I was just listening to Dr. Will Falconer, a homeopathic veterinarian outside of Austin, TX. His website http://vitalanimal.com/ is full of very wonderful information on how you can have a healthy animal. I have spent years talking to people about vaccinations and the harm they do to our animals. Dr. Falconer also discusses the ways that vaccinations harm and kill our animals. I have not vaccinated my animals, except for ONE rabies shot at six months of age. I don't use harmful flea control or a pesticide to kill heartworm. Now if you bring this up to a traditional veterinarian, they will pressure you and some will go as far as saying you will kill your animal. Find another veterinarian!
There are ways to have a healthy animal without vaccinating. Before I go there, think about when a puppy gets their first shots. They are usually around 6 weeks of age. Their tiny little body that is developing is blasted with at least 6 different diseases in a vaccination. Their immune system is developing and then the immune system is hit with the vaccinations. Guess what happens next? They develop allergies because their poor little immune system is in overwhelm and it doesn't know what is good and what is bad. It is usually dogs that get hit with all the vaccinations, but cats will get vaccinations that are harmful like feline leukemia. With dogs, they are next put on heartworm and flea prevention, sometimes in one pill or a pill and the great stuff you put on their back. Now the immune system is freaking out! Then you go to your vet to get some help. The veterinarian is very concerned so they give you a special food and/or maybe Apoquel for then allergies. Great, now you have a pill that suppresses the immune system and a food that is poison. You may think I'm exaggerating, but check the ingredients. It probably has by-products, BHA/BHT, corn and the list goes on and on. I'll talk more about food at another date. As for Apoquel, I have had clients call me that after their cat or dog was on this medication, they develop cancer within a year. Of course, tradition vets believe it's a miracle drug. Maybe you are thinking the same thing, think again, please!
Back to what to do about avoiding vaccinations. First, go to a veterinarian that will support a protocol that limits the vaccinations. One of the things I did, and vets say never to do, is I took my 5 week old puppy to a dog park and to a park where wild animals live. It is recommended to only leave them on the ground for five minutes and in doing so, there will be a natural immunity. Sounds pretty simple, doesn't it? You can check the immunity by a blood test called a titer. Before you get that next rabies shot, check the titer. The research shows that one shot shows immunity, so far, seven years.
Heartworm is the other scary disease that traditional veterinarians want you to give your dog poisons to prevent. I haven't given the heartworm pesticide in at least 15 years. I have not had a dog with heartworm either. Why? I give a homeopathic nosode to prevent heartworm. I also give an herbal parasite remedy. That's what I do and you can check it out for yourself. I'll tell you this, you are giving too much heartworm pesticide if you are giving it monthly. You may want to review the life cycle of the heartworm and change your habits. If it takes at least 2 months for larvae to form and maybe 4 months or more before the adult worm, why is the pesticide given monthly? The same reason why there are prescription diets and over vaccinating. It isn't because they are concerned about the welfare of the animal.
Diet is the next key to healthy animals. I will discuss this in a later post. So stay tuned!
My dog Ramon, has been having some back issues which is causing his hind legs to be very weak. Over the last year, we have been doing several things to help him walk better with some success. We started with acupuncture, then we did the under water treadmill and Chinese herbs. This all helped him a lot and at the start of summer him was walking so well that the vet doing the physical therapy released him and told us to go swim him at the lake. So this summer he got to spend time doing what he really loved and that is swimming in the lake chasing balls. The only problem, he started to get worse instead of staying at the same level he was when we stopped the treadmill. So we kept trying different ways to get his back legs working. We were walking him in the water thinking that would be similar to the treadmill, but when he would get out, he could barely walk. His walking continued to decline and we were getting desperate as to what to do for our boy. He is only 11 and we hope to have him around for a few more years! Besides, he is still happy and enjoying life, so it was clear we had to keep trying.
That's when I went to talk about the use of cannabis for our companion animals. I hadn't researched it much before, but after the talk, I felt this just may be the thing that could help. I started him on CBD which comes from the hemp plant. Hemp and marijuana are similar, but hemp has very low THC and high CBD, while marijuana is high in THC and low in CBD. Research has shown that CBD works as an anti-inflammatory and pain control. It also is very good for neurological disorders. The vets that I had taken Ramon to felt that his condition was a congenital spine disease and so the nerves going to his back legs are not getting the signal all the way from the brain to the legs. Since this is a neurological problem, I figured I would give the CBD oil a try. After two weeks on the oil twice a day, he is doing so much better! He isn't walking long distances, but he is walking and every day there is a little more improvement.
Here's an article where you can read more about the use of CBD for your companion animals. Here is a link for the CBD that I have Ramon on which doesn't have any THC in it and is very pure.
CBD has also been used to treat cancer tumors successfully. At the talk I attended, there was a slide of a dog with a tumor in his mouth. The tumor was large and after a month taking CBD, the tumor was almost gone! How great is that!
Check it out for yourself and decide if CBD is right for your pet!