Knowledge is Power: Safer Vaccine Guidelines for Dogs
Titers: An Inexpensive Tool to Reduce Pet Vaccinations
Once a dog has a positive titer, he is considered protected for life. This means he no longer requires more vaccinations (most of the core vaccines have been shown to protect dogs for a minimum of 7 to 15 years). If the dog does not require any other vaccinations, then why are the titers being repeated?
“The patient receives no benefit and may be placed at serious risk when an unnecessary vaccine is given” says Dr. Ronald Schultz. ”Few or no scientific studies have demonstrated a need for cats or dogs to be revaccinated.” Clearly, not only repeating a vaccination, but repeating a titer is unnecessary. Although repeated vaccinations place your pet at risk, repeated titers place your pocketbook at risk.
Non-Toxic Flea and Tick Preventatives
Flea and Tick season is upon us! We no longer sell/use toxic chemicals to combat ticks on our grooming and/or boarding dogs. We sell Buzz4Bugs, an all natural, non-toxic, safe for everyone product that contains cedarwood oil and hydrated silica. We also have several “make it yourself” recipes for non-toxic preventatives that we can offer.
Shine Pet Food Co. (formerly Marty’s Meals)
We are now offering Raw and Gently Cooked Food and Raw Bones from Shine Pet Food Co.*, a local, sustainable business in Santa Fe, using the highest quality grass-fed animals, for retail purchase and for feeding while boarding. *Additional charges apply. Click HERE to find out why feeding your dog or cat Shine Pet Food will improve the health and life of your pet.
Holistic Approach To Vaccinating Your Pet
We are working with Dr. Dee Blanco, DVM, to provide a holistic approach for vaccinating your dog or cat. For more information regarding our policy on vaccinations, click HERE. To find out more information about Dr. Blanco’s practice, philosophy, and her wealth of knowledge, click HERE.
Why Sedating Your Dog for Grooming Is Not Always The Best Option
We no longer advocate using Acepromazine or Chlorpromazine for any dogs being groomed; please read this article, by Terry Kelly CVT, CPDT, for the reasons why. Please ask your vet to prescribe Diazepam (Valium) or another anti-anxiety drug. Or, better yet, allow us to work with your dog on desensitizing him or her to the grooming process, gradually, over time, with frequent visits, without the use of sedatives or anti-anxiety medications.
“Veterinary behaviorists now prefer the use of Benzodiazapenes such as Diazepam (Valium) and Alprazolam (Xanax) as alternative drugs which affect the central nervous system and actually reduce the anxiety, stress and fear. They have a calming and amnesic effect on the patient and their fast acting effects begin within 30 minutes to 2 hours after oral administration. The dog or cat is sedated, its muscles are relaxed and their fear and anxiety is greatly reduced or eliminated.”
“Ace, used to sedate fearful animals, is no longer appropriate. Its use should be discontinued. We, as owners, need to advocate for our pets and do what is in their best interest both physically and emotionally. So, if your veterinarian wants to prescribe Acepromazine or Chlorpromazine to ‘calm’ your fearful Fido or Fluffy, politely decline the offer and ask for one of the newer alternative medications.”