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Dr. Doug Knueven Weekend Part 3: Animal Chiropratic, Massage, Accupressure & Vaccinations April 5, 2009

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Dr. Doug demonstrating accupressure points on Holly

Dr. Doug demonstrating accupressure points on Holly

My favorite part of Dr. Doug Knueven’s pet holistic care weekend was the accupressure demo. Since I’m a patient of Dr. Doug’s and our Aunt Jennifer helped put the whole weekend together, I was invited to be a demo dog. Dr. Doug started off with a talk on animal chiropractic. He suggested looking for a vet that has the AVCA certification. Dr. Doug believes in having chiropractic treatments even when your pet is well as a preventative to keeping good health. He told us that you should see an improvement in your ailment within 3 treatments or chiropractic may not really help. Dr. Doug uses x-rays as part of his treatment to tell him where not to adjust.

Dr. Knueven then moved on to pet massage. Massage has many benefits including relieving muscle spasms and pain, enhancing range of motion, reducing stress, helping with disease detection, stimulating circulation, and strengthening your bond with your pet. All good stuff! He told us to always stroke toward the heart. Do not massage an open wound, skin infections, insect bites, over a fracture, or if the pet has a fever or cancer.

The second day we spent on animal acupressure. Dr. Doug used me and several other dogs to demonstrate how to find acupressure points. Sometimes because of all my fur, it was a bit hard to find some of the points on me. It felt great.

Dr. Doug Knueven demonstrating accupressure

Dr. Doug Knueven demonstrating accupressure

Dr. Doug wrapped up his pet holistic care weekend with some very interesting and alarming comments on animal vaccines. He told us that animals are having more immune system problems, cancer, chronic infections, and allergies. Many in the vet health care industry believe that over vaccination of pets is one cause of many of these problems. Dr. Doug stated specifically that vaccine doses are the same for a 5 lbs dog as a 150 lbs dog. Common sense would tell you this doesn’t make sense. Another problem is the number of antigens in the vaccine being given at one time. He recommended that you give rabies shots several weeks before or after any other vaccinations. He also told us that vaccines are only tested for duration of immunity for one year by vaccine producers. I’m sure it’s a great money maker for them if vaccines are given every year, but they really are not necessary that frequently. Dr. Doug recommended having titer tests to check for the body’s immunity levels. A titer test is a simple blood test that your vet can give your pet to help tell you if another round of vaccinations is really necessary or if your pet’s body has the immunity levels it needs to fight off a disease. Rabies vaccines still have to be given every 3 years by law. There is a titer for rabies but unfortunately our government won’t recognize it. Maybe the Obama’s new puppy can talk to someone about that. Dr. Doug also told us to only vaccinate a healthy pet. If your pet is sick or had an injury of some type, this is not the time to vaccinate, even if its convenient since you are at the vet. I had that problem myself when I had to have stitches for an injury. Kim didn’t know at that point to tell the vet I was seeing that we would come back after my injury healed. Instead they gave me vaccines that day.

Well, that wraps up my series on holistic pet care and Dr. Doug Knueven. If you are interested in more information, be sure and get a copy of Dr. Doug’s book,  The Holistic Health Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog (Terra-Nova Series) . I have other holistic care suggestions on my web site in my book section.

A Visit to Dr. Doug Knueven, DVM December 31, 2008

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Dr. Doug Knueven, DVM

Dr. Doug Knueven, DVM

Today Big Sandy and I went to our holistic vet appointments at the Beaver Animal Clinic in Beaver, PA, with Dr. Doug Knueven. Kim’s sister Jenn of Blue Dog Creature Coaching saw Dr. Doug speak at the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Convention in October. Jenn was very impressed with Dr. Doug and his holistic philosophies in pet health care. In the past few months I have had a problem with hot spots. They hurt and make me miserable. Jenn has suggested that the dog food I was eating could have a lot to do with it and she suggested that we all go see Dr. Doug together. Jenn’s dog Big Sandy only has three legs and is starting to get old. Jenn took Big Sandy for Dr. Doug’s suggestions for keeping her comfortable and vibrant in her older years. Dr. Doug spent three hours with us. He started our appointment with a general exam. Then he reviewed our complete medical records. Years worth! In my case, Dr. Doug suggested that Kim switch me to a raw diet. Dr. Doug believes very strongly in raw feeding. YEAH!!! I am so thrilled. I finally get to eat all that yummy stuff Kim has been feeding Mr. Kitten Britches. Dr. Doug also suggested several supplements be added to my diet, including fish oil, Standard Process Catalyn, Dr. Pitcairn’s Healthy Powder, and glucosomine and chryodroiton. He also told Kim to give me a probiotic for two to three weeks now and for two to three weeks when the seasons change. He also prescribed a Chinese Herb – Shou Wu. Dr. Doug is also a strong advocate of not over vaccinating animals. He told Kim that rabies shots should only be done every 3 years and that I have had enough Distemper and Parvo vaccinations. He told Kim my right ear was infected and she should flush it with green tea. Dr. Doug will also work with my local vet so I can keep my trips to Beaver at a minimum.  Jenn has scheduled Dr. Doug to give a Holistic Care workshop on March 21 and 22 at the APS of Orange County in the Chapel Hill, NC area. Kim and I are going and I get to be one of the demo dogs. If you would like to read more about Dr. Doug, I would highly suggest his book The Holistic Health Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog (Terra-Nova Series)

A Holistic Vet for Holly The Newf December 30, 2008

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The Holistic Health Guide by Dr. Doug Knueven, DVM

The Holistic Health Guide by Dr. Doug Knueven, DVM

Tomorrow Kim and I are going to see Dr. Doug Knueven at the Beaver Animal Clinic in Beaver, PA.  Dr. Knueven is a holistic vet that has written a book called, The Holistic Health Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog
. He practices homeopathy, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, chiropractic, and regular vet services. Dr. Knueven is a big supporter of feeding raw diets. Maybe he can finally convince Kim to raw feed me like she does Mr. Kitten Britches. I certainly do like the taste of his food. (I steal it when no one is looking.) Kim’s sister Jenn came all the way from Chapel Hill, NC, with her dog, Big Sandy, to see Dr. Knueven. Big Sandy only has three legs and is suffering from a spine disorder that is common in older dogs. Jenn is hoping Dr. Knueven came help Big Sandy with pain management to make her more comfortable. Time for bed…we have to get up at 4:30 AM to be at Dr. Knueven’s on time. Yawn!