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Friday, July 19, 2024




I am excited when I am presented with a new case of kidney failure, for we are usually able to improve their quality of life.  Depending on the conditions and severity, fluids are sometimes needed in acute cases.  Long-term improvement comes from good nutritional food providing needed protein and vitamins for the repair of damaged kidney tissue.  The ceasing of an ongoing assault from chronic infections are paramount, they must be stopped. 

Chronic gingivitis with the resulting infection and infected anal glands are often the avenues of attack on kidneys.  It is like having an unsecured border.  The mass marketed kidney diets do not contain enough nutrients to keep an animal healthy and in my opinion should not be fed on anything but a short-term basis, if that.  We can all stand a fast.  Food allergies should be eliminated and the resulting inflammation dealt with.  We use some Chinese products to rebuild the renal tubules.  This normally takes several months.  We follow the progress with both blood work and applied kinesiology.  It is often interesting to watch, as the kidneys are improving, the body requiring less and less of the herbs used to repair the renal tubules.  The repair is then often confirmed by nearer normal kidney blood work. 

The circulation to the kidneys is sometimes impaired and the body becomes toxic because not enough blood is flowing through the kidneys to detox the body properly.  In addition, often some homotoxicollogy-type compounds are used to get the organ systems functioning properly again.  With new techniques much of this can be determined long distance and supplements provided as necessary. 

I give credence more to the attitude, mental condition, appetite and well-being exhibited by the animal than the numbers on the blood work.  Years ago we had an animal brought to us from the Centerville area for a second opinion about being put to sleep.  The dog had a BUN of over 200 (normal is 30), but seemed to be in good spirits.  I could not see any reason to put the happy dog to sleep.  It was obvious the love that his parents had for him and he for them.  So I had them love him more by switching his diet off a crummy dog food and giving him steak and eggs.  He lived happily for over a year until a required rabies vaccine pushed him over the edge of life. 



When I first got into holistic medicine I did not realize there was an international/national movement or organization promoting the concept (The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association).  I just wanted to improve my percentage of success in alleviating the disease and the suffering of my patients.  The internet was not then available.  I did not know any other practitioner (for humans or animals) that was into holistic medicine, although I was aware of several chiropractors who were naturally oriented.  My source was books I could find.  My first book was prophetically given to me by a young lady named Debbie that worked for me as a vet tech/groomer when I first opened my own practice in 1976. The book was Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable by Juliette deBairacli Levy, who shared with Debbie a passion for Afghan hounds.  Interestingly, a client showed up at my office three weeks ago referencing this book for treatments for her dog's skin.

The following are books in my own library and those which I highly recommend!  They reflect my two passions in life... holistic veterinary medicine and biblical studies.



The importance of good prophylactic dental care for dogs and cats cannot be overstressed. 

It has long been recognized that infected gums do much more harm than just cause bad breath.  It has been accurately known since way before my graduation from Auburn vet school in 1973 that chronic infections from anal gland sacks and teeth are the main causes of heart and kidney problems in our pets.  Very few of us would tolerate what we put our pets through with the chronic infections we allow in their mouths.  If we had to eat, drink water, etc. with the amount of receding gums to sensitive dental tissue I guarantee the suicide rate would be higher.  There are a few things worse than dental pain from which very little relief is available. 

Years ago I had a root canal which was not successful.  Every time the dentist would seal the tooth in a few days the pain would be unbearable due to the pressure of infection (puss) build-up in my infected tooth.  It did not seem to matter what antibiotic I was put on or what he did, the outcome was the same, pain.  I finally asked the dentist, "can we not pull the tooth? I do not think dealing with this infection is good for me."  He explained the migrating of the teeth problem and I emphasized heart and kidney problems.  The tooth was pulled, my pain stopped, and now I happily look like a Tennessee hillbilly if I smile real big.

The above story was simply to emphasize the pain your friend may be going through daily with his teeth, not to mention the damage to his body from infections.  How do we prevent this condition?  After a good dental is done we have learned it is always best to send home antibiotics to prevent the increased infection risk, especially to heart and kidneys.  I have learned that I am unable to predict which mild cases do not need to be followed with antibiotics, so all go home with antibiotics.  They usually pick amoxicillin or clindamycin.  Then it is best to follow with products like Petzlife or Vetzlife to prevent the reoccurrence of the plaque which is caused by a bacterial infection.  There are vitamins and supplements that also help with gingivitis and plaque formation.         

A diet of good food high in antioxidants with a natural resistive consistency like raw meat and bones greatly helps the teeth to stay clean.

Daily brushing is of course a great plan for both you and your pet.  A long-time client, John, is very proud of the fact that his little poodle friend, now nine years old, has never needed a dental due to his daily raw chicken wing diet.  After many years of recommending calcium citrate to combat arthritis in dogs I noticed that we were not doing as many dentals.  I had a client who was a runner who was complaining about the pain she was suffering in her knees as she had aged.  I told her about what the calcium citrate had done for the dogs and recommended she try it.  She came back months later pointing her finger at me saying that it did help her knees, but the amazing change was her dental health.  Her dentist wanted to know what on earth she was doing different.  I then started to observe the teeth on all the older dogs which normally need dentals that I had put on calcium citrate for arthritis and saw that many of them did not now need dentals.

At Franklin Road Animal Hospital we do not like to run the risk of general anesthesia for dentals.  We therefore heavily sedate, and scale and polish, and do not use ultrasonic teeth cleaners.  In 1974 I inscribed a word on a stainless steel surgical table with an ultrasonic cleaner and wondered what did that instrument do to the enamel of a tooth.  We sometimes, in very old, sweet dogs, will not use any anesthesia, but do dentally what they will allow and regroup in a week or so to attack the enemy plaque again until we have a pleasing mouth.  Again, I want to emphasize, the real problem is kidney and heart infections, not bad breath, which is though a tell-tale sign of need.



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Approximately 17 years ago a good friend of mine, Glen, who was a federal veterinarian, who oversaw the walking horse industry, was diagnosed with needing five bi-pass surgeries by his M.D.  He called me in a panic wanting to know what to do.  I phoned a friend of mine who was a nurse anesthetist who had performed the anesthesia for many bi-pass surgeries.  Asked him which surgeon did the best job -- he replied: "NONE OF THEM."  He told me that for each bi-pass they make 2 cuts into the heart -- that would be 10 cuts for my friend.  He recommend a change in diet and exercising.  I suggested chelation therapy, to which he said that would be great.  Glen went from not being able to walk 40 feet without huffing and puffing, to square dancing all night after approximately 25 intravenous chelation treatments.  

In 2010 an elderly friend of mine from Jamaica was diagnosed with needing four bi-pass surgeries.  He called me for advice and I told him of Glen's experience.  At this time I looked up chelation treatment online and was able to find that great advancements had been made, especially in ORAL CHELATION.  My friend Stoney went through the oral chelation treatment from ANGIOPRIM that I recommended.  He was able to return home to Jamaica without any bi-pass surgery in a few months and is still doing well in his 80's.