Holistic-integrative, alternative, complementary medicine. Whatever you want to call it, this is it.

Are You Hardcore Holistic?

If you read every ingredient on every label of everything that goes into and onto your pet – you might be hardcore holistic. If you spend more on your pet’s food than you do for your own food – you might be hardcore holistic. If the thought of a single processed kibble crossing the lips […]

Incredible! Research on Raw Cat Food

When I lecture to veterinarians (and especially veterinary students) about raw food for pets I often get the question, “Where’s the research?” The push for “Evidence-Based Medicine” strongly resonates with many veterinarians, especially those with little real-world experience. They tend to think that unless there is a validating study, the idea must be wrong. The […]

Could Vitamin D Save Your Pet?

Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) is a critical nutrient. It regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from the bowel and is involved with its mobilization from bone. It works with other hormones to balance the calcium levels in the body. Too little vitamin D is associated with many problems discussed below. Too much Vitamin […]

Why Run for a Cure?

A few weeks ago I was in an area where runners were assembling to “Run for the Cure” of some problem. It suddenly hit me how messed up our priorities are. Of course we all want to help those who are sick. It is great that researchers are working on cures for cancer and other […]

Probiotics Can Help Pets Lose Weight

A recent study found that children who were given antibiotics were more likely to be overweight. The more antibiotics the kids got, the fatter they got. If this is true for people then it is most likely true for pets as well. But what’s the connection between taking antibiotics and weight gain? I can answer […]

Life-Saving Acupressure Point You Need to Know

Acupuncture is the oldest medical system on earth. It is still used today because it works. Stimulating an acupuncture point triggers nerves to send signals to the brain. In response, the brain releases bioactive substances, such as endorphins, into the system affecting the whole body. The body’s response to acupuncture depends on which point(s) are […]

Does Your Pet Have Idiopathic Disease?

Here’s how the conversation goes. “Doc, do you know what’s wrong with my dog? Do you know what’s causing his problem?” “Yes.” “Tell me doc, what’s my dog have? What’s wrong with him?” “Your dog has Idiopathic disease.” “He does? He has Idiopathic disease? That sounds serious. What does it mean?” “It means we don’t […]

Homeopathy WINS!

Homeopathy is a much maligned and misunderstood alternative therapy. A few years ago there was a movement among a small group of conventional veterinarians to have homeopathy labeled as ineffective by the American Veterinary Medical Association. While that attempt failed, homeopathy is generally looked down upon be conventional veterinarians. To understand why, we need to […]

Health Care vs. Disease Care

Most veterinarians are out of touch. That’s the conclusion of a new study. Recently, a consumer research company looked at over 2 million conversations about pet care that appeared in online forums, on blogs, and on Facebook in 2014. They found that for veterinarians, “preventive care” was all about vaccines, spay/neuter, and parasite control. Meanwhile, […]

Do You Have a Neurotic Pet?

Who doesn’t? This study found that, for people, the consumption of fermented foods helped to reduce neuroticism and social anxiety. It seems reasonable to think that the same could be true for pets. (And, believe me, there are a lot of pets with anxiety issues). The researchers relate that the most likely reason for the […]