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Chemicals, Toxic Drugs And Our Pet's Health: testimonials

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. Illness does not occur without cause. Causes may originate in many areas. Underlying causes of illness and disease must be identified and removed before complete recovery can occur. Symptoms can be expressions of the body's attempt to defend itself, to adapt and recover, to heal itself, or may be results of the causes of disease. more.

Are you poisoning your pet? Chemicals harming our animal's  health: testimonialsProMeris flea control for dogs and cats killed my cat
Zodiac flea/troll drops killed our cats
Dobermann Champion showdog killed by Leptospirosis vaccine
Feline Pine Litter, Pine Sol and Tea Tree Oil
Victim of cortisone (steroids) shot
Aflatoxins Poisoning
Death after Proheart 6 shot
Losing pups to vaccines
Losing cats to vaccine
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100% Safe Natural Flea and Tick control for all animals (including cats) 
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Hartz Flea and Tick Products - Dangerous for Pets 
Grapes and Raisins are Toxic to Dogs
Bread dough a no-no for pets
Bad reaction to Insulin shot
Cancer of the thyroid and toxic chemicals
Zorro the Cat:  veterinary malpractice and vaccination killed him
Sick of Drugging your Pet? There is a better way to bring your pet to health

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." learn more

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Subject: Cat Killed by ProMeris flea product for dogs and cats
Name:   M.Elena Piccirillo 
Email:  dar2dream @ live.com
Location: Live Oak, FL, United States

I wanted to share Preston's story with you. Below is a letter/email I began mailing and posting to alert the public of the harm ProMeris caused to my beloved feline companion of 4 years. The emotional distress his sudden and preventable passing has caused to me - heartrending.  As I am left with nothing, but a costly veterinary bill. 

WARNING dated 6/2/2010:  In Memory Of My Precious Preston.

I wish I would have goggled and read through the numerous post, emails, blogs, and websites that warned about the danger to using ProMeris before applying it to my sweet boy. Not to mention, the recent EPA reports I've since read, and the recent conversation I had with NPIC. I can assure you that this is not an urban legend - as I have lived through it. 

I applied ProMeris to my four year old domestic black and white male cat Preston on Friday, May 29, 2010. On June 1, 2010 I had to put him to sleep due to kidney failure. Although, his vet couldn't say for that it was the ProMeris. She did say that some poison/toxin caused the failure. Preston was a  healthy and happy cat until I applied this product. Now after a four day stay in the hospital he is no longer with me. His vet's attempts to flush his system with fluid therapy and antibiotics in hopes of restoring normal kidney functioning couldn't undo the damage. Why is this product still on the market! This product is extremely dangerous and should be removed until its safety can be guaranteed.

I have called and sent several letters to the Fort Dodge (Wyeth) - Pfizer and was told that Dr. Beres was assigned to look into the matter. I spoke with Dr. Laura Beres on June 15, 2010. Case number: 2010 - US - 20833,  and was thanked for bringing the matter to their attention. No apology was given and a flat out refusal, to at the very least, reimburse me for the vet bill. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this,

Heartbroken in Florida
Ms.M.Elena Piccirillo
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Insecticide Poisoning in Pets - Insecticides, herbicides, and fertilizers can be harmful to pets - Jillian Olsen is a journalist working on a story about pet exposures to insecticides.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.  If anyone would like to discuss the experience they've  had with these chemicals, Jillian would appreciate the opportunity to talk with you. She can be reached at MBP.CPI@gmail.com  ---  Acute Toxicity and Irritation Tests on Animals with the New Insecticide, Piperonyl Butoxide    contact Shirley or call 323-522-4521 or 323-989-3372


 

Zodiac Flea treatment killed my cat
Email:  Andrea  spandexrock@hotmail.com
Location: Ontario, Canada - January 15, 2007

I just want to let people know that i used Zodiac Flea treatment 3 days ago and found my cat dead in my 7 year olds bed this morning. Our cat was perfectly healthy 4 days ago and this morning she was  foaming blood out of her nose and died in a puddle of her own urine. I know it was this product because I have another cat which I was  unable to 'catch' therefore he did not get the treatment and so he remains perfectly healthy.

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From Carol Dunn   lcd @ briskweb.net
I shampooed my dog with Zodiac Flea and Tick Shampoo on sunday the 20th.  The dog seems to be fine but I  have extreme pain  in the hand I used to rub the shampoo in.    It took me a few days to realize what had happened.  The pain starts in my fingers  and goes all the way to my shoulder.  Unless you like pain or want to kill your pet, DO NOT USE THIS SHAMPOO! 

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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.  . 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.2  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.

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"Tommy was in excellent condition and was a Champion showdog who was Top Dobermann in the UK 2000. In May 2002 we took Tommy to the Vet for blood tests to see whether he needed his Booster and the Vet advised we should give the Leptospirosis vaccine as this was safe and would definitely be needed. On his return home, Tommy was very quiet and went and lay upstairs on his own. When we tried to get him to come downstairs, he had problems getting up off the bed and was unco-ordinated. He then tried to get on the bed in the other bedroom and when we tried to help him, he fell back screaming in pain and could not move." read more

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BIO-SPOT MADE MY CAT VERY ILL.  DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT
Email:  Laura  lrowan1209@yahoo.com
Location: Philadlephia, PA

We gave Bio-Spot to him 9 days ago and he is still sick.  This product has synthetic pyrethrins in it which are very toxic to cats.  Not all cats will get sick from it but too many have!!  I have been watching my normally very active and happy 3 year old cat be extremely lethargic now for 9 days, he can barely walk.  It started the night we gave him the Bio-Spot.  He had a very high fever by the next day and was tremoring.  Has has been to the vet twice and spent a night in the ER.  He is still very lethargic and still having trouble walking.  Thank god he is improving and it looks like he will be okay.  But no one should go through this.  So many people have lost their pets already to this product and others like it.  The EPA needs to be alerted by everyone who has had a pet get sick from this stuff so it gets taken off of the market.  Alert ! Read testimonials about other dangerous pet products:  Frontline,  Sergeant's Pet Care, Zodiac flea control and Hartz products

Name:   Barbara Dalton
Email:  barb23 @ cox.net
Location: Jenks, OK

ALERT:  "bio Spot for Cats" killed our beloved house cat, Whiskers.  While shopping at PETCO I decided to try a product called BIO Spot for Cats.  I also purchased Front Line for my Golden Retriever.  I applied the Bio Spot to my cat and I didn't notice any adverse reactions until three days later she was not quite herself and went into hiding.  My son looked for her that evening and found her way back in his closet.  She was not moving at all.  Soon after finding her she went into seizures.  Horrified I thought if could possibly be the Bio Spot and I was about to put her in the tub and wash her off, but she died before I could bath her.  I have since found out Bio Spot uses a diluted ingredient - permethrin, which is toxic to cats.  I contacted the manufacturer and made a report with Farnam Products and the EPA. 

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Subject:  Zodiac flea/troll drops killed our cats
From:   Andrei andreikraev@yahoo.ca

We have just lost 2 cats because of Zodiac flea trol drops. They died one after another , 2 healthy pets, we used this Zodiac drops for about 2 moths as instructed on the package. The vet said it went through the skin and damaged the lever. We will e-mail the company as well. Can you please advise if there is any way we can add our testimony to some sort of  petishen to stop making this drog, and let more pets owner know about the real danger.

The Wellmark International Inc doesn't want to take responsibility, and never admit that Zodiac Flea troll (drops) could be dangerous. After 3 weeks of ignoring our e-mails we send a letter to the company with the package of Zodiac Flea troll. Wellmark International Inc. responded to us with the letter from DVM Jordan Siegal (head of consumer relation department)that the symptoms are very similar to other diseases and Zodiac flea troll has nothing to do with the death of our cats. Our cats were never exposed to any other chemicals and the letter contain a lot of scientific stuff no one can make sense of any way. They even didn't bother to offer a refund to "unsatisfied customers" even though it was not about money from our part. In order to prove our case to them we have to dig out our cats from the backyard and do the autopsy, and than what? Hire a lawyer to fight Wellmark International Inc. They will get away with it any way, this is multi billion dollars industry. They have all the bases covered.  We have wrote letters anywhere we could - NPIC, Veterinarian Collage, Humane Society and private web sites to make people aware of the danger of Zodiac products.

Health Hazards from Chemical 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 Natural Organic Flea and Tick Control for All Animalslet deadly poisons be sold on grocery store shelves without applying stringent standards?  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.  . 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.2  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. Learn about Safe and Effective Flea, Tick and Lice Prenvention and Eradication

What to do if your animal has been poisoned by toxic products? Veterinarians and animal guardians use homeopathy, Transfer Factor, and the VelociTea Detox Tea to help boost the immune system and remove the poison. Listing of homeopathic veterinarians.   Read the testimonials of amazing animal health improvements and cures of cancer and other chronic diseases entirely with natural alternative health care

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The word "holistic" means "whole". In providing holistic care, the therapist addresses your animal not only from the point of view of its disease, but also considers what may have caused the condition. There are many levels to look at: the animal's lifestyle, the food it eats, the medication it receives, the emotions it undergoes and the environmental factors; these may all have a relationship with the symptoms you observe. 



Leptospirosis Vaccine Reaction caused Tommy's death
by Sue and Zoe Lewsley
September 2002

We would like to inform you of the recent experience we have had with our six year old Dobermann dog following his Booster. Tommy was in excellent condition and was a Champion showdog who was Top Dobermann in the UK 2000. In May 2002 we took Tommy to the Vet for blood tests to see whether he needed his Booster and the Vet advised we should give the Leptospirosis vaccine as this was safe and would definitely be needed. On his return home, Tommy was very quiet and went and lay upstairs on his own. When we tried to get him to come downstairs, he had problems getting up off the bed and was unco-ordinated. He then tried to get on the bed in the other bedroom and when we tried to help him, he fell back screaming in pain and could not move.

We immediately took him to the vets who kept him in for the day on a drip saying he had inflammation of his entire body and this was a known reaction to the vaccine. He seemed much better by the evening so they said we could bring him home but he deteriorated again, collapsed on his back end, wedged under the furniture and was screaming in pain. We rang the emergency vets who said to rest him and give him metacam. We sat with Tommy throughout the night and we got the vet out first thing Saturday (the next morning) and he was given morphine and carried out in a blanket to be returned to the vets. 

Over the next few days a myleogram was done and the pictures sent to a specialist and surgery was performed on the following Tuesday. One of Tommy's discs in the pelvic region had completely blown apart and there was massive haemorraging. The surgeon said he had never seen anything like it. Over the weeks and with physiotherapy, accupuncture and swimming Tommy had improved and was standing and sitting and seemed to be making a slow but constant recovery. Tommy stayed at a specialist vets in Fleet, where he was swum every day and the treatment could not have been better. We then started to bring him home weekends and had him home for the last week with his daughter Leila, taking him back for swims every day. Throughout this time, Tommy was always in high spirits and was getting up onto his feet and attempting to move.

Unfortunately, over the last week, he started to deteriorate and was becoming less able to get around. We arranged for a consult with the surgeon on 1st August (unfortunately his 7th Birthday) and it became apparent after various tests that his nerve damage on the left side was too extensive and he would never be able to progress any further. We then had to make the terrible decision to let him go and not prolong the situation. Tommy had been a wonderful patient endearing himself to all who met him and his willpower had been phenomenal. He will be sadly missed. The vets have reported the reaction to the Veterinary Drug Board who are looking into the matter, which we hope will stop another animal having to go through the same trauma.

We hope this information will hope with your fight and should you require any further information, pleae do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,
Sue and Zoe Lewsley
9 Players Green, Woodley, Berkshire RG5 3PR 0118 9448803 email: dogmatic@ntlworld.com
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There is a problem with Leptospirosis Vaccines By Patricia Jordan, DVM

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Subject: Losing pups to vaccines
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2002 
From:  "Gitta Vaughn" <gittavaughn@earthlink.net

I just want to take a moment to congratulate you to your newsletter. I think it is a great way of reminding people like me to go visit your site more often, a great way to let us know what is going on.

The vaccination story hit home. Two weeks ago we euthanized two beautiful, healthy German Shepherd pups. After discussion vaccination pros and cons with two holistic vets we decided on an alternate schedule of parvo and distemper and delayed the first parvo shot until they were 9 weeks old. After the second distemper shot two pups developed high fever within 12 and 24 hours and suffered from failing health for two weeks with a variety of symptoms  like diarrhea, lack of appetite, depression, weight loss. It all culminated in cluster seizures and after the most horrifying 24 hours of our lives we had both pups euthanized. Of course the vaccine manufacturer denies any connection with the vaccine. The third pup
got sick as well but not as severe and recovered. 

The pups did receive the homeopathic remedy, Thuja, immediately after each vaccination. We have tried Distempervinum for the two pups we lost, but it was too late, however I believe it saved the third one. We gave a dose of 200C twice daily for 5 days. Her symptoms remained mild and as far as we can tell now there are no neurological or other damages. Ironically we didn't use combo vaccines to prevent just that. 

Even though we don't have children, it is not too hard to imagine the horrible pain a parent must go through to lose a healthy, happy child because of a mandatory vaccine.

Keep us all informed about the things we need to know.
Thank you for all your hard work that goes into your site and your newsletter.

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Subject: Losing cats to vaccines / Looking for Birman cats holistic breeder
Name: Elizabeth Matthews 
From: Phoenixville, PA 
Email address: karlizim@comcast.net 

Your website is wonderful! I have two Birman cats, the older of which is 17 with chronic renal disease (but, so far, doing well with daily subcutaneous Ringer's Solution and a daily mixture of oil, Transfer Factor and acidophilus). The 5 year old has never been vaccinated (you can imagine the struggles I've had with my non-holistic vet over this!) The 17 year old's brother died at age 11 of cancer, caused, I am convinced, by vaccines. Do you know of any Birman holistic breeders?

My friend, who is a biochemist and international lecturer on fatty acid metabolism, lost her Birman (he was also vaccinated) and we both would like to get non-vaccinated Birmans. Thanks for your devotion and hard work! You are doing a wonderful service for people and pets and I have and will continue to tell friends about you. 

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My pug, MuShu, almost died twice from routine vaccinations.

MuShu had always been vaccinated and given her booster shots since she was 8 weeks old. I had done everything my vet had told me to do. After all, I love my dog and wanted her to have a healthy happy life. When MuShu was 5 yrs. old, I took her in for her routine vaccines. I live about 5 min. from my vet clinic and by the time I got home with her and got into the house, she was scratching herself like crazy. Even draging her tummy across the floor and rolling all around. When I looked at her closer, I saw she had developed hives all over. She then got up to come to me and could not walk in a straight line. She vomited and fell over and could not get up. I grabed my keys and MuShu and threw her into the car. We practically flew back to the Vet clinic.

I ran into the office and yelled "my dog is dying!". The vet tech came out and grabbed her from my arms and went into the back with her. I was hot on her heels as I was not going to let her out of my sight. The Dr. came in and administered some benadryl and told me to stay with her and watch her. They came in and checked on her every 5 min. or so. After about 1 hour. it seemed the crisis was over and she was becoming her old self again. I asked the Dr. what on earth had happened and he said she had a reaction to the vaccine she was given.

When I asked him if it would ever happen again, he said probably not. Little did I know. About 6 mos. later, it was time for MuShu to have her Rabies vaccine.  This is required by law and I thought I had to comply.  I reminded the Vet about her reaction to the last shots and her told me that there was no way she would have the same reaction because it was a different shot and carrier in the shot. With his reassurance, I got MuShu the shot.

She seemed fine at first but after about an hour later, I saw the hives and the itching starting all over again. This time the Vet came over to my house and gave her some benadryl and stayed to watch her recovery. I have since learned that, armed with a letter from my vet. I no longer have to get her any vaccines as she is exempt due to severe reactions. I will never get her another vaccine again. I keep her healthy and strong by feeding her a raw food diet and giving her Transfer Factor to keep her immune system strong. I also have another dog, a cat and a horse. All are given the best diet I can give them and Transfer Factor. I do have to give my new dog Rabies shots, however they are followed up with a homeopathic remedy to lesson any side affects. 

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Dog went downhill after annual Lyme-disease booster

Recently, my sweet, healthy, 11-year-old German shepherd died of autoimmune hemolytic anemia. He had no problems until after his annual Lyme-disease booster. Within a couple of weeks after that shot, he worsened slowly and continually. Despite expert medical attention (including transfusions), we couldn't save him. 

Feline Dangerous Common Products: Feline Pine Litter, Pine Sol, and Tea Tree Oil 

Name:   Kathi
Email:  kathi.sherburne@gmail.com
Phone: 702-567-3404

I am an Animal Communicator and I'd like to warn others about some products that are poisoning cats.

1.  Feline Pine Litter - Several cases, including 3 of my 7 cats, showed severe allergic reactions from introducing pine litter into their litterbox.  One started urinating outside of the litterbox, one chewed the fur off the base of her tail and her sides and one was chewing at her paws.  Other communicators have observed similar behaviors when using this litter with their animals.  I contacted Feline Pine to notify them but they will not get around to it until 2009 when their researchers will take it under advisement.

2.  Pine Sol - A dog had a serious reaction to pine sol on the kitchen floor.  He had a seizure and lost hair and suffered from hot spots for several weeks after the exposure.

3.  Tea Tree Oil - A holistic vet prescribed an ear wash solution containing 1 drop of tea tree oil to control ear-mites.  The lady administered the earwash solution once a month instead of 3 times a week.  It wasn't until 7 months later when it was too late to save the cat from liver failure that the tea-tree oil was discovered to be the toxic item.

Too many people trust vets (holistic and mainstream) without realizing that they are the guardians of their animals and know their animals intimately over a vet's 15-minute appointment.  If I could send any message to animal lovers it would be to trust your instincts and observations.  If you feel something is not good for your animal or you observe any type of "reaction" - please stop giving the medication/supplement/herb/etc. to see if the animal does better.  We are "killing our animals with our good intentions" and too many people tell me they wished they had listened to their own intution regarding this medication or that vaccination, etc.

I not only communicate with animals (who often don't realize what is poisoning them) I also do BodyTalk for animals - an alternative healing technique that allows an animal's body to address the things it wants healed and in what order.  However, BodyTalk is ineffective when a person keeps re-introducing the offending product to the animal as the animal's body is trying to heal itself (as in the case of the cat that died of liver failure). If you'd like to talk to me, I may be reached at 702-567-3404 (Nevada, USA). 

Sincerely,
Kathi Sherburne, www.katxtz.com
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Subject: French Bulldog Puppy Badly Hurt by Toxic Parasite (Mange) Dip
Date:   9/10/2006 
From:   Marti Drost  mldrost@cox.net

I have a French Bulldog Puppy that at about 5 mos. old developed "red mange". I have never heard of it before and I took her to my vet for hair loss around her face and neck. He did a scraping and sure enough, it was mange. He told me that in Bulldog breeds, it is quite common to see an immature immune system. This type of mange is caused by a microscopic parasite that invades the hair follicles and causes the hair loss. 

Most other breeds with stronger immune systems can just fight it off. My vet told me the way to rid my puppy of this was to use a special dip once a week for four weeks. I said OK, sell me this dip and I will apply it. He said no way. That it is VERY toxic and I couldn't handle it without special clothing and gloves. I thought this was the only way to treat this problem.I agreed to bring my puppy back the next day and have her first treatment. 

When I came back to pick her up, I was just sick. My puppy's eyes were blood red and she was just lethargic. I knew right then and there I was not going to bring her back for anymore treatments. I began to research all that I could about how to treat this horrible mange, and that is where I came across the information on Transfer Factor. I ordered a bottle of the Transfer Factor Plus and began giving it to her right away. Within about ten days I saw her hair was growing back. Within three weeks she was beautiful. I have people stop me and comment about how pretty she is and how nice and shiny her coat looks. 

I am a certified equine body worker, and I see many horses with various problems that I am sure would be helped with the Transfer Factor. I have to keep my own horse in a boarding stable and I want his immune system in top form because we have so many horses coming and going bringing in who knows what. I am also a saddle fitter and I give clinics in saddle fitting in my area. I am a firm believer in natural horsemanship. I do not keep shoes on my horse and I have begun trimming his feet myself. I also believe in homeopathic remedies. I use them on my pets as well as my family members. I truly believe that people are finally seeing that the way to good health is through as natural a path as they can find. I cannot totally discount traditional medicine, but I personally can no longer take whatever they recommend blindly and I have learned to do my homework to see if there is a more natural solution to my issue at hand.

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Subject: Losing beloved "Katie" (cat) from cortisone (steroids) shot.
Date:   9/26/2005 

There are many people out there who I'm sure have pets or know someone that does.  This letter is to be informative and preventitive so that the same situation doesn't happen to you as it has to us.

A month ago I had taken "Katie" (cat) to the vet for a routine examination and they offered a "Special" on a broad spectrum blood, urine, diabetes etc... analysis.  After 2 days I got a call from the vet telling me that Katies blood work came back excellent!!  She was given more than a normal checkup and we were ecstatic to learn that she had many wonderful years left.  The only problem she did have was an allergy problem which I was told had spread across the cat population like crazy this year. 

The doctor recommended I give her a shot of cortisone, which is a typical shot given to cats who have an allergic reaction to their regular immunizations.  Three weeks later after the shot wore off he instructed me to bring her back in to have a second shot to get her through the season.  I did!!  She was doing great and then one week later we noticed that she was drinking water excessively and she was standing at her bowl in a daze. 

I called the vet immediately and they told me not to worry that the shots would do that and in a couple of weeks she would be fine.  The next day she puked right in front of me.  She seemed to be fine after that until the next morning we noticed she couldn't stand up and she would lay on her side with her mouth open and no life in her eyes.  We took her in immediately and she was then diagnosed with DKA diabetes. The worst kind.  Two veterinarians admitted that that the shots that she was given could induce diabetes instantly.  Her calcium was low causing her ears to twitch repeatedly, she developed pancreatitus and her kidneys were becoming impaired. There was nothing we could do.  The cost to keep her alive would run into the thousands (6-10k).  Her quality of life would be disrupted by periods of complications and insulin would have to be injected twice a day.  It was then we realized that even though we may be able to stabilize her for a period of time she would have a long long battle with complications.  Complications we were not prepared for.  We didn't want to see her suffer on a daily basis and watch the disease take her in the end only to have her with us in limited capacity.  At 9:30 that evening we painstakingly decided to let her go.  She gave us 8 great years since we've had her and we loved her as much as she loved us.  It wasn't easy to make the decision and even harder to accept her death knowing it could have been prevented by asking one question.  What are the risks of those shots? 

I urge all of you who have a family pet to take appropriate measures to ask questions and familiarize yourself with other treatments.  Medicine is not an exact science and no doctor or vet has all the answers but knowledge combined with common sense can dramatically offer a clearer course of action.  I feel as though I killed my daughter.  She was an extension of this family.  Would you give your cat or dog a drug you wouldn't take yourself?  What are the side effects and alternatives? And if your doctor doesn't answer or is vague because they want money MOVE ON!!!  Your loved one is at stake. 

All those years of unconditional love mean something and shouldn't be taken lightly.  You have a responsibility to ensure a safe and reasonable treatment plan.  When you walk into a drug store do you notreceive a pamphlet explaining the drugs side effects and possible complications?  YES!!! Why would you settle for less from your vet?  I never received any information ever about the cortisone.  Common sense tells me it's dangerous.  But common sense also falls on the doctors hands. 

It's both our faults for not asking and relaying information.  If I would have, Katie would be with me today.  Do what's right and pass this along to everyone you know who has a pet they consider to be a family member. In 48 hours Katie went from a vibrant loving playful cat to her grave......We are saddened beyond measure and hope that her death wasn't for nothing.  Don't make your animals suffer!!!!!!!!!! 

Katie died on September 22nd at 9:45pm. 

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Name:   Karen Barger
Email:  karen.barger @ djj.virginia.gov
Location: Blue Ridge, VA

I wanted to inform you that I purchased Sergeants Silver Flea control drops for cats on 2-9-06. Within a couple of days I noticed my cats fur had come out at the site of application. I did not think anything of it at the time since she was an indoor/outdoor cat and she had been fighting with a stray cat recently. On 2-19-06 I awoke at 2:00am to find my cat had vomited all over the house and was now foaming from the mouth. By 7:00 am in the morning she was gone. My cat weighed 7 pounds so I had used the product for cats over 5 pounds. I don't understand how this stuff gets on the market if it is capable of killing our animals. Ironically I had been using the Hartz flea drops for over 5 years on her and never had any problems. I just hope by telling you about my experience with this product that it might make more people aware of this. Trust me my next cat will get organic flea control. No more pesticides for me.

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Name:   Ruth
 Email:  ratann2@email.uky.edu
Winchester, KY
 

I used the Sargent's Gold flea and tick that you squeeze between the shoulder blades. WIthin 10 hours, my dog was restless, having muscle tremors, and continually salivating. I went to the vet and was told to wash her immediately with Dawn dish soap. I did and she seems to be getting better. She is still not her playfulself and her she cannot get her tail to stand up very good. I wish I would have seen your postings before I bought it. It was poisoning my dog. I will never purchase it again and will let others know what it did to my dog. 


Deadly aflatoxins in pet food 

The dog food is tainted with deadly aflatoxins that waste the liver away. The bad food could be present in a dozen other countries, too, the researchers say. About two-thirds of dogs that show symptoms from the toxin have died. The dogs seemed to know their food was deadly.

"Some dogs were stealing food from the kitchen counter," Center said. "Others just stopped eating the food and begged for treats. Unfortunately, some owners used gravy and other mixers to entice their dogs to consume what they thought was safe, quality dog food."

Only about two dozen deaths have been firmly linked to the tainted pet food. But Center and her colleagues know the toll is far higher.

"Every day, we're hearing reports from veterinarians in the East and Southeast who have treated dogs that have died from liver damage this past month or so," Center said. "We're also concerned about the long-term health of dogs that survive as well as dogs that have eaten the tainted food but show no clinical signs."

Surviving dogs may develop chronic liver disease or liver cancer, she said.

"Despite our understanding of this complex toxin, we have no direct antidote," Center said.

Symptoms arise over days or weeks. Early signs include lethargy, loss of appetite and vomiting. Later, look for orange-colored urine and jaundice, which is a yellowing of the eyes and gums. Severely affected dogs produce a blood-tinged vomit and bloody or blackened stools.

Learn about healthy, non-toxic pet food


Subject: Death after Proheart 6 shot 
Date:   8/21/2002 9:55:22 AM Eastern Daylight Time 
From:   mKirkland@carolina.rr.com 
To: luswinton@aol.com 

 I lost a perfectly healthy 6 yr old shih tzu after Proheart 6 shot.  He started diarrhea and vomiting within 5 days of the Proheart 6, and over weeks continued digestive problems which I now understand is a side effect of the shot.  His not being able to regain normal access of his digestive system threw his immune system haywire and caused him to develop IMHA and die within days. 

Even though he had blood transfusions and medications he still couldn't pull through.  Duker was with me constantly and I knew this dog extremely well----He never acted the same after that shot.  I know that the Proheart 6 shot led to the death of my dog.  I have reported to Fort Dodge and to the FDA concerning this drug and they have established a case number on Duker.  I hope the owner of the Collie has done the same. 

I too have been spreading the word to watch out on this shot, and I'm trying to research and do as much as I can so that another dog does not have to go through what my beloved Duker had too.  If you have any additional info or have heard of other problems, please let me know. 

I just find out 3 days ago that a friend of mine in another state who also with in for a routine annual visit for her dog was given the Proheart 6 shot.  Within 2 days he started diarrhea and vomiting and within weeks he died but she gave him CPR on the way to the vet.  His heart stopped 2 more times at the vet, and they think now that he has heartworms and are giving him arsenic.  Just like Duker her dog was given the test prior to the shot to be sure no heartworms were present.  Both of our dogs tested negative. 

There are even some vets I have heard of that will not give the Proheart 6 shot--I wondered what they know!   In addition, I discovered on line that after mixing this shot it needs to sit for 30 minutes before injection.  I wonder how many vets do that.  By the way how is the other Collie that you mentioned in the email.  I know this is long and I apologize but I'm just trying to spread the word.  Thanks, Myra

If you suspect your dog has had an adverse reaction to the ProHeart6 shot, and you would like to be in touch with others like you visit the ProHeart Message Board

Danny's Death - The Truth About Proheart 6
Danny was a perfectly healthy five-year-old part Golden Retriever mix who was energetic and happy. He would spend his days swimming in the creek behind our suburban home, playing fetch with my son, and lounging about like any other pampered pet. Early this spring, we decided to switch to a new heartworm preventative called Proheart 6, which was supposed to be better because one injection would last all summer. The only problem is that it killed Danny.

From Janice Storey,  Houston, Texas 
Sat, 19 Oct 2002 

My dog, 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.  He was 11 years old - which by most means, means old.  However, he was very strong, could still jump into the back of the bed of a truck.  He suffered a horrible death and died in my arms while transporting him to the vet to put him asleep.  His "storey" is better told in an summary I wrote.  If interested in it, I will be happy to e-mail it to you. 

After three different vets and three different diagnosis, he was finally diagnosed as having "lung cancer".  In asking this internist as to how long the cancer had been in his system, I was told about two months.  How coicidental would it be to determine that the cancer arrived at the same time the shot was injected?  PLEASE, IF YOU VALUE YOUR DOGS HEALTH, DO NOT LISTEN TO THE VETS THAT THIS DRUG IS SAFE.  I WAS TOLD AT LEAST 3 TIMES, IT WAS SAFE AND NOW MY DOG IS DEAD.  He did not deserve to die the way he did - and I do not deserve to feel the guiltiness I do in electing to allow the shot to be given.  PLEASE LISTEN!

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

  • Read other testimonials (memorials)
  • ProHeart Message Board
  • ProHeart Complaint Form
  • Report An Adverse Drug Experience Veterinarians and animal owners are encouraged to report adverse experiences and product failures to the government Agency that regulates the product in question.

  • Debby's Horrific Testimonial
    Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003
    Email: FireWolfRN@aol.com

    I want to share our HORRIFIC experience with the ProHeart 6 injection. Our little dog, an Italian Greyhound,  recently received the Pro Heart 6 injection and almost died. I wish that I had read and found all the actual data on this drug before we used it.

    I am also a registered nurse with a critical care background and it is that background that helped me recognize the complications in my little dog and get immediate treatment. Reddy started vomiting within 48 hours of receiving the injection.  At that time I had only read the information packet given at the vets office with the Proheart medication. I did remember that in the adverse reactions section it stated that gastric distress occurs "in less than 1% of the animals tested."  I thought that Reddy might be in that group so I started him on reglan and backed off feedings. The next day his stomach sounded like it was at war, the rolling was high pitched and tympanic, not good for bowel sounds, and by that evening he was vomiting only bright red blood and weak. In human terms to me, Reddy was having an upper GI bleed from severe gastritis. 

    I now know from some data received concerning the Proheart 6 that the number one severe reaction is hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. We took him to an emergency animal clinic who thought perhaps Reddy had ingested something and they did x rays for a foreign body.  I had told them about the shot but they did not think that the Proheart was a factor in the bleeding. To make this story even more horrific, Reddy over reacted to the sedation they gave him so that they could perform the x rays and he quit breathing. The doctor had gone into the developing room and as my room mate hollered for him to come back out, Reddy lay limp in my arms.

    I have only performed CPR and emergency measures on humans in ER and ICU, but quickly put those skills to use and after several rescue breaths Reddy had some mild seizure like activity and resumed breathing very irregular. The vet worked with him and gave him an antidote to counter act the sedation.

    They gave Reddy an injection of reglan, an antibiotic injection, and told us to only give him pedialyte in place of water to drink until we could get to our vet the next morning. Our vet found him dehydrated and weak, and kept him the whole day placing him on fluids and treating him. We now have Reddy home and I watch him like a hawk for any other complications as the information says that it can happen again and I have read everything I could on this drug ProHeart 6. It is a killer and vets are not being told the whole truth and owners are not being informed about the facts.

    Keep telling anyone and everyone about ProHeart 6 which is a horrid killer. I have read several pieces that expound that vets are out to make money and I believe that most vets are like doctors.  They rely on drug representatives to tell them the truth about medications that the FDA puts out. They are not as well informed about each and every drug as is needful and do not have time to read all the information and brochures sent as handouts. We need to inform the vets as well as the public and everyone else to think twice about this medication before ever letting their dog get the injection.

    Note: AIHA Canine autoimmune haemolytic anaemia (AIHA) is a disease characterized by increased destruction of red blood cells (erythrocytes) by the dog's own immune system. There is evidence that a potential cause maybe the heartworm medication, Proheart6. Read the testimonial from a dog in England who recovered from AIHA after the vet gave up on him.

    Warning on ProHeart 6 website

    Worms and Parasites: natural prevention and treatments

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    The following information is from the journal of the New York Academy of Sciences by Stanley W Jacob and Robert Herschier, Department of Surgery, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon. The following conditions seen in people have responded to oral MSM generally administered at dosage levels of 250-270 mg per day. 
    • Response to allergy. MSM moderates diverse allergic responses as to pollen and foods. 
    • Antiparasitic action. In vitro and in vivo tests suggest MSM has an activity against a variety of medically important parasitic problems. Work has concentrated on parasitic problems of the intestinal and urogenital tracts. MSM is active against Giardia, Trichomonads and round worms. 
    • Control of constipation. To date, over 50 subjects presenting chronic constipation have gained prompt and continuing relief by supplementing the diet with MSM. 

    Boosting Animal's Immune System: Animals with a healthy immune system are not threatened by worm infestations
    General Description and Types of worms
    Potential Causes
    Some Possible Symptoms and Effects
    Professional Comments 
    Important Supplements  The Canine Health website has natural remedies for worms  (listed on  the bottom of their left column)

    Pat McKay "Heartworms are not really worms, but parasites transferred to your dog via the bit of mosquitoes and lives in the hearts of dogs who have a compromised immune system. So giving poisons, chemicals and drugs only perpetuates the problem by suppressing the animal’s immune system even more. I believe the reason we see the high degree of heartworms in domesticated dogs is because of the drugs that have been used over the years. Coyotes and wolves deal with it by developing a mild infestation and then becoming immune. We need to allow our animal’s immune system to mature, to build up a strong, viable immune system to fight all disease. If you live in a high risk area (mosquitoe infested), your dog's coat should never be cut, so that it can serve it's natural function of a protective barrier against mosquitoes. Let me add to that: Because the drugs are so deadly, they cause the health of the animal to deteriorate to the point they can’t fight off many other ailments, including severe liver damage from the poisons and chemicals in the drugs." 
    Indoor/Outdoor Insector, The Bug Collector
    Electronic Repellents - Traditional Repellents - Mosquito Trap
    Non-deet-based essential plant oils insect repellents (why DEET is not safe)
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    Richard Pitcairn DVM -  "Despite the extensive use of heartworm preventive drugs, the rate of heartworm infestation in dogs in any geographical part of the US is the same today as it was in 1982. It doesn’t take much contemplation to realize that the path of continued drug use is a dead end road."


    Our cat, Mr. Fluffy, was a victim of Veterinary Malpractice

    We lost Fluffy on Dec. 31, 1997. Since then we have tried to learn as much as we can about Veterinary Malpractice, to help us to seek justice for Fluffy's tragic loss. We are hoping that by writing a page that deals with this subject, that we will be able to help others that will unfortunately have to be in this position too someday.  Here are a list of links that we have compiled that deal with Veterinary Malpractice, and Animal Rights.

    Mr. Bluestone is suing his veterinarian for negligence. His attorney specializes in animal cases. 
    Marc Bluestone says his dog Shane was given unnecessary medications and radiation that killed her. "They knew they were destroying her," Bluestone told Paige. "They had her on 13 different drugs, and the total bill was over $20,000. I don't know of anyone who's ever heard of a veterinarian in 90 days racking up $20,000 in veterinary bills.

    "The worst in vet care is when we see vets who have ongoing, unnecessary procedures that aren't medically called for, (which) symptoms don't indicate would be appropriate treatment, in an effort to rack up the bill to the consumer," attorney Diane Parrish told Paige. 

    Veterinarians don't have to worry much about being sued for malpractice because, in most cases, pet owners can hope to recover only the cost of replacing the pet. A dog from the pound is worth about $40. 

    Bluestone is suing his veterinarian for negligence. His attorney specializes in animal cases. "The worst in vet care is when we see vets who have ongoing, unnecessary procedures that aren't medically called for, (which) symptoms don't indicate would be appropriate treatment, in an effort to rack up the bill to the consumer," attorney Diane Parrish told Paige. 

    Veterinarians don't have to worry much about being sued for malpractice because, in most cases, pet owners can hope to recover only the cost of replacing the pet. A dog from the pound is worth about $40. 
    (from  click hereS



    Dog reacting badly to insulin shot
    From Joan Symonds (email  JoanMSymonds@aol.com)

    My 8 year old scotty, Max,  was just diagnosed with diabetes on Thursday.  He was in a very bad state according to the vet - but she stated that diabetes was her specialty and if we did exactly what she told us to do - she could help him. 

    She gave him an insulin shot which knocked the poor animal for a loop. His eyes started oozing and he went down fast!   The vet went on vacation - and we were left with a very sick animal.   We took him to the emergency clinic but they refused to treat him without seeing the vet records - which we could not get. 

    Friday afternoon,  I found your webpage on google and realized that if we could get Max on raw food and some herbal supplements it would be a beginning.   I was desperately seeking information on what vitamins and herbs to give Max.  I was so stressed out that I completely missed your Transfer Factor Plus for pets.  (Which my son sent me today.)   Max has been very sick since the insulin shot. Two days upon putting him on the raw food diet (which is liking to my amazement) - he is starting to come around.  He is still very quiet - and sleeping a lot.  And he is walking slowly on his walks - resting frequently - but he is a bit perkier and  I sense that we can get him well - if we continue the diet and vitamins etc. 

    I want to add the Transfer Factor for Pets to that diet - and I want to buy the Transfer Factor Plus for me!   I will be ordering immediately tomorrow! 

    Cannot thank you enough for all your time and energy in putting your site together. I am passing it on to everyone I know. 


    Cancer of the thyroid and toxic chemicals
    May 2001- testimonial from Laura

    My poodle has recently been diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid and given a life sentence of 6 months. After hours and hours of crying and staying up all night just "watching" her, I got on tons of websites and read tons of articles on processed foods, chemicals, and exactly what environmental factors could have caused Genie's cancer.  I live in a beautifully maintained townhouse community and think there is a connection between the lawn fertilizer and her cancer.  I used to bring her to the vet every year for her vaccinations and felt great after we left...like when you leave the dentist.  Little did I know I was killing her slowly.  I will no longer give her or my cat another vaccine (my cat's name is Lillie).  I now am more informed, but unfortunately for Genie, it's too late.  Your article inspired me to pursue my Association's use of chemicals for the lawn.  I am also now feeding my animals organically based, home made food.  Good bye to Mighty Dog and Friskies.  I thought the most expensive brands were the best.  Now I realize I have been feeding fecal matter, roadkill and euthanized companion animals (domesticated dogs and cats) to my furry children.  I am much wiser and hope that my new found wisdom extends the life of my Genie just a little longer. Thanks for writing back and keep going with what feels right in your heart. More about the anger of vaccines

    Preventing and Healing Animal Cancer: the holistic approach


    Hartz Flea and Tick Products - Dangerous for Pets 

    To:  Hartz Mountain Corp. and Retailers carrying Hartz brand topical flea and tick products 

    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 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 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is also actively collecting information regarding incidents with pets that have been affected by Hartz Flea and Tick products. EPA findings to date criticize Hartz for their testing practices and have suggested re-evaluation of these products for their safety. The EPA has also highlighted problems with the way in which Hartz Mountain Corp. has incorrectly categorized reported incidents of problems with cats such as to obscure the severity of the problem. 

    Veterinarians across the country are already fully aware of the problems caused by these Hartz brand topical flea and tick medications that are available over the counter. Interviews with veterinarians in Jacksonville, FL, for example, concluded that nearly two-thirds of the approximately 30 surveyed have seen problems related to the Hartz products and see them regularly. Research among veterinarians in other states produced similar results.  read more

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    To:  Hartz Mountain Corp. and Retailers carrying Hartz brand topical flea and tick products

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    Aflatoxins Poisoning

    My dog got really sick this summer, and no one could figure out why! My mom decided to have my food checked by the Dept. Of Agriculture in our state. The food came back with a low level of Aflatoxins:; a mold poisoning. Aflatoxins can be found in people food too! It is something that happens when food is not stored properly, or when the grains, or other ingredients in the food are contaminated to begin with. It can take place before the food is made, after the food is made, how the food is stored in the warehouses, in the stores and even in your own home. How sick this can make you depends on just how high the rates are. The rates found in my food were 40ppb(parts per billion) not enough to be deadly, but enough to make my system very sick. The tolerant rate is 20ppb. It has been quoted to me by veterinary toxicologists that levels around 75-100 ppb are the most dangerous. Some dogs have a lower sensitivity to any form of Aflatoxins, which is what is believed in my case. Although there is no sure way to completely avoid aflatoxin poisoning there are some precautions:
    1. Never buy a bag that is torn, wet, or out dated, or without a date. And do not buy a bag that has been sitting near a window, especially in the summer.
    2. When you buy animal food store the food in a dry, air tight container, in a cool dry place. Do not buy large bags if you only have 1 animal, especially in the summertime.
    3. Aflatoxins, or other mold toxins can take place in ALL dog foods. learn more


    Testimonial of vaccine damage from the Critter Fixer Pet Hospital in Texas

  • "Katy".... Katy developed Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia ( a disease where the body rejects its own blood) after her annual vaccinations. This syndrome has been shown to be associated with annual vaccinations. After 6 weeks of care the total bill was over $3000. Katy was lucky to survive. Less than 50% of dogs with Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia survive.

  •  "Maria"... Maria developed a fibrosarcoma from her annual rabies and leukemia vaccinations. This is a terminal type of cancer. Even with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, the average survival time for cats with vaccination induced fibrosarcomas is less than 3 years. Because aluminum adjuvants have been incriminated we have avoided aluminum adjuvants for over 12 years. To do everything in our power to prevent fibrosarcomas, Dr Rogers and his staff do not use any adjuvanted vaccines, injectable Program, Droncit or Depo-Medrol in cats as of 4/1/2002. (see picture)

    Animal Rights Legal Foundation's Attorney Referral Network ("ARN"). 
    The ARN is designed to connect individuals with animal law questions or potential cases with attorneys who practice animal law. In this website you will find a list of attorneys by state, currently in the ARN. Before contacting any of these attorneys, please note their areas of practice so as to ensure that you are contacting an attorney who practices in the area of law in which you are seeking assistance.



    Subject:  Alarming Declining State of Our Pet's Health
    Date: Wed, Jan 29, 2003
    From:  "Karen Guilmette <Fabrizioa@attbi.com

    I recently lost my most wonderful 9 1/2 year old rottweiler companion to bone cancer - as she was my first and received a compilation of traditional vaccines and drugs over the years which I believe allowed her immune system to crash as she aged.  It is a long story but too late for her to enjoy her kids and grandkids with more healthy senior years ahead. I cannot help but feel responsible for the lack of her health even though her family genes were a strong inherent factor for bone cancer - I feel I should have given her more - I quess this is the lesson she has left me for her progeny to benefit. Her progeny are titered instead of vaccinated and fed a healthy diet which I am constantly re-evaluating and adjusting for proper canine nutrition.  May they reflect their wonderful grand-dam and live long and healthy lives. 

    It is a shame that we all have been impressioned from childhood that dog food in a can or in the form of cereal kibble along with yearly vaccines is the path to good health.  I must LET YOU KNOW that the very reason I purchased my first alternative animal health book several years ago was because, as a professional groomer, I was bewildered and concerned for disease conditions of a certain number of the dogs and cats that I groomed on a regular basis.  I was informed of their medical treatments when they sought veterinary care so I got to witness first hand their further decline of health and some even death. 

    Yes some had " temporary" improvement - but it seems the aged animals just lost.  Even some younger animals just continued along living on drugs with ever errupting symptoms in a viscious cycle.  Surely silently declining in health. I made it a habit to inquire from these animal owners "what type of dog food are you feeding" and the constant answer was the usual kibble from a bag from the market or pet store, never even a premium human grade formulation.  And of course when they took the animal in to see the vet for a health problem they were due for ALL their vaccines and got a seven course in one stop visit.  It would just drive me crazy, the way traditional vets practiced.  As a groomer I experienced absolutely HORRID examples of temperament and behavior - and I mean from collies, Labs, Goldens and Shelties etc. - No Breed was exempt. 

    Testimonials from people who saved their animals from cancer, skin problems, immune disorder and other diseases with flax seed oil, Transfer Factor and a RAW food diet.

    Learn more about the side effects of vaccines and the alternatives --- What's in pet food? --- Optimum pet nutrition

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    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." learn more

    Electric Fences and Electronic collars
    A concerned animal lover left this message in my guestbook on 11/21/99.
    I think this important issue needs attention.

    Electric Fences and electronic collars that are used to keep dogs from barking and how inhumane they are to use. It is by various intensities of shocking the animal which at the low level the discomfort to the animal is claimed to be minimal but some of these things have ten levels and if you tried it on yourself you would definetly feel major discomfort. I know people need to train their animals to keep quiet is necessary at times but to make them wear this at all times would be like putting them in a jail. I want animal loving people to insist on finding out if it is Humane before purchasing them as now everybody i selling them, because I saw this demonstrated on Foz News and was horrified to watch the poor dog react to the shock treatment he got and see how broken spirited he was when he had it on all the time as compared to not wearing it. The fences are the same in that a shock is delivered if the animal crosses through also said to be mild in its affect by veteranarians.Will you walk through it first before you put an innocent animal through it Please? We need public input on this. How much does anybody really know about these products?
    Nancy Duran Email:starfire@hanns.com

    Beware of  malfunctioning "contain and train" dog collar



    Heavy, thick collars with studs, etc.
    A concerned animal lover left this message in my guestbook on 1/31/2000
    I think this important issue needs attention.
     

    Comments: I am happy see that your site is attracting more and more of us who feel that our furry friends are really people in animal's clothing! I want to talk about the use of heavy, thick collars that people may put on their dogs. Collars with studs etc. because I found out that such a collar can cause quite a sad effect on the disks in the neck as to render the animal unable to hold its head up and tends to cause further deblitation of the spine. I've seen these type of collars on Danes and Pit Bulls. I know that it is for a tough/decorative look in most cases but while at my Vet I saw one case of this and was told of another case-it made me cry. this is too sad and preventable. I realized I had never heard of this and would never have thought of this if I hadn't seen it for myself. Please everybody think before you decorate your dog like that. For the love of all animals everywhere, thanks Shirley!  Nancy Duran Email:starfire@hanns.com


    From Sue Hentschel 
    Grapes and Raisins are Toxic to Dogs

    The ASPCA-run Animal Poison Control Center is working hard to get the word out to people that raisins and grapes are both considered toxic to dogs now. This is a relatively recent revelation, one that is painfully close to my heart since I personally had a healthy, young 70 pound male Irish Setter die of complete kidney failure within 24 hours of eating raisins (he ate a 14 oz. box he snuck out of my grocery bag). 

    I just got off the phone with them, providing them what data I could for their database and they were very grateful and were wonderful to work with. They asked me to do two things, which I ask your help with as well: 

    1) TELL EVERYONE ABOUT THIS! Many of us have used grapes as treats for our dogs. This is now known to be dangerous. 
    2) Encourage anyone who is quite sure they've had a death caused by this to contact the center and provide details. They've even had some owners who contacted them very shortly after death, allowing the center to get tissue samples for study. The number to call is the same as the poison hotline - 888-4-AMIHELP (yes there's an extra digit there but nevermind - this will help you remember the number). They do charge for immediate crisis poison counseling, but DO NOT charge peole (of course) who call to provide information about a case, and they are grateful for the data. 

    Sue Hentschel Crown Roy-Al Yorkshire Terriers


    PET HEALTH ALERT: BREAD DOUGH A NO-NO! 
    Sent by Pat www.AllieMax.homestead.com

    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.

    "We once had a case in which a Labrador retriever ate several rolls that the guardian had placed on the oven to rise. The guardian didn't think much of this, and was just upset that the dog ate part of the holiday feast," Richardson recalls. "A few hours later, the guardian noticed that the dog looked very lethargic. He was resistant to move, uncoordinated and was retching." As the symptoms increased, the guardian brought him to an emergency clinic, which contacted the APCC. Unfortunately, the dog's stomach was so severely distended that the only option at the time was to surgically remove the dough. He was also treated for alcohol toxicosis, caused by the fermentation of the dough. The Labrador was kept at the clinic for the weekend and recovered completely. Although he had ingested quite a bit of dough, an animal needs to eat only a small amount to cause a problem, because bread dough can rise many times its size. 

    Please take care not to let Fluffy or Fido in the kitchen unsupervised when you're baking this holiday season--especially if you've got a professional chowhound who's always on the lookout for food. If you suspect that your pet has eaten dough--or any potentially toxic substance--call your veterinarian or the APCC's emergency hotline at 1-888-4-ANI-HELP for round-the-clock telephone assistance. For more information on poison prevention, visit APCC's website.


    Saving a dog from toxic poisoning: a testimonial
    Why my faithful German Shepherd was becoming very ill
    by Sevi Kay

    Our beloved canine “Mundo” got pretty ill on fall 1997. My best friend was getting thinner and losing her fur more and more everyday. She chewed her body all night long and by morning I would see all the bloody bites and scratch marks on her bare skin and her ears were full of deep bloody nail marks.

    She had the veterinarian pretty confused and since he did not know what the cause was he prescribed cortisone injections, antibiotics, and steroids and heavy tranquilizers. And how could I forget the grooming products he sold to me! The shampoo and the conditioner shared the following hazardous ingredients: Synthetic Fragrance, SLS, SLES, mineral oil (petroleum base), *Coal tar (only in the shampoo), dea, artificial colors, ethyl alcohol and cortisone (only in the conditioner). 

    After eliminating many elements, we found the culprit that caused her 3-month ordeal. It was the powder carpet deodorizer! Even though we vacuumed well, the harmful particles never got picked up by the vacuum and caused our beloved canine a terrible allergic reaction. 

    I started doing research and found out that most of the time the cause of these problems were due to shampoos, conditioners, other grooming supplies and deodorizers we were using on our canines. I also found a hazardous ingredient list used in all of the grooming supplies for pets not to mention most of the human products. To my shock her shampoo, conditioner and ear solution that were suppose to cure her made her sicker because of the ingredients such as SLS, SLES, DEA, petroleum products, artificial colors and synthetic perfumes in it.  The antibiotics caused her to have ear infection and since they disrupt the digestive system, caused her to have indigestion and severe diarrhea. Tranquilizers made her vomit and since she was still of balance made her fall while trying to scratch. The shampoo and the conditioner made her skin red and off color rashes appeared. We were devastated! I thought this was the perfect time to say “NO” and decided to take care of my best friend myself. 

    I stop using all the medication right away and after research created our “Everyday Shampoo” a soothing shampoo and soap with Lavender EO (EO = essential oil) , Myrrh EO, Patchouli EO, Niaouli EO, Sandalwood EO, Calendula and Chamomile for her. I also created and used infused oils such as “Kiss It Away” and “Pain Away” and massaged her sore body paying special care and attention to her scars. The “Calming Oil” containing Neroli Essential Oil (used mostly at bed time by rubbing it on her belly) eased her anxiety and upset nerves and as she calmed down, she finally was able to fall a sleep and stay a sleep most of the night. I also used our “Everyday K9 Mist” that contain Lavender Hydrosol, St. John's Wort Hydrosol, Sandalwood EO, Patchouli EO and E Vitamin Oil, 2 to 3 times a day to keep her coat conditioned. We also changed her diet and added fresh herbs, vegetables and raw foods as well as vitamin C, E, Omega 3 oils and B complex. The tinctures and herbal teas we make accompanied her food on every meal and still do.

    After 2 weeks of our herbal/aromatic treatments, our 73-pound dog started to gain weight, stopped chewing on her body and her gorgeous black and red fur started grew back. Everyone was amazed that herbs and aromatherapy could be used this way. Most people think of aromatherapy for scenting their homes and herbs for their kitchen. Also most people consider products that have potentially dangerous ingredients such as synthetic perfumes and synthetic chemicals as true aromatherapy. I know I used to be one of those people! I was consumed by a heavy workload and the high paced city life and just did not have the time to read and do research on the products we all used in our home. I was angry with myself for believing in the hype and surprised how little control I had over the products used by my family. I was awakened by my best friends trauma and realized I was contributing in poisoning her as well as our whole family. 

    With this revelation I walked into the veterinarian’s office and slammed all the unused medication on his desk and said, “You have prescribed the worst things for my dog and I must say that you can keep all this junk!” Well, he was not too pleased with my dramatic attitude and after finding out about my herbal and aromatherapy concoctions, succeeded to add that “my witchcraft” had worked this time, so I should feel lucky for now. I told him as soon as he refunded me the $180.00 for the coal tar shampoo, a synthetic conditioner, steroids, antibiotics and the tranquilizers I brought back; I would gladly get on my broom and fly away! 

    So that was the beginning! I received my International Aromatherapy Certificate in 1998 and currently studying animal behavior and training with canine specialist and Schutzhund trainer Doreen Reinhart. Our Mundo now stands tall and proud wagging her long and full tail around while a mixture of sandalwood, rose geranium and lavender scents fills the air. She now weighs 90 pounds of pure, unconditional love!

    We know what stories are made of; they are made of dreams! Well now you know a bit of ours. Sevi Kay 

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