helping bait and injured animals recover utilizing holistic techniques that work for people too
furbabies, don't we love them? I do and I now have grand-doggies and grand-kitties! This blog is about my own personal story discovering the merits of saving bait and disabled animals and my own progress to being a petcare professional
we don't know why or how except to say she's in a new living space away from the floor she's clawed at, seems like she KNEW and we mere humans couldn't figure it out. Her last seizure was 3 months ago. She's happy and healthy, itchy, but a soothing bath does the trick and we can never ever discount the services of Eva Armfield, DVM a holistic vet whose intervention helped so much. All of you folks looking for another approach, see Dr. Eva at Patchogue Animal Hospital...no more unnecessary vaccines...titers instead, Bud and Bella did not need vaccines this year. Both dogs are doing well, Bella is now 3, Buddy will be 3 in November and I could never thank TEAM BELLA...our Saving Bella FB site has been taken down by FB because we need to transform it into a "cause site" and we will. Saving Bella became possible because of a YIN based group of animal lovers in Florida and here in NY, from vets to pet shop owners, from strangers to friends, from the Goddess to music to
a ton of love, clothes, a pillow to sleep on and wonderful people who decided to help her live.
It was a fluke that Dr. Armfield and I met. I was simply crossing Northern Blvd in Queens when I saw a vet was new to the block. Honestly, Bella's seizures were always on my mind and how I could use non traditional therapies to avoid medication. That day I saw Dr. Armfield's location, my first thoughts ere, "Oh my goodness, the Universe has brought me the answer!" There was no sign on the building that said she was a holistic vet, just a hunch.
I entered and there stood this lovely woman who just happened to be Dr. Armfield. I asked her if she was holistic and she said she was. Imagine my surprise and I am used to things like this but I always revel in the Universe's endless surprises and its benevolence in helping me solve complex issues by having the right person at the right place....enter stage right, Eva Armfield, DVM.
She helped resolve numerous issues for both Bella and Buddy always using care and caution, no vaccinations without titers so if you are concerned about endless vaccine's and the damage they do your pets immune system, Dr. Armfield is the right vet for you. Neither Buddy or Bella required vaccines this year, except of course rabies to comply with the law. Bella is taking an herbal product which has helped her avoid phenobarbital. Bella is an exception dog, truly, she is and a fine judge of character and she loves Dr. Armfield. Who could help it?
This is a woman who loves animals, has compassion for them, is not looking to rip anyone off with an array of tests, unneeded vaccines, expensive medications, etc. This is a woman who is an old fashioned type of vet who places care of her patients first using great care and using caution about their wellness and owners bank accounts. Her fees are so realistic and pet owner friendly. Her
love for the critters? Unmistakable!
Though I met Dr. Armfield in Queens, she is now the new owner of the Patchogue Animal Hospital, a quaint and cute cottage on Medford Ave in Patchogue in Suffolk County, Long Island, NY. If you live in the tri-state area and need someone who thinks out of the traditional box and sees your pet in many was, Eva Armfield, DVM, is someone you should consider. Dr. Armfield is located at:
I am told she grew up in New York always having dogs and cats as pets and being inspired to be a veterinarian. Working as a veterinary assistant in undergraduate college (University of Rochester) and then veterinary school she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Armfield graduated from the Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 then attending the Chi Institute and became a certified veterinary acupuncturist. Dr. Armfield later became trained in holistic medicine and herbal treatment at the Chi Institute. Dr. Armfield is also a certified Stem Cell therapist. Her training allows her to provide alternative treatment to her patients in addition to traditional veterinary medicine.
To those who have a bait dog, a pet facing unusual and complex issues, those needing alternative and adjunct vet care along with traditional vet car, your prayers have been answered just like ours. Call Dr. Armfield for a special approach to holistic and alternative pet centered vet care along with all the traditional care and something really unusual in this world of ours...a vet that really cares about you and your pet and places you pets' welfare above anything else.
She's a cautious practitioner, one who prefers over the counter medications when possible, incredibly refreshing, thorough, caring and so very knowledgeable, so diverse in her approach and one of the sweetest, most loving people you could ever meet. Bella rates her #1 and Bella has seen plenty of vets but no phenobarbital fore seizures? AMAZING thanks to Chinese herbs!
Dr. Eva Armfield is THE ONE! Call her at (631) 475-5110 and tell her Bella and Irene sent you.
It took weeks to find out the balance that would do what the Blue Pearl Vet Center in Forest Hills recommended:
GAIN WEIGHT AND GROW FAST. We turned everything including water into a source of nutrition by adding
water from boiling chicken for chicken salad...we got the chicken, she got the water. We consulted with an expert
on what to feed her, we added raw ingredients slowly and within a month Bella had gained a whopping 16 pounds. Her skull healing as she grew.
Bait puppies have special physical, emotional and spiritual needs; it would appear that the more injured the puppy the less emotional trauma; seemingly that energy is consumed in healing. Bella loves music. It helped. She loves
the feel of sensual soft fabric, she loved having her torn up butt lightly sprayed with warm water for hydro-therapy
and to keep her feces-free, there was damage to her outer rectum from skidding across pavement, the vet believed
she was hit by a car or thrown from one. I held her 30 minutes 6 times a day, I sang to her, I played low impact
games with her like using pieces of kibble to shoot across the floor which she chased and ate.
Saving a bait puppy is hard work, its creative work, its heavy duty research into nutrients, its building a team, its prayer, its a challenge but its worth it. If you have a recovering animal and need help from my Saving Bella Team, please contact me through this blog and I will put you in touch with a Reiki master that sent Reiki to Bella. And it made a huge difference. Television's Dr. Oz recommends all heart patients have Reiki before, during and after heart surgery. Dr. Larry Dossey, an Austin, TX internist prays for his patients every day. He's author of Healing Words and has scientifically proven PRAYER WORKS. Prayer, Reiki, creativity, etc., saved Bella. Saving Bella is ongoing as she has epilepsy and we have been successful without using tradition vet medicine in reducing seizures so far. We'll be sharing this info when we collect enough data to make an impactful point. Please consult your vet for all your pets needs.
Bella has overcome mange, allergies, fractured skull, blindness, digestive issues, nutrient issues, etc. in record time by using mainstream vet care and alternative / adjunct modalities!
Here's Bella now at age 2
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Both Bella and Buddy have issues....physical issues and emotional issues that stem from their injuries and more:
1) genetic disorders: truthfully, many bait pups come from back yard breeders where they are bred to be disposable surrendered to horrible deaths as bait. Because of interbreeding there may be any number of biological disorders
that are passed down. Bella had a nutrition issue and allergies which were finally resolved with fish oil, digestive enzymes, probiotics and spirulina.
2) PTSD: example: Buddy weighing 2 lbs was apparently fed to a fighting dog in training. He was bitten, his ears were shredded and he had several deep puncture wounds on his neck, back and on a hind leg. Now at 90 lbs he finds the world a terrifying place to live. He's a lap dog and a growler and he has fear aggression. He has not bitten anyone nor nipped.
He responds to his fear by growling, snarling and, eventually, running to hide in his crate. He will not walk on a leash further than 1/2 block from where he lives. If he is taken for a car rise he will not allow the vehicle to get out of his sight. The little cottage he lives in has been his refuge while fighting for his life. Its all he knows and the world is a very scary place for him. Bait dogs often don't trust the world around them. This fear detracts from Buddy's quality of life. He's Daddy's boy and without Daddy he is still basically a whimpering, whining, injured 2lb puppy of age 3 weeks without a mother and having only a human to care for him.
3) Life altering injuries: Bella was found with a fractured skull, she is blind in one eye, had a horrible injury on her backside from a suspected hit by a car after she was dumped on the north shore of Long Island. She now has epilepsy from brain trauma. We know of 3 bait puppies tossed in the streets on the north shore. Bella and Buddy are two, the other was hit by a car and dyed in the arms of the person that picked him up. Buddy has physical scars, emotional ones and a digestive system issue with some regurgitation of food sporadically. Over the counter stomach acid pills have helped a lot but it is something that's still in progress of receiving proper care.
4) Large vet bills: attachment to a bait dog usually results in vet bills for any number of issues. We have not conquered this issue totally but we certainly advise those having a bait animal to get a page on Facebook and merge interests with various animal rescuers. We would not have been able to save Buddy and Bella without the help of strangers from Facebook.
5) If you find a bait puppy, and want to save its life, please ask the vet to help you save the life of the puppy by helping with lowering fees. If you have an established vet, that will work better, but, it cannot hurt to ask. We tried to find a nursing mother for Buddy by calling rescues. No one wanted him, he was running a fever, he was so hungry and he was injured. He needed a prescription dog food.....what would you do? Right, what can you do? Buddy will be 2 in November.
Bait puppies on Long Island, Bella and Buddy, fortunately won a years supply of dog food which really helped while the vet bills were steep.
Here they are with Dad being micro-chipped at Pet Supplies Plus in Nassau County, NY.
Pet Supplies Plus has a very friendly price for those concerned with their dogs being lost
or stolen. Chipped for only $10 per dog!
Birthday portrait of bait puppies now healing and one year old
Lovely Bella, what a charmer, a celebrity already as her fans cheer her on her walk, A recovering bait puppy found on Long Island, hit by a car, blind in her right eye, bitten, terrible wound on her back side leaking feces for weeks. She was 8 weeks old and weighed 8 lbs. The cure for her fractured skull? Vets said make her grow as fast as possible to stop the leaking spinal fluid from seeping between her skin and her skull...that's what began this pursuit of looking into nutrition. Bella gained 14 pounds in 30 days and while her skull is deformed, she's normal though both Buddy and Bella have the scars of abuse from being bait puppies for dog fighting dogs in training. REPORT DOG FIGHTING...where you find torn up puppies, there is a dog fighting ring in the area.
Beautiful Buddy today at one yr old. Bait puppy weight 2 lbs taken away from his mother at 2 weeks old and used as bait then discarded in the streets as many bait puppies are and some in some very affluent neighborhoods. He was found near death, 2 weeks old, starving, bitten with deep puncture wounds and neck...the scars are still there physically and emotionally. He was bottle fed and today he is a clumsy, goofy, funny, enthusiastic lab pit mix weighing nearly 70 lbs
A Real-Life Vet Conflict with Vital Implications for Your Pet's Care
October 30, 2013 |13,039views
by Dr. Becker
Recently, I came across a rare article in a veterinary industry journal that provides a real-life example of the sometimes wildly different methods used by traditional vs. holistic veterinarians when it comes to patient care. The title of the article: "Holistic vs. FDA-approved: Two veterinarians take divergent approaches."
The article tells the story of two vets, one with a conventional approach to treating patients (let’s call him Dr. T), and the other, more holistically oriented (we’ll call him Dr. H). Apparently, Dr. H filled in for Dr. T while he was on vacation, which is where the story gets interesting.
Dr. H Steps in to Care for One of Dr. T's Patients in His Absence
Dr. T has been practicing veterinary medicine for 31 years. He owned his practice until about five years ago when a corporation purchased his clinic. These days, Dr. T works as part of a team of DVMs at the clinic.
One of Dr. T’s patients is a 10 year-old Golden Retriever he has been seeing since the dog was a pup. The dog, we’ll call him Buddy, came in for his yearly checkup the day before Dr. T was leaving for vacation. Dr. T ran a senior blood profile and ordered x-rays of the dog’s pelvis and spine. Buddy’s owners are committed to staying one step ahead of any health problems their beloved senior pet might be developing. Since Dr. T was leaving for vacation the next day, he told Buddy’s owners that one of the other vets at the clinic would contact them with their dog’s test results.
As it turned out, Buddy’s blood test results showed elevated liver enzymes. In addition, his urinalysis showed that his urine was on the alkaline side with scattered struvite crystals, and his x-rays suggested some mild degenerative joint disease in both hips and early lumbar spondylosis (arthritis of the spine).
Based on the test results, in Dr. T’s absence Dr. H called Buddy’s owners and said that while the dog’s issues were fairly common in older large breeds, they should be addressed. He recommended what he considered a safe, holistic approach to addressing Buddy’s situation. Dr. H recommended glucosamine for the arthritis, cranberry extract to acidify the urine and manage the struvite crystals, and SAM-e for the elevated liver enzymes. Buddy’s owners picked up the supplements and started their dog on Dr. H’s holistic protocol.
Dr. T Returns from Vacation and Is Incensed at Dr. H’s Treatment Protocol for Buddy
When Dr. T returned from vacation, he reviewed Buddy’s test results and Dr. H’s recommended treatment plan, and he was infuriated. This was not the way he would have approached Buddy’s health challenges, and he was very much against “untested and unapproved holistic medications.” Dr. T only prescribed medications that were FDA-approved.
Dr. T dressed down Dr. H for treating his patient in a “reckless” manner, and he called Buddy’s owners to tell them he wanted to modify their dog’s protocol. Since the owners were long-time clients of Dr. T, they honored his wishes but also told him that they felt Buddy was doing very well on Dr. H’s natural protocol.
The two veterinarians then met to clear the air. Dr. T, while appreciative that Dr. H pitched in with Buddy while he was away on vacation, was nonetheless adamant that his patients should not receive holistic treatments for medical issues. Dr. H, of course, did not agree and felt that as long as he discloses to clients the “untested” yet anecdotal success of the use of holistic remedies, he is within his ethical and professional boundaries.
Dr. T decided they would have to agree to disagree, and he let Dr. H know he no longer wanted his help with his patients in his absence.
Despite Dr. T’s Disapproval, Dr. H Was Well Within His Professional and Ethical Boundaries in His Treatment of Dr. T’s Patient
According to Dr. Marc Rosenberg writing for dvm360, Dr. H:
“… was well within his rights as a licensed practitioner to prescribe holistic medications for [Buddy], as long as he also informed the pet owners that these were not FDA-approved products. This is not to say that they would not work but rather that they had not been subjected to the FDA scrutiny required to achieve approved status.”
Dr. Rosenberg goes on to say that he uses both mainstream and holistic medications in his own practice. He talks with pet owners about the differences between the two types of medications and they make the decision together as to the best way to proceed.
Needless to say, my approach in this case would be similar to Dr. H’s. His suggestions were excellent. I would also recommend physical therapy and perhaps acupuncture or chiropractic to help with Buddy’s arthritic hips and spine.
Why I Almost Always Start with Natural Healing Therapies, and View Prescription Drugs as an Option of Last Resort
Since Buddy’s health problems were relatively mild and certainly not life threatening, I would recommend natural remedies and therapies first and continue to closely monitor the dog’s liver enzymes and urine pH, along with his mobility and quality of life.
If Buddy’s liver enzymes were headed in the right direction on his follow-up blood tests, if his urine pH also dropped into a healthy range, and if his arthritis was being well managed, I would consider his natural healing protocol a success. Then I would continue to routinely monitor his progress and overall health.
If, on the other hand, part or all of my recommended protocol was not having the desired effect, I would try other combinations of natural remedies and possibly further diagnostics, if warranted. Sometimes it takes several different combinations of therapies and protocols before healers find the combination that unlocks the body’s innate healing mechanisms. As long as Buddy’s health remained stable and he was comfortable, I would only move to traditional “FDA-approved” drugs if all my efforts failed or Buddy’s condition seemed to suddenly worsen or his quality of life plummeted. In my experience, it’s very rare for an animal with Buddy’s mild, age-related health issues to be completely unresponsive to natural therapies.
If a health condition can be resolved or well-managed with natural treatments that have no known side effects, why take risks with synthetic pharmaceuticals that almost certainly come with side effects?
One of the tremendous benefits of Dr. H’s approach, and mine, is that if we can reverse or manage a disease process with safe, natural treatments, we are able to avoid the inevitable, often significant side effects of those FDA-approved medications Dr. T swears by. Most importantly, many holistic modalities treat the root causes of disease, not just the symptoms, which are most commonly addressed with traditional drug protocols.
From my point of view, traveling the safer, more natural route first is the essence of this statement from the Hippocratic Oath:
"I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous".
First, do no harm.