Sheila Poole and her Miniature Cocker Spaniel are patients of Dr. Stephen Blake, who is a homeopathic veterinarian, having been a “general” veterinarian for 25 years and having become sorely disappointed in the peremptory service that vets were increasingly expected to give to animals. There was nothing in a standard, “general” veterinarian practice that would allow the veterinarian to actually assess the animals, themselves. Instead, general veterinarian practice had become: shoot ’em up with vaccines; pill ‘em up; or take extensive x-rays (all harmful procedures) and then suggest surgery. And, oh yes, tell the clients their animals needed extensive teeth cleaning which, of course, requires anesthesia, also harmful. Animals’ teeth are self-cleaning with the proper food and accoutrements. Often these suggestions were made for the treatment of animals when none of what was recommended was actually needed. Consequently, Dr. Blake determined to study and take up the practice of homeopathic medicine which would put him in better touch with the oath that he gave when becoming a veterinarian – do no harm to one’s patients. Therefore, Sheila has been well-prepared for entering the premises of local veterinarian practices, in the rare instances when that has become necessary. And, the first thing she does when filling out paperwork is to write in bold letters across the top: NO VACCINES (AT ALL) AND NO ANESTHESIA OR OTHER MEDICATIONS WITHOUT MY EXPRESS APPROVAL. Fortunately, Sheila has been able to concentrate her visits on seeing a local general veterinarian practice that ascribes to Dr. Blake’s philosophies and does not give vaccines except in necessary circumstances. Thus, when we asked Sheila to tell us what her advice would be for new patients at general veterinarian offices, without hesitation, she said, “Make it clear from the start that you absolutely will NOT allow them to vaccinate your pet, or do anything else without first attaining your permission! And be firm in saying “NO” when the need arises – assess the situation carefully and be absolutely certain that what is being recommended is needed for you pet!” Sounds like good advice to us – thanks, Sheila.