We made the papers! Well, a blog actually. Dr. Romans’ Dr. DoMore nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for integrative medicine for animals has gotten some press recently.Over at Studio City Patch the blogger tells a story about her dog and then mentions: “At the end of the session, after Heidi had cheerfully removed most of her acupuncture needles with a good shake – luckily, not until the treatment was done – Dr. Parks presented me with something I didn’t expect: The 2011 Dr. ShowMore Calendar.”
And then she goes on to describe it. “On the cover and inside, were a bunch of naked people. Well, at least one may assume that they were naked, although their private parts were discreetly covered with feathers or fur, tails or scales in the form of live animals of all varieties.
These were not costumes, but unique visual pairings of humans and animals. A chicken’s brown feathers seem to form the bodice of a dress. A horse nibbles at a basket of herbs a woman holds over her breasts. A tall, dark and handsome standard poodle keeps one human subject decent. And you should see where this one guy positions his ferret.
Our animals are our teachers. When they get sick and their health changes we should learn from them and find better ways to care for the health of ourselves and our human family. When the time comes for pet parents to make a decision on euthanasia it is one that takes deep thought and caring concern. The family needs to come together as a team with their veterinarians to decide if the time to do this is appropriate. They need to look at all care options and why the ending of this family member’s life has to happen.
With cancer affecting 46% of dogs and 39% of cats, the life expectancy of our small animal companions is approximately 1/7th to 1/5 of our lifetime. Eventually, sadly animals will finally die in our care. The loss is emotionally painful and some people have said “It can be more painful then the loss of some humans.” in that person’s life. Those of us who love our animals want to try anything that is within our means to try to give more quality time with our animal friends.
Keeping the animal as healthy as long as you can, to begin with will hopefully keep the animal healthier for a longer time. As an integrative veterinarian we have so many good options in healthcare. Such as having fewer vaccinations, more natural organic raw foods, less pesticides, chiropractic, acupuncture, and natural herbal or homeopathic remedies. With these we truly hope to give pets longer, healthier lives.
All of us and our animals are living organisms that contain a world of other living organisms living in harmony within us. Here is some information about Biomes and links to audio from WNPR radio.
There has been much talk about Biomes and the Ecology of the body and how we have over 3 trillion microbes that can live in harmony in our bodies. It has been stated that a normal human has from 2-5 pounds of these organisms in his or her bodies. Each area of our body – especially the gut, has billions of colonies of organisms that have been working together in human and animal bodies for thousands of years. As we all are aware, between 70-80 percent of our immune system comes from our gut, and therefore success is its ability to utilize the ingested materials, by-products and relations of the microbes in the GI tract. Without balanced intestines, we have weakness of immune globulins and reduce the absorption of the needed fuels for the body to repair and mend tissue. Each antibiotic, toxic chemical, drug, pesticide and other insults can knock out that balance and be the beginning of an acute medical issue or the weakening of the body with a chronic degenerating disease.