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The Mother of All Pet Lectures

  For all pet-lovers in the Pittsburgh area, I’ll be speaking from Noon – 2 PM this Sunday (Mother’s Day) at the 2017 PetCon Expo at the Washington County Fairgrounds. My topics are nutrition and integrative medicine. Join me, and bring your mom!   https://petconnections.pet/petcon-expos/        

Special Presentation July 31

Special Presentation ‘Paws, Claws, & Laws: Tails of Regulations, Advocacy, and Proper Labeling’ Healthy Pet Products is excited to present, “Paws, Claws, and Laws: Tails of Regulations, Advocacy, and Proper Labeling.” This full day event will feature industry experts who will be discussing the importance of what and how we feed our pets, what it […]

The Natural/Holistic Pet Food Myth

Most pet foods that claim to be “natural” or “holistic” are indeed not! All you need to do is look at the official definitions of these terms to understand what I’m saying. The standards for pet food labels are set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). AAFCO’s definition of natural is: “a […]

The Body’s Wisdom is Smarter than Nutritionists

Nutritional reductionists believe that they can formulate complete and balanced diets for dogs and cats. They create pet foods from ingredients that the ancestors of our dogs and cats did not have access to. The conditions under which the animal body was finely tuned over millions of years can give us insight into what is […]

Join Dr. Doug at Pittsburgh Event

Hi Everyone, I will be speaking about pet nutrition and vaccines on Sunday, April 3rd from 2-4 PM at Ringers Pet Dog Training in Natrona Heights (Pittsburgh area). http://www.ringerspetdogtraining.com/Upcoming-Classes—Events.html Please register for this FREE lecture. Call 724-226-4822 or 724-226-9670 or email gsd10@yahoo.com. Sponsored by Answers Raw Pet Food Learn everything you need to know to […]

Your Vet’s Pet Food Misunderstanding

As explained in last week’s blog, determinism is the belief that any subject can be best understood by understanding its parts. When determinism is applied to nutrition you get the kind of silly statements that veterinary nutritionists and pet food manufacturers make all the time. These experts will tell you that it is not the […]

The Folly of Reductionism

Reductionism is a common belief among scientists and researchers in Western medicine. The idea is that anything can best be understood by looking at its parts. When you comprehend how each part works then you can appreciate the thing of which they are a part. This is the way I was trained in veterinary school. […]

Side Effects from Raw Food

As a holistic practitioner, I treat the whole pet. Animals often come to me because they have a specific problem. The Western medicine way of dealing with such difficulties is to only focus on the issue at hand. In veterinary school we really learn more about disease care than we do about health care. The […]

The Mystery of Homeopathy Explained

Most homeopathic remedies are very dilute. In fact any homeopathic remedy of 24X or 12C potency and above has been diluted to the point that statistically speaking, not even one particle of the original substance remains. Herein lies the major complaint about homeopathy. We are all very familiar with the pharmacological, linear, dose-response curve. A […]

The “Highly Digestible Pet Food” Myth

Digestibility is a measure of how easily a pet food ingredient is broken down by the digestive system and absorbed into the body. The more digestible the food, the quicker the nutrients enter the pet’s bloodstream.  Pet food companies sometimes brag about their food’s digestibility. On the surface, this sounds like a good thing. Who […]