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Do it right the first time...see your vet!

Sterling advice:

Occasionally, Dr. M comes across a statement from another vet that is so simple, yet so profound, that she absolutely has to share it. Here's one, from noted veterinary homeopath Dr. Christina Chambreau: "The reason there are so many 'vaccine detoxifiers' is that there is no good rationale for any of them - or a little rationale, which makes it alluring".

Your pet is an individual.

Dr. Chambreau was commenting on why there isn't "just one remedy" for treating the toxicosis (sickness) that can be vaccine-induced in some animals. The discussion went on to note that pets are individuals, and must be treated as such. Now, you probably intuitively know this. Otherwise, you’d be seeing the good folks at one of the large corporate veterinary practices out there. You know what we mean - places that practice “one size fits all” medicine: loading your pet up on vaccines, never taking the time to discuss or even find out about your pet’s origins, past history, past medical issues, past and current diet, nutritional needs, and lifestyle. On your way out, you’d be stopping to buy toys, and treats, and maybe even some food from a salesperson whose sole purpose is to sell you stuff.

But even when you care enough to seek out an integrative hospital such as Knollwood Hospital for Pets, it’s sometimes easier to check with Dr. Google rather than to call for an appointment. We’ve seen a lot of this recently, with some seriously disastrous results. Two pets came very close to dying, more were left with chronic health issues as a result of botched on-line recommendations and advice, and everyone spent a heckuva lot more dollars than if they had just come in for an appointment when the problem started.

Why “Dr. Google” doesn’t help individuals:

Why did it happen, each and every time? Because a worried pet owner was seeking a specific answer from a place that can’t give one. Please, remember: when you go online seeking veterinary advice about your pet, from Dr. Google, or from PetMD, or from a breed group online, you're never going to get advice about your pet. You are getting general advice from a source that doesn't know anything about your pet, your pet’s health, your pet’s needs, or your pet’s medical history. Furthermore, they don’t care if the answer is right!

That's like walking into Kohl's, asking for a pair of pants, taking what they hand you, and wondering why the pants don't fit when you get home. Translate that into a medical issue, and it’s a lot more serious than baggy pants. If you care enough about your pet to seek advice when they have a problem, do it right the first time. VISIT YOUR VET.

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