How to live with a dog-reactive dog and not lose your shit: An (im)practical guide

VitalVet:

Wow. I had no idea how many dogs there are who are rabies vaccine-damaged. The outpouring of comments on this piece really shines a light on it.

Originally posted on Bull in the city:

Many moons ago when I envisioned owning a dog I dreamed of taking my fictional dog to offleash parks for endless romps, lots of play-dates and generally a lot of problem and stress free dog-dog interactions. Then I got Jersey and this view abruptly changed. Offleash parks are not a part of my life and I honestly don’t even want to know what goes on in them. Every dog-dog greeting is carefully managed and controlled. I meticulously plan my walking routes based on likelihood of running into other dogs and ability to escape. I completely avoid any areas where offleash dogs congregate (meaning any piece of grass in Toronto)  even if it means I am walking next to roaring traffic.Jersey has made some great strides in her behavior around dogs but it is still a work in progress

Jersey says “leash your damn dog”

I won’t lie my life can be more…

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Death and Rebirth

A few weeks back, my long time web host indicated the server I was on was going to be upgraded, and my site,

http://VitalAnimal.com/

would be offline for a couple of hours while that took place.

No biggie, right? Happens all the time. Usually in the wee hours of the morning when hardly anyone in the Western hemisphere would notice anyway.

But wait: did you say 2-4 pm on a Sunday?? That’s often prime time for my audience, and it’s when I normally post my weekly blog post.

48 Hours of Dark

Well, two hours stretched into a day, then into the second, and I decided this was no way to do business, so I set about moving the site to a new hosting company, Pagely.

Bad choice, it turns out. My long term old email address, drfalconer@Alt4Animals.com was lost, as was my newer one that I was using mostly, drfalconer@VitalAnimal.com.

Lights out on the website, and no email.

Scramble!

I had to leap, and while I’d had Gmail in mind, decided I would pay for Enterprise services, as my business really depends on email to run, and, thanks in large part to phenomenal tech support (live! on the phone! viewing my screen with me!) from Google, we got email back. At least the Vital Animal address, which was the main one I was concerned about.

Leap Again!

Pagely turned out to be slow to load my site, had all sorts of problems doing basic things, like getting my RSS feed to show up in my MailChimp newsletters, and some third problem I’ve since forgotten. I decided to dump them as well, and last weekend, really stepped up to phenomenal hosting via Copyblogger’s Websynthesis.

Wow. Now my pages load so fast it’s incredible. Even updating a plugin or theme screams along instead of kind of doggedly changing.

But, alas, alt4animals has died in the transition. So has SeeSpotGlow.com and SeePuffShine.com, my light hearted early pages describing the ills of most commercial pet foods on the market and giving you some healthy alternatives.

The page I’d refer you to now for healthy pet food is here.

And the best way to reach me now is here.

New born out of the old. I love it.

New Digs! Part Deux

Hi all,

I’ve moved!

December 5, 2012: Vital Animal | The Natural Path

And moved again, this time to my new and improved website on the WordPress.org platform: www.VitalAnimal.com/blog. Here I share with you everything I know about how to raise a healthy animal in the natural way, and there’s a lot now, and it’ll continue to grow.

Please stop in and look around, and let me know what you need that might not be up there yet.

My newold url, where all these posts are, along with any moving forward, is www.Alt4Animals.com/blog

That last link will forward you to VitalAnimal.com, so anyway you’d like to come over and visit, Please join me there!

CE (and hope for the incurable patient!)

I’m back from Portland. Spent a long weekend with my homeopathic veterinary colleagues, sharing info and attending lectures from those who brought something to present to the rest of us. It was sometimes heady, sometimes sleepy, sometimes funny, and always interesting. One of the coolest ideas came not from a lecture, but from chatting across the isle in the airplane before take off from Houston with a friend I’d spent time with in the Fall, learning alternative homeopathic methods for treating cancer. “I get amazing results treating my difficult skin cases with this remedy!” A remedy I’d rarely had success with, so had abandoned. But now, having heard her great successes, I’ll dust it off and try it again. Gave a dose to my itchiest patient today, in fact. The jury will reconvene in two weeks to see if it worked.

Portland is home to one of the oldest naturopathic colleges in the country, the National College of Natural Medicine, where they teach human medicine in the natural vein, with courses in homeopathy, herbs, hydrotherapy, manipulation, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, among others. A nice sister city to Austin, Portland is suitably hip and alternative and green, just a whole lot cloudier and cooler than we are down here.

Here’s where we met:

Another memorable lecture was from Julie Ann Lee, who’s a Canadian homeopath who, while not a veterinarian, has found a lovely niche treating animals under the auspices of a vet clinic, and who has an amazing ability to think outside the box and get sterling results in her patients. She gave us a couple hour lecture on a new way of looking at the allopathically damaged patients that we see so often. These are the animals who’ve been vaccinated repeatedly, then, when they became ill from that, suppressed repeatedly with strong immune suppressants and antibiotics of every imaginable stripe, and they’ve not only not gotten well from all of this, but they’ve slowly but surely become more ill. Seriously, sufferingly ill. They’ve got very advanced pathology from all the treatments they’ve received, and they are a bit like a ticking time bomb. They can “blow up” on the homeopath who starts to try to unwind all the suppression and get them well. But they can also, more commonly, just frustrate the daylights out of the homeopath, because they often don’t respond to remedies well chosen for their situation. Or, if they do respond, it’s not in that beautiful, awe inspiring way of running for the goal (called cure). They’ll get just a bit better on some symptom, and it won’t last. Or they’ll get a bit better on one, and a new symptom pops out.

These poor guys have been so damaged by the multiple drugs to suppress their symptoms that they’ve become “confused” or “complex” disease cases. It means the drug-induced illness has engrafted itself onto the inherent illness, and now it’s a real mess to try to discern any clear symptoms. And boy, are they tough to treat.

Julie Ann found her way through several of these with a novel approach. She began to look simply at the physiology where the bulk of the disease is showing up. Maybe the blood vessels and heart. Maybe the skeleton. Or the nervous system. And rather than prescribing on the totality of the case, which was very difficult to see, she began prescribing acute, almost “first aid” remedies, but ones that fit those areas of pathology. Some of these were seemingly simple injury remedies, like arnica or bellis. And, lo, the patient began to respond. For months, or even years, these poor guys were able, through judicious repetition of the “acute” remedy, to find their way back from horrible pathology, to a life they could once again enjoy. It was remarkable.

And now, another tool joins my tool box. Thanks, Julie.

Continuing education. It’s a great way to get a fresh perspective after being in the trenches for a good while. Glad I can do it in homeopathy, where my heart lies.