Wellness

Appointment

I am firmly committed to improving the health of as many pets as possible.  I want you to have many happy, carefree years with your pet.  Although my programs are specifically designed to help prevent cancer, they will improve the health of all pets.  I sincerely hope that you never have heard the word ‘cancer’ associated with your pet. There are many things that can affect the health of your pet and ultimately lead to the formation of cancer.  My wellness plan includes some fundamental principles that we can use to dramatically improve your pet’s health and prevent the development of more serious diseases.

This plan will support the health of your pet for its entire life. It will require a commitment from you to follow through with the recommendations and spend some time learning about different options that are not necessarily mainstream.

The key elements of the program include:

Wellness Visits

We offer wellness exams for pets of all ages, whether it is getting your puppy or kitten off to a great start, keeping your adult pet healthy, or creating a healthy quality of life for your senior pet. 

This exam will include:

  • Review of pertinent medical history
  • Physical exam
  • Basic nutritional information (we also offer a more detailed nutritional consultation for your pet with our nutritionist)
  • Appropriate bloodwork and other diagnostics
  • Vaccine recommendations, including titer testing where applicable
Sick/Symptomatic Pet

We have a unique approach to health conditions such as skin disease, IBS/IBD, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, seizures, autoimmune disease, or any other symptoms your pet may be experiencing.

We believe that the body has an amazing ability to balance and heal with the proper support.  Although we will use conventional therapies when indicated for your pet’s comfort, we will emphasize nutritional, herbal, and other natural techniques to help your pet live a long, happy life. 

**Except for the physical examination, this consultation can be done on the phone or in person.

This consultation will include:

  • Nutrition consultation prior to consult with Dr
  • Full review of medical records
  • Physical exam when indicated
  • Recommendations for treatments
    • Treatment protocol outline
  • Follow up phone call/e-mail
Diagnostic Testing

Conventional medical testing can give us valuable details about the nature of your pet’s health.  Whether sorting out symptoms or general health screens, we offer the following:

  • Bloodwork
  • Urinalysis
  • Fecal tests
  • Ultrasound
  • Echocardiograms

With dogs and cats, we often do not see the signs of disease until it is more advanced, making it much harder to treat. This is especially true for cats, who are experts at hiding early symptoms.

Routine blood-work, along with specific tests for thyroid and other hormonal imbalances, x-rays, and ultrasound can all help us take a look inside your pet and learn what it may not be able to tell us.

We can now test for key indicators that specifically check for an increased cancer risk in your pet. One of these is a marker that indicates abnormal cell division, which is a well-known characteristic of cancer cells. The other is a measure of inflammation, which is present in all dis-ease states in the body.  While inflammation does not specifically point to a diagnosis of cancer, when present along with abnormally dividing cells, it is highly suggestive and indicates looking further.

We can then intervene with supportive measures to prevent the development and/or progression of disease in your pet, including cancer.

Reducing the need for conventional pharmaceuticals

There is sometimes a need for more conventional pharmaceuticals when treating your pet. For short-term use, or when improving quality of life, they are sometimes the best option. I never consider them a first-line though, and treat with natural options whenever possible.

Nutrion Consultations

Proper nutrition is the foundation of optimal pet health.  We offer detailed nutritional consultations with our nutritionist to help you formulate the best diet for your pet.  Our plans are based on feeding fresh, whole food, and ideally raw diet. This consultation will step you into an easy and affordable diet plan for your pet

This consultation will cover the following:

  • The dangers of feeding kibble and other processed foods
  • Benefits of raw feeding
  • Where to get quality raw food for pets
    • Transitioning to raw from kibble or canned food
    • Balancing a raw diet
    • Specific recommendations for your pet based on current health concerns

Here are some healthy tips for your pet’s diet:

  1. Feed the freshest diet possible, ideally a balanced raw diet. All dry and canned foods are processed at high temperatures which can both destroy nutrients, and make some others toxic.
  2. Home-prepared meals are challenging to prepare properly.  It is typically more cost-effective and better nutrition for your pet to buy an appropriately balanced and well-sourced commercial raw diet.
  3. Nose to tail nutrition helps complete the diet.  Most meat-based diets focus on the muscle portion, which is actually the least nutritious part of the animal.  Organ meats such as liver, kidney, heart, lung, brain, and others are incredibly rich in vitamins and minerals.  Feeding an adequate amount of these in the diet is an ideal way to provide complete nutrition in a whole food formulation.
  4. Be sure that all ingredients are well-sourced – organic, pasture-raised, and fed an appropriate diet.  Ruminants such as cows and sheep are not meant to eat corn and other grains.  In fact, they are toxic to them and fed in large amounts only to add weight before slaughter.
  5. A ketogenic diet is particularly important for cancer patients but can help with a number of other health issues as well.
  6. Use only filtered or spring water.  Reverse osmosis is the most complete form of filtration but you will need to add a mineral supplement afterward.
Vaccinations

Vaccines can provide some degree of disease prevention, but are often over-used, causing serious disruption to the immune system and chronic inflammatory conditions.

We want your pet to be healthy and safe, and we will use titer testing to determine when adequate immunity has been reached so that no further vaccines are necessary. We use minimal vaccine protocols and titer testing to keep your pet healthy without the side effects of over-vaccination.

This visit will include:

  • Vaccine protocol information and recommendations.  We encourage you to check your local ordinances for requirements on the Rabies vaccine
  • Physical exam if one has not been performed in the last 90 days
  • Vaccine administration or blood draw for titer testing

Prior to vaccinating your pet, I use the following steps to assure maximum safety:

  1. Determine your pet’s vaccination history.
  2. Evaluate the current level of immunity by doing a titer test to measure antibody levels.
  3. Consider your pet’s risk of exposure to the diseases that we have vaccines for.
  4. Evaluate the overall health of your pet.  Only completely healthy pets should receive vaccinations.  In Colorado, a Rabies exemption is an option for pets with any disease process.
  5. Check for upcoming or past medical treatments or procedures. Pets should never receive vaccines within 14 days of any anesthetic procedure.
  6. Please be aware of legal requirements from your county and state, plus requirements from facilities such as daycare, grooming, and boarding
Reducing the need for conventional pharmaceuticals

There is sometimes a need for more conventional pharmaceuticals when treating your pet. For short-term use, or when improving quality of life, they are sometimes the best option. I never consider them a first-line though, and treat with natural options whenever possible.

Detoxification

It is impossible in today’s world to completely eliminate the exposure to toxins. There are toxins that damage cells irreparably, compromise the immune system, and contribute to the expression of genes that lead to disease formation. Feeding well-sourced, pastured animal products is an important start here. We must also look at water, chemicals in the home environment and where you take your pet for walks and other activities. Food dishes, toys and bedding can be laden with chemicals, as can the carpeting and furniture in your home. Electromagnetic frequencies from electronic devices have been proven to have damaging effects on the cells in the body. In addition to minimizing exposure to toxins, we will use herbal support to assist the body in eliminating toxins that may have already accumulated.

Compassionate care for your four-legged family members.

I am currently practicing out of my office in Littleton, Colorado. If you are in the area, I would be honored to meet you and your pet in person. Office hours are by appointment.

I am also available to do phone consultations. Please contact me to schedule a time and arrange for medical records to be transferred.

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