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Pet Health Resources

We are committed to providing you with the latest in pet health information.
This information is for educational purposes only to help you understand your pet’s healthcare needs.
Please contact us directly for specific concerns about your pet.

Pet Care Recommendations

As your veterinarians, our job is to help keep your pet as healthy as possible through regular examinations* and chiropractic adjustments, and to offer advice. Your job is to give proper diet and daily home care. If you follow these recommendations, then we, as a team, will be doing a great deal to help your pet live longer and avoid expensive and heartbreaking chronic ailments.

Coat Care
Brush coat daily with a wire slicker brush – stimulates circulation and skin gland secretions; strengthens hair follicles; detoxifies the whole body; keeps the coat clean.
Dental Care
Brush teeth and gums daily with CET Pet Toothpaste® – enzymes dissolve plaque, so tartar never forms. If there already is tartar, brush with Vetzlife Oral Care Gel®.
“Thump the Thymus”
Tap the sternum over the thymus gland (between the front legs) 10 times once a day to help stimulate the immune system.
Vaccinate Conservatively
Consider only two sets of puppy/kitten shots between 9 and 16 weeks, then triennial vaccinal blood titers. Rabies vaccinations are required by law, usually at 12 – 26 weeks old. Rabies booster in 1 year and then every 3 years, but consider vaccinal blood titers instead of boosters. At the time of any vaccination and 2 weeks later, give protective homeopathic remedies.
Parasite Control
To repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes and avoid harsh chemical repellents and drugs, use Dr. B’s Pet Peeve Plus or Herbal Gold Parasite Dust® powder.
Minimize Stress
Provide exercise, love, and comfort. Add Rescue Remedy Flower Essence to every bowl of water.
Veterinary Care
Full examination at least annually (twice a year if 5 years or older), urine, stool, and blood tests. Chiropractic (VOM) adjustments every 6 months, after an initial series.
Diet

We strongly recommend feeding your pet a diet of raw meat and steamed or blanched vegetables. You can purchase our own “Dr. B’s” brand of frozen raw food at our office or in local pet stores. Or you can make raw food at home according to the following guidelines:

For dogs:

  • 75% raw beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, or fish, 25% of which is made up of organ meats (liver, kidneys, heart, spleen, skins/intestines/stomach, and glands such as thymus and pancreas9sweetbreads).
  • 25% steamed or blanched vegetables, 50% of which is made up of “carbohydrate vegetables” such as sweet potatoes and squash. The other 50% should be spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, and any other non-salad vegetables. Avoid onions, tomatoes, and avocado.
  • Add Rx Vitamins Nutritional Support Support®, Powdered Aloe, and Rx Vitamins Biotic®
  • Do not give dogs biscuits, rawhide, pigs’ ears, or cows’ hooves. Instead give crunchy vegetables (carrots, celery, jicama) or fruits (apples, pears). Also, we encourage offering “rope bones” and Nylabones®.

For cats:

  • 90% meat and 10% vegetables (leave out the sweet potatoes and squash).
  • Add Flying Basset Maintenance Nutritional Complex®, Dr. B’s Aloe powder®, and Rx Vitamins for Pets Rx Biotic® get from our office during office hours.

At the very least, if you need to feed processed Pet food, supplement it with Missing Link® and Prozyme®, both of which you can get from our office during our office hours.

 

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Pet Health Checker

A tool to help you decide if your pet’s symptoms require veterinary attention and how quickly that attention is needed.

Use our Pet Health Checker tool to help you decide if your pet's symptoms require immediate attention or if you should continue to monitor those symptoms at home.

Note: The Pet Health Checker tool is designed to help you understand the level of urgency associated with seeking veterinary attention for your pet’s symptom. It does not provide diagnosis or treatment advice. Please contact us if you’re concerned that your pet requires immediate attention.

How-To Videos


Helpful Tips for Cats

Brushing your cat’s teeth

Brushing your cat’s teeth

Teaching your cat to accept brushing will take some training, but will be very beneficial to the cat once he is accustomed to the process. Daily brushing is most beneficial and will help to establish a routine for your pet, but brushing twice a week is acceptable if your schedule can’t accommodate daily brushing.

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Administering eye drops to your cat

Administering eye drops to your cat

Make sure that you wash your hands both before and after administering the medication to prevent the spread of infection.

If you are administering the medication on your own, you may find it easiest to place your cat in your lap. If your cat’s eye is painful, you may need to have someone assist you in restraining your cat by wrapping it in a blanket with only the head exposed.

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Giving liquid medication to your cat

Giving liquid medication to your cat

The easiest way to give your cat liquid medication is to mix it in with some canned food. To ensure that the medication is actually taken, it is best to give a small amount of food that the cat is certain to eat rather than a large portion that the cat may not complete. Some cats may be unwilling to eat the food or may have dietary restrictions that prevent you from using this technique. If this is the case, you will need to administer the medication directly into the cat’s mouth.

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Giving your cat a pill

Giving your cat a pill

The easiest way to give your cat a pill is to hide the pill in food. This usually works best if the pill is hidden in a small amount of tuna or cream cheese. To ensure that the pill is actually taken, it is best to give a small amount of food that the cat is certain to eat rather than a large portion that the cat may not complete. Some cats may spit out the pill, so it is important to monitor this activity. If your cat persists in spitting out the pills or if dietary restrictions prevent you from hiding the pills in an appealing treat, you will need to administer the pill directly into the cat’s mouth.

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Administering ear drops to your cat

Administering ear drops to your cat

Remember that the ear may be very painful and that the cat may respond by scratching and biting.

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Helpful Tips for Dogs

Collecting a urine specimen from your dog – Male

Collecting a urine specimen from your dog – Male

Make sure that you use a clean plastic container. Your vet may provide you with one or you may use a clean margarine dish or something similar. A pie plate works best for female dogs.

Keep in mind that a fresh specimen is best. Anything more than 12 hours old will not provide accurate results.

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Collecting a urine specimen from your dog – Female

Collecting a urine specimen from your dog – Female

Make sure that you use a clean plastic container. Your vet may provide you with one or you may use a clean margarine dish or something similar. A pie plate works best for female dogs.

Keep in mind that a fresh specimen is best. Anything more than 12 hours old will not provide accurate results.

If you can’t bring in the specimen within an hour of collecting it, make sure to place it in the refrigerator.

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Brushing your dog’s teeth

Brushing your dog’s teeth

Teaching your dog to accept brushing will take some training, but will be very beneficial to the dog once he is accustomed to the process. Daily brushing is most beneficial and will help to establish a routine for your pet, but brushing twice a week is acceptable if your schedule can’t accommodate daily brushing.

Read more

Administering eye drops to your dog

Administering eye drops to your dog

Make sure that you wash your hands both before and after administering the medication to prevent the spread of infection.

If your dog’s eye is painful, you may need to have someone assist you with restraining or you may need to apply a muzzle.

Read more

Administering ear drops to your dog

Administering ear drops to your dog

Remember that the ear may be very painful and that even a passive dog may respond by biting. You may need to muzzle the dog for this procedure.

Read more

Giving liquid medication to your dog

Giving liquid medication to your dog

The easiest way to give your dog a liquid medication is to mix it with some canned food. To ensure that the medication is actually taken, it is best to give a small amount of food that the dog is certain to eat rather than a large portion that the dog may not complete. Some dogs may be unwilling to eat the food or may have dietary restrictions that prevent you from using this technique. If this is the case, you will need to administer the medication directly into your dog’s mouth.

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Giving your dog a pill

Giving your dog a pill

Make sure you give your dog plenty of praise throughout the procedure and offer a treat or extra playtime after giving the medication. This will make the experience more positive and will make it easier to give the medication the next time.

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