and constructive manner approaching the cause and not just the symptoms. Working to support and enhance the mind, body and spirit to bring balance to the ‘whole’ dog for complete physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Natural Health Care For My Dog Is New To Me. Are There MENTORS Available?

Yes! We have several members who have been raising and caring for their dogs naturally for many years who are available for a reasonable fee and by appointment for either online or phone consultations. check out our Mentors Available page for more information.

How Can I find an Alternative or Holistic Veterinarian or Natural Health Professional in My Area?:

Our members are breeders and natural animal health practitioners throughout the USA and Canada. Please visit our Member Directory section for complete listings of our members and how to contact them. All NRBA breeders are certified by the NRBA and animal health professional members are degreed, licensed or certified in their respective fields and are in good standing in the community with proven track records.

REFERRAL SERVICE?:

NRBA provides an on-line Referral Service to help you locate a breed specific NRBA breeder and/or a qualified, natural animal healthcare practitioner as well as mentoring consultations.

I still Have Questions, who can I talk to?:

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NRBA Referral Area

NRBA Referral Area

Natural Rearing Breeders Association Referral Area

Looking for a Naturally Reared puppy or kitten? Looking for a Naturopathic or Holisitc Veterinarian in your area that won’t make you feel guilty for feeding raw and not vaccinating your puppy/dog? Looking for a Doggie Day Care or Kennel that does not require your dog be vaccinated to stay there? Looking for a Carnivore/Raw Meat Supplier? Looking for a mentor to help you in your new Natural Rearing journey? Looking for forums and email groups for support and information on Natural Rearing, raw feeding, not vaccinating?

You have come to the right place. Our resources are growing weekly and if you can’t find what you are looking for on the links listed below, please email us what you are looking for and we will do our best to put you in touch with the breeder, veterinarian, etc. closest to you.

Natural Rearing Breeders

NRBA Breeders Listing

Carnivore/Raw Meat Suppliers

Prey 4 Pets A supplier of natural, whole food for the raw fed carnivore.

Nicole [email protected]

Natural Rearing Breeder Mentors

Dr Jeannie Thomason – NR Breeder since 1989 Email for more information and prices for consultations

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MORE MENTORS COMING IN 2010!

Natural Rearing Philosophy Dog Day Care/Boarding

Pride & Pedigree Holistic Dog Day Care, Boarding & Training Center

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Naturopaths, Holistic Vets and Natural Animal Care practitioners

Veterinary Naturopaths

Jeannie Thomason VND, Dipl Small Animal Nutrition, Email or Phone consultations by appointment

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Kim Bloomer, VND, Dipl Small Animal Nutrition

Email or Phone consultations by appointment

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Dr Erika Haferkorn Email or Phone consultations by appointment

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Holisitc Veterinarians

State of Maryland

Sara Fox Chapman, DVM, MRCVS, VetMFHom Holistic care/ homeopathy, raw feeding and No vaccines advocate – Practice limited to in clinic consultations and treatments Sue Maturo, DVM Raw feeding and minimal vaccine advocate – Practice limited to in clinic treatments Animal Medical Center of Watkins Park 60 Watkins Park Dr Upper Marlboro, MD

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NR/Raw Feeding Support & Info Forums and Groups

Natural Health Care For Dogs Yahoo group
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NRBA Member Directory

NRBA Member Directory

Tadita Whippets
[email protected] Tina Berry

Kriegshund German Shepherds

[email protected] Gerilyn Bielakiewicz

Pine Springs Golden Retrievers

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Golden Bear Kennel

Golden Retrievers and American Cocker Spaniels

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Summer Hill Dachshunds & Basset Hounds

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Aurak Standard Poodles

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KC Scottish Terriers

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Von Hapsburg Danes

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Wavemaker Staffords

Staffordshire Bull Terriers

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TAC Dachshunds

(Miniature and Standard Smooth)

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Janet L. Contursi Vom Strum und Drang German Shepherds

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Ellen Cornell Kalak Kennels (Scottish Terriers & Bouvier des Flandres)

[email protected]

Randye DeLorto

Von Himmel Rotweilers

[email protected] Bob & Cathy Denman

Bobcat Terriers

(Parson Russell Terriers & Airedales)

[email protected]

Donna Tagg Dodge

Moonribbon NewFoundlands

[email protected] Erika Haferkorn

Red Angel Bordeaux

(Dogue De Bordeaux)

[email protected]

Janet Hanson

Crystal Canyon Australian Shepherds

[email protected] Elizabeth Harding

Von Haus Rundelane Standard Poodles

[email protected] Penny Harney

Pinafore Poodles

[email protected] Connie Hull

Pine Crest Australian Shepherds

[email protected] Jacklyn Hayhurst

Evenstar Labradors

[email protected] Sherry Jackson

Devata Kennels

(German Wirehaired Pointers)

[email protected]

Roberta Jamison

Lepus

(Whippets & Italian Greyhounds)

[email protected]

Liz Jay

Talraz Bearded Collies

[email protected] Lynnel L Jones

Andalusian Bullmastiffs and Cairns at the Burrow

[email protected] Sheryl Kaminski

Daybreak Australian Shepherds

[email protected] Susan Kuhn

Timberwyck Airedales

[email protected] Melanie Lainey

Summit View Farms

(Australian Cattle Dogs & Bernese Mountian Dogs)

[email protected]

Mary Langevin

Cat’s Cradle Catahoulas

[email protected] Betty Lewis

Waccabuc Great Danes & Whippets

[email protected] Mary Marlowe

Rhamah Italian Greyhounds

[email protected] Cheryl Mathis

Von Mathausen GSDs

[email protected] Liz MacArthur

eMac Bulldogs

[email protected] Dan & Jacque McHenry

RunAmok Farm

(Australian Shepherds & Miniature Australian Shepherds)

[email protected]

Debbie Miller

Remedi Sussex Spaniels

[email protected] Sara Moon

Nana Newfoundlands

[email protected] Robin Mosher

Havana Silk Dogs Havanese

[email protected] Bev Molloy Banda Mastiffs (English Mastiffs) website soon to be available

[email protected]

Tiffany Murphy

Road Block Anatolians

[email protected] Janet Nienhaus

Seafever Kennel

(PWDs & Lowchens)

[email protected]

Marilyn Pence

PenDachs

(Dachshunds)

[email protected]

Erika Phillips

Shaeden Italian Greyhounds

[email protected] Linda Richard

NANROX Kennels

(Beauceron & Toy Manchester Terrier)

[email protected]

Tammy Riley

Von Eintze Shepherds

(German Shepherd Dogs)

[email protected]

Jeannie Schmidt

Rose Wind Dachshunds

[email protected] Holly L. Sciscoe

Tip’s Chihuahuas

[email protected] Dana Scott

Fall River Labrador Retrievers

[email protected] Michelle Scott

Brielle Poodles

(Standard Poodles)

[email protected]

Judy B. Simmons

RivrVue Bouviers

[email protected] Aeryun Stocklein

Aeryun Border Collies

[email protected] Christine L. Swingle

Bonnie Brier

(West Highland White Terriers)

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Linda Taterman Golden Heart Kennel (Clumber Spaniels)

[email protected]

Jeannie Thomason

JeanE’s Boston Terriers

[email protected] Nicola Tull

Brogholme Bernese Mountain Dogs

[email protected] Linda Walker

Sunapee Akitas

[email protected] Kristina M. Whetzel

Kyanite Acres

(Australian Shepherds)

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