Holistic dog health is one thing I’m really passionate about. What is holistic dog health? Well, it’s an approach that focuses on the entire dog, and on keeping your dog healthy so that less veterinary intervention is actually required. That’s what holistic health for your pet involves in the general sense.
And if you’re interested in staying away from conventional vets altogether, the next step is to find a holistic veterinarian in place of your current conventional vet.
But even if you prefer to stay with your conventionally trained veterinarian, it makes sense to keep your dog healthy so as to avoid unnecessary trips to the vet and [tag]save on vet bills[/tag], doesn’t it?
An online colleague of mine who is actually a vet (as you know, I have no veterinary training myself), has a lot to say about conventional veterinary practise. And most of it is not very complimentary.
Dr Andrew Jones, DVM, as an adjunct to his veterinary practice, has produced a multi-media home study course revealing his veterinary secrets – a comprehensive course that will teach you how to largely care for your dog’s health yourself.
(By the way, if you click on the above link, please excuse the audio that plays automatically on the site. Andrew is a great vet, but he’s a terrible speaker – in my humble opinion, anyway. So try not to get irritated by the voice, but listen to the great things he’s actually saying!)
Anyway, back to what I was talking about …
Dr Andrew Jones is blowing the lid on conventional veterinary training. It’s what I’ve been saying for several years now, but Andrew says it so much more convincingly – after all, he’s speaking from direct experience.
Here’s what he has to say (it’s quite long, but it’s VERY important for your dog’s health):
” I learned a lot about animal disease in Veterinary School.
I was taught conventional ways to treat pet disease.
I was told that annual [tag]vaccinations[/tag] for pets was a necessity.
I was taught to feed ‘all in one nutrition’ commercial kibble.
One of the veterinary school’s big sponsors was Hills, and as Veterinary Students, we received discounts on Science Diet food for our own pets. The thought being that if you feed it to your own pets, then you are likely to recommend it to your clients.
I was taught that home cooked food for dogs was BAD.
I was taught that you would be CRAZY to feed RAW pet food.
I was told about the science and benefits of a variety of “new” medications …
Everything we talked about was backed by research.
I was taught NOTHING about alternative healing, except from professors telling me that it doesn’t work.
Here is what I heard about the various types of alternate options:
Herbal Medicine … It doesn’t work.
Homeopathy … There is NO scientific basis … It is therefore a waste of time.
Chiropractic … It won’t help pets and may cause harm.
Supplements .. Most are useless, and only make pet owners feel like they are doing something. ”
So Dr Andrew Jones, DVM, qualified as a vet, and went into the world of veterinary medicine practising conventionally, as do the vast majority of our vets.
Conventionally trained vets know a lot about conventional medications, and their side effects.
Surgery is advocated by conventionally trained vets for many things. Don’t get me wrong, surgery is sometimes necessary, but (believe it or not) it is often recommended when there are alternatives available.
Conventionally trained vets are trained in talking clients out of any alternate option.
They are trained in telling pet owners why they should NEVER feed Raw Food.
And vets are experts in extolling the benefits of yearly vaccines, even though it is now known that they are not required, and that they can cause serious problems.
So what was it that turned Andrew’s ideas around to a holistic veterinary approach?
Dr Jones tells it like this:
” In fact it wasn’t until my beloved older dog Hoochie died that I really made the switch.
I truly believe that much of what I did, according to my veterinary training, contributed to his death. ”
Andrew’s dog developed cancer at the age of 8, and Andrew is now of the view that this was at least partly as a result of Hoochie receiving multiple annual vaccines, being fed on a diet solely of commercial kibble, and being on an anti-inflammatory drug (which put stress on the liver). Quite likely the need for the anti-inflammatory medication was the fact that the dog was being fed a commercial dog food and/or being over-vaccinated – both can cause allergic-type reactions that many vets will then treat with anti-inflammatory medications. It’s an endless cycle.
Andrew believes now that even the addition on one herb in combination with the drugs, vaccinations and commercial dog food, may have given Hoochie a chance of a longer life. But unfortunately at the time, given his knowledge of conventional veterinary medicine only, Andrew did not know about the benefits of Milk Thistle Herb for healthy liver function.
So what are the “secrets” of healing that can save you money on veterinary bills that are never taught to Vets?
Here is Dr Andrew Jones’ list of veterinary secrets that he has discovered for himself that are not taught in veterinary schools – read them, implement them, save yourself some money on vet bills, and have a healthier and longer-lived dog into the bargain!
” 1. That there are many ways to heal, NOT just conventionally, and we must look at all the options, weighing the side effects with the benefits. An example would be using a Herbal combination called Skin Eze vs Steroids. Most of the time the Steroids are used, but few Pet owners are aware of ALL of the side effects, such as Liver disease and Diabetes.
2. Be open minded. Just because Dr XYZ say that there is NO scientific basis does not mean that it doesn’t work … It could mean that there is NO money in it for the drug company, so they won’t fund the study. An example of this is with a plant growing in your garden, Dandelion. It is an effective diuretic, and it is a nutrient source, BUT you can bet that 99% of Veterinarians have NEVER prescribed it as it doesn’t come in a pill, from their pharmacy, and it had few SCIENTIFIC studies.
3. Question what you are told and marketed … Sure that wonder drug looks great, but WHY is that pharmaceutical company spending SO MUCH money on advertising? As Veterinarians we get much of our continuing education from Industry Reps.. They are in the business of selling a conventional drug/food/vaccine … QUESTION what they are saying. An example is ALL the big glossy ads selling Rimadyl … How often to you hear about ALL the side effects? And there are MANY.
4. Diet is KEY. And NOT all Nutrition comes in a BAG. Draw the analogy to your own health. Would you be healthier eating all your food that comes in a bag or can OR Fresh fruit and vegetables, organic meat, and without ingredients you can’t even pronounce? The SAME thing applies to your dog or cat..If you want a healthier pet then you’ve got to feed them healthier, including food that you make at home and Raw food.
5. Exercise. Not just a walk to the backyard to go pee. AT MINIMUM 30 minutes of running twice a day. Our pets were designed to MOVE. The benefits of Exercise are immense – from weight loss, to better behavior, to endorphin release, to preventing most of our chronic diseases. If you want to have a HEALTHY pet and AVOID the Vet, then commit to exercising regularly.
6. Vaccines. As little and as few as needed. I am convinced that I gave my own dog far to many vaccines, and this CONSTANT bombardment on his immune system wore him down, ultimately leading to Cancer that ended his life. If I had to do it all again, I would have given him a FRACTION of the vaccines that he had. And vaccine reps are GREAT at informing Veterinarians about the Newest upcoming disease … BUT if our pets were eating well and not over medicated, then their immune systems would be in better shape to challenge these diseases.
7. Encourage Pet Owners to be INVOLVED. To have a healthy pet, it is imperative that you as pet owners are KEY in keeping your pet healthy. You KNOW your pet BETTER than anyone. You can make decisions about pet food, about exercise, about vaccines, about alternate medical options. An empowered Pet Owner is a Wonderful person … You become further bonded with your pet. This doesn’t mean that you don’t see your Veterinarian, but that you work in conjunction with them, making suggestions and questioning their advice. Emergencies are always going to happen, there is still a place for conventional Veterinary Medicine, BUT as an EMPOWERED Pet Owner, you can Help prevent disease, and utilize alternate options. This could be something as simple as Massage for your dog’s sore back – this twice daily massage may mean that you could avoid that potentially potent Anti-inflammatory. ”
I’m really very happy that I’ve made contact with Andrew. His sentiments are those that I’ve been expressing for a few years now, based on my own suspicions from the extensive research I’ve done. But without any veterinary training myself, it’s difficult to substantiate anything that I say – hence the disclaimers that appear everywhere about not relying on any opinions I express because I have no expertise at all. But to have a conventionally trained vet espousing the same sentiments as my own is really encouraging for me. Because he IS an expert in his field!
If you’re interested in saving on vet bills, this course is invaluable. Yes, it does involve an expenditure for the cost of the course, but it will pay for itself, possibly many times over, over the life of your dog – and will be responsible for giving your dog a longer life as well, if you follow the dog health information contained in it!