Statement of Foundation's Purpose:
Animal owners have the right - and the responsibility - to ensure that their animals are healthy and stay that way.
Pet owners will find that home management of care will work to their advantage.
Being a caregiver of animals is a right and a privilege. As a caregiver, your duty is to prevent suffering, do no harm and love them unconditionally. The old saying, “An ounce of prevention is greater than a pound of cure” is the best way to keep your animal friends happy and healthy.
Avoid exposure of your animals to herbicides, pesticides, chemicals, unnecessary drugs and over-vaccinations. Feed them clean, filtered water daily and the healthiest all-natural food you can find. Do not put flea collars on them - these contain pesticides.
If you are told to use a drug, chemical or vaccine on your pet, do your homework and learn about the side effects of each before buying or giving any of them to your animal friend.
Be aware that if you should choose to take your pet into a veterinary facility or emergency clinic, YOU are the One who decides YES or NO on what they recommend for the care of your animal friend. The main reason you are seeing the veterinarian is to determine if your animal has a life threatening issue and/or needs medical or surgical care.
Before you call a veterinary hospital, do your best to assess whether your friend needs immediate attention or if you can manage to help the animal heal at home. This is not meant to insinuate that you are replacing a veterinarian but rather that you are acting as opposed to reacting to a symptom or set of symptoms.
Obviously, if your pet is severely injured in a car accident or has an uncontrollable bleeding episode snake bite, life threatening breathing condition or intractable vomiting or diarrhea, you should take your pet in immediately for professional care.
Make sure you get a thorough physical examination and history-taking by the veterinarian before you start diagnostics and therapy. If the animal is critical, you will need immediate triage to keep them alive. And then you can determine what your options are, as well as those of of your pet.
NEVER provide approval for treatment to the veterinarian before finding out what everything is and what, precisely, is going on with your pet. Often, everything that is proposed at veterinary facilities isn’t necessary for excellent veterinary care. Often, hospitals have standard protocols for specific symptoms and/or diagnoses that are recommended as the ONLY course of action. In most cases, you need less rather than more to effectively help any condition you may encounter.
Always make sure you stay calm, so that you can listen to every word that is conveyed to you by the veterinary practice. And know what you are signing before you sign your animal over to their care. The more educated you are as a caregiver and know what symptoms are major or minor, the more effective you will be in saying yes or no to what is being recommended to you.
There are some excellent books and links to articles and research that are listed on this website that we recommend you read. These will help you become a more informed animal caregiver.
A common practice at a veterinary practice is to try to sell you on a “wellness plan,” that you either pay monthly or yearly that the practice feels will keep your pet healthier. Most often these plans are for vaccines, parasite control, blood work, dental plans, and pre-packaged diets that the practice is selling. Make sure you do not get talked into signing up for one of these plans - particularly, while you are there solely to find out whether or not your pet is in need of emergency medical or surgical care.
Once it is determined that the animal does not need hospitalization, take your pet home and allow it to rest. Medicate as needed. Follow-up should be based on how the animal is recovering and not on a preset schedule. That is, if the animal is healing and continuing to feel better each day, wait on returning to the veterinary practice for a follow-up consultation until either the animal’s progress declines. If your pet has no further symptoms, no further consultation is needed.
In most cases, the animal’s state of hydration is most critical to their recovery. If fluids are needed, they are generally given subcutaneously (under the skin) rather than by IV. This will be the case unless the animal is in shock or severely dehydrated. In either case, the fluids should be warmed to body temperature before they are administered. Do not microwave, but heat them in their IV bags by submerging in hot water until they are approximately 101.5 degrees, the animal’s core temperature.
If you see that your pet is not in any of these situations, consider supporting his or her recovery at home, using natural and safe modalities.
On the following pages, are simple tips on how to deal with common situations you may encounter over the life of your pet.