Knowledge Stops This Machine Cold
[This post may look a bit familiar (orig published June 2013), but I thought with a refresh, it’s just as meaningful today, especially with Apoquel being such a hot item. Enjoy.]
Here’s a great business model (but a good one to avoid like the plague if you’ve got fur in the game!):
- Sell a product. Better yet, give it away in a package plan you sell, so it looks like an amazing bargain. Brand the plan with the word “Wellness.”
- Tie into a profession that’s widely looked up to as purveyors of animal health who fully support this product. In fact, they push it as well, and make a good part of their bottom line by pushing it. (Hint: I’m in this profession. Sort of.)
- When Product #1 creates long term health problems, sell Product #2 that attempts to fix them. Make it expensive, “scientific,” high tech, and sold only by the animal health profession itself. At a high markup.
- Have Product #2 (“the fix”) in short supply. Demand will soar, so it’ll easily sell out at a high price.
- Deny Product #1 creates health challenges. Have the profession widely claim the opposite — “It prevents disease!” But explain how Product #2 will cure the disease (that Product #1 created).
- Smile all the way to the bank. You’ve made money creating a problem and then “fixing” the same problem!
- Rinse and repeat.
Now the reveal: Product #1?
For everything imaginable. Given as often as possible. Combo wombo multiple vaccines in one syringe: distemper, parvo, parainfluenza, lepto, hepatitis. Toss in some kennel cough and Lyme. Maybe even a rattlesnake vaccine.
But even one vaccination can get the machine cranking out its profits.
The Latest Machine Catching Your Animals
There are two #2’s. Latest on the scene: Apoquel.
We’ll get to the other #2 momentarily.
Apoquel has captured the minds (and pocketbooks!) of a huge segment of the dog owning public. If you have a dog, and your dog has been under the vaccine needle, odds are high you’ll be enticed to climb into this machine.
Simply put, injecting a slew of viruses is a set up for what I call “immune confusion,” aka allergies. The wild over reaction to normal things.
- A flea bite.
- A bite of chicken.
- A good romp in the grass.
What exactly is over reacting?
None other than your animal’s immune system. “Confused” by the injection of multiple viruses, something that Nature has never designed defenses to withstand.
Do a little digging: If you have a too-itchy dog or cat or even horse, try to remember when this itch began. If you need help, search your vet receipts or ask for your vet records.
about a month after a vaccination happened.
Another Profitable Version of the Machine
Variations of this business model live and thrive in many circles of society now, but here’s a second example of Product #2, purveyed by the Mars company. Yep, the candy company now selling chicken feathers as protein, their idea of the best dog food: Royal Canin.
Unraveling the Scheme
So, who’s the Mars Company? Purveyors of diabetes and cavities, through their Milky Way, Skittles, M & M’s and such. And lately, purveyors of “animal health.”
Mars branched out in 2007 to own Banfield, The Pet Hospital. Who sells a “Wellness Plan” that includes “free vaccinations!” when you sign up. Vaccinations often given twice a year.
You likely know that frequency of vaccination is excessive, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past twenty years. And, you know it’s risky for your animals.
But know also that the profession here, conventional veterinary medicine, runs on this machine’s turnkey profits and Dr. WhiteCoat isn’t going to stop pushing vaccinations if he has any say in the matter. Which he does. He can do anything he wishes in the name of “professional judgment.”
And Banfield is a collection of corporate Dr. WhiteCoats, who vaccinate repeatedly. Under the guise of “wellness.”
Now, through Mars’ subsidiary, Royal Canin, they’ll sell you a high end, laboratory made diet with this “novel protein” source: chicken feathers.
To cure the allergies they’ve created by repeatedly vaccinating every animal that comes through the doors of the Banfield machine.
Is your head starting to hurt, yet?
Drop Out, Quick!
You are the only one calling the shots for your animal’s health. (Sorry, bad metaphor. Wait: maybe not.) They don’t vote. They eat what you offer, go to the vet when you say they’re going, and take whatever you agree to in the name of “prevention” or treatment.
I submit that, unless you are keeping your eyes open and are willing to think outside the medicine box, your animals will become health statistics. If you follow this brand of “prevention,” it’s not a matter of “if my animals get sick” but rather, “when.”
I’d hate to see you visiting your vet because you’ve got an allergic pet, one of the top three reasons the average consumer brought their animal for veterinary services in recent years. Because that’s a long, suffering road, with no cure in sight, if you stick to what Dr. WhiteCoat recommends.
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I’m trusting you’ll be smarter now, and won’t get clothing or body parts or tails caught in this sinister profit machine. Choose your natural path carefully, eyes and ears wide open, learning all you can before making health decisions for your animals.
Some Brilliant Words for Dr. WhiteCoat
When you are in for an exam, and something is recommended to you, especially more vaccinations in one already vaccinated, try these words out:
Doctor, I’ve been studying this very closely. Unless you can prove otherwise, I don’t believe my animal needs more vaccinations!”
Wow. See how you just took control of that situation? Powerful stuff.
Tell us in the comments below if you’ve gotten pinched by this profit machine in the past. Extra credit for tips on artfully getting unstuck!