Is Your New Puppy Carrying a Suitcase?

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When a Newbie Comes With Baggage You’re bringing home a new puppy! Puppieeeees! Oh, the joy and excitement of a new, innocent life to add to yours, to nurture and care for and share your heart and hearth with. But wait – are there strings attached? What did that contract you signed say, again? Spay or neuter within six months? Vaccinate three more times with a combo wombo shot? Feed a particular brand of kibble? Oh oh. Who’s in charge here, anyway? I recently had a couple of run-ins with the law. Oh, not like that, just a couple of clients who recently acquired new bundles of joy with legal strings attached. The sellers both wanted to have say in how these new family members would be raised. I was called upon for counsel, as both clients wanted to raise the healthiest, most vital animals they could and the contracts they signed were, well, pushing them in another … [Read more...]

Paralyzed Cow, Vet Magic in a Blizzard

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I wasn’t always a homeopathic vet, of course. No one graduates that way. The practice of homeopathy came after years of conventional practice followed by a couple years of sticking fine needles into animals and watching the magic they could create. Those little white pills held even more magic, at least in my hands, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Doctoring the Big Girls I started with a solid seven years in mixed practice in the idyllic farm land of Wisconsin, a couple hours North of where I'd been raised as a city kid. I was the fourth vet to join the group who saw cows, horses and pets of every stripe, but we practiced medicine in the heart of Dodge County, one of the most concentrated dairy farming areas in the entire country. So, cows were our bread and butter. And we saw lots of them. Dairy practice was amazing in itself. I came to it afraid that these farmers, who had grown … [Read more...]