Posts tagged with "holistic veterinarian"

Questions about Vaccines? We have Answers!

This week on Facebook, someone posted pictures of their new kitten! Yeah! Soft fuzzy kitties! They had questions about where to go to find a veterinarian that shared their concerns about over vaccinating their beautiful new little baby.  Vaccines can be very confusing and down right scary depending on what you might read on the internet.

This week on our YouTube show the Treat Fairy, service dog trainer Neil Hutchins-Resto and I discuss some of the pros and cons of vaccines, vaccines schedules, and Cat Nip!

Hope you enjoy! If you find these videos helpful please subscribe to my YouTube channel The1DrQ.

Thanks so much, have a wonderful day!


Wish people had to have a license to get a pet? Now they can!

As a real animal lover, have you ever found yourself wishing people had to have a license, or pass some sort of exam, in order to adopt and care for an animal? I know I sure have, it is frustrating sometimes to see what other people do.  Here we spend all this time and effort, getting to learn all about our breed before we choose one, the food, the care, their needs…we pride ourselves on being educated caregivers, and if you are reading this, you probably know exactly what I mean!

But what if there WAS just such a license? Or a certificate? Or a simple, yet comprehensive program, where an animal lover could learn all the basics of caring for animals, that was just as quick, and probably easier, than getting a drivers license? What if you could learn, or get a refresher, on EVERYTHING you need to know that is ESSENTIAL for the health, safety, and happiness, of  dogs and cats, all in a NUTSHELL?

HAVE YOU thought about going back to go to school,  to pursue your passion and follow such lengthy pursuits as becoming a certified dog trainer, or veterinary technician,  but spending upwards of $20,000 on an education, is just not doable right now?

ARE YOU an animal loving person who might be  thinking about a career with animals, and would love to have a good, quick, comprehensive overview to supplement your  current knowledge, and to help you to decide if a career with animals is for YOU?

WHAT IF if there was a program that was perfect for the person who ALREADY obtained a degree or certificate,  or has years of experience, and just wants a comprehensive refresher and  to make sure they are up on the latest information? And wants an easy program to direct their clients to?

FINALLY, do you  just really love the animal(s) in your care, and ever wonder if there could be more things you could be doing in your daily routine to increase the chances that YOUR animal will happily, long outlive it’s expected lifespan? Could this be you?

Well now, here it is! Introducing, a virtual university offering, eight, once weekly programs, running back to back, and all your long. The first seven weeks will cover DrQ’s 7 Secrets: Life Hacks to Longevity, with one week for wrap-up and personal Q & A with the doctor. This segment will include my simple 3 Step Guide,  which you can use to solve ANY behavior problems, with ANY animal! At the end of this 8 weeks, you will be eligible to take a short exam on the topics covered in the program. A passing score on the exam gets you a DrQ Certificate of Completion for Level 1 competence in understanding the health and behavior of dogs and cats.  Later courses will include horses, fish, and train-the-trainer programs.

Imagine the implications! Adopters and breeders could require potential buyers to take the course to help ensure they know everything they need to know, and set that pet up for a long, healthy, successful life with their new family! Volunteers in animal shelters, dog trainers, and veterinary technicians will have more tools in their tool box when helping people choose, and care for,  a pet. Parents, enroll your kids! You will have more tools in YOUR toolbelt, too,  and you can help others do the same!

Pass on your knowledge and expertise, and help even more people and animals! Take even better care of your animal’s, they will love you even more for it! Strengthen the bond between you and the animals that love you,  even more than what you share now! Dare to imagine it!

I personally guarantee you WILL learn something about animals, and behavior, that you have never heard before! No matter how many years you have been doing this, or had animals! I know, because I am just like you, eager to learn and read and devour every bit of information I can about animals, and NO ONE ELSE is teaching what I am bursting to share with you!

Each weekly session is cram-packed with the best information, and will take no more than 20-60 minutes of your time.

Image getting your very own LICENSE To LOVE Animals, straight from the expert, DrQ, in only about 20 minutes once a week for 8 weeks. We think you will be so pleased, and excited, about all you learn during that time, that you will want to continue to be a part of the Q community, and advance on to other types of animals, and more advanced levels of mastery.

Let’s start at the beginning. The first LIVE WEBINAR will be Wednesday January 6th. All LIVE webinars will be FREE of charge for the month of January. The webinars will be weekly, every Wednesday at 10 am MST. Replays,  handouts, worksheets, training materials, and access to the private Facebook group License to Love  will then be available indefinitely to members of the  on line community. Right now the price is set at $9 registration fee, and $19/month to access the training’s on line,  plus all the bonus material, and access to the private Facebook group License to Love,  for those who cannot make it to the live class at that time, and/or want the opportunity to watch the replay at their leisure, and have access to the bonus material and the support group. 


If you are receiving this, it is because you are on a unique email or Facebook list giving you a unique ‘sneak peak’, and special pricing.

The closer we get to the launch week, the higher the price will be. Most on line courses with this caliber of professional education sell for $450 up front and $60 a month. Lock in your price and SIGN UP TODAY!

If you sign up today, and prepay for the next 2 months, you will not be charged for January and February, your monthly billing resumes in March, however, you will have full access to the site once it becomes available, AND, you will be locking in the lowest possible rate for learning of this quality.

Do it as a favor for yourself, or give it as a gift to someone you know, however, don’t let this chance to lock in this low rate pass you buy. Makes a great Holiday gift for the animal lover in your life!

Stay tuned as we finish ‘building’ the detail of our virtual university. We look forward to having you join our new, unique community of educated, empowered, champions for the animals! Much love to you all!

Take the first step to getting StealMoreYears-Product-Image your very own Licence to Love, the animals, and join us at Steal More Years!, TODAY!



How to treat diarrhea naturally in dogs and cats

It is common for people first moving to Colorado with their pets, to soon find themselves enjoying the scenery, the hiking, and the sunshine, only to be disturbed by the need to find a new vet right away.  Because their poor, beloved dog picked up giardia while drinking from that mountain stream, and now has a wicked case of the runs. Of course dogs and cats can get diarrhea for lots of other reasons too, like a new food, medications, allergies,  bowel conditions, and of course the eating of questionable food items (ie garbage gut!). Either way here are so easy tips of what to do first, and to know when to call the vet.

If your pet is acting sick, slow to get up, refuses to eat, is also vomiting, or you see any blood in the runny stool, contact a veterinarian right away, this could be a serious emergency.

If, however, your pet seems pretty much alright, like their pretty normal happy self, but they have diarrhea, try this first.  For dogs, an 8-12 hour fast is a good place to start. That means no food,  or treats for a few hours or overnight. If your not comfortable withholding water too, then at least make sure the animal does not drink too much at once, and just has a few sips periodically.  A short break from food allows the cells lining the inside of the intestines to focus their energy on healing, instead of digesting.  For cats, I do not recommend fasting.


Begin to offer a bland diet in small, frequent feedings, of food and water. This means about 1/4 of their regular meal in white rice (not brown) mixed with canned or pureed pumpkin or sweet potato. Only add a little vegetable broth and/or bland protein (fat free, no oil, non-GMO tofu is a good choice) with it if they won’t eat the rice mix plain.   The key is SMALL, FREQUENT feedings. That means starting with 1 tablespoon of rice mix, wait 30 minutes, 2 TB of rice mix, wait 30 minutes, then if the animal 1) still has an appetite 2) still has no vomiting 3) seems to still be feeling good and the diarrhea has slowed down or stopped, then you can feel comfortable going ahead and feeding 1/2 cup every hour or 2,  and gradually increasing the amount and decreasing the frequency of meals over the next 24-30 hours.  As long as things are still going well, then at this point you can begin to mix in half of the regular diet with the rice mixture, and over the next 48 hours gradually reintroduce the regular diet, at normal feeding times and amounts. If at any point in the process the runny stools get worse, have blood, the pet vomits, or the animal refuses to eat, see a vet right away.

Now, what about animals who seem to have sensitive systems or chronic digestion issues? I once a  great dane who was 130# of chronic diarrhea. Not fun, for him or me. Some of our animals just seem to be extra sensitive, and have bowel issues frequently,  which can be caused by allergies or bowel conditions. The first step is to have a thorough evaluation by your veterinarian, including stool samples, blood work, a good physical exam, a good detailed history of foods and habits, and even possibly x-rays, ultrasound, allergy testing, and/or sampling of the bowel tissues for further tests. Once it has been determined that there is no easily identifiable medical cause, and this is a chronic condition, then that is the time when eastern medicine and natural therapies play their biggest role.

Changing the diet is of course a common course of action.  This was the only thing that worked for my great dane. Often irritable bowels do better with a more bland diet, easy to digest, not too high in protein, and low in fat. You can try a prescription diet through your vet, or cook at home.  Find a diet that works, and stick to it. See my previous blog post about home cooking for your fur babies.   A vegetarian diet is often a good choice for ease of digestion.

The supplements added to the diet are just as important. Probably one of the best known one is to add probiotics to the diet. Probiotics is just a big word for the “good” bacteria than we ingest that helps rebuild the stores of these good guys we have living in our intestines. Yes we all have bacteria living inside of us, and many of them our beneficial to us, and aid in digestion of our food.  Did you know, in fact, that nearly 80% of your immune system is actually lining the insides of your intestines! That’s right! So a healthy intestinal lining means a healthier you, and your pet.  Probiotics can be purchased at any pharmacy or grocery store with a health food section. Pick one that promises live (viable) microorganisims. You do not have to worry about a product specifically made for pets, although some of them might come packaged in a way easier for your animal to want to eat.  Give a #50 dog 1/4 of the human dose, follow the package, or consult with your vet. It’s hard to over do it, they might just get gassy. There are no known side effects.

Another good supplement is glutamine. Glutamine is a naturally occurring amino acid, with no known side effects, that has a nourishing effect on the walls of the intestinal lining and have helped many patients.  For a #50 dog give 1/4 the human dose once daily. Extrapolate the dose for cats and smaller dogs.

The herb Slippery Elm is safe for dogs and cats at the right dose. Give by mouth, mix about 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of Slippery Elm bark powder with food for every 10 pounds of body weight, twice daily.  Alternatively, use 1/2  of a 400 mg capsule (per 10 pounds), opened and the contents mixed with food or water.  It has a slightly sweet taste and is usually well-tolerated by cats and dogs.  NOTE: Slippery Elm may interfere with absorption of medications; and long-term use may have some effect on nutrient absorption, including iron and zinc.  Please discuss use of all supplements and herbs with your veterinarian.

Alternatively, you can prepare a week or so supply all at once.  Into a small saucepan place 1/2 cup (2 cups for larger animals) cold water and 1 (6  teaspoons for larger animals) powdered slippery elm bark. Sift herbs into the (preferably distilled) water,  to simmer over low flame, stirring constantly. Simmer  20 minutes or less,  until slightly thickened,  add 1/2 oz molasses or a touch of honey. Cool and refrigerate. Keeps 7 or 8 days. Give a teaspoon of syrup (5 cc) for every 10 pounds of body weight 5 minutes before a meal to minimize diarrhea.

For herbal tinctures of Slippery Elm that recommend a dosage of 5-40 drops for the average person, give animals for each #10 of body weight,  1-3 drops two or three times a day. From experience the taste and smell can be hard for some animals to overcome.  The best neutralizer is to warm a small amount of water on the stove,  add the dose of tincture to the hot water, then give the animal the water with the dose in it, after it has cooled. The hot water burns off the alcohol and removes much of the “bite” out of the dose, without minimizing the herbs ability to work well.

Acupuncture, as well as massage, and laser therapy, performed by a certified veterinarian can be very helpful to treat any number of chronic conditions such as those involving the bowel. Do not underestimate the power of acupuncture.  It always works to some degree, however, when it works well, it can seem like a miracle!

There are many other supplements, herbals, homeopathics, clays, and tinctures that have variable affects. With the guidance of your veterinarian, try one at a time, write the results on a calendar, and figure out which ones, if any, seem to really impact your animals chronic diarrhea. With a careful attention to detail, and a little planning, hopefully you will soon find yourself sleeping easier because your beloved animal is not constant discomfort. And on that note, I am DrQ, here to help you! Don’t hesitate to drop me a line with questions, or comments. Best wishes!

Free Pet Fish Exams ONLY this Monday February 10th!

Great Fish PicHave you been struggling with your beloved pet goldfish, betta,  koi, or  other fish,  with some health concerns or questions, but weren’t really sure what exactly to do?  Have you considered consulting with Dr. Questen the aquatic veterinarian regarding your pet fish, but weren’t sure about how it would work, or how expensive it would be?

Well then you are in luck! We are so  excited to share with you that the Denver Post is sending a reporter and a photographer to interview Dr. Questen, also known in the fish world as “Dr. Koi”, this Monday February 10th at the Denver Holistic Pet Center! What does this mean for you the pet fish lover? It means bring your fish down to the Center during the interview, allow photographs, and get a health consultation with Dr. Questen, FOR FREE!

AND if you are NOT a fish aficionado, then please share with us your email via so that we may send you  details about our EXCITING upcoming webinar series:


In this webinar we will discuss the 10 steps to TOTAL Natural Health. This is the only guide you will ever need to help your best friend live healthier, and happier, longer!

So please forward this to any fish lovers you may know, and sign up so we may share with you  upcoming  details about the webinar.  Interested fish lovers please email us through to reserve a time.  Remember it happens ONLY this Monday afternoon February 10th, at the Denver Holistic Pet Center, located at 4640 Pecos St, Denver, Colorado 80211.

Show off the bond you have with your beloved pet fish, while learning about improving the health and longevity of this animal which means so much to you.  Even thought not everyone else might really understand, we do! 

Hope to see you! Stay tuned for a link to the article when it is published in the Denver Post!