https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/29/us/dog-food-heart-disease-fda.html I submitted this to the NY times this morning: The article on brands linked to heart disease was not based on a double-blind study nor did it even mention taurine, the primary amino acid of interest nor did the reporter contact anyone outside of the Pet Food Institute which is nothing other than a corporate megaphone for big companies.… Read more →
Canine Nutrition class November 9, 2019 9 am to 1 pm
Hi folks! I hope you can join me for a fun-filled nutrition class in Ballard, Seattle. We will be covering many topics and include lots of time for discussion. Here are some of the topics covered: What is the “correct” amount of protein to feed my dog? Are all carbohydrates bad for my dog? What are the important nutritional requirements… Read more →
Dr. Donna teaches Saturday Dec 1 class, “Canine Nutrition”
We touched on why kibble is not good for dogs or cats, the dangers of treated water, raw versus cooked diets, the role of vitamins and minerals for our canine friends, omega fatty acids and oxidative stresses. I know these sound dry but in an effort to keep up the motivation, we worked on our own breathing. Inhaling up through… Read more →
Week in the Life of Holistic Vet:
Hi people! Today I thought I would post a wrap up of cases from this week as a change from the usual posts where I focus on one dog at a time. Four older dog arthritis cases got better: Some from just chiropractic and acupuncture; some with herbs such as boswellia, corydalis, dogwood and boneset powders in the food, some… Read more →
Tommy says thanks!
Hi! My name is Tommy and I ran into a gate by accident and twisted my neck. I had trouble walking on my left side and I could not turn my head. After 2 chiropractic adjustments (very gentle, barely noticeable to the casual observer) and acupuncture treatments, I can run again. My person says I should remember not to run… Read more →
Nina defies diagnosis
Nina is an twelve year-old Japanese chin. Over a year ago she was given a grave diagnosis of heart disease and pulmonary hypertension added to her arthritis and chronic cystitis. She was having syncope which is a little like fainting spells. Thanks to our local cardiologist (who gave her just a few months to live) some traditional medications and a… Read more →
What does a purple tongue mean?
Missy is a twelve year-old Sheltie with deficient signs like foot pads that crack and can bleed. Her heart is slightly enlarged. But the purple or lavender color to her tongue is a sign of stagnation. It could mean anything from arthritis to cancer. Look at the way there are tooth impressions on the outside of her tongue (indicating dampness) and… Read more →
Holistic Medicine & Mast Cell Tumors
This is a post about Saffron, a dog with mast cell tumors. If caught early enough, this type of cancer is usually very treatable using holistic medicine. Saffron’s person summarized her dog’s care in her own words: “We adopted Saffron, a Lab/Greyhound mix, as company for Libby, our Lab/Dalmatian mix, in April 2002. We learned that Saffron had… Read more →