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Learning what is normal for each of your animals is very important. One way to do this is to keep a journal. The other (and write it in your journal) is to examine your animal monthly once they are adults and not sick, more frequently when young or ill. Dr. Chambreau is committed to empowering people to heal themselves and their animals in ways that heal the planet.

The Healthy Animal Newsletter

November 2, 1999
by Dr. Christina Chambreau D.V.M

Dr. Chambreau's newsletter The purpose of this newsletter is to empower you to keep your animals healthy - and yourselves, too. As part of me keeping myself healthy, this newsletter is issued only sporadically. There are a lot of "tidbits" this time as I have been accumulating information for a year. This is going out in email format first, so if you will send your e-mail address to cbctina@aol.com, I will now be able to send frequent, brief updates or copies of my talks to organizations to the email subscribers. I would love to print letters that you would like to share with other holistically oriented animal partners. Send what has worked for you, what you have done that did not work as well as fun and wonderful stories about your animal family.

Courses

Courses cover basic overview of the holistic paradigm, nutrition, vaccination controversy, modalities like Reiki, Massage, Chinese medicine, homeopathy and answer questions. Friends of clients who have barely heard of holistic medicine or homeopathy and people who have been using homeopathy for years all get benefit from this overview of what it takes to keep our animals really healthy. Exact directions and schedule will be mailed when you register. Register by sending a check for $50 to Christina Chambreau, 908 Cold Bottom Road, Sparks, MD 21152.

Clients Respond

These responses came from the last newsletter. From Joanne Eisenstein of Baltimore, MD came this feeding tip. "The additional nutrients I have been using lately are . I think Frosty has really benefited from the PetGuard and the Prozyme. His fur looks very shiny and he is not shedding like he was plus a lot more energetic. Boots and Rosie are on the same program and also are doing fine."

From Gail Pope who runs Brighthaven in California (brighthavn@aol.com) comes this. "I just received my September 1998 copy of 'The Healthy Animal Update. Thank you so much - it is wonderful to have a fun publication, which contains such an enormous wealth of education and experience. (Gail now publishes her own - Brighthaven Chronicles.) I would like to encourage your readers in their natural direction by telling them a little about how 'all things Holistic' have helped us here at 'Brighthaven' - a retirement home for cats over the age of 16 years!!! We have been working principally with Diet, Homeopathy and Herbs for approximately 3 years, and I would love to encourage your readers that it is never too late to start getting healthier and live longer!! Our new arrivals are in their teens or twenties and all of them respond magnificently to natural care.

We see the same results here as with younger animals - that is: bright shining eyes and coats and lots more energy and always a return to better health. Recently we lost our dear sweet "Alice" who achieved a magnificent 28 years. Please do remember that your animal is never too old to start getting healthier!!!" Gail is willing to help you by phone with your cats - especially about diet and nurturing. A wonderful animal communicator, June Hughes (I love her book by dolphins.), suggests the following 3 products. "Just Amylase cleared up Tiggy's skin problems. Young Living Essential oils engender peace and calming. Put on paw pads. This is good for storms and when they are restless at night. Extralife by Immunotech is a whey protein from organic and happy cows. It is economical only for little dogs and cats at $30 per can, but she feels it is good for energy."

Follow Up on Treatment

I would like at least one call after you feel your animal is doing great, so I can go over all the symptoms one more time. Then I can suggest when to call back. In many cases, we are finding that to really keep our animals healthy in our polluted environment, we need to keep them under the influence of remedies. This means giving another remedy when any of the symptoms plateau or resurface for longer than an acute flare up. There is a natural tendency for the vital force to slip back until it has become healthy enough and then it will stay healthy. We may need to give remedies their whole life. An analogy is that of a plant whose stem and leaves have been cut off. Sometimes that kills the plant, but other plants (those great yellow dandelions!) come right back until you dig the root out. We give a remedy every time the vital force lags - like pushing a merry-go-round to keep up momentum rather than letting it completely stop before pushing again.

MONTHLY PHYSICALS BY YOU - Learning what is normal for each of your animals is very important. One way to do this is to keep a journal. The other (and write it in your journal) is to examine your animal monthly once they are adults and not sick, more frequently when young or ill. Start at the head and slowly work over every inch of their bodies. I will do more of this in a later issue, at least for those of you with email.

AND YEARLY CHECK-UPS BY ME - Even when you think your animal is in glowing health, go to your local conventional veterinarian for a yearly exam. This is important so you can show how holistic methods are successful and so that her expertise can recognize a problem before you. Of course you will have noticed many problems by yourself, but a trained professional can pick up more. And call me at least once a year. I will again offer a free 10 minute annual check-up for any patient whom I have treated more than one time in the past. We will evaluate the more subtle signs of disease and look at questions you have.

THOSE LITTLE HINTS OF ILL HEALTH - As you watch your animals and examine them monthly and write in their journal, look for the following clues that the energy field is out of balance. We may not start treatment right away, but if you observe several, we should start or re-start treatment. Dogs and Cats: SKIN: doggy smell; attracts fleas a lot; dry, oily, lack-luster coat; excessive shedding; not grooming, ear problems - waxy, oily, itchy, recurrent mites; eye discharge, tearing, or matter in corner of eyes; raised third eyelid; spots appearing on iris; "freckles" appearing on face; whiskers falling out; fragile, thickened, distorted claws that are painful or sensitive to trim.

BEHAVIOR: Fears (of loud noises, thunder, wind, people, animals, life); too timid; too rough or aggressive (even at play); too hard to train; barks too much and too long; suspicious nature; biting when petted too long; hysteria when restrained; clumsy; indolent; licking or sucking things or people too much; not using litter box, not covering stool.

DIGESTIVE: Bad breath; tarter accumulation; loss of teeth; poor appetite; craving weird things(rubber bands, plastic, dirt, cat litter, paper, dogs eating dog or cat stools, rocks, sticks..); sensitivity to milk; thirst - a super healthy cat on non dry food will drink at most once a week; red gum line; vomiting often, even hairballs more than a few times a year; mucus on stools; tendency to diarrhea with least change of diet; obesity; anal gland problems; recurrent parasites.

STIFFNESS when getting up, early hip dysplasia; tires easily in hot or cold weather; can no longer jump up on counters, or go up or down steps.

TEMPERATURE: Low grade fevers - Normal is 100-101.5.

AGE and REPRODUCTION: Should live a long life (Shepherds 17 years, Danes 12, cats 24); should be able to conceive easily, deliver normally, and not pass on "genetic oops"

Horses: MIND: cribbing and/or weaving; pen/stall walking; flank sucking; over-reactive; fearful, excessively territorial or aggressive; Fear of loud noises, slightest noises, narrow spaces.

SKIN, RESPIRATORY: puffy around eyes; chronic conjunctivitis; dull eyes; "foal snots"; sweat on upper body but not lower, sticky sweat, unpleasant odor, dry and/or dull hair coat, dry skin, poor-healing wounds, greasy skin on face.

STOMACH: foul breath, fissures at corners of mouth, salivation from clover, hollow seeming teeth, hard to float, loose teeth at under 20 years old, coprophagia/pica, craves salt, fussy eating, intolerant to fat, repeated colics, sensitivity to weather changes with GIT signs, excessively susceptible to parasites, potbellied foals, distended abdomen (hay belly) in adults, rectum tears easily when palpated, hard dry fecal balls.

EXTREMITIES: warm up very slowly; stiff muscles; tie up if not warmed up; swollen legs: hot or cold may or may not go down with exercise; unable to lift back feet; unable to balance on three legs, bad odor without pathology, excessive moisture in feet, sensitive to hammering in nails.

GENERALITIES: poor exercise tolerance; fat deposits- cresty necks, around tail head, top of croup, etc; disturbed by temperature changes; offensive odors; not wanting touching, grooming. Other Species: How would they be in the wild? Is this really health? Learn the normals and be open for more health. Rabbits - red line, black teeth, eating roots. EXPENSES A tip to lessen the cost of consults, phone or in person, is to keep a list of the symptoms your animal has now, and tell the practitioner how each one has changed over time. This is important in deciding the next step.

EAR MITES Some cats, even when fairly healthy otherwise, have trouble clearing mites. These are many formulas in Pitcairn, Frazier, McKinnon, and de Bairacli Levy. The newest suggestion I have is an Ayurvedic medicine from Ayush Herbs - Neem oil. At this point I do not think it interferes with the homeopathic response. What ever you treat with, be sure to also treat the tip of the tail, as it is near the ears when cats curl up and can transmit mites back to the ear. TICKS A friend of mine did get guinea hens this year and has had no more ticks.

SUB CUTANEOUS FLUID ADMINISTRATION TRICK For those of you giving fluids under the skin to keep your older animals healthy - please warm the fluids before administering them. The easiest way is to run the IV tubing through a tall container of hot water.

FLEAS: I spoke about fleas at length in the last issue. For a copy of my flea handout, email me or call. ($3.00 to mail one, free for email). Treating the yard with the microscopic nematodes has been a favorite suggestion of mine, but several people said that the product was no longer available. I have said to get it from Flea Busters. They no longer carry the product, although in Florida and some other areas they will treat your yard with the product. It is still on the market . The dry product seems to be off the market. The nematodes are still available, but you have to order direct from the companies, as they have to be kept refrigerated, as they are live. They are on a sponge that you keep refrigerated until use (max 3 months), soak in water, wring out, then spray on yard. 1 sponge does 2,500 square feet. In Florida and a few other areas, the Flea Busters company does apply it to your yard. The 2 companies I found are Hydrogarden in Colorado, 800-634-6362 and Farnam, 800-267-5211. Dr. Epstein, a homeopathic veterinarian in Delaware has a different opinion than I about flea treatments. She feels that Advantage, used sparingly, is all right. "The other thing I like about Advantage is that if there is a reaction, you can shampoo it off and you're finished. I have never seen a reaction in a dog. Cats sometimes will get a local alopecia from the alcohol, and the manufacturer recommends spreading it out over the skin in subsequent applications."

HELP FOR ITCHY SKIN Cell Tech Blue Green algae users suggest feeding the Cell Tech Acidophilus daily in the morning before giving food. Feed 1/2 capsule to small dogs and up to 6 to large dogs. You can't feed too much.

FARM ANIMALS I have not researched these products yet, but call Chuck Mounce, 712-792-0216. He has a number of drenches for rabbits to cows. Subscribe to: Acres magazine 1 800-355-5313 Scott Hoskett is a homeopathic veterinarian who treats all sorts of farm animals. He and others who have recently joined the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy can be found at the referral site, theAVH.org.

COOKING IS NOT GOOD FOR GARLIC? Contact Barbara Hale at bah@psu.edu, 814-865-9481 on the following information.. Chopping and cooking affect garlic's anti-cancer activity - crushing helps, heating doesn't. FOOD NIBBLERS Animals who always nibble at their food may need a remedy from the psoric miasm category.

CAT LITTER - FERRET PROBLEM, TOO The holistic community of veterinarians still does not recommend clumping cat litter. It is so fine that it gets into the fur and they ingest it day after day. One vet has seen it in diarrhea stool and raw feet. One writer has seen death related to a ferret picking up and swallowing a clumped ;otter ball that then became swollen as it absorbed the digestive juices. Recommended: SWEET - a wheat based litter.(Dr. Chalmers). Pine pellets - Pamela Grant says the oils have been pressed out so they do not irritate the respiratory systems the way wood shavings do.

Bones and Raw Foods - BARF is the healthy, safe and nutritious way to feed your pet. The BARF Diet mimics the way your pet used to eat before highly processed, grain-based foods entered our pet’s food chain. While manufacturers of modern processed pet foods tell us that raw diets may not be safe and lack scientific testing, you have only to look at the spectacular track records of BARF pets to make up your own minds.

FUNNY From the internet - "Rules for cats": Always accompany guests to the bathroom and sit and stare. Play is an important thing. Get enough sleep in the daytime so you are fresh for playing "Catch mouse" under their bed between 2 and 4 AM.

SPREADING THE WORD How can you get your friends interested in treating their animals more holistically? Have you had the urge to talk to strangers about holistic care?

Host a Course

One way is to organize a course in your area and have me come and speak. Karen and Carolyn, active in their Bernese Mountain Dog club, hosted me in Oakland, CA the end of August. The room was full with people who love animals, some of whom treat animals professionally - veterinarians, veterinary technicians, massage therapists, and more. I always learn as I teach, because every animal is different, so each person has a different specific successes and failures. While in Hawaii for the AHVMA conference, Yumi hosted me for a veterinary evening and a 1 day homeopathy and holistic health course. I met two incredibly dedicated veterinarians who brought a lot of their staff with them to learn more.

There are many challenges to treating animals holistically in Hawaii. On the good side, they do NOT have to vaccinate for Rabies there. Yumi sells Wysong and many natural health products for animals and is a wonderful source of education and support for animal lovers in Hawaii. Most recently, I spoke to a huge group of people in Pottstown, Pa. Nancy also has a shop selling healthy animal products. Most of the group already knew about homeopathy and many of the holistic modalities, so we had a very advanced day. I met Anita Curtis, animal communicator, the author of a book and "how to" tape/workbook on communicating with animals. You can do it. She also does phone consults and has a newsletter. 610-327-3820 PO Box 182, Gilbertsville, PA 19525-0182. I got to re-meet some of my long time clients. HAVE A HAND OUT I need to do this one. Often in food stores I will suggest to people that they feed raw meat to their animals. Yesterday, the woman I said this too agreed that she would start doing it again for her dog and invited me to talk to her international dining club! Sharing your successes with strangers is easier if you carry a brief handout on how to have healthy animals, maybe with phone numbers and web sites. 

Dr. Christina Chambreau D.V.M. is the founder of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy and and is on the faculty of the National Center for Homeopathy Summer School. She teaches and lectures at conventions, schools, clubs and to anyone who is concerned about improving the health of animals. She graduated from the University of Georgia Veterinary College in 1980 and has practiced veterinary homeopathy since 1983.

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