Reason #5 to Fire Your Vet: Limiting Beliefs

Hiding From New Ideas

A student of mine recently posted something on Facebook that I thought deserved a blog post all its own. The video is so revealing about how Dr. WhiteCoat thinks and why you are so often shut down when you try to discuss raw food diets for your pets.

Or any “alternative” therapy, for that matter.

I shouldn’t be surprised, I suppose.

But when I saw this video, I was.

Shocked, even.

This will remind you that you’ll largely have to forge your own path of prevention and even treatment if you want your animal to get and stay vitally healthy.

Especially as cancer is now the #1 cause of death in middle aged and older dogs.

(Cats can’t be far behind, so read on, cat people, you’re likely to get a dose of the same bitter pill if you float the idea to your vet that you’re feeding Fluff a diet of balanced raw food.)

“We Don’t Believe in…”

Check this out for yourself:

Here, for all the world to see, in nicely shot video with pictures of a real dog with a real mast cell tumor, a time lapse study showing what happened when a diet change made all the difference.

Primarily a diet change.

Got that?

No chemo, no surgery, no radiation (all recommended by Dr. WhiteCoat), and not even a whole bunch of natural treatments.

The shocking part comes pretty quickly, when the vets from Tufts University Vet School who saw the results said,

We can’t use this in our clinic… because we don’t believe in feeding raw meat.”

And, if you’re cheering, “Right on! Tell it, Dr. Seyfried!” at the end, you’ll have joined me (and thousands of my students and readers) who recognize that the paradigm on cancer and nutrition and ultimately, on raising animals outside of the conventional medical box is already changing.

And that paradigm is changing, friends, because YOU are getting smart.

YOU are studying, learning what’s broken in the current system of “prevention” with it’s multiple vaccinations, lifeless toxic diets, and poisons for every pest on the planet.

And YOU are out there implementing a better model of prevention!

Similarly, you are learning you have treatment options. Treatments outside the mainstream of vet medicine, but practiced by vets and studied by genuine scientists like Dr. Seyfried here.

If your idea of treating cancer is not to cut tumors out, poison them, or irradiate them, but to treat the whole body to no longer support the growth of tumors, you’ll have to seek out information like this.

Because, Dr. WhiteCoat’s limiting beliefs keep him hiding out in the old school paradigm.

What’s Belief Got to Do With It?

We who practice homeopathy often run into disbelief.

“That can’t possibly work! I can’t explain it with what I believe to be true about physics and chemistry and medicine!”

Of course, belief has nothing to do with it.

Do you suppose a dog or horse or child have to be free of limiting beliefs before they respond to well chosen homeopathic remedies for their serious illnesses?

Of course not.

If the remedy is a fit for their state of illness, it just works.

They get better, without believing one way or another.

(Animals and infants are great proof, by the way, if you ever have a conversation with someone hard wired to think homeopathy couldn’t work.

These innocents tell us regularly that they are wrong and we needn’t expend a lot of energy trying to convince the disbelievers.)

Who are You Paying for Advice?

Can you imagine paying veterinarians like this, who, with all their education, their diplomas on the wall, their big bustling modern veterinary practices with all the latest gear, can’t shift their “beliefs” in the face of a study like this?

I submit that, as Dr. Seyfried suggests, we cannot afford to wait until the “old school” vets who think this way die off.

It’s as simple as supporting those vets

  • who are already open to “new” ideas like feeding an ancestral diet to a carnivore.
  • who suggest that Big Pharma doesn’t hold the keys to the animal kingdom’s ultimate well being.
  • who’d dare to suggest that animals are not born “broken” or incomplete, and vaccinations are what makes them whole.

To those of you already spending your hard earned income on those open minded individuals who respect your knowledge and desires and are not bound by limiting beliefs, BRAVO!

It’s you that I write for, you that I build courses for, you who have my undying respect and gratitude for being the pioneers that you are.

Because it’s YOU who are already changing the world.

Have You Experienced This?

If you’ve run into an example of limiting beliefs, please share your story in the comments.

And, better yet, if you’ve fired that vet and moved on, tell us how that conversation went.

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  1. guest on June 8, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Hi Dr Will, Thanks to signing up for your enewsletter so many years ago, And having my previous dog that became very unhealthy with the puppy vaccines, we could not make her well though she did live to 13.9 years old. The next puppy was not vaccinated after we got her. We were creative to get into Puppy Classes. We do buy the nosodes as an alternative to vaccines. We have only spent $900 in vet bills and she is now 5.5 years old. $300 for a blood test because she was acting very weird and wanted to make sure she did not have an infection, she had a false pregnancy which the vet never figured out, but with talking to other vet techs, we all figured out this was a false pregnancy and read online how to get her over the False Pregnancy. Then spent $600 for a European Spay, remove ovaries only, which was expensive because I could only find one vet that was willing to do it in the area within an hours drive. All the others wanted to sell me the rip it all out American Spay. We buy ground up frozen raw at the Livestock Feed Store nearby out in the country as they have a freezer for their more progressive pet clients. Not very expensive, about $3 a pound, NO HPP. We alternate with the Complete Raw and the Organ Meat Raw. My dog loves raw. We add a raw organic EGG. We add KELP HELP for iodine, glucosamine tablets for joints for 5 years old and up, KEFIR for probiotics, and CHIA seeds sprinkled on top for fiber and firm poop every time. This has worked out to be a great diet that she loves. No health issues whatsoever. A Golden Retriever with No health issues. Avoid the poisons. Worse poisons are injected poisons like vaccines. Of course, now the gov is trying to kill us with the slow kill depopulation poison shot that bill gates and fauci have been on videos discussing their planned demic for the last 20 years, to get even richer and depopulate the earth by some 80% of the masses. So not only do we have to protect our pets from poison shots but we must fight and share the truth to save ourselves from the poison shots, and stop wearing masks to reduce oxygen, which increases cancer. That is why gov want us to wear masks, less oxygen, higher risk of disease and cancer. I try to share your website with any and all pet lovers that are interested in having healthy pets or helping their sick pets to get healthy. Thanks as the Natural Path has made all the difference.

  2. Leah Brill on July 18, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    In December of last year, my dog had a partial tear of her right cruciate ligament. A drawer test by both a veterinarian and an orthopaedic surgeon confirmed. There was a week wait between seeing the vet and seeing the orthopaedic surgeon so I had time to research cruciate ligament tears.

    The orthopaedic surgeon told me that if I did not have the TPLO surgery immediately, in two years Kira would be lame and she would have to have her leg amputated. This is a surgeon that I trusted. And based on what she said, I booked the surgery.

    On the drive home I kept thinking about it. In the week I rested Kira, she was improving. Why would I rush into surgery without at least trying conservative management first. When I got home, I cancelled the surgery.

    In February, Kira tore her left cruciate ligament. Back to the orthopaedic surgeon. This time the surgeon told me that if I did not have immediate bilateral TPLO, my dog would have to be put down in 2 years. There wasn’t even any notice of the massive improvement in her right leg. I fired the vet.

    It has been six months since the last tear, and through conservative management, Kira has made a complete recovery. I had many sleepless nights and lots of crying wondering if I had done the right thing rejecting the surgery. Today, I am so thankful I did. It’s scary. And it’s often a journey we take alone. But when you see constant improvement, don’t let anyone dismiss that.

  3. Cindy Willis on November 15, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Funny you mention Tufts is against raw. I had a dog that reacted with redness in the skin, severe itching and rubbing ears in the floor after eating kibble, canned and even RX allergy diet from the vet and OTC. He was a rescue with no history. He would react this way to the human food that was cooked also. But he could tolerate every meat protein raw. Now he had several other medical issues and I brought him to Tufts to see a specialist for something else and a standard check in question was what are you feeding. I said home made balanced raw. The woman gave me a look of anger and disgust and said that is bad for him and you will kill him. She even raised her voice and stopped writing. I said he is allergic or intolerant to all cooked pet diets and human grade cooked meat. He excels and flourishes on raw. She said no no no. I looked at her and said he HAS to eat raw or he will die. What do you suggest I feed him? She said RX allergy food. Even after I told her he reacts to that too. For real. There is no other option for him I told her. Tried. She said I should consider euthanasia if he’s that bad. I looked her in the eyes and said what part of he is flourishing on raw do you not understand? She shook her head and went on to the next question and was not so friendly to me going forward. Not that front desk lady’s opinion matters to me but I will never forget her passion against raw feeding and that a dog should be euthanized before feeding raw. The specialist didn’t even bring up diet. Not that their opinion matters regarding diet as feeding raw to several dogs for decades with positive results, lifesaving in 1 case is all the proof I need.

  4. hundoll on October 2, 2018 at 3:09 am

    Hi I’m from south korea.
    I have a dog, He is 12 years old.
    He has nose tumor.
    The symptoms are like puppy in the video.
    In Korea, it is difficult to find a cure.
    So I visited here via Google search.
    He is healthy except for his nose.
    But, The tumor is increasingly covering the nose.
    If the tumor grows larger, it will be harder to breathe.
    What should I do? My heart is so sore. He is my family.
    Any advice, please.(ex. Feed Herbal Dried Powder, Do not give people food. etc.)
    I beg you. I wait for your answer. Thanks you so much.

    • Will Falconer, DVM on October 2, 2018 at 6:04 am

      Cancer is a complex disease, so once present and growing, there are no short answers. Best I can offer: find a qualified homeopathic vet, long distance by phone if no one is trained near you. This page has listings of international homeopathic vets.

      Then, read about diet and cancer. Carbs feed it, good fats and proteins starve it. Find a book and make a balanced raw diet.

      But: time is not on your side. If you had to choose one, diet likely won’t have time to reverse this, but carefully prescribed homeopathy may.
      p.s. Sign up for the free Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest video series, due to begin on Oct 9.

  5. Anthea hinson on October 18, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    I live in south carolina where mosquitos are swarming in summer and winter. My yorkie mix ….had itchy skin and yeasty ears. After meds did not help I took her off all meds. It’s been 5 months now her itch is much better , I had her blood work done yesterday and all is negative…..
    My vet disagrees with me on the heart worm treatment.
    I want to do what is best, and I’m so confused, if I don’t give it to her and she gets heartworm I’ll never forgive myself…….I had asked a holistic vet on line for advice on this, and she said since I was in a state so high in percentage for heartworm she would recommend giving her some kind of protection…..she said heart guard had a good support for heartworm but not to give her a combo medication that killed fleas also….I was looking for some kind of natural remedy for heartworm, and she surprised me with her answer…..I’m just so confused and worried…
    She is heartworm negative right now, so I need some advice PLEASE help me……..thank you …..

    • Will Falconer, DVM on October 18, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      The goal is to do that which prevents HW w/o poisoning your dog. See the ebook cover to the right? Vital Animals Don’t Get HW? Click it and learn what works this way, for decades now, in hundreds of dogs.

  6. Diane on July 26, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    I always treated my animals allopathically because i didn’t know any different. Rudi was starving himself to death, would not eat, should have been 85 pounds was down to 72 and falling. 6 different allopathic vets attempted to help him, none were successful. My options at that point were a life of steroids for my 2yo pup, or this exploratory surgery that could leave him worse off yet and best scenario, again a life of steroids. I took him to a holistic vet as a last ditch effort. He got worse before he got better, but he did get better, so much so that i had to put him on a diet. As treatment progressed, the vet wanted blood work, and to save me the drive, she said i could take him someplace local for the blood draw. I scheduled with the last clinic we went to. Instead of them making an appointment with a tech, they made the appointment with the doc, a well respected member of the board. He took one look at Rudi and said, “he looks great, what did you do?” I told him i took him to a holistic vet. He literally scrunched his face up in disgust and told me that holistic stuff is a bunch of hogwash. I told him that she did better than he did and we left, never went back. Since then, 12 years now, I’ve driven an hour to the vet because i want good care i can trust.

    • Will Falconer, DVM on July 26, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Oh, Diane, your story speaks volumes of what so many are faced with: obstinate clinging to the blindered view of “health care.” Bravo for your resolve to not pay another dime into that system.
      p.s. maybe your holistic vet would consider phone appointments? Homeopathic vets do this with great results.

  7. guest on February 13, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Just search with words, Pancreas enzymes, pancreatic enzymes as many vitamin, health shops and online sell them.
    I buy pancreatic enzymes for myself from as many family members have died from pancreatic cancer. The family members that died were taking prescription chemical pills for years, like statins, lipitor, crestor, blood thinners, etc.
    Those who take chemical based toxic medicines for years have a very high risk of dying from a fast killing very painful pancreatic cancer
    I think I can also use these for dogs too.
    Real holistic cancer doctors use lots of pancreatic enzymes for humans with pancreatic cancer and extending their lives for many years. But I read they take some 50 – 100 pancreatic enzymes thru out each day to strengthen and help heal the pancreas.
    They only eat real raw food, no processed food, no vaccines, no prescription medicine and take lots of pancreatic enzymes.

    • Nora on February 13, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      Yeah, VETONE makes PancrePlus, and it’s for dogs and cats, perhaps other animals. I found it cheapest thru that VetDepot place in FLA.

  8. Nora on February 12, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    We’ve been taught to fear EVERYTHING…we have to tune these liars out, and stop funding the insanity called vaccines.
    I’ve posted numerous times about growing up on a huge farm in the Ozarks and using only natural remedies on animals. We used DMSO for mange, actually vinegar will cure it too. We never vaccinated ANYTHING. Why would we? Our animals died of old age if they were pets. If Borax, vinegar and activated charcoal failed, we still wouldn’t have called the vet out to the farm, only a broken bone would result in a vet call. Farmers know about animal nutrition and well water!
    Nature has ways of healing that most people don’t understand, and vaccines and dead food screw that up.
    Dr. Falconer has tapped into this system of energy healing through homeopathy, and even the most skeptical among us cannot refute that it works, when often nothing else does.
    Tumors are the body’s response to a toxic crisis, but cells that are cancerous can be reverted back into healthy cells, you don’t have to KILL them off! That process of revision is a natural cycle which happens on a recurring basis in all living things, given the nutrition the body needs. FOOD is MEDICINE! Reverting is better because the dead cells can further challenge the liver and kidneys if the body has to dispose of them.
    The Russians are on the cutting edge of cancer-reversing compounds like the blue/green algae used after Chernobyl. The information has been carefully withheld from us, but there are literally hundreds of things that truly CURE cancer; medicinal mushrooms, shark cartilage, plant and tree extracts like Pau de Arco, Cat’s Claw and Moringa, a rice bran extract called IP6 that causes apoptosis in cancer cells, one from brewer’s yeast, chlorophyl and ashwaganda, Beta Glucans, the list is nearly endless. Nutrition alone will cure cancer if you get the diet right, and it’s RAW. Pancreatic enzymes heal intestinal tumors.
    Pookie cat had no chemo, no surgery and no radiation, yet here she is four years after her diagnosis with a gleaming coat and bright eyes, at fifteen years of age. Never, ever, give up. Feed them better!
    If I hadn’t seen my own cat recover from cancer with nothing more than a fabulous diet and supplements, I might still be running back to the vet that caused her cancer by repeatedly vaccinating her!
    In my humble opinion all the Dr. Whitecoats are going to have empty waiting rooms much sooner than they realize. They’re going to have to embrace poverty or learn homeopathy!

    • Tina B on February 13, 2017 at 7:51 am

      Since my own pup was recently diagnosed with an intestinal tumor, I’m curious about the pancreatic enzymes you mentioned. Can you direct me to a link to the research or articles…would love to learn more about the specific enzymes.

      • Nora on February 13, 2017 at 1:49 pm

        My “cat specialist” vet gave me a prescription for a product called PancrePlus from a company in FLA. Its concentrated porcine enzymes plus vitamns A, D3 and E. She carries some enzyme stuff herself, but hers is marked up to the point where I can’t afford hers. Pookie started putting on weight right away.
        Read about Dr. Gonzales research on curing his cancer patients with pancreatic enzymes. He’s one of the alternative doctors who died a year or two ago. Ty Bolinger interviewed him for The Truth About Cancer series. So sad we lost this man.

  9. Judi Schnur on February 12, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    I just adopted a 13 year old Boxer that was given up because the owner couldn’t deal with the dog’s cancer. She has a huge mast cell tumor on her foot. The rescue had Sadie vaccinated with Rabies and DHLPP before letting me adopt her.
    The Vet knew that she had cancer and vaccinated regardless of this knowledge. I am furious that they went ahead and vaccinated her knowing that she is 13 years old and has cancer. I would think that all Vets who believe in vaccinating, would know that they are intended for healthy dogs. Why would they do this? She also was just diagnosed with ARV cardiomyopathy. I am feeding her raw and trying to detox very carefully.

    • Maureen on February 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      My 10 yr old Scottie Ruby was diagnosed two and half years ago with bladder cancer and is doing quite well due to a healthy diet/supplements and good medical care. She is being treated at a university vet teaching hospital quite a distance from where we live. She is due for her Rabies vaccine, but I refuse to have her vaccinated because of her cancer. The Rabies vaccine insert states “for healthy animals.” She needs to have her bloodwork done twice a month, but the local vet refuses to see or treat her because I won’t let them vaccinate her. Vet said it is not worth losing her license. This makes me furious! Unfortunately, we don’t have a Medical Exemption for Rabies vaccine in our state. But I am working on it.

      • Will Falconer, DVM on February 13, 2017 at 3:47 am

        Lose her license? That’s just plain lame. How is anyone going to know if she gives a dog with a cancer diagnosis a pass on a rabies vaccine that, as you state, is totally not appropriate to give to anyone with disease?
        And, what does blood work twice a month cost you? More importantly, what does it reveal? Dogs with cancer don’t typically have blood changes to indicate cancer (until maybe near the end of their life).
        This sounds like it’s a scam all around. Time to use the F word (you know, FIRED!).

        • Tina B on February 13, 2017 at 7:47 am

          I can personally confirm Dr. Falconer’s claim blood work won’t show cancer.
          I’ve had two Labradors diagnosed with cancer. The first was, Miko, four years ago when she had sponges removed from her stomach left behind by a previous vet after a spay three years prior…even though she had developed lung cancer, her blood work was “normal” until the very end. The second was last December when our amazing vet found a mass in our boy’s stomach when he was there for an annual physical, it ended up a stromal tumor and it was successfully removed…his blood work was spot on, too.
          Although our everyday vet is a “traditional” vet…she does not vaccinate “sick” animals with rabies or any other vaccine…a dog with cancer is “sick.”
          Side note: I’ve been feeding raw for a few years now, I’m making a few changes to make sure it follows a ketogenic diet…hopefully to prevent any more cancer from attacking our pups.

    • Nora on February 12, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Hey Judi,
      With Dr. Falconer’s permission, I would like to tell you about a powdered product that works on MCT’s; NuVet Plus. I give the feline formula to Pookie cat. Her tumors shrunk dramatically after just a few days! You can find it online at dubya dubya dubya nuvet dot com.

    • Will Falconer, DVM on February 13, 2017 at 3:56 am

      Oh, Judi, this is just plain ignorance. Did the rescue really think that was their best move for a 13 year old with cancer? Please let them in on your fury. If they never hear why that was so wrong, they’ll never change.
      Shame on them.

  10. N.B on February 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    I loved watching this video. It is a clear demonstration that food is often medicine and that our health and that of our animals relies on good and appropriate nutrition.
    Wouldn’t it be great if we could have more videos like this showing healing in action (especially of cancer) using nutrition and other natural, non-invasive remedies?

  11. Karen Mitchell on February 12, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Yup, I seen this making its rounds on the raw feeding groups. I’m just gob smacked, but on the other hand, I’m not surprised.
    This reminds me of another video I seen lately…On a different subject Will, I have a horrible video here of a dog not long after the rabies vaccination. It’s not a good sight, made me cry. Its just not right!
    Something needs to happen with these vets, its become too common for pet parents to lose their dogs over they way they practice.
    How can we change all this?, CAN it change? Man, I hope it does. Perhaps not in our life time, but it will, I do believe that. We just need more vets etc to make it happen.

    • Karen Mitchell on February 12, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      Just want to add.. Many pet parents have lost faith in conventional vets. I wonder why

    • Will Falconer, DVM on February 13, 2017 at 5:07 am

      Karen, it CAN change and is changing as we speak. The “power of the pocketbook” (where you spend your money) is a major force that follows close behind Knowledge is Power! Keep on learning, spreading the word, and voting by paying those who are doing it right.

  12. Marc Smith DVM on February 12, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Hey Will,
    Good article! Your writing is fantastic as well. I like your angle and it arouses the fact that we all need to be open-minded. Thanks!

  13. Christine on February 12, 2017 at 11:16 am

    We bought a young llama who was delivered with mange on her face and a can of baconfat with a tooth brush! It worked.
    Our dog wrenched her toenail getting out of a bath tub ( shower door rung). Vet wanted to amputate. He wanted to send her miles away to a “specialist”. Since she was a very active running hound I could never imagine this for her. It sounded so far off. I asked a local farmer friend for any ideas. In the end I applied an lightly fried and cooled onion poultice and watched her so she would not eat it. My mother used bread poultices so I figurd it was worth a shot over loosing an entire toe! It pulled the “poisons” out and she was fine in a relatively short time!
    The worst Vet attitude was with a dear young dog who was not the active dog he should have been. He was diagnosed with lymph cancer. At his age I was in shock. The Vet went to work on me. He took not one proper test and suggested chemo saying he had done it before and the dogs had survived. He gave me the time line with and without the Chemo and when asked he said he would choose the chemo if it were his dog ….but if I could not affort it ……
    I went home in tears with my poor dog. I read for days. Chemo had been successful in cases like my dog’s lymph cancer so we decided to have the chemo. It was one of the worst experiences in my life and my dogs! I had my pup on a good diet for cancer. A group cancer support site I found were all doing various things. A few dogs got better but usually not. Some dogs big some small, mutts and purebreds,were on kibble and others were on only the best and spring water! Results were the same. I spent my nights researching. We were into the string of cancer drugs and watching his immune system. The vet gave me no support for a dog with diareah fever etc. One night I was pouring cold water on him in our carpeted hall to get his temp down before I drove 3/4 hr to the emergency clinic. I was a mess. My dog was trusting me. He had to be on an IV numberous times.
    To make it short….he had me pick up the chemo drug from the hospital that killed him! I now know..*****
    You do not give a “sight hound” certain chemo and other medications.
    Poor baby started to bleed out and clinic said it was NORMAL. Floor was a pool of blood. Not normal. I took him in and had to have him put down and pay that clinic to do it! The Vet basically killed my dog for money.
    Have since heard many bad things about him. I do not know how a Vet like this can still ‘practice’.

    • WSmart on February 12, 2017 at 11:18 am

      So sorry to hear what you went through. Sorry for your loss Christine. That sounds unfamothable.

    • Will Falconer, DVM on February 13, 2017 at 4:04 am

      I’m so sorry you had to live through this, Christine. Stay tuned, as I’ll have more coming on this special diet that helped the dog beat his nose cancer. If that gal in the video could do it, many others could as well.
      And, yes, some of the best cures come from some of the old country ways.

  14. WSmart on February 12, 2017 at 11:16 am

    As an aside, I have a young friend who recently attended Tufts vet school. She’s a wholistically minded person and told me that they made her wear gloves when handling any dog that came in who was told that it was few ‘raw.’ She thought it was ridiculous and all they said was the gloves were to protect HER from getting sick. WOW.
    I have fed raw since the early 90’s before it was mainstream. There were no companies making raw, freeze dried, blah blah. I have never once been sick from an animal I have fed! And we live on a farm with 100’s of animals too (read: lots of poop around) 😉
    Thanks for reading….

    • Will Falconer, DVM on February 13, 2017 at 4:08 am

      Oh my, I’ve heard of some clinics doing this, but this vet school is obviously teaching this to students. Unbelievable how out of touch they are with reality.
      p.s. did you know that kibble is regularly recalled for salmonella as well? It’s just not widely publicized like the raw food recalls are. Now, who do you suppose holds the bigger purse strings that might affect those decisions? Hmmm…

  15. Dennis Gallagher on February 12, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Dr. Falconer,
    South Carolina requires a rabies vaccinations with the option of yearly or every three years we opt for every three. 2 questions (1) should vaccine be given by weight and (2) our vet offers a detox following the vaccination, is it worth while?
    thank you for your time and consideration.

    • Will Falconer, DVM on February 13, 2017 at 4:13 am

      Hey Dennis,
      I have concerns with vaccines that go well beyond what a lower dose would “fix.” Here’s a post that I wrote that addresses that. There’s more to vaccine illness than intoxication,that’s been made clear since the earliest small pox vaccine started making people seriously ill. No mercury or aluminum in those vaccines.
      So, a “detox” after a vaccination and all will be fine? I doubt it. Read the linked article there and you’ll see why.

  16. Wendy on February 12, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I’m not sure if this is where you wanted us to write in with our own experiences with vets and various natural treatments we’ve found that work, so please let me know if there’s a different spot for that. But in the meantime here’s one of my stories from over 20 years ago.
    I adopted Allie, a Border Collie mix at approx 4-5 months old from a shelter in Houston. Within a couple weeks I noticed a couple small spots of hair loss on her front legs and face. The vet said it was mange and that she needed to be shaved and dipped in some arsenic based chemical that in his words was very dangerous and could only be done at the vets office. I was in my 20’s but having been raised by a mom who used things like castor oil and Epsom salts on us kids growing up, alarm bells went off and I decided to do some research before considering his plan.
    Mind you, this was before the Internet so off to the bookstore I went and bought a couple books on natural remedies for animals. I decided to try the first remedy I read about because it seemed really simple and like it wouldn’t hurt anything while I continued my research. It said to simply cut open a lemon and rub it on the spots a couple times a day. I think I may have trimmed some of her long hairs around the areas to make it a little easier. Within just a few days it started looking better. Within a couple weeks the hair was growing back in. I was so thrilled that this one simple, inexpensive and non- toxic remedy was working so well! I decided my vet would surely be as impressed as I was and would want to know this so I took her back in and showed him her progress and told him what I had done. (Again, you have to remember I was young and naive.)
    His response was, “Well, it probably just went away on its own because she’s no longer exposed to the stressful environment of the shelter and her immune system is kicking in because she’s almost 6 months old now”. To which I asked, “So let’s say you’re right and it had nothing to do with the lemons, and all it was going to take was a few weeks of waiting, why would you recommend shaving and dipping her in poison?”
    I can’t say I remember much of what he said after that but I did let him know I wouldn’t be bringing her back to him anymore. Flash forward a year and I found a dog in a field and she too had a few spots of mange, and the lemons did the trick on her too. Within a few weeks, no sign of mange. Now granted, these were minor cases of mange, so I can’t say whether this would work for a severe case of advanced mange.
    I’m involved in a lot of dog rescue work in San Antonio and many of the rescue friends use Bravecto to treat it. I’ve been lucky to not have any cases in my rescues. But I know the dangers of Bravecto. I would love to hear your thoughts on this and any recommendations on natural remedies for severe cases of mange. A friend of mine swears by goat milk kefir for just about every rescue dog with just about any malady. Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Will Falconer, DVM on February 13, 2017 at 4:36 am

      Hey Wendy,
      I first learned of lemon treatment from Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide way back in the late 80’s, and yeah, it works to help the mange in a lot of cases. I loved your question back at the vet who dissed your use of it! Poison instead, then? Umm, no.
      Kefir makes sense, as it’s known that some 80% of our immune system is in the gut, dependent on healthy microbial balance. Anything that adds “good guys” to the intestinal population is a plus in my book.
      Severe mange cases (i.e. “generalized” cases where it’s all over the body) are tough to cure. Those immune systems have really tanked, letting the demodex mites run rampant, so I’d definitely work on immune support and not poison these poor guys, whether from oral poisons like Bravecto or topical poison dips. I’ve not had smashing successes in these cases, even with careful homeopathic work, so I think they are quite damaged. Lots of patience and a focus on supporting them is my best advice. Slow going at best.

  17. Will Falconer, DVM on February 12, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Good for you, Robin. You’re seeing the results of applied open mindedness, and my hat’s off to you and your Dachsie.

  18. Robin on February 12, 2017 at 7:31 am

    I am a very savvy women and Will Not nor have I allowed any vaccines for my mini long haired dachshund she is now nine years old and healthy she gets a raw organic. It’s incredible how beautiful she is and healthy.

  19. Dawn Flaherty on February 12, 2017 at 6:26 am

    So I went to check out 2 ‘homeopathic’ vets in Dubai just so we can assess if either may be useful in the future …. ANNND…. Yes you guessed, we’ll stick to what we’re doing without them! The first we told her he was raw fed but still shedding and itchy a bit still … asked a series of questions leading to it being more behavioural rather than diet then suggested we do to taste of the wild??? Told her not vaccinating again even though it’s law and just went on to say there had bn very bad cases of guardia and parvo recently with fatalities … so what you’re saying is the vaccines do not work anyway then???? 2nd vet we went for a Histiocytoma on his paw which had grown quickly and broken skin causing discomfort …. she said that needs surgery and then a plastic surgeon because of placement of growth and sent us off with petcam and oat based pellets to build immune system. Now that is no where near a holistic assessment. Needless to say all went in bin. I’ve been using cdb oil directly on the affliction and what do you know …. completely gone!! Ordered more special oil to keep in cupboard for anything that should appear. Seems we know more than them. She then went onto say that all bodies hang onto vaccinations differently so can offer titers testing however if we need to leave dubai suddenly (I’ve been here 22years) then best to keep up and BTW rabies is law???? No thank you!!

    • Judith Kiplinger on February 12, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Hi Dawn – Would you post what cbd oil you are using? Would love to try some on our dog who has “bumps” the vet wants to surgically remove. Many thanks, Judith

      • Darci Michaels on February 12, 2017 at 9:40 am

        Yes,me too! I’d love the name of a reputable CBD oil. Thanks!

        • WSmart on February 12, 2017 at 11:10 am

          I used Canna-Pet cbd oil for many months while my 12 yr old Akita was battling osteosarcoma, after lifelong allergies since her first Rabies shot (and only one), and then later osteoarthritis at 10. They are a company in the Western part of the USA. Not sure if they ship outside the USA. As an aside, I believe my baby lived a full life with very few vaccines, homemade food, herbalism, and homeopathy. She outlived her diagnosis by many months as well without surgical intervention. In our case, I was using the CBD as an anxiety relief component. Not likely that it kept the cancer at bay-but who knows….thanks for reading…

  20. Will Falconer, DVM on February 11, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Brilliant find, Stephen, I’d keep working with that last vet you mention. The first one’s logic demands a blog post all its own. “Legal responsibilities” with a bite is just so much smoke being blown at you. Has nothing to do with rabies status!
    And the euthanasia bit is pure scare tactics. It does *not* have to happen, in any bite case, but that idea is so powerfully fear inducing, that they tend to play that card in the hopes that losing your dog to euthanasia sounds a whole lot worse than any other possible scenario.
    p.s. with your permission, I’d like to put “Holistic Vet” in quotes. Clearly, NOT looking at the big picture, which is part of a holistic approach to health, is it not?

    • Stephen Johnson on February 24, 2017 at 11:41 am

      “Holistic Vet” is fine! 😉 Hehe.
      I did get the titer test back. Just said < .1
      So, trying to determine what the next step will be. Just thought about I should have already tried Belladonna and Lyssin to see if that would help his apparent hyperactivity, compulsiveness.

      • angie spuzak on March 6, 2017 at 7:50 pm

        What does it mean <1?

  21. Stephen Johnson on February 11, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Holistic Vet via email:
    I talked to the owner of the clinic I am associated with, and she shared with me that the legal ramifications preclude us seeing any pet that is not properly immunized against Rabies, due to legal responsibilities if anyone were to get bitten or scratched while the pet is in the clinic. This *does* sometimes happen, so its not just a theoretical or overly cautious stance to take. Legally the clinic may be held liable for injuries such as bites or scratches (and Rabies exposure) sustained by anyone while we are seeing the pet. This would include people and pets in the waiting room, the owner of the pet, and any of our staff that by law have to restrain or handle the pet. In the event an unvaccinated pet bites or scratches a person (or another pet), they can be held in quarantine, or the person bitten can even insist that the animal be euthanized and tested for Rabies if it is not vaccinated. Since Botin has no history of vaccinations he would fall into that category. Because of that, the clinic is not able to do *just* titer testing of any kind in an unvaccinated pet. Much of this legal responsibility also applies to you as the owner in situations that don’t involve a vet visit as well, which is why we have to recommend that you consider having him vaccinated, at least for Rabies.
    My response:
    OK, thanks for letting me know.
    I think you are aware that there are legal ramifications if you vaccinate an unhealthy dog? As I read more about the symptoms of adverse reactions to the rabies vaccine that correspond to behavior I see in my dog, I am more convinced that I need proper medical care for my dog, not just meeting legal requirements that are not based on science.

    • Stephen Johnson on February 11, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      Oh, by the way I did find a vet that gave me the common advice about rabies vaccination but he did respect my responsibility to make the final decision about care given to my dog. So, he provided his services to withdraw blood and send it for a rabies titer test. Still waiting for the results of the test.
      This pioneering can be a bit intimidating at times but being educated gives confidence to follow through.

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