This is a very thorough and extensive 35 page website about allopathic, holistic and integrative veterinary, cat / dog nutrition and what BigPharmaMafia, bad veterinarians and pet food companies who make very low-quality pet foods don't or won't tell you. It will always be a work in progress. The site is sometimes intentionally provocative & outspoken in order to disturb the status quo, which needs to be educated and must be changed! All of the information on this website is fact and has been extensively researched, sourced and documented and is extremely well received by both good veterinarians and pet parents, having had 500,000 hits in a single day!
What is Holistic Veterinary
Roger Biduk says Holistic Veterinary AVOIDS the OVERUSE and often MISUSE of many NSAIDs, Antibiotics, Steroids, Pesticides, Over-Vaccinations and Bad Diets
Roger Biduk says that the best allopathic vets take advanced post-graduate courses and training in one or more modalities (the more the better) and are also qualified to practice holistic veterinary and integrative medicine; they do what vets are expected and supposed to do. “They recommend species-appropriate diets, not veterinarian-recommended Hill’s Prescription Diets or Hill’s Science Diet that contain very little or no meat and are full of garbage fillers and by-products that are often dangerous at best and poisonous at worst found in every allopathic veterinarian clinic and animal hospital I’ve been in.
Good holistic / integrative don’t give annual / frequent vaccinations, prescribe or misuse powerful drugs such as steroids [i.e. Prednisone], NSAIDs [i.e. Rimadyl, Deramaxx], antibiotics and they don’t give poisonous, neurotoxic, carcinogenic chemical flea / heartworm / dewormer pesticides in the form of pills, collars, injections or topical applications as all allopathic veterinarians who I know of do.”
Holistic (or “integrative”) veterinary medicine differs from “conventional” or “western” (allopathic) veterinary medicine in that it takes a more natural and common sense approach to your pet’s healthcare. Through proper nutrition, regular daily care, avoidance of toxins and minimization of emotional stress, the body’s own immune system becomes strengthened, enabling the body to heal itself and to ward off possible disease.
Holistic veterinary work aims to make your pet as healthy as he or she can be and gradually build up their body to the best that it can be. Holistic veterinarians work with the immune system and not against it and aiming not just for health, but also for resistance to disease.
Holistic veterinary and integrative medicine AVOIDS the OVERUSE and often MISUSE of many drugs such as antibiotics, steroids [i.e. Prednisone], NSAIDs [i.e. Rimadly, Deramaxx] and poisonous, toxic, carciogenic chemical dewormer / flea / heartworm pesticides along with the over-use of vaccinations, artificial chemicals and inappropriate commercial diets. [i.e. Hill’s Prescription Diets].
Instead it treats mostly with proper diet, natural whole-foods and herbal dietary supplements and homeopathic treatments.
In practice this means an animal can have a so called “fatal illness” but have an immune system that with the right homeopathic trigger can overcome the illness or at the very least have a better quality of life.
Vets who only practice allopathic (basic, conventional or western) veterinary focus on “pharmacological solutions” that manly suppress the symptoms of a sick cat / dog with Big Pharma and “prescription diets” which often cures nothing and in many situations makes matter even worse. Many recommend annual/frequent vaccinations and powerful drugs such as steroids (e.g. Prednisone), NSAIDs [i.e. Rimadyl], antibiotics, corticosteroids and poisonous, neurotoxic, carciogeic, chemical flea / heartworm pesticides as a first and not last resort.
Click on the links for my webpage page of 1000 veterinarians who are qualified to practice holistic/integrative veterinary in one or more modalities (many of these are some of the best veterinarians I’m aware of) in the U.S. (almost all do phone consultations) along with a short bio, their websites, phone numbers and over 100 in Canada and 14 in England… let me know if anyone needs a referral.
“Most of the veterinarians I’ve talked who are qualified to practice holistic veterinary and integrative medicine are conflicted with the professioal organizations they belog to. They find it unbelievable that the AVMA, AAHA, AAFP & NASPHV are obviously looking out for the financial well-being of veterinarians rather than the health concerns for dogs (carnivores) and cats (obligate carnivores) by saying raw meat diets are dangerous and should be avoided ” writes Roger Biduk.
On the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) [and now also the AAFP, NASPHV and AAHA] recently telling veterinarians to discourage pet owners from feeding raw pet food diets: “Sorry, AVMA, you are all wet on this one. My own raw fed dogs have been healthier for the past 20 years than my clients’ dog food eating dogs. Are we veterinarians promoting health or the pet food industry, with all its recalls, Chinese ingredients, and biologically inappropriate diets? And why in the world is AVMA worrying about what perhaps 2.5% of the pet food market does? Surely there are serious problems affecting more pets than this… How about the jerky treats from China that are actually killing dogs, which FDA refuse to order recalled.”Dr. Laurie S. Coger, DVM, www.wholisticvet.com
It’s very important to ask every veteriarian the eight questions I put together. Many veterinarians aren’t nearly as holistic/integrative as they think or say they are!
For example, a vet may practice one holoistic modality such as accupunture but may also recommend annual/frequent vaccinations, garbage “prescription diets” or toxic, poisonous, neurotoxic, carcinogeic dewormer/ flea / heartworm pesticides in the form of pills, topical applications, injections or collars… avoid these “holistic” vets.
Here’s a very, very, very familiar type of story I see and hear about all the time about a pet parent first treating her very sick dogs the “traditional” way (full of drugs and wasting lots of money) and switching just in the nick of time to holistic veterinary to save their lives:
“I began to pursue homeopathic healthcare for my animals about eight years ago, out of desperation. At that time my Siberian Husky and English Setter were experiencing ‘allergic’ symptoms. I saw countless allopathic vets, spent thousands of dollars on tests, and subjected my animals to frightening and painful procedures, in an attempt to get an answer and hopefully some relief for them.
“Each vet arrived at the same conclusion, my animals were allergic and cortisone was the treatment of choice. It never felt right to me, but without an alternative, I had no choice but to give them the steroid medication. Of course this was not curative, it merely alleviated symptoms for a very short time. And without the steroids, the dog’s symptoms were worsening over time. Even I could see this and the vets agreed, and recommended increasing the doses of steroids. At the same time they mildly cautioned me of the side effects of steroids. I knew the animals were in trouble, yet I did not know where to turn.
“One day while seeing my own osteopath, I approached the homeopathic practitioner who shared his office suite, begging him to treat my dogs. He agreed to work with me, but suggested that there was a veterinary homeopath in a nearby state that may be a better choice. Of course I was skeptical about working with someone who was 700 miles away, but I was also desperate. After contacting this practitioner by phone, I was surprised to learn that it was not necessary for a homeopath to see the animals, because careful questioning by the practitioner and observations from me were the keys to successful treatment.
“Slowly I began to learn, and eventually believe in, homeopathic health care. This required me to literally ‘throw out’ countless misconceptions that I grew up with and clung to, being the daughter of an allopathic physician. My learning curve was slow and I repeatedly flew this insightful veterinarian to our area to ‘examine’ my animals. I laugh now, in retrospect, because it was not important to HER to see my dogs, but it was critical for ME to have her look at the animals. She knew this, and complied to ‘help me on my journey’. Over the course of time, this wonderful homeopathic practitioner and I became good friends and as a result she unselfishly referred me to Dr. Levy, feeling that he would be able to treat my animals more objectively. I am forever grateful to her for wisdom, patience and caring.
“I have now worked with Jeff Levy for nearly four years. He has saved the life of my German Shepherd puppy, which now enjoys excellent physical and mental health (see Belladonna in Chronic Disease), has greatly improved the quality of life of my 15-year-old English Setter and restored sanity back to our entire household. It is so apparent that at each appointment Jeff gives 110% as he works with me to find the correct remedy. He possesses a true gift of insight/intuition that is rare, but common to all healers.
“In addition, my work with Dr. Levy has educated me to be an astute observer, to develop better communication and trust with my animals and allows me the piece of mind knowing that they are experiencing a very deep curative response at each step of their treatment. I have never personally met Jeff Levy, and I know that it is not warranted. In fact, just two years ago, Jeff was teaching in a nearby city. I did not even attempt to arrange a meeting for the animals. (Just a few years ago I would have pleaded with him to see us.) The relationship is working perfectly now, Dr. Levy is ‘batting 1000’ for my animals.
“Initiating homeopathic treatment is the single best thing I have ever done for my animals. It is far less expensive, less stressful for me and more pleasant for the animals. Changing a lifetime of beliefs and misconceptions was challenging at times, but I could never raise animals any other way. I trust Jeff Levy implicitly; in our lives he has been a godsend. I remain grateful for his commitment and expertise. I feel so strongly about my experience, that I am happy to discuss it with others. Feel free to contact me. “ Karee Weber email@example.com
“Always take with a grain of salt what the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) has to say about almost anything. They seem to be much more concerned for making sure their members (veterinarians) keep on making tons of money at the expense of the health of your cat or dog.
“Instead, the AHVMA (American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association) and its members (holistic veterinarians) actually give a crap and are dedicated to animal welfare” says Roger Biduk.