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Dr. Jill ElliotDr Jill Elliot DVM, MSW is a homeopathic veterinarian who practices in New York City. She's the co-author of Whole Health for Happy Dogs, and she's also Benny Bix Ochman Labradoodle's vet. Pawfun.com Blog asked Dr Elliot to explain how homeopathy works.
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Summertime is in full bloom. Everyone is getting out more and engaging in more outdoor activities. However, since summer presents season-specific problems for dogs, I want to share some ways to keep our dog companions safe and healthy.
First, the heat can be difficult for dogs. Dogs most in danger are the short-nosed dogs (bulldogs, pugs, Japanese chins; etc.).
But every dog can be affected by heat, regardless of their breed.
NEVER leave a dog (or cat) alone in a car, — even for a few minutes — in the summer time. Temperatures inside a car (even with the windows open and even in the shade) rise substantially and very quickly and can cause serious –and even fatal—heat stroke because dogs and cats cannot sweat. Heat stoke also can happen when a pet is outdoors in a hot environment.
Signs of Heat Stroke
PANTING!!! It may increase in intensity as the dog’s condition worsens. This can happen very quickly. The gums and skin may become very red, a sign the body is over heating. Skin may be cool to the touch and your dog may start to vomit or collapse. This is a severe emergency requiring immediate attention.
What to do
Get your dog to a veterinarian as quickly as possible. (The vet that is closest to you at the moment!) Heat stroke can be a life-threatening! When you walk into the vet waiting room announce that you think your dog has heat stroke and request that the dog be seen immediately.
While waiting to get to the vet (in your home or on the way to the vet)
- Get the dog to a shady area or cool place immediately.
- Apply cool towels and/or small amounts of cool water on their body especially under their arms pits and legs (hairless areas of the body).
- If indoors have a fan blowing directly on them as soon as possible. If you have a portable fan continue fanning them on the way to the vet.
- Do not use ice cold or very cold water or submerge them in cold water. Too cold water can be a shock to their body.
Homeopathic treatment for Heat Stroke
(Administer these remedies as soon as possible on the way to the vet’s office.)
Suggestion: You might what to stock up on these remedies so you have them in case you need them. Carry them with you in the summer time when you are outside and have a second supply in your apartment (or summer home).
These remedies can be purchased at any health food store that sells homeopathic remedies. Even Duane Reade carries some homeopathic remedies.
If you can’t find them elsewhere in New York City, try: Bigelow’s on 6th Ave. between 8th and 9th St., NYC. Wilner’s Pharm. on Park Ave. and 41st St., NYC.; Whole Foods; London Pharm. on 6th Ave. between 22nd and 23rd St., NYC.
- Aconitum nepellis 6C to 30C. This is my first choice. Give it if the Dog seems fearful or anxious. Give 3 pellets every 5 minutes for up to 3 doses. If not better try one of the remedies below.
- Gelsemium 30C. Dog may seem very weak, muscles trembling. Same dose as above.
- Glonoinum 6C to 30C. (Difficult to find in health food store.) Dog may be vomiting and weak. Gums pale or red or have bluish cast. Same dose as above.
Dr. Jill Elliot is a New York Holistic veterinarian. She also is Benny Bix Ochman Labradoodle and Noni Kitty Ochman’s wonderful vet. She offers holistic (chiropractic; low level laser; homeopathy) as well as conventional veterinary care
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After Pawfun’s recent post, Are Annual Vaccines Harmful to Your Dogs and Cats?, a Pawfun Blog reader asked:
“I live in Westchester County NY and have two indoor cats, and would prefer NOT to vaccinate them. Am I breaking the law by not doing so?”
Pawfun’s holistic veterinarian, Dr. Jill Elliot, says: The only vaccine that is required BY LAW is the Rabies vaccine. And yes you are technically breaking the law if you don’t give it to your cat.
When was the last time you heard anyone tell you the Rabies police came to their home to check on the vaccine status of their CAT?
As a licensed veterinarian of NY State, it is my duty and responsibility to tell my clients that rabies is required by law. If they insist on not giving the vaccine I can have them sign a waiver in the chart saying they do not wish to vaccinate.
For dogs you can also do a rabies titer (blood test) and if the titer is adequate and the dog has some medical condition that would cause the dog’s health to further decline if the vaccine is given, the vet can write a letter asking for an extension to wait one year and then re-titer the next year.
At the practice in New Jersey where I work, they consider the titer test to be good for three years from date of test.
A Pawfun Blog reader asks: I have a one year-old indoor cat. With the abundance of information on the Internet, I am confused about the best way to feed him. What do you recommend?
Read the labels and buy the foods that do not list “by products” anywhere in the ingredients. Examples of good cat food brands are Wellness, Petguard, EaglePack, Merrick – and there are many, many more.
Canned food has 80% moisture, while dry food only has 15% moisture. Cats are better off getting their moisture from their food rather than drinking constantly. Most cats on dry food drink a lot because they are dehydrated.
How much to feed your cat
One 3.5 ounce can twice a day is right for most 9 to 10 pound cats. Or one 5.5 ounce can (1/2 in the am and 1/2 in the pm).
A Pawfun Blog reader asks: My cat has something in her eye and it seems it can’t be moved. Doesn’t seem to bother her, it’s pretty small, like a piece of glitter or something similar. Should I take her to the vet or will the eye naturally get rid of this?
Holistic veterinarian Dr Jill Elliot says: Buy an eye wash from a pet store and try to wash out the piece of whatever is stuck there yourself. Gently run the eye wash over your cat’s eye from the inside to the outside. If it is something like a flake of something it should wash out. If not, see your veterinarian.