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Dog Breed Banning Legislation is Misguided and Wrong

I am coming to you in print only again this evening…although the bulk of my cold has passed, my voice is still hoarse and 30 minutes of non-stop talking is not what the doctor ordered.  At any rate, tonight I am discussing a troubling trend here in my home state of Florida, but a trend that is also happening in other municipalities across the country: the legal banning...

The Rise of Leptospirosis in Dogs

I am addressing you only by print today, as I am under the weather and have no voice for my podcast tonight.  However, the message I have to offer you this week may save your dog’s life one day, so I implore you to please read on… Leptospira is a type of bacteria known as a spirochete.  Spirochetes are motile bacteria, that is, they have a means of self...

Anesthesia Free Pet Dentistry Brushes with the Law

On its surface, one may hear of the notion of anesthesia free pet dentistry and have their interest instantly piqued!  “Why, a dental for my pet without the need for general anesthesia?  That sounds great!”  Of course it sounds great, but like most other things that seem too good to be true, anesthesia free pet dentistry most certainly is too good to be...

Why Not Alternative Medicine? (Part 3 of a 3 Part Series)

In this final episode covering the use of alternative medicine in every day practice, I will be offering 3 real case examples of how I have used integrative medicine, that is, the combination of both western and alternative medicine, to treat each respective patient. Case # 1: 8 year old female Australian Shepherd presented with severe pain and paralysis of the rear limbs....

Why Not Alternative Medicine? (Part 2 of a 3 Part Series)

Now that I have established the contrast between traditional western versus alternative veterinary medicine and highlighted the main reasons for our culture’s resistance to alternative medicine, I would like to get into the science of how and why various alternative treatment modalities work.  Please bear in mind that I will only be delving into only alternative...

Why not alternative medicine? (Part 1 of a 3 part series)

As I was at the North American Veterinary Conference getting trained in acupuncture a few weeks ago and seeing first hand its benefits and practical applications, I really began to take a look at our western culture and how generally resistant it is to it and many other alternative treatment modalities.  The first question I pondered was, why not explore and...