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February is Heartworm Prevention month –

Holistic pet care for your furry Valentines!

by Terry Rader  

Each February when we celebrate those dearest to our hearts, why not remember our four-legged companions with a gift of perfect health on Valentine’s Day? Include an annual Wellpet Exam each February along with a heartworm test. Here, in the South, where mosquitoes are abundant, protecting our pets from heartworm disease is necessary.

Heartworm prevention requires a strong, healthy immune system – this begins with proper diet. Look for holistic, wholesome pet foods with nutritious ingredients that list the meat as the first ingredient, not “meat-by-products” or “meal”. Dogs and cats are carnivores and their digestive systems do much better with real meat and veggies rather than a lot of grain. It is also a good practice to alternate the meats (chicken, lamb, fish) every few months so that your pets do not develop sensitivities to the same foods.

 

If your present veterinarian is not up on holistic alternatives, you may want to add a holistic veterinarian to your pet’s wellness team. I have worked with allopathic and holistic vets together since 1994. Calling your holistic vet for alternatives can often save your companion from unnecessary vaccinations and medications with side effects. There are also many herbal remedies and supplements to further strengthen your pet’s immunity to disease.

 

 

Victoria Farthing, DVM at Animal Wellness Center at Concord Farm in Virginia says: Interceptor® is safer for many dogs with different ailments including epileptics, a lot more dogs are getting on it, plus it aids in whipworm eradication. Heartguard® only treats roundworms and hookworms. Real natural prevention includes additional protection from mosquitoes using topical treatments of Neem oil and specific essential oils in safe dilutions (some essential oils can burn the skin and should not be used at all).”

 

In summary, your choices for Heartworm Prevention include:

1) Holistic prevention (not yet proven by itself)

2) Interceptor® (give every 6 weeks instead of monthly)

3) Heartgard® (contains Ivermectin, very toxic to Aussies/Collies)

4) Vaccination (I avoid all unnecessary vaccinations, see http://www.charlesloopsdvm.com/vaccinations.html)

 

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This information is not meant to replace professional veterinary prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with a holistic veterinarian before following any new holistic treatment for your beloved pets. Find one in your area at http://www.ahvma.org/

 

Terry Rader is a Writer, Wellness Herbalist/Consultant and Flower Essences Practitioner, working with dogs (especially seniors & chronic immune disease) since 1994, see http://www.doedreamers.com/kayla.html

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Her Bleak Future Lasted 15 Years

It felt as though she could jump out from behind the glossy image to give me a big wet kiss. This beautiful creature gave more to her owner than unconditional love. Kayla was the underdog of a litter with a number of unseen health problems.

Terry Rader is the proud owner of Kayla, an Australian Shepherd, aka “Blue Gypsy Spirit” who was set free August 27th 2009 after 15 years of companionship. Letting Kayla transition to the other side was Terry’s final gift to her beloved pet. Kayla was a soul mate to Terry and fueled her passion to continue to help others with pet loss and grief, beyond her life. Terry has been helping dogs holistically for almost a decade, based on her experiences with Kayla.

At six months of age, Kayla had been diagnosed with CISD (Chronic Immune System Disease), and allergic to everything. At 7 years old, Kayla’s kidneys started to fail and were accompanied by other aliments; arthritis, heart murmur and hip dyspolasia. Terry knew there had to be another alternative to cortisone shots and other medications to help Kayla and found her first solutions in a book by Dianne Stein called, “Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats”. Terry also worked with Dr. Charles Loops, DVM who practices homeopathy on animals. “Choosing to take care of an animal holistically was not an easy task, since many vets were not open to alternative options back then,” stated Terry.

 

The last year of Kayla’s life involved constant care and communication by using hand signals and telepathy after Kayla lost her hearing. Terry reassured her that everything would be OK and needed to explain to Kayla that she could not occupy to her old body after being cremated as her spirit was now set free. The upside-down squirrel on the screen window during our interview was one way that Kayla showed me how she returns to visit Terry. Nature is the medium for their communication where Terry composes beautiful poetry and stories embracing eternal love.

 

Terry also believes in the philosophy of the Mayan’s regarding crying. By releasing tears for a loved one, we are filling up the river carrying the canoe to the other side.

“Give your pets and yourself the most natural diet and holistic healthcare you can find. Don’t pretend a treatment is okay if it doesn’t feel right to you, but realize that Western medicine does some good things too. Be as loyal to your four-legged companions as they are to you. Every step we take to live more naturally brings us more in line with living in harmony with the Earth.” from Earth Harmony: Loving Our Pets- Holistically and Unconditionally by Terry Rader as published in AWB Summer 2007 issue, read full story at http://www.doedreamers.com/EHstories.html#6.

Thank you for sharing your story of Kayla with the community.

Peace Love and Hugs

Diana

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