Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tis the Season for Itching

We have recently seen a plethora of cases scratching themselves. Granted, some of these are dogs and cats with fleas, but many are allergy-like skin cases. Most of the time, the food or material that is making them itch is difficult to identify.

As you know, we avoid steroids unless the case is an emergency. However, we have been finding much success using Chinese and Western herbal remedies. Where that is not enough, some cases have responded well to homotoxicology injections using complex homeopathy combined with the pet's own blood to remove the individual toxins that plague the patient.

Very simple solutions work such as adding water to the pet's food so the skin is more hydrated. Another good way to prevent itching in some cases is to stop bathing the pet, since baths dry out the skin and remove protective oils. Brushing every day with a wire slicker brush can stimulate skin glands to produce these comforting skin oils.

From a Chinese Medicine perspective, itchiness may be excess internal heat trying to escape the body. Therefore, some pets feel much relief using menthol preparations such as Gold Bond powder or lotion. So many pets need to simply change their diets from processed food to raw diet.  Often, commercial food is the cause of excess body heat. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Conference

Dr. Buchoff has recently returned from the 30th Annual American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) Conference in Birmingham, Alabama. During this conference, over 200 veterinarians met from around the nation to discuss holistic products, treatment options, case studies, and more! There were tons of vendors, lecturers, and other like-minded individuals networking and learning about evolutions in Holistic Veterinary Medicine.

Our clinic is excited to update our inventory with Neutricks. Neutricks is a jellyfish protein extract that binds to calcium to help neurotransmitters communicate more effectively. It helps with mental agility and cognitive focus. This is for geriatric animals whose minds seem to wander in their elderly age.

More Chinese herbs and homotoxicology medicines will be added to our repertoire!

Dr. B heard lectures on Homotoxicology, one of the many procedures we offer. He believes it is "Tomorrow's Medicine." How Homotoxicology works is that a homeopathic remedy is designed to remove the specific toxins the body has. In order to do this, the medicine is mixed with a drop of the patient's blood. The pet's blood chemistry dictates how the medication will work because it helps the medicine identify which specific toxins are present.

Dr. B attended several other lectures as well:

"Herbs for Lymphoma and other Cancers in Dogs" by Dr. Huisheng Xie
"Vitamin D and Calcium: Bone Health and Beyond" by Dr. Patricia Schenck
"Hot Topics in Nutrition" by Dr. Patricia Schenck
"Circulation: It's Central Role in Disease Pathogenesis and its Control Through Medicine, Part 2" by Dr. Steve Marsden
"The Role of Inflammation and Injury in Cancer" by Dr. Sue Armstrong
(Sue Armstrong has seen curative effects in cancer patients with homeopathy!)
A Keynote Speaker: Extending the Frontiers in the Art of Medicine by Dr. Jean Dodds
"Managing Skin Disease, Lameness, and Paralysis" by Dr. Steve Marsden
"Headache in Animals - Recognition and Treatment" by Dr. Ella Bittel
"Raw Green Tripe- Smelly but Sensational" by Dr. Amy Fiumarelli
"Understanding Autoimmunity and Related Disorders" by Dr. Jean Dodds
"Novel Approaches for Managing and Treating Autoimmune Disorders" by Dr. Jean Dodds

For a more detailed description of the lectures or to contact the lecturers, please email Dr. Buchoff!