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Bach Flower Remedies
Bach Flower Remedies have found a place in many integrative practices as a way to shift emotional states to aid recovery, and to help with behavior or training problems. The Bach Flower Remedies are based on the research and findings of English physician Dr. Edward Bach. A medical pioneer in the early 1900s, Dr. Bach became aware of the link...
A common equine injury is to the suspensory ligaments, caused by poor (or incorrect) riding. Classical principles of dressage training and movement are being replaced by flashiness, hyperflexion and the “show trot”. When a horse is ridden in a flashy trot, his back is pushed down, the saddle balance falls too far back, and the rider sits behind the...
Are you affected by burn out?
Burnout is a common occurrence within veterinarians. Developing awareness and self care habits are essential to having a successful practice. When we consider the risks of being a veterinarian, most of us think of zoonotic diseases, bite wounds, kicks, and lifting injuries. These are the hazards most veterinarians learn about during veterinary school and in continuing education seminars. Sadly, our...
In Part 1 of this article (IVC, Winter 2012), I covered the diagnosis of feline diabetes mellitus, and how early DM can be managed with diet, medication and herbs. Now I’ll discuss insulin stabilization and home monitoring, the complications that can occur with the disease, and the reasons why some cats don’t recover. Insulin requirements Feline DM is treated with Rx...
Veterinary medicine is a massive endeavor. Veterinarians are collectively responsible for all knowledge that could be used to maintain or rebuild health, or to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for the animals placed in our care. Since the knowledge and data used to treat our patients and perform our duties as veterinarians is incomplete, we are often...
Digestive enzymes
Digestive enzymes can be used for pancreatic and GI issues, but are also beneficial for healthy patients eating heat-processed pet foods. The thousands of enzymes produced by the body aid in a wide variety of chemical reactions. There are two major classes of enzymes: metabolic and digestive. Digestive enzymes are produced primarily in the pancreas and released into the duodenum...
Equine deworming is going through a transition in the conventional veterinary world. For three decades, it has been done using a six to eight weekly rotation schedule of anthelmintics. But parasite resistance has been identified with many of the drugs in current use, and there are no new classes of drug on the horizon. For many years, Craig Reinemeyer, DVM,...
Adaptogens for the HPAT axis
A list of 11 adaptogens that have multiple benefits such as fighting stress, balancing hormones and maintain the immune system. Adaptogens help humans and animals deal with toxic environments as well as adrenal stress and depletion. By bolstering the body’s adaptability, we balance the hormonal system, including glucose metabolism, pituitary feedback loops, the reproductive system, the immune system and thyroid...
Integrative pain management
When dealing with chronic pain, integrative pain management takes advantage of all the tools a veterinarian may have available. Both conventional and alternative/complementary therapies to keep patients comfortable while improving or maintaining mobility and health. It is unlikely that a single modality, pharmaceutical or supplement can achieve this optimal state of comfort and health on its own. For integrative pain...
Producing effective and safe vaccines for prevalent infectious diseases in animals has become increasingly challenging. In veterinary medicine, evidence implicating vaccines in triggering immune-mediated and other chronic disorders (vaccinosis) is compelling. While some of these problems have been traced to contaminated or poorly attenuated batches of vaccine that revert to virulence, others apparently reflect the animal’s genetic predisposition to react...