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Toxic Medicine, Flea and Tick Shampoos, Powders, Sprays and Dips Are Poisoning Our Pets

With today's increasingly toxic environment, our pets are coming down with serious and inexplicable health problems. A Pesticide collar is nothing but a poison necklace around your pet's head. It emits a constant toxic cloud that your pet inhales, and so do you, every time you hug your pet. What about those insecticidal flea and tick shampoos and powders, sprays and dips? Could your pet be also suffering from from adverse reaction to certain medications and vaccines? The best-selling drug known as Rimadyl, which has enjoyed remarkable success as an anti-inflammatory medicine for pets, has been found to be deadly for some dogs, as witnessed by the FDA receiving more than 6,000 bad reaction reports about the drug manufactured by Pfizer.

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Dr. Steven Slagle, DVM Transfer factors have turned out to be the most effective and versatile large animal family products I have ever used in my 32-year veterinary practice. A cat with leukemia, an oral tumor, and posterior paralysis due to a spinal tumor, was very ill and emaciated. One month after transfer factors there was some regression of the oral tumor, restored appetite with some weight gain, and increased sociability. Five months later, she continues to improve, regaining normal weight, 80% regression of her oral tumor, and regaining use of hind legs and tail."

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Puppy face with paws up Dr. Blanco D.V.M "You take healthy animals and often very quickly after you vaccinatee, you can see simple things like itching of the skin or excessive licking of the paws, sometimes even with no eruptions and licking of the air. We see a lot of epilepsy, often after a rabies vaccination. Or dogs or cats can become aggressive for several days. Frequently you'll see urinary tract infections in cats, often within three months after their [annual] vaccination. If you step back, open your mind and heart, you'll start to see patterns of illness post-vaccination."
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Warning: Spot-On Pesticides such as Frontline, Zodiac, Defend, Bio Spot, Adams and Advantage trigger adverse reactions in dogs and cats, shorten life spans, cause terminal illness, and premature death.

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Deadly, Contagious Dog Flu Virus

Dr. Cynda Crawford, an immunologist at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine who is studying the virus, said that it spread most easily where dogs were housed together but that it could also be passed on the street, in dog runs or even by a human transferring it from one dog to another. Kennel workers have carried the virus home with them. Learn what Dr. Falconer D.V.M. recommends to protect your pet from the Canine Flu disease

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sick dog Dr. Jerry Tennant, M.D. says that marine phytoplankton contains almost everything one needs to sustain life and to restore health by providing the raw materials to make new cells that function normally. Learn how phytoplankton saved a dog's Life

Barbara, Meadowsweet and dog Sadie question mark Do you have a question about holistic animal health or need assistance? Barbara is an animal lover and wellness coach who donates her time to help visitors of Shirley's Wellness Cafe website. She'll be happy to answer your question and offers guidance. 970-731-0883 (CO).

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Our Toxic Environment And Your Pet's Health

Are You Poisoning Your Pet with Toxic Flea and Tick Products?
Each year, Americans purchase and apply to their pets a vast array of toxic chemicals intended to kill fleas and ticks. These include collars, sprays, dusts and more. Other pet owners take their pets to veterinarians to be dipped in chemicals. Many consumers probably assume that the products they and their vets use have been subjected to rigorous testing, and must, by virtue of their very ubiquity, be safe. After all, how could the government let deadly poisons be sold on grocery store shelves without applying stringent standards?

Spot-On Pesticides such as Fontline, Zodiac, ProMeris, Defend, Bio Spot, Adams and Advantage trigger adverse reactions in dogs and cats, shorten life spans, cause terminal illness, and premature death. . The active ingredients in these solutions include chemicals such as imidacloprid, fipronil, permethrin, methoprene, and pyriproxyfen, all of which have caused serious health problems in animals in laboratories. Even some of the inert ingredients can be hazardous to your animal companion's health. Other forms of flea control powders, collars, and sprays are no less dangerous to you or your companion animals. Labels may warn not to get these substances on your skin, to wash your hands after applying it, and to keep it away from children, yet these chemicals are absorbed by your animal's skin. Immediate effects of pesticide overdose include vomiting, diarrhea, trembling, seizures, and respiratory problems. If your dog or cat shows any of these symptoms after the application of a pesticide, immediately wash the product off and seek veterinary care.

Warning about ProMeris

"I just wanted to add a warning about ProMeris. I applied it to my 2 1/2 year old Australian Shepherd this morning. Shortly after lunch, I noticed she was staggering, barely able to walk at all. Her head was hanging & she couldn't lift it up. She tried to look at me but couldn't focus. I immediately called my Veterinarian. I was instructed to wash her immediately and thoroughly with dish soap and then bring her to their office. By the time we got there, she had improved greatly just by removing the product. You could see the flaming red reaction to her skin on the spot where it was applied. They gave her charcoal to fill her tummy and stop any absorption in case she had scratched at the spot, then licked her feet, and had ingested any of the product. I'm sure that she didn't ingest any, but was willing to err on the side of caution. The vet explained that there is a drug in it called amitraz that is very potent and it was what she reacted to and that she would not use ProMeris. She is now fine. After Googling ProMeris adverse reactions, I feel very fortunate that she lived. Many others were not as fortunate. Please post this so that maybe it can save even one unsuspecting pet lover from going through this or worse" Joanne, Aledo Tx


EPA: "Flea, tick products may injure, kill pets"

Washington - March 24, 2010 -
Products intended to treat cats and dogs for fleas and ticks kill hundreds of pets each year and injure tens of thousands, the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday as it outlined plans to make the products safer. The EPA said it will develop stricter testing and evaluation requirements for flea and tick treatments that are applied to a pet's skin. The agency also will begin reviewing labels to determine which ones need to say more clearly how to use the products. The EPA's effort follows increasing complaints from pet owners that the "spot-on" products have triggered reactions in dogs and cats, ranging from skin irritation to neurological problems to deaths. Cats and small dogs appear particularly vulnerable, the EPA said, especially when given products intended for larger animals.

Are you poisoning your pets? Dr. Brandon Brooks, DVM - "Many (if not most) Over The Counter (OTC) or non-prescription flea control products are very toxic to cats and kittens- especially the ones only approved for use in dogs. Many people mistakenly buy these for their pet (it's not always their fault, the companies that make them want you to buy it, they don't really care about the dangers involved) so it pays to be extra careful when buying flea control products." Our animals are sicker than ever. Veterinarians have never seen such an increase in the rate of liver disease, nervous system disorders, cancers, diabetes, renal failure and other diseases. Our animals are being routinely poisoned with pet food and pet medicine. Popular anti-flea and anti-tick medications are extremely toxic to the liver. According to Dr. Brooks, even though the cat or kitten does not have the OTC flea control product directly applied to it, the cat or kitten may still become ill through indirect exposure if it is applied to a dog in the household, household furnishings, bedding, etc.. Also, many OTC dog flea control products are not only toxic to cats, but dogs as well.

Hartz Fea and Tick Products

The principal ingredient in Hartz brand Flea and Tick products for cats is a 40-year-old chemical pesticide called Phenothrin. Although long since banned for use as a lawn pesticide, due its toxicity, Phenothrin constitutes over 85% of the total ingredients in Hartz Advanced Care Plus topical flea and tick drops for cats. The EPA has been reviewing pesticide risks in pet products only since 1996, and because the agency is backlogged, many pet products containing potentially harmful pesticides still make their way onto store shelves. Despite multitudes of well-documented cases of Hartz Flea and Tick Products causing injury and death to many innocent pets, Hartz Mountain Corp. continues to deny any wrongdoing and insists that its products are safe. Evidence against the safety of Hartz Flea and Tick products continues to grow rapidly. TV news channels have ran numerous reports on the problem and a class action suit has been filed against Hartz Mountain Corp. by the law firm of Faruqi and Faruqi, LLP and Squitieri and Fearon, LLP. However, these deadly products are still being sold in stores across the nation and remain well within the reach of unsuspecting consumers who are unwittingly putting their beloved pets into harm's way.

The Poison Necklace

A Pesticide collar is nothing but a poison necklace around your pet's head. It emits a constant toxic cloud that your pet inhales, and so do you, every time you hug your pet. What about those insecticidal flea and tick shampoos and powders, sprays and dips? Labels warn you not to get any on your skin, use rubber gloves and wash your hands! Yet, they are rubbed into your pet;s skin and then are licked by your pet! Signs of pesticide overdose in your pet can include vomiting, diarrhea, trembling, seizures and respiratory problems. Flea Collars: The Cancer Prevention Coalition (CPC), which informs the public about preventable exposures to carcinogens, list many brand-name products as containing either carcinogens or neurotoxins, or both. Avoid flea collars by Longlife, Hartz, Pet Agree, Sergeant;s and Zodiac. Flea and tick dips, sprays, powders, foggers and bombs: click the headline and scroll down the new page to learn more about how to control fleas without resorting to chemicals.

Pesticides in our animal's food

According to Consumer Reports, January 1998, there are 9,700 pesticides in existence, and in 1995, U.S. farmers applied 566 million pounds of pesticides to major fiber and food crops. Last summer, the U.S. Geological Survey announced the first results of a massive study of pesticides in 5,000 water samples from wells and rivers. Half the wells--and nearly all streams--contained at least one pesticide."

Carolyn Swicegood has excellent articles on the adverse effect of pesticides on parrots and the incredible health benefits of feeding organically grown food. While she writes about parrot's sensitivity and suceptibility to being poisoned, the information also applies to our dogs, cats, and any animal on earth, including us, humans. Shirley

Veterinary Malpractice - "Of the tens of thousands of veterinarians practicing in the United States, many are incompetent, careless or both. Others fail to deliver adequate care because their singular focus on profits makes them unwilling to pay for qualified employees, equipment, supplies, etc. I have even known of one vet who diluted her euthanasia drugs and another who re-used single-use surgery supplies. Unnecessary deaths and suffering have become commonplace."

Healthful Living

You cannot poison your animal into health with drugs, chemo or radiation. The holistic approach treats the whole animal, ignites the body's internal healing force and stimulates the body's natural abilities to heal itself "
Health can only be achieved with healthful living" T.C.Fry

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100% Safe Natural Organic Flea and Tick control for all animals

The natural oil from cedar wood is safe for adults, elderly, children, infants, animals, puppies, kittens and our environment safe. The oil is steamed out of the cedar wood found on ranches from previous clearing operations for livestock grazing. Juniperus Virginiana, a red cedar specie of cypress family plant, is an incredibly effective natural insect repellent if formulated correctly. It has been used for thousands of years to repel insects. When delivered in small amounts the aroma will overwhelm most insects. The lingering aroma of Juniperus Virginiana Oil is a pheromone interruption agent that impairs the mental capacity of non-beneficial insects, it has no effect on beneficial insects such as lady bugs, honey bees, lizards, earth worms, butterflies, and toads. It is safe for large and small animals, people and children.

These cedar oil products were tested by Iowa State University at the request of the United States Department of Agriculture for the use of the United States Army in Iraq to eliminate the Desert Sand Flea problem that our troops are encountering, which chemical treatments were either ineffective or causing rashes.

The test results were astonishing - this red cedar oil product was RATED far superior to its chemical counterpart. These same products were tested and proven to not only kill Mosquito's, Flea's & Bed Bugs, but is one of the "ONLY KNOWN SUBSTANCES KNOWN TO MAN THAT WILL KILL THE FLEA, ITS EGGS AND LARVEA THE FIRST TIME"

Studies found Cedar - Juniperus virginiana to be non-toxic. A juniper (Juniperus sp.) oil-based phytomedicine was tested for nephrotoxicity in Sprague-Dawley rats by oral administration of varying doses and was found to be non-toxicArticle from the Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University.

Note from Shirley NOTE: I use Dr. Ben's personal insect repellent cedar oil which is fully *diluted* in a natural safe mineral solution and ready to use. For the first time in years, my dog hasn't bothered by fleas. In the Spring I spray him twice a week. In the Summer time I spray him everyday or even twice a day lightly for just 5 seconds. Fleas and many other insects won't come near that cedar. They also have a *concentrated* cedar oil product which requires to be diluted called Vet's Choice.
Shirley

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CHLORINATED and FLUORIDATED WATER.... A BIG NO-NO !!!

Dog drinking out of water bowl Dog drinking out of water bottleThere is a perception among many people that bottled water is somehow more healthy or pure than water from their tap. This is simply an illusion of marketing. A four-year study by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), released in 1999, found that one-fifth of the sampled bottled waters contained known neurotoxins and carcinogens such as styrene, toluene and xylene. Another NRDC study found that, out of 103 brands of bottled water, one-third contained traces of arsenic and E. coli. This means that out of a sample of 1,000 bottles sold in the U.S., at least 300 would have some level of chemical contamination. It is well known that the average city water today contains over 500 chemicals that do not belong in it. Part of this is due to the fact that most delivery systems in the U.S. include cement, asbestos pipes, cast iron, PVC (porous to certain solvents, herbicides and pesticides) and that lead, cadmium and other toxic metals leach out of valves and couplings of pipes between a water treatment plant and a faucet in the home.

Safe, toxin-free, Ionized, Energized, Drinking Water helps to naturally flush toxins and acidic waste from the body and is a powerful antioxidant. Ionized Water makes more oxygen available to our cells than distilled, reverse osmosis, filtered only, bottled or tap water and is the best possible drinking water.
"Disease and early death is more likely to be seen with the long term drinking of purified water. Avoid it except in special circumstances." Zoltan P. Rona M.D


Warning: Deramaxx-maker Novartis - canine osteo-arthritis drug

Chris Sweeney, who used to own a 9-year-old cocker spaniel named Ari, said she never would have used the drugs if she had been aware of the possible side effects. "I went from having a healthy dog to having a dog that had to be rushed to the hospital and they said he might die on the way," Sweeney said, adding that she believes Metacam is responsible for Ari's death.

Boston veterinarian Dr. Margo Roman said she feels cases such as Ari's are the tip of the iceberg. "There's liver issues, there can be kidney issues, there can be gastrointestinal irritation issues," Roman said, adding that she would never prescribe these NSAIDs to her patients or use them on her own dog. Pet owners do not have to turn to potentially harmful prescription drugs for their pets' health, however. Natural options are available. Health advocate Mike Adams says that pet health, like human health, mostly comes down to proper nutrition, although he noted a pet's dietary needs were specific.




Chocolate Toxic to Dogs?

Chocolate is toxic to dogs, specifically semisweet baking chocolate, which contains much higher levels of caffeine and theobromine (the principle alkaloid used in the synthesis of caffeine) than does milk chocolate. That's not to say milk chocolate isn't dangerous. With its high fat content, it can lead to pancreatitis in pets. Pure chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which are both compounds called methylxanthines. They are hazardous to pets, causing seizures in severe cases. According to snopes.com, cocoa mulch has one of the highest concentrations of theobromine found. It actually smells like chocolate, and is attractive to dogs. Reportedly most dogs will not actually eat it though. Cats are at lower risk mainly because they are even less likely to eat the mulch than dogs.

One study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association confirmed that a dog died due to ingestion of a substantial amount of cocoa mulch. And in the Journal of Agriculturaland Food Chemistry, a scientist reports on the potential use of theobromine and caffeine for "controlling" (that is, killing) pest coyotes. Coyotes being close relatives to dogs, this should cause concern for anyone considering using cocoa mulch in an area their pets have access to.



Hidden Danger in Your Animal's Drinking Water

Chlorinated water can cause serious animal health problems.
"Chlorine is a halogen that damages enzymes. It does not belong in our bodies as part of our water needs!! For starters, chlorine potentiates magnesium deficiency, which can cause almost any symptom you can think of from high blood pressure, to chemical sensitivity or even sudden death. Furthermore it also decreases the absorption while increasing the excretion of calcium and phosphorus. The increased loss of calcium into the urine, promotes osteoporosis. It is known that it not only contributes to hypertension, but also cancers of the pancreas, colon, bladder and has been linked to heart attacks, diabetes, kidney stones and much more. "

"To make matters worse for pets, some people still use plastic water bowls. Most, if not all, of these absorb and retain numerous toxic materials." Dr. Christopher Day (England) reports..."I once had an epileptic dog I had been treating unsuccessfully for eighteen months. One day its plastic feeding bowl was accidentally broken and replaced with a ceramic one. The fits stopped immediately."
more on Epilepsy/Seizures-Causes, Predisposing Factors and Treatment

Although many breeders are aware of the chlorine problem in drinking water, a common mistake is to overlook the fact that bathing in it can have the same effect !! Please remember that because of dermal absorption, anything on the skin is like drinking it !!" Marina Zacharias
Cancer fighting nutrients become deadly when combined with chlorinated tap water
Some of nature;s most valuable and essential anti-cancer and anti-disease phytochemical nutrients which are commonly found in food have been discovered to form deadly cancer causing substances when consumed or combined with chlorinated tap water. This discovery includes familiar foods including soy, fruits, vegetables, tea, many health products, and even some vitamins. Research has proven that these essential nutrients are the exact same families of compounds, that even in infinitesimal amounts have been tormenting the water treatment and chlorine industries for years.

Fluoride in Water: Wide Range of Serious Health Problems

"In 1990 a 10 year study was completed by the federal government National Toxicology Program (a part of the Department of Health and Human Services) to rule out any possibility that fluoride causes cancer. Much to their surprise, bone tumors found in laboratory animals were found to be the direct result of fluoride ingestion. Even before the study was complete, the NTP contacted the Environmental Protection Agency to inform them that fluoride was carcinogenic."

Water resonates with energy

Dr. Hidemitsu Hayashi, M.D. - " Water has the ability to attract and accumulate bio-energy. It also stores an energy memory of harmful or helpful vibrations to which it was exposed in the past. Chlorinated tap water is polluted with non-biological chemicals and negative energy imprints. It is also devoid of bio-energy and so may be regarded as being badly polluted as well as 'dead'. Alkaline living water is regarded by a growing number of health care professionals as the best water to drink and is listed as a medical device in Japan for the treatment of degenerative diseases." Benefits of Alkaline, Ionized Water.

Safe, toxin-free, Ionized, Energized, Drinking Water helps to naturally flush toxins and acidic waste from the body and is a powerful antioxidant. Ionized Water makes more oxygen available to our cells than distilled, reverse osmosis, filtered only, bottled or tap water and is the best possible drinking water. "Disease and early death is more likely to be seen with the long term drinking of purified water. Avoid it except in special circumstances." Zoltan P. Rona M.D




Beware of Proheart 6- Death after Proheart 6 shot - testimonials
  • Myra lost a perfectly healthy 6 yr old Shih tzu after Proheart 6 shot (heartworm prevention). He started diarrhea and vomiting within 5 days of the Proheart 6, and over weeks continued digestive problems. Her dog died.
  • Trouble received the ProHeart 6 shot on 8/20/02 in conjunction with other vaccinations. He died on 10/17/02 (58 days) after the shot. He was VERY healthy prior to the shot being given.
  • Danny was a perfectly healthy five-year-old part Golden Retriever mix who was energetic and happy. He died after receiving Proheart 6.
Manufacturer's Letter to Veterinarians Warns of Side Effects A letter was sent to veterinarians by Fort Dodge, the manufacturer of ProHeart 6. Amongst other issues, you will see just some of the known side effects of the medication. This is an excerpt of the letter. (I highlighted some sentences to emphasize the adverse reactions) Symptoms of Reactions Lawsuit Filed against Manufacturer of ProHeart®6 Heartworm Medication

Testimonial from a victim of Proheart6

Subject: Dog's recover from Auto Immune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA)
Date: Sunday, October 12, 2003
From: Dave Burrows in Eastbourne, United Kingdom

My dog Arnie had been given up on by the vet. He had acute anaemia caused by his white blood cells killing his red ones and quite honestly we were making arrangements for his funeral. After one week on Transfer Factor we noticed a dramatic improvement. Three months later, after finishing the entire course, Arnie is doing so well that he no longer needs Transfer Factor . He now has so much energy on his new diet (James welbeloved) that we have to restrict his intake or we could be pulling him off the ceiling. He is putting on weight steadily as is his partner Heidi, She has been on Transfer Factor also and it has cured her scaly flaky skin condition on her back.
Note: AIHA Canine autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) is a disease characterized by increased destruction of red blood cells (erythrocytes) by the dog's own immune system.

Dr. Rob Robertson, M.D writes "Nearly everything that goes wrong with us and our pets, with the exception of trauma - i.e. broken bones, etc., can be traced directly to an immune system failure". Pollution, drug overload and nutrient-poor diets compromise our immune health. The key to self-healing is a strong defense system, which protects dogs and cats from everything from the flu germs to cancer cells. More than their mainstream counterparts, holistic veterinarians believe that a weak immune system plays a key role in causing disease. Drugs aren't the answer for immune enhancement. The immune system is not responsive to drugs for healing. Antibiotics fight infection, but they don't affect whatever weakened the immune system in the first place. This is why holistic veterinarians focus less on things that cause diseases and more on those that affect the body's defenses"

Learn how to boost your pets' immune system naturally

Dr. Jeffrey Levy. DVM - Heartworm parasite is a source of great anxiety among dog caretakers. Thanks in large part to the scare tactics of many veterinarians in promoting preventive drugs, many people believe that contracting heartworms is the equivalent of a death sentence for their dogs. This is not true. learn why

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Reports of some of the most widely used canine drugs by veterinarians listing the known symptoms/conditions caused by and/or associated with the administration of same as reported to the FDA/CVM on the ADE [adverse drug event] reports. Each drug symptom/condition listing is in alphabetical order with medical terminology definitions provided.

NSAIDs [non steroid anti inflammatory drugs]: widely given for pain, arthritis, surgery, etc.:
DERAMAXX: (deracoxib)
ETOGESIC: (etodolac)
METACAM: (meloxicam)
RIMADYL: (carprofen)
ZUBRIN (tepoxalin)
NSAIDS/LAB TESTS
ProHEART 6 (heart worm)


Rimadyl Risk-Be Aware- Miracle Cure Can Be Deadly
From the Doris Day Animal League Foundation

The best-selling drug known as Rimadyl, an anti-inflammatory medicine for pets, has been found to be deadly for many animals, as witnessed by the FDA receiving more than 6,000 bad reaction reports about the drug manufactured by Pfizer. As a result, the FDA requested that Pfizer advise consumers in their advertising that death was a possible side effect. Pfizer refused and pulled their advertising, however they have included "death" as a possible side effect on the drug label. Plans call for a "Dear Doctor" letter to be issued to veterinarians and a safety sheet will be attached to pill packages.

Pfizer acknowledges a problem with some dog owners, especially the consumer group which mounted a campaign dubbed BARKS, for Be Aware of Rimadyl's Known Side-effects (including loss of appetite, wobbling, vomiting, seizures and severe liver malfunction). The drug company is reported to be contacting pet owners who have told their stories on the Internet, and is offering to pay medical and diagnostic expenses for some dogs who may have been harmed by Rimadyl.

How my beloved dog was killed by rimadyl - As a Senior Citizen, Romi was my sole friend and companion dog ... my partner died a horrific and cruel death - she was KILLED due to the greed of the drug industry and the lack of ethics in the veterinarian community
Class Action lawsuit against Pfizer

CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST MAKERS OF RIMADYL Case No. 99-CP-25-353
Jean Townsend of Johns Island, South Carolina announced today that a settlement has been reached with Pfizer, Inc. in what appears to be the first lawsuit of its kind in this country – a lawsuit over injuries that led to the death of Ms. Townsend's chocolate lab, George.

Rimadyl ~ the drug that killed my Angel

Natural Solutions to toxic Rimadyl

An excellent natural alternative to Rimadyl is a product called Agility, which is formulated by prominent holistic veterinarian, Dr. Jane Bicks. Agility is safer than steroids and NSAID;s because it is an ALL NATURAL supplement that delivers special nutrients and herbs to the joint, bones and surrounding tissue. Agility is a safe alternative with no side effects.

A message from Carolyn "I give my 13-year old dog lots of glucosamine/condroitin and she's comfortable, can now get into the car on her own, enjoys walking, running and swimming. She's happy, active, able for her age (60 Lbs.) and easily walks 3 miles per day with me. No chemicals, no prescriptions."

A message from Ruby Ricciardi "Please folks ! Try this before you do Rimadyl ! I was presented with serious pain when my girl had her spleen removed ( benign ) ..... I was a basket case with her on Rimadyl. I KNEW the consequences...but felt there was no other choice. We got away with it.....she had no problem .....BUT .... after 10 days on it...I just quit it when a friend asked if she was on MSM.I said yes....2000mg daily. The friend laughed and said she was on 6000mg daily and my girl out weighed her by 50 lbs - Put her on 4000mg ! See what happens.

Well .... I did....and from the very first day .... my girls pain was non-existent .... and her comfort level was incredibly perfect. Just as good or better than the Rimadyl ! As a matter of fact ( she also has Spondylosis ) after 1 week ....she was peeing IN THE GRASS again as opposed to peeing above it previously because of not being able to hunch down.

It has been 2.5 months now, and she is up to 6000mg daily, runs through the house, swims, walks 2 miles a day, gets up and down WITH EASE from the floor, and is more mobile and flexible than she has been in 3 years ! MSM is natural .... aside from literally getting rid of inflammation, it also heals at the cellular level.

I have been advised that if I get her up to 12,000mg daily and keep her there for 6 months .... we will likely SEE a reversal of the Spondylosis on xrays ...... if that happens ..... I will spread the word on the internet with the news ! ! I have also been advised that it will NOT dissolve the calcium deposits. 1 teaspoon = 4000mg I sprinkle it on her food. You can tell if your MSM is PURE by putting a 1/2 teaspoon in water....if the water stays perfectly clear...it is pure. She is a 9yo Great Dane. 37'' , 120 lbs (used to be 178) " Learn more about the miracles of MSM

All natural formula. Dogs suffering with joint diseases such as arthritis, bursitis, OCD, hip dysplasia and other degenerative problems with the shoulders, elbows and hocks can now experience immediate and long-term relief without drugs. No side-effects because it's all just good whole food.

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"Greenies" Danger!

Consumer Investigation exposes a potentially deadly problem involving one of the most popular dog treats on the market. Millions of dogs chew on the treats every day, and there's a good chance your pooch is one of them. Consumer Investigator Wayne Havrelly discovered the danger. These dog treats are called "Greenies." They're sold in stores everywhere.

Mike Eastwood and his wife, Jenny Reiff, filed a $5 million lawsuit in New York, blaming Greenies for the intestinal blockage that caused the death of their dog Burt. Burt did not die because he bit off a big piece in his throat and choked, but because the treats are NOT 100% digestable as they are advertised to be. They can swell in the intestine and cause a blockage like the one that resulted in Burt's death. Supervising a dog while they eat any greenie type treats is not an assurance of safety.

"I just wanted to tell you about my "Greenie" experience. I have a border collie, my pride and joy . In 2004 , Morgan ( my BC ), was given a greenie...just one, And shortly after he had a pretty good seisure. i just knew it was the treat, so I asked my vet, who said greenies did not cause the seisure. A year later, I bought him one for christmas, this time he had six intense seisures, by the time they were over , he couldnt remember his name . Although I could not find anyone who would admit a connection to Greenies then, now I am finding others who have experienced the same thing. He has never seen a greenie since and never had another seisure. After finding your web site, I thought you may find this interesting. Bad Greenies!"

Watch a vet retrieve a two-day old, undigested Greenie from a dog (link in the CNN article)


Food Additive Potentially Deadly To Pets
Vets Warn Owners To Keep Sugar-Free Away From Pets
JAVMA - September 1, 2004

Sugar-free treats could be harmful to dogs - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Animal Poison Control Center is warning veterinarians, their staff, and pet owners that the xylitola sweetener found in some sugar-free chewing gums, candies, and other products can cause seriouspossibly life-threatening problems for dogs.

The American Society for the Prevention of Dogs ingesting large amounts of products sweetened with xylitol may have a sudden drop in blood sugar, resulting depression, loss of coordination, and seizures, according to Dr. Eric K. Dunayer, a consulting veterinarian in clinical toxicology for the poison control center. The center is most concerned about products in which xylitol is the primary ingredient. The American Society for the Prevention of "These signs can develop quite rapidly, at times less than 30 minutes after ingestion of the product," Dr. Dunayer said in a statement. "Therefore, it is important that pet owners seek veterinary treatment immediately." Some data suggest a link between xylitol ingestion and liver failure in dogs, he said, though those data are insufficient to draw firm conclusions. Dr. Dunayer published a case study on xylitol toxicosis in April 2004 issue of the journal Veterinary and Human Toxicology.

The Bitter Truth About NutraSweet (Aspartame) and Sucralose (Splenda)
Ralph Walton, M.D. - "Aspartame (NutraSweet) appears to cause slow, silent damage in those unfortunate enough to not have immediate reactions and a reason to avoid it. It may take one year, five years, 10 years, or 40 years, but it seems to cause some reversible and some irreversible changes in health over long-term use. "Aspartame has a profound effect on mood and cognition....depressed mood, anxiety, dizziness, panic attacks, nausea, irritability, impairment of memory and concentration."

Dr. Janet Starr Hull - "The testing of sucralose reveals that it can cause up to 40 percent shrinkage of the thymus: a gland that is the very foundation of our immune system. Sucralose also causes swelling of the liver and kidneys, and CALCIFICATION of the kidney. Note: if you experience kidney pain, cramping, or an irritated bladder after using sucralose in Splenda, stop use immediately." more

Popular sweetener is toxic for dogs
A sugar substitute found in a variety of sugar-free and dietetic cookies, mints and chewing gum is proving highly toxic, even fatal, to snack-snatching dogs. Xylitol, popular in Europe for decades but a relative newcomer to the U.S. alternative-sweeteners market, can be "very, very serious" to dogs when ingested, says Dana Farbman, spokeswoman for the Animal Poison Control Center of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "It doesn't take a whole lot (of xylitol), and the effects are so rapid that the window of opportunity to treat the dog is extremely small," Farbman says. learn more



Steroids The sleaziest of drugs (cortisone, prednisone etc)
"You take your dog to the vet with a skin infection. Your vet gives your dog a steroid injection. The skin infection clears up. Later, you discover your dog has kidney disease. Is there a clear connection between the steroid injection and your dog's diseased kidneys? You don't know. But we do know that steroids are known to damage kidneys. We also know, from the drug manufacturers' own data sheets, that steroids can cause liver damage, brittle bones, diabetes, adrenal insufficiency, an inability to deal with stress, and damage to the immune system."Catherine O'Driscoll

Doctors tell you that steroids only cause side effects after many years. But new research shows that permanent damage is immediate and devastating. Studies show that steroids cause permanent, debilitating effects after a single dosage. 'Steroids are probably the most sleazy of modern day medications,' says John Mills, former professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and chief of infectious diseases at San Francisco General Hospital. FAQ: Heartbreaking testimonial of a cat on long term steroids --- Animals on Steroids: are there alternatives? more

Are Antibiotics Making Your Pet Sick?
Diarrhea, abdominal pain, severe inflammation of the colon (colitis), irritable bowel syndrome, skin problems, fever, elevated white blood cell count, weak immune system, vomiting, dehydration, potassium deficiencies, allergies, colon perforation, bad breath, excess stomach gas, yeast problems, nutritional deficiencies and constipation are just some of the many side effects and problems linked to antibiotics.


A growing number of veterinarians are recommending Transfer Factor to improve animal's health and boost their immune system, including in cancer cases, toxic conditions, diabetes, and neurological conditions. There are amazing testimonials about animals recovering from cancer, diabetes and other severe degenerative illnesses with a nutritional product called Transfer Factor.

The (Delaware) News Journal reported that over the last few years there has been a growing national trend to give animals more legal protection: New legislation and lawsuits have been filed across the country on behalf of animals. Several lawsuits against veterinarians aim to change laws that treat pets as property and leave vets unaccountable for malpractice. New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have considered legislation granting pet owners the right to sue for pain and suffering damages, including punitive damages for neglect or abuse. Tennessee enacted such a law in 2000, and Illinois passed a version of it two years ago.

The Traumatic Death of my soulmate dog ZoeyUnbearable Loss: The Traumatic Death of My Soulmate Dog Zoey: No One Dares Publicly Call It Veterinary Malpractice

I rescued my beloved dog Zoey from a high-volume killing pound. Bedraggled and terrified, she was transformed into a handsome happy dog who danced her life after she outgrew her fear and insecurity. We had nine years together-not nearly enough. Zoey was diagnosed with cancer on October 9, 2001; thirteen days later, on October 23, 2001-a day I can never forget-she was dead, but not from her illness. She developed all the classic signs of chemo-induced sickness. Distraught and confused, I thought Zoey might be dying; a veterinarian who did not know Zoey destroyed her without any veterinary care, assessment, or consideration of the effects of chemotherapy. From rescue, through life and into illness and death, and then my inconsolable grief, this is Zoey's story. My journal of her days of illness, her final days, hours, and her death, all are included here. I remember Zoey in Questioning Chemotherapyzoeypoems of remembrance and mourning and in photographs. I also provide a carefully detailed exposé of what happened with the complaints I filed about veterinary malpractice. I reproduce the complaint documents, my correspondences, phone discussions, and the official response letters. The politics of cover-up unfolds, revealing how impenetrable is the disregard for veterinary misconduct. I offer advice and warning to others about how they might best care for and protect beloved animals during their illnesses to avoid the perils of the veterinarian's "license to kill." I offer my thoughts about needed reforms to create objective and just review procedures.

Veterinary incompetence, negligence, and abuse are alive and well in the United States and all over the world. Every day, untold numbers of defenseless animals are left in the hands of some negligent, incompetent doctors who inflict cruelty, injury, and death on our pets -- and get away with it. Millions of people take their pets to vets every year. Although skilled, competent veterinary care certainly outweighs the incidences of negligence and abuse, the damage that those veterinarians do is incalculable in terms of animal suffering, public health and safety, consumer fraud, and the emotional devastation caused by knowing that our beloved pets were harmed or destroyed by the very person entrusted with their care. If you believe that no veterinarian anywhere would ever deliberately harm an animal...never abuse client or public trust...never abuse their positions as doctors...or would never violate the laws of their profession...you will learn that public record, disciplinary actions by vet boards, and increasing media coverage on this ugly and disturbing subject say otherwise. And if you think that it can't happen to you and your pet...think again.

Routine Vaccination: Is it really safe and effective?

Dr. Patricia Jordan DVM "The vaccines are unsafe and they are unnecessary, they are also the FOUNDATION of conventional medicine
which unfortunately is not to be confused with conventional "wisdom". This is an example of how the system is built upon a foundation of "speculation" or unethical medicine that is now being questioned. Vaccines DO NOT confer herd immunity and they DO NOT confer individual immunity. They are however, the "golden calf" of the white coats that grows into the "sacred cow" of vaccine induced disease. What will they do when the public figures out they have been lied to for the purpose of "making a living by killing" by the pharmaceutical medical industrial complex that is only in operation due to government financial scaffolding and protection? "


Stop the shotsWHAT VETS DON'T TELL YOU ABOUT VACCINES Read the comments of veterinarians who believe that vaccines are damaging our pets. This information will make you cry and aware of the scam that is the mainstay of the veterinary field. Learn the truth about the terrible suffering of pets and their owners and what can be done to protect your animals from the drug companies and ignorant vets. 'Shock to the System' covers the latest information on the vaccine issue, and puts the other pieces of the puzzle into the picture. Diet, environmental toxins, pharmaceuticals and stress all play a part in the health of companion animals.

Donna Starita Mehan DVM -"Routine" vaccination has adverse side-effects, either short or long term. With vaccines that are repeated year after year, the frequency and severity of these side-effects in our pets has increased dramatically. Most of the problems involve the immune system. After all, the immune system is what vaccines are designed to stimulate. But they do so in a very unnatural way that can overwhelm and confuse the immune system and can result in increased susceptibility to acute infections (such as ear infections in dogs, bladder infections in cats), chronic tapeworm problems, or in more degenerative cases, cancer."


Danger of rawhide and pig ears

Some veterinarians warn against feeding rawhide and pig ears because they can contain chemical residues (from chemicals used to remove the fur) that can be harmful to your dog;s health. Also, larger pieces can break off and be swallowed, getting stuck in the intestines and causing blockages. When the rawhide gets wet from the stomach juices, it swells to twice its normal size causing serious stomach blockage. Soft and slick rawhide can also become a choking hazard.

A safe and healthy chemical free alternative to rawhide and pig ears.
MACHO STIX is an all natural nutritious bully stick that dog go crazy for. It contains no smoked flavorings, no additives, preservatives, chemicals or flavors. It is dried in the oven, thus retains all of its healthy, fresh, clean, and wholesome goodness. Just good old fashioned US beef bully sticks from USDA inspected beef. These are the only dog chews that use an authentic, all-natural process that assures every quality treat is more flavorful and easily digestible. 100% Pure and Natural - Chemical and Hormone Free. Some pet owner call the Macho Stix "Puppy Pacifier" because it keeps the pup occupied for hours or "Doggy Cocaine" because dogs always want more.



Why you should not feed your pet products that contain soy

Newest Research On Why You Should Avoid Soy (and avoid feeding it to your animals)
by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD

"...the soybean contains large quantities of natural toxins or "antinutrients". First among them are potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion. These inhibitors are large, tightly folded proteins that are not completely deactivated during ordinary cooking. They can produce serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake. In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors cause enlargement and pathological conditions of the pancreas, including cancer. Soybeans also contain haemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together. Trypsin inhibitors and haemagglutinin are growth inhibitors."

Recently there has been a tremendous increase in disorders like systemic lupus, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, "myelinoma", pulmonary hypertension and neuropathy. Soy and canola oils are players in the outbreak of these disease conditions. So are the organophosphates, insecticides such as malathion used in food production in the name of efficiency.



PET HEALTH ALERT: BREAD DOUGH A NO-NO!

As the holidays descend upon us, there'll be many cooks in the kitchen--but don't spoil your pet by giving him bread dough. According to Jill A. Richardson, DVM, of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), when bread dough is ingested, an animal's body heat causes the dough to rise in the stomach. As alcohol is produced during the rising process, the dough expands. Pets who've eaten bread dough may experience abdominal pain, bloat, vomiting, disorientation and depression.




Plants - Drugs - Household Products - Environmental Toxins

Are you poisoning your pets? Are You Poisoning Your Pets?
A Guidebook to How Our Lifestyles Affect the Health of Our Pets by Nina Anderson

Countless pets are poisoned each year, either suffering a sudden illness or death or encountering toxins on a daily basis that erode their health slowly and shorten their lifespan. This helpful guide tells how to guard against both kinds of poisoning and explains how to identify and remove such causes as cleaning products, paint and varnish, fumes, certain houseplants, and more .





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Dr. Steven Hansen, veterinary toxicologist & ASPCA Senior Vice President, shows you examples of the most common potentially dangerous plants.



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Canine Malignant Lymphoma and the use of chemicals around the home

A hospital-based case-control study of companion dogs examined the risk of developing canine malignant lymphoma associated with the use of chemicals in and about the home. The study indicated that owners in households with dogs that developed malignant lymphoma applied 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) herbicides to their lawn and/or employed commercial lawn care companies to treat their yard significantly more frequently than control owners (odds ratio = 1.3). In addition, the risk of canine malignant lymphoma rose to a twofold excess with four or more yearly owner applications of 2,4-D. The findings in this study are consistent with occupational studies in humans, which have reported modest associations between agricultural exposure to 2,4-D and increased risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the history and epidemiology of which are similar to those of canine malignant lymphoma.

Asbestos, Cancer and Your Pets

Not only can dogs inhale asbestos brought in by their owners, but dogs can also drag asbestos dust into the home on their fur or feet if they've been in a location where asbestos is present, such as near an older building that's being demolished. That's why it's always necessary to keep tabs on the whereabouts of your dog, as it may impact his health and that of your family. Veterinarians who've studied dogs with mesothelioma have also come to the conclusion that exposure to other toxic materials may also increase the risk of the animal developing mesothelioma. Those substances include pentachlorophenol, often used as an herbicide, algaecide, defoliant, wood preservative, germicide, or fungicide. Studies have shown that Bouvier des Flandres, Irish Setters, and German Shepherds are at greatest risk for tumor development and the disease is more common in male than in female dogs.

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