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Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats Paperback – August 11, 2005
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“A must-have for pet owners interested in a natural lifestyle for their pets.” ―Amazon.com
“Pets have never had it so good!” ―Michael W. Fox, former vice president of the Humane Society
“For many of my clients, Dr. Pitcairn's book is their trusted holistic health guide for their canine and feline companions needs, full of practical pointers for the concerned caregiver"a must read for those embarking on the worthwhile journey towards restoration of their pets' health and happiness. This new edition is a must-have for the pet care library.” ―David Evans, DVM, CVH, Natural Care Clinic for Pets
“Would you like your dog and cat to live a longer healthier life? This easy to use and well researched book is a must for you. Every one of my holistic clients has Dr. Pitcairn's book and many have told me how frequently they read it for treatment of minor problems, nutritional information and how to make lifestyle choices to improve health for themselves, their animals and our planet.” ―Dr. Christina Chambreau, Homeopathic Veterinarian and author of the Healthy Animal's Journal
“The third edition of this "landmark" text is welcome, and will take up space on my bookshelf, as well as the bookshelves of many of my colleagues and clients.” ―Carvel G. Tiekert, DVM, Founder, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
“Dr. Richard Pitcairn again demonstrates why he is so respected in his field. This book should be required reading for anyone seeking true, lasting health for their animals and will continue to be a must-read for my clients.” ―Larry A. Bernstein, VMD
“I anticipated that this 3rd edition would be a thorough and thoughtfully-written guide to natural health care for animals, packed full of useful information and practical tips. My expectations were exceeded! Dr. Pitcairn has a wonderful way of making both basic principles and complex topics fresh and reader-friendly, all the while gently raising questions that encourage thinking and re-thinking conventional "wisdom" in companion animal care. Who should read this book? Those just embarking on the path of natural health for their pets, those who have been on this path for years, and every holistically-minded veterinarian who wants to understand root causes of disease and expand his or her repertoire of treatments that truly support and help restore health. Although I have used and recommended the earlier edition of this book in my practice for years, I plan to make this new edition required reading for my clients!” ―Lynn S. Peck, DVM, MS Holistic veterinarian and researcher
“Once again Dr. Pitcairn has given animal caretakers the definitive how-to for a healthier, more natural and holistic approach to animal health. This up-dated edition, in his easy-to-read, story-telling style, has added information on diet and vaccinations based on recent research. The results achieved in animal well-being by incorporating the dietary, herbal and homeopathic information provided in previous editions have spoken for themselves. The new information contained in this new edition will raise the quality of our companion animal health just that much higher.” ―Dr. Kimberly Henneman, DVM
About the Author
Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD, is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and Washington State University. Since establishing his private practice in homeopathic veterinary medicine, he opened a clinic offering only holistic animal care, in Eugene, Oregon.
Susan Hubble Pitcairn was the driving force for the completion of the first edition of this book.
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DIET -- My vet doesnt think my pup needs all the vitamins recommended by Pitcairn, although I do use the healthy powder and my pup loves it! My vet frowned upon all the grains called for in the recipes -- my pup also frowned upon them and refused to eat them! She will not eat several cups of oats/rice/etc a day that his recipes include (just one meal alone calls for 2 cups of cooked oats). The kibble boosters are the highlight for me as far as the recipes go, because they are quick, easy, grain-free, and add some real food to my pup's diet when I dont have time to prepare her something substantial.
TICKS, FLEAS, MANGE, and TAPEWORMS -- Pitcairn recommends the use of garlic for fleas and ticks. I was concerned at first and discussed dosage with my vet (she thought his recommended garlic dose for her weight was too high), but she said I could continue to use garlic if it works. It definitely has helped with the tick situation -- before I was pulling off several ticks a day, but after giving her garlic, I only pull out a couple a week, and I live in a wooded area and so have to check my dog 2x a day. She hasnt had any leas, but we'll see if the garlic helps when it gets warmer. My pup recently developed demodectic mange and has a tapeworm, so I am using Pitcairn's recommendation for treating those. I did not realize there were natural remedies for getting rid of tapeworms, my vet just told me to give her some medication to get rid of them.
VACCINATION -- As recommended by Pitcairn, I waited over 4 weeks after my pup's final distemper/parvo booster to get her rabies vaccination. I didnt try (or need to try) any of the homeopathic remedies for rabies vaccinations, so I cant say first-hand whether or not they are effective. Pitcairn recommends giving your pup a limited number of vaccines, which I think is wise.
Some reviewers criticized him because he recommends garlic for some cats' issues. Back then the line of thought was that garlic was bad for cats. However, now science has proved that garlic is safe for cats and dogs and only huge amounts of garlic would hurt your animal (see Dr. Becker's articles). The amount of garlic that Dr. Pitcaim recommends is super within the healthy amount. So he knew that loooong ago.
The book is divided by conditions, so it is easy to follow and read.
I really love this book and highly recommend it.