Own Your Animal!

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Are You a Pet Owner?

Pet Owner. I like this word. I work with and teach many of you who wear this badge.

Caregiver, guardian, etc. may seem more politically correct, but consider this:

When you OWN something, you likely OWN responsibility for its care and upbringing.

Some top of mind examples illustrate this, from purely physical to less so.

Home Owners vs Renters

When you own your own place, don’t you naturally take better care of it than when a landlord owns it? You care more for its appearance as well as its functionality. When you’ve invested in a home, you’re more mindful of its maintenance.

Home improvements occupy more brain cells when you own your home. You think about adding on, upgrading, maybe putting in a pool or a gym room. You might gut your old kitchen and make something modern that’s both esthetic and functional.

Car Owner vs Lessor

Ever notice this? When you set out to buy a car, you hone in on the make and model you think you’d like, and you start seeing them everywhere! There’s a part of all mammalian brains called the reticular activating system. It’s what helps us sort through the millions of stimuli coming our way daily and focus on those things that matter.

I became enamored with the Tesla Model S for a spell last year. How amazing that Elon Musk developed the first all electric car that had substantial range, looked so cool, had zero pollution, and happened to be crazy fast. I started looking for them. Though there aren’t many on the road, my brain would light up when I saw one. I’d turn my head to follow it if I could.

My amazing client Autumn owns one and let me drive it. Oh my God! What an amazing car!

If I ever own one (unlikely until a more affordable model comes to market), you can bet I’ll treat it way differently than the Toyota rent-a-car I might get when I travel somewhere.

Own Your Business vs Work for The Man

Would you ever work as hard in a standard J.O.B. as you would in your own business?

Never. You have no consequences from slacking off on someone else’s time clock.

I know this one well. I’m working harder now than I ever have in my professional career. I own the show and strive to make the best offerings I can for you.

Farmer or Land Owner vs Sharecropper

If you own land, and especially if you cultivate that land, you’ve got choices of stewardship before you. Will you follow the Big Ag model of NPK fertilizers that boost empty crop growth and deplete the soil? If so, you’ll need herbicides and pesticides too, because your land will attract weeds and your weakened plants will attract insect predators.

Or, will you compost and amend the soil naturally, and rotate crops, and plant companion crops near each other that actually enhance each others’ growth and repel insects?

The latter strategy will build the value of your land yearly. Every crop you grow on it will have more flavor and nutritional value, whether you are growing it for your own consumption or bringing it to market.

Would a sharecropper care as much about the big picture for the land he works? Not by a long stretch.

With Ownership Comes Healthier Decisions

This is the central point, and why I like the word “owner” so much better than caregiver or guardian:

When you truly OWN an animal, you bring greater responsibility, greater investment of self, and greater care to the equation than if you merely “give care” or “guard” that animal.

I want you to OWN your animals’ health decisions this year. You’ve seen what comes from giving that away, right? From blindly giving that care to Dr. WhiteCoat?

When you OWN your health, you don’t blindly follow a doctor’s recommendations. You study, you learn, you become empowered, you question authority. Your diet shifts, your household shifts, you walk differently on the planet.

Same for your animals. When you truly own them, they are yours to guide safely along life’s winding path. Watching out for sink holes and land mines and ignorant practices that are done, well because “we’ve always done this.” Bleh.

Be a pet owner.

Own your animal this year, and every year they are in your life. Much good will come of this, for not only your animal but for your confidence and power.

Knowledge is power, after all.

Start Here

Here’s a great place to start your ownership. Stop your current heartworm medication and own my Drug Free Heartworm Prevention Protocol now.

One of the known side effects of this program: overall health improvements that you can see and feel and revel in. Your animal will shine!

Start now while the mosquitos are on Winter break. By the time they return, your animal will be impervious to them and the heartworm they might carry.

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  1. Nora on January 5, 2016 at 1:44 am

    I know it’s not Homeopathic, but borax is a miracle treatment for autoimmune dysfunction. 20 Mule Team saved my life, Doc. I put a few grains in my cats water bowls every day when I wash and refill. I take about an eighth of a teaspoon in a quart of water, myself. I have been drinking borax (sodium tetraborate decahydrate) for five years now, after having been told by my doctor that there was nothing else he could do for me, to get my affairs in order. I’d be dead if I’d listened to him. Instead I searched for non-drug treatments and found there was plenty left to do for me! It’s a nutrition thing.
    Crippled and bedridden is no fun. I literally could no longer walk by the time I’d tried all their antibiotics, which destroyed my liver. But after only two months of sipping purified water with borax in it…I was able to move my joints, walk by myself…pretty miraculous. Now at 62 I jump out of bed like a kid and run to the mailbox, just because I CAN.
    Systemic Scleroderma didn’t get me! Some autoimmune diseases may be caused by mycoplasm infection, which is rapidly reversed by tiny amounts of borax, which are deadly to the spirochete form, mycoplasm. Look for an article titled,” Mycoplasm, The Linking Pathogen.” Borax kills fungus, bacteria and viruses!
    Animals need it too. The depleted soils don’t supply enough borax in our food anymore, so what we do have in our bodies is leached by our teeth and bones.
    It’s no more toxic than table salt. You will find more and more folks lauding the benefits of “the borax cure”. It halts arthritis!
    My 14 year old kitties romp like kittens, with no joint problems or any of the signs of aging you would expect to see in cats this old, thanks to the tiny bit of borax in their water bowls, and the raw organic diet they are on. Yup, they are shiny & vital! (And so am I.)
    It’s important to note that borax, which is in our teeth and bones, is a very different substance that boric acid, which is deadly poison, and yes the 20 Mule Team box says not to ingest it…but if I hadn’t taken that leap I’d be dead, so don’t let labeling scare you on this one.

    • Will Falconer, DVM on January 5, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      An amazing story, Nora. I was introduced to this borax need several months back on this blog by Australian reader Madeleine Innocent. If you search her name in the search box, you’ll pull up a long treatise on the wonders of borax.
      I’ve been taking it 5 days a week myself, but haven’t seen the miracles in myself, at least yet. My neighbor has a similar non-experience, so I haven’t recommended it for my animals yet. Definitely not a poison, and, in the right patient, a Godsend.
      I’m happy for you, Nora. Thanks for sharing your success with us.

      • Nora on January 6, 2016 at 1:40 am

        Thanks, Doc. Reports of my death were greatly exaggerated, like the benefits of vaccines!
        I tried several searches for Madeleine’s treatise on the wonders of borax, but was unable to locate that little goody. I found a bit about using borax to treat sneezing in cats which I have relied on confidently, but not much else.
        Found good reading about tooth decay…it’s caused by a chronic deficiency in fat soluble vitamins A & D!

        • Will Falconer, DVM on January 9, 2016 at 5:38 am

          Found that link for everyone who wants to learn more about borax, source of the nutrient we may well be deficient in, called boron. Dig in and see what you think. http://educate-yourself.org/cn/boraxconspiracy03jul12.shtml

          • Dianna Bonner on January 11, 2016 at 10:12 pm

            Hmmm, I’ve got a kitty that sneezes so I think I’ll try Borax in the water. I’ve been hesitant to take him to a vet because I don’t have a homeopathic one available near me; a traditional vet would probably want to put him on antibiotics. 🙁
            I have one of those automatic, recirculating waterers (sp?) with a charcoal filter. Will the charcoal filter bind the borax or do you think it will be OK to add it to that?
            I’ve read about Borax before and was drinking it a few years ago before starting to see a Functional Medicine Physician. Thanks for putting it back on my radar. 🙂

          • Will Falconer, DVM on January 12, 2016 at 6:21 am

            Hey Dianna,
            I’ve not learned that borax is an immune helper. All about calcium mobilization and anti-fungal as far as I can see. Am I missing something?
            Please know a vet homeopath is only a phone call away. Visit my Resources page to view the AVH list and see who offers distance consulting. Many of us do.
            All the best with your sneezy kitty.

    • Connie on January 10, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      A couple of years ago I read about Borax was was going to start taking it. But then read other articles claiming how bad and even dangerous it was so I didn’t start using it. In the morning, I am going to mix up a quart of Borax water and drink it throughout the day. I have it on hand because I use it in my laundry. 🙂 Thanks for the heads up to both you and Dr. Falconer.

  2. Brenda Cox on January 4, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I’m an owner. Not a guardian. The reason is because I want to be in a legal position to make the decisions. I know many good knowledgable people work in shelters and in activist groups but there are some that have intentions but not much knowledge. For example, I’ve seen breeds misidentified time and time again.
    Good post.

    • Will Falconer, DVM on January 4, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Nice, Brenda, I like it. Owning decision making is central to coming out with a Vital Animal in my mind.

  3. Connie on January 4, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I own my cats, and yes, they are my ‘kids’; I’m complicated..
    But by this argument, should you own your human children?

    • Will Falconer, DVM on January 4, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Until they are out on their own, yes, Connie. I think the same logic applies. If you let the state own them, they’ll get vaccinosis just like the pets, and often with far more serious consequences. Autism is a life long curse for most who get it, and the increased incidence of autism parallels the increased rate at which kids have been getting vaccinations.
      The vaccine companies won’t help you if you trust that system and come out of it with a damaged child.
      Far better to own them and their health interventions than to give it away.

  4. Vicki on January 4, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Your article about Spirit brought a tear. We have lived with a pack of 10 or more dogs, mostly Border Collies for years. I wish I’d known about the “remedy of transition”. It would have certainly helped last year. 5 have passed in the last 14 months, Bud at 17, Bonzie at 15, Tess at 14, Betty at 8 (cancer), and Fiona age guessed at 7 years. Using such a remedy may have saved us from having to end their lives in a vet office. Thank you.

    • Will Falconer, DVM on January 4, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      I’m sorry this has been such a year of loss for you, Vicki.
      Interestingly, the animals I see who need euthanasia at the end of life are mostly those who’ve taken part in conventional medicine. Spirit had been out of that loop for most of her life, and was treated only homeopathically in her last few years. That makes a huge difference in end of life outcomes.

  5. Jeanette on January 4, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Forgot to say I brush them every day and bought a herbal cat flea product but try hated that!

    • Will Falconer, DVM on January 4, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Hey Jeanette,
      Many working ideas on one of my most popular pages: Non-Toxic Flea Control. Be patient, it takes a few weeks, but you should have control for a good year once it kicks in.

    • Merry on January 28, 2016 at 2:28 am

      For immediate results, put no more than 4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil (I use NOW brand or Young Living) in the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together well than lightly brush one cat all over. Repeat for the next cat. I have used a single drop on a small cat.

  6. Jeanette on January 4, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Please advice my cats have got flees again. I swore I would never use the poison fro the vets again. But watching them scratch upsets me it drives them mad. Please how can I help them without poisoning them!