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Dog Health Care & Feeding – The Sensible Way

NOT the best dog food for your dog
Pouring kibble – ANY brand of kibble – into a bowl isn't the best way to feed your dog. Why not kibble?

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

On my website, you won't be reading that you should feed your dog a premium commercial dog food like Science Diet or Iams. In my opinion, you shouldn't.

You won't be reading that kibble is good for your dog's teeth (it isn't).

Or that he needs booster shots every year (responsible vets no longer do this – it's unnecessary and harmful).

Or that you should control fleas and ticks with a flea collar or flea spray (harmful).

Or that your dog should be spayed or neutered at 5 or 6 months old (that's too early).

What you WILL be reading is my advice on sensible feeding and health care so your dog lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet. An excellent goal, yes?

My advice comes from vets who belong to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

Where does my advice come from?

Great question! My advice is based on the latest research by veterinary immunologists, and it's the same advice given by most licensed veterinarians who belong to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

If this advice sounds different from what your own veterinarian is telling you, it's a good bet that he or she does not belong to the AHVMA. Your vet is probably recommending dog food brands like Science Diet, along with lots of puppy shots and yearly vaccinations, and drugs and medications for most health problems.

AHVMA vets, on the other hand, recommend feeding a natural diet and not overloading your dog's immune system with excessive vaccinations, chemicals, or medications.

You will enjoy my website if....

You're an open-minded person who believes in a less drug-oriented lifestyle for yourself and your family . . . a think-for-yourself person who doesn't automatically believe everything that doctors and pharmaceutical companies tell you.

  • You'll discover healthier ways to feed your dog and more sensible (and safer) ways to protect his health, build up his immune system, and lengthen his life.
  • You'll learn, for example, that while some vaccinations are wise, excessive vaccinations and the wrong vaccinations damage your dog's health.
  • You'll learn that steroids are not the answer for your allergic dog, and that many ailments can be handled more effectively (and more safely) if you take your dog to the right veterinarian who doesn't automatically reach for medications and expensive prescription diets.

So much conflicting information about raising your dog....

Confused dog owner
There's so much conflicting advice about caring for your dog that it's normal to become confused.

Natural health care (for both people AND dogs) is exploding in popularity – which is a good thing, because it works.

But the problem is that there are so many articles and websites filled with conflicting information and advice.

When it comes to feeding or vaccinations or treatments of specific health issues, who should you believe?

I think the best answer is: You shouldn't believe any one PERSON. There are no all-knowing gurus.

However, those of us who do a great deal of reading and research will have more (and wiser) techniques to share with you. Those of us who have been practicing natural health care for a good long time will have more practical experiences and personal insights to share with you.

As an author and researcher, I've looked at all sides of canine health care. I believe that I'm feeding the best food and caring for my dogs in the best ways possible. So when I offer advice to you, I believe it's "right."

Don't follow my (or any other) advice blindly. Before feeding "this" or allowing your dog to be injected with "that", investigate for yourself. Learn as much as you can, and consider alternatives without dismissing them just because they conflict with what you thought, or with what your vet said. Consider the potential consequences and long-term side effects of everything.

Then make up your own mind about what you think is best.

But be forewarned, bouncing around the internet looking for "tips" is a good way to get confused or misled. There's lots of bad advice offered by self-styled experts who have only raised one breed, never read veterinary research, and never investigated alternative philosophies.

book coverIf you want a big head start on learning what's best for your dog, start by reading my book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy. It's a real eye-opener, and bargain priced too.

If you learn anything at all from my website, I hope it will be that your veterinarian isn't a god. What he tells you is only one opinion – and most vets (like most doctors) are notoriously reluctant to admit that there might be any other ways of doing things.

I've written my health book – and all the health articles on this site – to introduce you to the opinions and philosophies of other vets, along with my own opinions about which health-care philosophies are really the healthiest for your dog.

Let me help you provide the best possible care for your dog.

All best, Michele Welton