• What do fleas look like?

    Adult fleas are normally 1-4mm long, brownish in color, without wings but with powerful legs adapted for jumping and piercing, sucking mouthparts. Their bodies are covered with backward projecting spines that help them move between the hairs on the host animal. Cat and dog fleas are usually found together and are similar in appearance. Female fleas can live up to two years, during which time they can lay up to 1000 eggs each. The female cat flea’s head is twice as long as it is wide. Both cat and dog fleas have a row of very heavy spines on the front of the head (genal comb) and on the back part of the first body segment (pronotal comb). Cat and dog flea larvae are ¼ inch long when fully developed and look much like fly maggots. They have 13 body segments, are a dirty-white color with backward projecting hairs on each body segment. They also have a pair of hook-like appendages on the last abdominal segment

    Where do they live?

    Adult fleas live exclusively as parasites of warm-blooded animals. The females lay their eggs close to or on the infested animal. Wall to wall carpeting and soft furnishings also provide a relatively undisturbed environment for fleas to develop. They can also live in cracks and crevices in bare floors

    What do they eat?

    Larvae feed on debris and adult flea droppings. Adult fleas feed solely on blood with their piercing and sucking mouthparts. Cat and dog fleas prefer feeding on cats and dogs, but also feed on humans. Cat and dog fleas go through complete metamorphosis. The females lay four to eight eggs after each blood meal. The eggs fall into the nest of the host animal or wherever the animal happens to be at that time. The eggs hatch in about 10 days.

    How much of a pest are they?

    Fleas are not thought to transmit any serious illness to humans an exception being Bubonic Plague from feeding on rats. However they can cause severe irritation. Fleas are not just an inconvenience. Their saliva is considered one of the most allergenic substances on earth, and is the cause of a nasty skin disease in pets called Flea Allergic Dermatitis (FAD). Also, when they bite, fleas ingest blood. If the infestation is severe enough, it can cause anemia or even death in small puppies or kittens. That’s not to mention the embarrassment of having your home infested with fleas, and the discomfort if you’re bitten as well.

    Many pet owners simply purchase a flea collar, or use a spot -on or spray as control, this is not enough, fleas only feed on your furry friends then jump off into your carpets and sofas where they lay their eggs, they do lay eggs on your pets as well, these later fall off and hatch in the environment, so it’s very important to treat the environment.

    How to get rid of fleas for good?

    Vacuum thoroughly every week removing the bag and emptying the vacuum after every use. Be sure to vacuum all rugs, chairs/sofa after removing the cushions to get down into the sides and any area of the house that is warm, dark and moist where fleas like to live. Throw the bag in the outside trash. Do this until the house is free of fleas.

    Use boric acid powder or diatomaceous powder food grade and lightly sprinkle the vacuum areas. DE food grade can be used on your pets every 1-2 weeks. Both powders dehydrate the fleas so are not toxic to the environment.

    Wash your pets bedding regularly in the washing machine, or for larger animals soak the bed in the bath with some bleach, you can use color safe bleach if necessary. For more information on handling a flea problem read the DE and Flea Allergy Dermatitis articles on this site.

    Copyright 2006. Affinity Holistic Clinic. All rights reserved

     

  • PARASITES (WORMS)

    By Dr. John Fudens

    Parasites (worms) of any kind are a reflection of an unhealthy state in the body of the pet companion. The immune system is either weak, suppressed, toxic and /or the pet has inherited chronic degenerative disease from its parents and grandparents. The unhealthy state of the body attracts the parasite and allows them to exist. The definition of a parasite is one who lives at the expense of another without making any useful or beneficial contribution and usually with harmful effects on the host.

    Parasites are contracted in many ways by our pets. Tapeworms are ingested when the dog or cat eats fleas. The female flea carries tapeworm eggs that it ingested from the ground. Roundworm, whipworm, hookworm and coccidia are ingested from dirt/ground that has been contaminated with the eggs of these parasites. The ground becomes contaminated when other animals, including wildlife, defecate in the dirt. Our dogs and cats then walk through those areas and the eggs are picked up usually on the paws. Then in normal grooming and licking of its body our pets swallow the eggs.

    Conventional treatment of hookworm, tapeworm, whipworm, roundworm, and coccidia consists of giving the appropriate chemical poison either by injection, pill, capsule or liquid to get rid of the worms.

    In my holistic practice I use natural diets and therapy to heal and repair the health and immune systems of the pet companion. I then use either homeopathic remedies, herbs or a combination of both to remove the worm from the body. There are no side effects or dangers, the cost is far less then conventional medicine and the pet regains lost health. Both the client and patient win with this approach.

    Recommendations are them made on how to decontaminate the pet’s environment to rid the area of worm eggs. These include but are not limited to picking up all stools immediately, walking in different areas if possible, using natural powders like lime, diatomaceous earth and in some cases strong disinfectants such as bleach.

    Copyrighted © 2006 by Affinity Holistic Clinic. All Rights Reserved.

  • Most of the information stated here was found on MercolaHealthyPets.com. With the memory of the melamine pet food scare still fresh in the minds of many, the Environmental Working Group is publicizing a new threat: potentially toxic doses of fluoride in dog food. An EWG analysis found troubling levels of fluoride in 8 of 10 dog foods tested. The concentration of fluoride was up to 2.5 times higher than the safe level the EPA sets for drinking water. Some puppies may be exposed to five times this limit. The fluoride in dog food originates in bone meal and animal by-products. EWG recommends choosing dog food brands free of bone meal and meat by-product ingredients like chicken by-product meal, poultry by-product meal, chicken meal and beef meal.


    The Daily Green June 30, 2009

    Environmental Working Group June 26, 2009 [Full Report]
    Most pet owners consider their four-legged companions beloved members of their family. With everything else to keep track of, the diet of your pet can easily get tossed on the backburner. Unfortunately, your pet’s health is as dependent on the food you serve as the rest of your family.
    Fluoride, it seems, may be a particular problem, as many pet foods contain some form of bone meal, which is believed to be the main source of fluoride in commercial pet foods.

    The Power of Advertising is Just as Potent in the Pet Food Industry. As you probably know by now, the food industry spends millions of dollars each year influencing your dietary habits, and the pet food industry is no different. But despite advertising claims and pictures of happy puppies, the majority of commercial pet foods are far from optimally healthy. Much of the so-called “healthy pet foods” on the market contain inferior meat meals, cheap grains like corn and soy, fillers, by-products, food coloring, pesticides, preservatives, and other contaminants, including fluoride.

    Pet food has simply not gained the same amount of scrutiny as human foods, and only when widespread disaster struck did the quality of pet food ingredients become the talk of the town. You may remember the melamine mass-contamination that rocked the pet food industry last year. Since it led to thousands of sick and dead pets around the country it was impossible to ignore. Fluoride, on the other hand, is more insidious, and likely will not cause sudden death. But it is a potent toxin that can have devastating long-term health effects, both in humans and in pets.

    Dangerous Levels of Fluoride Detected in 80 Percent of Commercial Pet Food. When the Environmental Working Group (EWG) conducted a survey of ten national brands of dog food, they discovered that all but two contained “potentially dangerous” levels of fluoride. Unfortunately, no one really knows what the safe levels of fluoride for animals might be and there are no standards for pet foods, but eight of the brands contained fluoride in amounts between 1.6 and 2.5 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum legal dose in drinking water.

    We also know that 2 grams of fluoride is enough to kill an adult, and just 500 mg is enough to kill a child. To those of you not familiar with the metric system, a teaspoon is 5 grams. So less than one half teaspoon of fluoride will kill most adults and one tenth of a teaspoon will kill most children. In the U.S., people have died, and many have become sick, when faltering fluoridation equipment has pumped excess fluoride into the water. And, since fluoride is used as an active ingredient in a number of pesticides, we also know it’s definitely deadly to a number of smaller critters, in small amounts. At an average of 8.9 mg of fluoride per kilogram of dog food, the sampled brands also contained far higher amounts of fluoride than what is associated with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer that typically occurs in young boys (see EWG’s exposure graph below).

    This could potentially be a very serious, hidden problem, as dogs may be even more vulnerable to osteosarcoma than we are. According to the EWG, the osteosarcoma rate is nearly 10 times higher in dogs than in humans. Like canaries in a coal mine, the fates of our pets may well show what we’re in for once we reach certain toxic saturation levels. And when it comes to fluoride, your exposure to this toxin is so pervasive, your chances of experiencing its devastating effects just keeps getting higher.

    Other human health problems associated with fluoride over consumption include:

    Dental fluorosis (mottled teeth) Bone fractures

    Reproductive damage

    Lowered thyroid function and other hormonal disruptions

    Neurotoxicity, lowered IQ, behavioral and/or learning problems, and Alzheimer’s

    Muscle degeneration

    How Does Fluoride Cause So Many Health Problems? By damaging your DNA.

    In the 1970’s, Austrian researchers proved that as little as 1 ppm (part per million) fluoride concentration can disrupt DNA repair enzymes by 50 percent. When DNA can‘t repair damaged cells, your body ages fast…Put plainly, fluoride prematurely ages your body, mainly by distorting the shape of enzymes. When enzymes get twisted out of shape, they can‘t do their jobs. This results in collagen breakdown, eczema, tissue damage, skin wrinkling, genetic damage, and immune suppression. Practically any disease you can name may then follow.

    All systems of your body are dependent upon enzymes, so when fluoride damages them, it can lead to problems in with your:

    immune system

    digestive system

    respiratory system

    blood circulation

    kidney function

    liver function

    brain function

    thyroid function

    What are You REALLY Feeding Your Pet? According to the EWG, the main source of fluoride is the bone meal and animal by-products that are so pervasive in commercial pet foods. It’s difficult to find dog and cat food that does not contain some form of either. What most people don’t realize is that ingredients like chicken by-product meal, poultry by-product meal, chicken meal and beef meal are nothing but cheap fillers that do not promote optimal health in your pet. It’s important to remember that dogs and cats evolved to consume live, unprocessed foods, and once you remove the raw food, you disrupt nearly every important biochemical pathway in their body. This is a prescription for disaster, and maintaining your pet on completely cooked and refined foods will no doubt impact their health in a negative way. In fact, a growing number of veterinarians state that processed pet food (kibbled and canned food) is the number one cause of illness and premature death in modern dogs and cats.

    Knowledgeable veterinarians have wisely forfeited the concept that cats can become trendy vegetarians and that dogs can thrive on an entirely grain-based diet. And if you’re interested in keeping your companion in good health for as long as possible, so must you. Matching your pet’s current diet as closely as possible to their ancestral diet is essential if you want a healthy, thriving cat or dog. Dr. Karen Becker, the residing integrative wellness veterinarian and pet expert on the site MercolaHealthyPets.com, recommends that if you are unable or unwilling to feed your pet a species appropriate RAW food diet, then your next best choice is USDA approved canned foods. Her last choice would be a dry food (kibble), made from human-grade ingredients with little to no grains or meal fillers, along with plenty of water.


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  • THE BIG SCAM–RABIES VACCINATION

    by Dr. John Fudens

    We are told rabies vaccinations for our pets are “required” by law, but let me explain the two basic forms of law. One is the legal Constitutional and Common law that this country was founded on, and the other is “colorable” law passed by Administrative agencies and the bureaucrats, who have been given the authority to pass laws. Black’s Law Dictionary 5th Edition defines colorable law as “That which is in appearance only, and not in reality, what purports to be, hence counterfeit, feigned, having the appearance of truth”.

    Please note that all mandatory rabies vaccination programs are colorable law, thus they have been passed and mandated upon the pet owning public by vested interest groups. And who are these groups? Primarily, they are the veterinarians, veterinary medical organizations and vaccine companies. Next are the local animal control personnel, bureaucrats, and of course, our politicians. And why would they mandate a law that harms our animals? The answer lies in GREED, POWER AND CONTROL. Yes, these large and powerful interest groups stand to benefit greatly by having rabies vaccines mandated by colorable law.

    Veterinarians receive a large percentage of both their gross income and profit from vaccines given in their offices. On average, vaccines that cost a vet a mere $1-2 per dose cost his client $15-$25, and substantially more in large metropolitan areas. There is tremendous financial gain to veterinary medicine, vaccine companies and animal control to have a colorable law passed that requires annual rabies vaccinations. The veterinary medical societies know that working with special interest groups and area politicians will garner them more prestige and higher professional standing in the community. After all, the veterinarians are protecting you from rabies, regardless of whether it exists or not. Some areas of the country are more enlightened and fortunate to have the rabies vaccine mandated every three years. Shockingly, the presence of the disease or even its threat is never taken into account in the decision to require the vaccine.

    As local government extends its control over animal populations, disease, and health risks, it is enriching the public treasury with fees, tags and fines. Since rabies vaccines have been mandated, however, there has been no increase or improvement in animal control, public awareness, responsibility of pet owners, or birth control. And there has been no decrease in euthanasia, dog or cat bites, or animal control facilities. No improvements in the issues above have resulted from laws requiring rabies vaccinations. As with all aspects of our society when a law is passed giving power and control to any government personal on any level that power and control is never relinquished.

    Special interest groups and lobbies will not only argue creatively, but will also use the media, in an effort to distort the truth and justify their prejudiced positions. For example, have you heard that more dogs are biting people, more pit bulls are attacking and killing children, more dogs and cats are running loose terrorizing neighborhoods, and killing wildlife and other domestic stock? Such are the arguments in favor of rabies vaccinations, yet the only use of the vaccine should be to protect animals from the rabies virus. All these justifiers are irrelevant except to buttress the control and power being used against pet owners.  Rabies is spread by the bite of an infected animal. Exposure of humans to rabies in the USA is exceedingly rare, and the number of rabies infected dog/cat bites is lower than the number of shark attacks. This low incident rate remained stable before and after the mandatory vaccination requirement.

    My Affinity Holistic Clinic is located in Pinellas County, Florida and through the Freedom of Information Act, I was able to secure information from the Pinellas Animal Control. Their records begin in 1964 and from that time through 1978 there were NO cases of dog rabies in the county. Despite the absence of any documented threat, in 1978 the rabies vaccine was mandated to be given annually to all dogs who were to be tagged and licensed. WHY? Well, it appears that four veterinarians, specifically, three local vets, and a professor from the Florida State Veterinary College, along with animal control bureaucrats insisted the County Board of Supervisors pass a law mandating annual rabies vaccinations. The basis for such a law, documented in the minutes of the county meeting, included the threat of dogs biting people, dogs running loose, animal overpopulation, and an increase in rabies in the U.S. This last argument had nothing to do with dogs, but only an increase in rabies in wildlife. There was no mention of the fact that there was absolutely NO rabies in dogs in the county. To date, there is still NO case of dog rabies, including the population of dogs whose owners who care about do not vaccinate their pets.

    From 1964 to 1989 there were NO cases of rabies in cats in Pinellas County. However, in 1989, another law was passed mandating rabies vaccination, tags, and licenses… this time to feline victims. Again the same group of conspirators pushed the Country Supervisors with the same arguments requiring vaccines to be set forth. Again since the 1989 law was put into effect, there have only been a few cases of feral cats contracting the disease from a bat or other such rabid animal bite. To restate the facts given above, there have been NO cases of rabies in pet companion dogs or cats in Pinellas County either before or after laws mandating rabies vaccinations. And the same statistics hold true throughout the U.S., yet annual rabies vaccinations are required and there are NO allowances made for pets who never leave their home or yard, could never be exposed to rabies under any circumstance, or who are ill or aged where the vaccination could severely compromise their health. Vaccinations are required by our local government bureaucrats and there are NO exceptions to the rule. Even if a blood test could prove the antibody titer is high enough to protect the animals from a bite.

    Please understand that in certain areas of our Country, rabies does exist in wildlife population and thus some dogs/cats may become infected. Rabies, like many diseases, has been on this earth long before man and will be here long after he is gone. The only way to eradicate the virus is to remove man and those certain animals that are susceptible. The disease is self-limiting in the wild because it is fatal, and thus the spread of the virus is extremely difficult.

    Implementation of a program targeting those areas of the Country that pose a rabies risk is logical. However, the indiscriminate mandate is totally unnecessary and in fact, severely compromises the health and welfare of our animals. Pet owners, of course, would not then incur the costs of vaccination and thus, the revenue stream to veterinarians and local government would diminish. Perhaps, it is time for pet owners to educate themselves as to the risk of their pet contracting rabies versus the risk of the vaccine and the potential damage to the pet? Remember… we do have a Constitutionally-secured right to achieve LIFE, LIBERTY, and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. And yes, public health officials do have the right to mandate emergency health care procedures should the public improperly respond. However, no such emergency or crisis exists and there is no need for this additional control to be enforced upon you or your animals.

    Vaccines in general and particularly the rabies vaccine, are a political and economic scam forced upon unknowing and uninformed pet owners. The disease of rabies is simply not the threat that veterinarians, media, politicians, and bureaucrats would like you to believe it is. For more information, please visit your local city or county government building and look up the codes and statutes concerning rabies and other vaccines. Get figures from local animal control for the incidents of rabies in dogs, cats and wildlife in your area. Not lumping all those animals in one category i.e. animals affected by rabies, which would lead one to think that meant dogs and cats. Knowledge is power and when you discern the truth, you can begin to take control of your life and protect your pets from the unnecessary regulation of special groups who put their financial interests ahead of the welfare of your animals. After all, vaccine-induced weakened immune systems keep veterinarian offices filled.

    “Current Veterinary Therapy” by Kirk is the text book bible for veterinarians. In it there is an article written by two researchers on the subject of canine and feline vaccines. There is a paragraph titled, Annual Vaccinations wherein is stated, “The practice of annual vaccinations lacks scientific validity or verification. There is no immunological requirement for annual vaccinations. The practice of annual vaccinations should be considered of questionable efficacy unless it is used as a mechanism to provide an annual physical examination or is required by law.” Simply stated, since there is NO proof that vaccinations are warranted, it was necessary for a law to be passed before the public would adhere to such a ridiculous policy, notwithstanding the fact that veterinarians make money vaccinating your pets.

    We all have choices in life, but when we subject our unconditionally loving dogs and cats to not only unnecessary, but highly detrimental vaccinations, we are causing needless suffering to both our pets and ourselves. Think about it. We want the best for our animals, but by giving them vaccines, we may actually be harming them. Do not allow yourself to be misled. Get the facts and take control of your animal’s health. Your pets deserve the best you can do for them. I am available to help you and advise you in any way that I can. I can fight with you, but I cannot do it alone. You must help your animals.

    Copyrighted © 2006 by Affinity Holistic Clinic. All Rights Reserved.

     

  • RULES FOR CATS TO LIVE BY

    Bathrooms: Always accompany guests to the bathroom. It is not necessary to do anything. Just sit and stare.

    Doors: Do not allow any closed doors in any room. To open a door, stand on hind legs and hammer with forepaws. Once door is opened, it is not necessary to use it. After you have ordered an “outside” door opened, stand halfway in and out and think about several things. This is particularly important during very cold weather, rain ,snow or mosquito season.

    Chairs and rugs: If you have to throw up get to a chair or bed quickly. If you cannot manage in time get to an Oriental rug. If there is no Oriental rug, shag is good. When throwing up on the carpet, make sure you walk backwards so that the upchuck is as long as a human’s bare foot.

    Walking: As often as possible, dart quickly and as close as possible in front of the human, especially on stairs, when they have something in their arms, in the dark, and when they first get up in the morning. This will help their coordination skills.

    Bedtime: Always sleep on the human at night so he/she cannot move around.

    Litter Box: When using the litter box, be sure to kick as much litter out of the box as possible. Humans love the feel of kitty litter between their toes.

    Hiding: Every now and then hide in place where the humans cannot find you. Do not come out for 3-4 hours under any circumstance. This will cause the humans to panic (thinking that you have run away or are lost). Once you do come out the humans will cover you with love, kisses and you will probably get a treat.

    One last thought: Whenever possible, get close to a human, especially their face, turn around, and present your butt to them. Humans love this, so do it often. And don’t forget the guests.

    CAT’S DIARY

    Day 983 of my captivity.

    My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

    The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them I once again vomited on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a ”good little hunter” I am. Jerks!!

    There was some sort of assembly of their accomplishes tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of allergies. I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

    Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

    I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now.

    A Cat Is Not A Dog

    Cats are called all sorts of effable and ineffable names, including Predator and Precious, but they are never mistaken for dogs.

    One way to tell a cat from a dog is by the leash. Dogs will do anything to please humans; sit, heel, stay, wag tails, slobber, whine and even wear leashes. Cats never do anything to please humans they only please themselves. They can get away with this because they suffer no guilt. City bureaucracy, however, was willing to try to control cats, if not with guilt, then with a leash. In 1987 a leash law for cats “at large” was put into effect, in our city, but no one pays attention to it. We know that a cat should not be running around outside, but many people do let their cats out. However I have never seen a cat on a leash.

    I lived with four cats at the time the leash law came into effect. Mitchell, Mousey Cleark, Billy Bob Wickersham, and Albondiga (Spanish for meatball…he was about as big as a meatball when he came to us) who was of unknown parentage. Al was given to me by two little girls outside the Publix Supermarket. What could I do? I have no resistance to cats.

    I lived in a quite neighborhood, had a big yard and although I do not approve of it today I let the cats outside..without leashes at that time. Today no one seems to know that there is a leash law in the city. I see cats running around outside all the time, howling at night, making the dog next door bark.

    If you decide to put a leash on your cat, maybe to go visit the vet, you will first need a collar. Forget it. Cats simply pull their heads out of any collar they choose not to wear. Get a harness, the kind made for poodles. Do not get pink, blue or rhinestone for a cat. Get red or black. Put the head and front legs through the openings. Buckle securely but not so tightly that it restricts circulation. Attach leash. The cat will now collapse on its side, paralyzed by the psychological damage inflicted, because of the denial of the basic anarchistic nature of the animal.

    Stand the cat up on its legs. Pull gently on the leash. Stand the cat up again. Ignore snarling, hissing and barring of teeth.

    Any improvement in leash behavior should be rewarded. I hope this will be informative. Just remember, a cat is not a dog. They are, after all, human.

     

  • HEARTWORM

    by Dr. John Fudens

    Heartworm is a disease spread by mosquitoes when they bite a dog and inject immature worms, called microfilaria, into the body. The microfilaria then circulate through the body tissue taking approximately six months to reach the right side of the dog’s heart where they develop into adult heartworm. If the worms are both male and female, they breed and create new microfilaria, which circulate in the blood, waiting to be picked up by new mosquitoes that bite the dog. These new mosquitoes then suck the dog’s blood, and spread the disease to uninfected dogs. The mosquito is thus the key to heartworm disease.

    The symptoms of heartworm disease can include poor appetite, weight loss, listlessness, depression, coughing, gagging, shortness of breath, intolerance to exercise, and even collapse. Interestingly, the canine family is the only life form that develops the symptoms and the disease. Other life forms, including cats and humans, can be bitten and thus have microfilaria and even heartworm in the body, but the disease does not manifest like in the dog.

    The conventional blood tests to detect heartworm disease include Filtration to detect the microfilaria and an Antigen test to detect the reaction of the immune system to the adult worms. The antigen test is the most sensitive because it measures the antibody titer of the body to the presence of heartworm. The filtration test detects microfilaria, however if the worms present in the heart of the dog are of only one sex, there will be no microfilaria and the blood test results are negative. For this reason, the antigen test is best.

    Conventional treatment to prevent heartworm disease consists of an oral drug given monthly. The chemical then circulates in the blood of the dog, and when the microfilaria are injected into the body by an infected mosquito, they are killed. The best drug for this purpose is Ivermectin sold under various names including Heartguard. Other drugs such as Heartguard Plus, Revolution, Sentinel, and Interceptor contain other chemicals/poisons for internal/external parasite control in addition to heartworm prevention. To administer a broader spectrum drug for health conditions that do not exist is to foolishly give your dog those unnecessary chemicals/poisons. And if a problem should arise, natural products that are less damaging to the body and the immune system are widely available. Of special note is that the Collie and Sheltie breeds are sensitive to Heartguard thus, you must consult with your veterinarian for alternatives.

    Prevention of the disease is obviously the best route, but should your dog succumb to heartworm disease, veterinarians inject a form of arsenic directly into the bloodstream. Unfortunately, dogs can become seriously ill or even die from this expensive and toxic treatment. I use holistic therapies to treat heartworm disease. Dogs can be vaccinated using a homeopathic nosode to stimulate the immune system to attack the microfilaria and make the body resistant to the disease. There are no chemicals or poisons.

    To treat heartworm disease, Dr. Fudens focuses on a natural diet, glandulars, and herbs to repair and heal the physical body and the immune system. Certain homeopathic remedies and herbal extracts are also used to kill both the microfilaria and the adult worms. Again, there are no chemicals or poisons to harm or kill your dog, yet the treatment is very effective.

    To help you decide on the best course of prevention and treatment of heartworm for your dog, please consider the following:

    1) The female mosquito is the key because she must suck the blood of an infected dog before she can transmit the disease.

    2) There are 6 stages of the heartworm cycle, yet the main considerations include a. the mosquito injecting microfilaria into your dog and of course, b. the presence of the adult worm in the heart.

    3) It takes at least 6 months for the injected microfilaria to travel in your dog’s body tissue to reach the heart, thus a negative blood test does not always mean your dog is not heartworm-infected.

    4) The best treatment is prevention. The most popular approach given time, energy, and lifestyle is generally the use of the monthly Heartguard chewables and the annual blood test. If however, you would like to consider the more natural and healthier option of a homeopathic nosode, considerations include the overall health of your dog and your mosquito population. You may also elect to purchase natural mosquito-repellent spray products available for both you and your pet.

    5) Keep in mind it is only the dog that can develop heartworm disease. In other life forms, the worms die in the lungs and never reach the heart. There are documented instances however of human beings diagnosed with tuberculosis or lung cancer when in reality, they suffered from encrypted heartworm larva.

    6) Mosquito control is absolutely necessary for the successful prevention of heartworm disease. Standing water or other breeding grounds for mosquitoes must be eliminated from your home environment. Also, dogs should be walked in areas free of large mosquito populations if possible. Natural sprays, including those with citronella, are now widely available and can be used in and around your home.

    Heartworm prevention requires effort on your part, and is not only better for your pet, but much easier, and more cost efficient for you, than treatment for heartworm disease. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

    Copyright © 2006 by Affinity Holistic Clinic. All Rights Reserved.

  • 1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

    2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

    3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

    4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

    5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

    6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

    7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

    8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

    9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

    10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

    Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God’s critters.

  • By Dr. John Fudens

    Dogs are susceptible to a condition known as chocolate toxicosis. They can be poisoned and possibly die by eating chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine, a substance deadly to dogs. The effect of theobromine on the nervous system depends of the amount/type of chocolate and the size of the dog. Unsweetened baking chocolate is more toxic than milk chocolate. Two ounces of baking chocolate and eight ounces of milk chocolate are harmful to a 20-40 pound dog. Continue reading »

  • By Dr. John Fudens

    Toxoplasmosis is a disease that is greatly misunderstood. The disease is spread by contacting the eggs, called oocysts, from cat feces, eating raw or poorly cooked meat and soil contaminated by infected feces. When the eggs reach the intestinal tract, they release sporozoites that spread to the brain, heart, liver and muscles. The signs of infection are flu-like in nature as sore throat, headache, muscle pain, loss of appetite, lymph node swelling. Most pets show no signs of this disease. Continue reading »

  • By Dr. John Fudens

    If your dog or cat eats and/or swallows objects that have no nutritional value, the condition is called pica. Some of the causes to consider are parasites, poor nutrition, deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals, liver disease, anemia and psychological problems. The psychological reasons can include stress, boredom, playing in which owners use tug of war games and attention seeking. Continue reading »

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