Vital Animal Resources
I'm pretty fussy about the links I choose, but if you have a good feel for this site, and see something glaringly missing from recommended resources on this page, please tell me below.
Meantime, see if this is useful for you.
Raising truly healthy Vital Animals takes learning wise choices.
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Vital Animal Courses
Now, more than ever, you need to make smart choices in how you rear your animals. You can no longer afford to just hand over your health care choices blindly to Dr. White Coat, the conventional
That's a recipe for man-made disease, heartbreak, and great expense.
I'm here to empower you with knowledge, stretch your boundaries of thinking, and give your animals the most remarkably healthy lives they can have. I do that best with online courses.
To be sure you don’t miss these often limited time opportunities to enroll, be sure to sign up to get first notice here.
How about this to get you started: Rabies Short Course (free)
Question: what could compare to raw wild game (deer and elk) made into dog food?
A: Nothing (unless you're a hunter and know what to add to make it complete).
You can get this real food shipped solidly frozen right to your door! This is the best I've found and it's competitively priced.
C’mere Spot! Your package has arrived!
Looking for local raw ingredients?
If you’re in the U.S., here’s a great resource to farmers and ranchers doing it right and selling to consumers via local farmers markets:
Cooked Healthy Food
Not ready to wrap your mind around feeding raw food just yet? Start here.
This is the Original CrockPet Diet, developed by my friend and colleague, Dr. Ruth Roberts. She’s a functional medicine vet and one trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
You can start with her free report to learn more about pet food, and take advantage of a special deal Dr. Roberts has for our pack members.
Homemade balanced cooked food that you make at home is a great way to take control of your pet’s diet for those who aren’t ready to do raw for any reason.
You’d have a hard time finding fault with the foods and treats coming from Dr. Randy Wysong’s company in Midland, Michigan. He’s been dedicated to great products and sound ideas for many years, and I cut my nutrition teeth on some of his writings. This just may be the “sleeper” food in the pet food world: so good it should be in every pet dish, but many haven’t discovered it yet. Lots of cool products in wise packaging to keep the good in and the bad out.
Not a Johnny come lately, Dr. Wysong’s foods have served multiple generations of animals with great health benefits, and have weathered a large number of fads, the latest being “grain free.” If you’re really thinking, you’ll see “starch free” is what we’re after for our carnivores, and Wysong has the first truly starch-free kibble out there, called Epigen.
Do try them, and see which of his many foods I recommend by clicking on that happy girl and her best bud. And remember: Change it UP! (i.e. variety is important! Change foods monthly or so.)
Here are some of Dr. Wysong’s more interesting TNT ("True Non-Thermal") aka no heat) foods:
Wysong Natural Pet Food
Austin Raw Feeders Coop http://www.arfcoop.org will get you the materials to feed raw at the best price possible, in addition to helping you do raw right.
Huge resource, full of useful information, and a list, by state/province, of those who farm animals humanely, on pasture. If you’re making your own raw food, this is priceless. Eat Wild!
World Class Supplements
When you realize the food you feed is nutrient limited and can often be toxic (thanks, Bayer, your RoundUp is now showing up in 98% of Americans!), you'll want to supplement what you feed with some top quality products.
Our sister company, Venjenz began (originally as Vital Pet Health) when we realized the supplement world was bereft of all-natural supplements that actually DO something valuable for those innocents in your care.
We began with two main products:
- Rampart, to strengthen your animal's immune system to function as Nature intended it, to protect against challenges and stand down in balanced alertness when the threat has been neutralized.
- QRF Detox, to naturally give a gentle but effective daily cleanse to your pet so the toxins she's exposed to don't impair her and make her more susceptible to disease.
But the line is growing by leaps and bounds. Visit the site for a great joint product called Fulcrum and see the entire human line, made with the same attention to detail, all natural ingredients, and micronization: a unique way to ensure your pet (or you!) get 100% of what you invested in and are dosing with.
For more about this unique line, visit my interview with CEO Jason Donas on the Vital Animal Podcast.
Pure Water for Pennies
Just as you want clean, wholesome food to build strong bodies, you also want drinking water that’s free of the common nasties:
- Pesticide residues
- Herbicide residues
- Drug residues
What I use (and offer my patients when I don’t have fresh rainwater for them), is reverse osmosis (RO) water. Don’t add more plastic bottles to your land fill, you can make your own far cheaper and with way less waste:
This one is a game-changer!
AquaTru is the first and only countertop reverse osmosis water purifier certified to NSF standards to remove 82 contaminants, including Lead, Chromium-6, Chlorine, Fluoride, PFAs, Nitrates and more.
AquaTru creates purified, great-tasting water from your tap—no plumbing or installation required. Our patented Ultra Reverse Osmosis® Technology uses the same technology as all the major bottled brands but in a convenient, compact countertop design. With AquaTru, you can transform your tap water into pure, delicious water you can trust.
Never face empty shelves at the grocery store again.
Dog Wise These folks have lots of books and other things canine-related. My first source of Give Your Dog a Bone, when no one else seemed to have it.
Seventh Generation, is a group of dedicated environmentalists who make all manner of cleaning supplies without the usual toxic or environment-degrading ingredients. Part of healthy animals is cleaning non-toxically. Subscribe to their thoughtful newsletter that speaks to a wide range of issues, all with a healthier planet in mind. They’ll send you $10 worth of coupons to try their products!
Wondercide is an Austin company that has been going great guns, replacing the death-dealing pesticides in the world slowly but steadily with a local resource that’s renewable, hell on bad bugs, and not toxic to us mammals: cedar oil. The active ingredient is used in a great line of products that kills fleas, ticks, bed bugs (!), mosquitoes, roaches, etc. Get products for use on your animals as well as on your premises.
Cancel your exterminator! Chem Free? HA! I laugh every time I see that name on their trucks.
Homeopathy: Bevond Flat Earth Medicine
Here’s the free version of Dr. Dooley’s book, Homeopathy: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine. It’s one edition behind the paperback, but you’ll get the idea, and it’s the best intro to this amazing science and art that I’ve found. Highly recommended. You’ll need Adobe Reader or something similar to read it. This is also free, here. (This same free application will also allow you to easily read my Drug-free Heartworm Prevention Program ebook.)
Dogs Naturally, is a bimonthly magazine with a great collection of authors (including yours truly), with all things natural for the dog species. Very useful content, appropriately against the over-vaccination craze going on in conventional medicine, and they have a pretty nice collection of articles online, and more in print.
The Whole Dog Journal
The Whole Dog Journal, is a monthly newsletter dedicated to natural dog care and training. Belvoir Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 420235, Palm Coast, FL 32142 (800)829-9165 for subscriptions.
The National Center for Homeopathy
The National Center for Homeopathy, 801 North Fairfax Street, Suite 306, Alexandria, VA 22314. 703 548-7790. They have an excellent information packet for $7 that includes a directory of practitioners, study groups, and pharmacies; an article on homeopathy; information on training programs/schools; and a copy of Homeopathy Today, a monthly publication full of interesting articles and information on homeopathy.
Acres USA, the voice of Eco-Agriculture
The best periodical on forward-looking methods in agriculture, the source of most of our food (outside of our gardens).
- (512) 892-4400
We’re tickled to have them right here in Austin, Texas. You can get a free issue. Well worth a look.
As I'm no longer taking new patients, and get a lot of questions about how to choose a homeopathic vet, I've made a video for you that will take you through the AVH list to find the "cream of the crop" to hire, regardless if they are located nearby.
The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy
The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, is a national organization to educate post-graduate veterinarians in the science and art of classical homeopathy. Successful completion of training and exams leads to certification. A list of veterinarians by the state of practice is here. Some are members only, some are Certified Veterinary Homeopaths.
The International Association for Veterinary Homeopathy
The International Association for Veterinary Homeopathy, as its name suggests, covers the globe. 32 countries and counting.
American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, is a national organization whose purpose is to function as a forum for the exploration of alternative and complementary areas of health care in veterinary medicine. Members could practice a wide variety of natural modalities, with or without homeopathy.
American Veterinary Chiropractic Association
American Veterinary Chiropractic Association,is a national group of both veterinarians and chiropractors who practice animal chiropractic. Includes a certification training program.
Dr. Mary Traverse, D.C., C.A.C.
Dr. Mary is my chiropractor, who I think the world of. She practices what I fondly call, “The homeopathy of chiropractic,” aka Network Chiropractic. This is a technique that is very gentle and subtle, but offers a huge beneficial effect. (Kind of like the right remedy, you see?)
And, she’s certified to work on animals, after a year long professional training. So, bring the dog, call her for your horse, and get yourself treated all in the same visit!
Sources of Naturally Reared Animals
Natural Rearing Breeder's Directory
Natural Rearing Breeder’s Directory, Marina Zacharias has for several years been a resource for those breeders who’ve cared enough about the future of their progeny to work with generational health, i.e. treating breeding stock to natural foods, minimal or no vaccines, and natural medicine like homeopathy. Listed by breed, this is the best way to find healthy youngsters in the canine world.
Natural Rearing Dog Breeders Association
Natural Rearing Dog Breeders Association is another group, with Jeanette Thomason, ND at the helm.
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