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Good vets are some of the best people on earth.
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Need to find a veterinarian or other animal health care professional?

Click the link for a holistic vet or a vet offering holistic options.  Find a vet trained in classic homeopathy by Dr. Richard Pitcairn. Here's a list of vets trained by the American Academy of Homeopathy. Need a board-certified specialist? Or a chiropractor?  Or an acupuncturist? Veterinary naturopaths with a great radio show, and offering phone and e-mail consultations:

Need help with vet bills? 
Check out these links for help. Donate to the nonprofits if you can.

Lowering Vet Bills: 10 Tips for Keeping Costs Down
Human Society info on vet bills
"Smart Money" suggestions
List of organizations that provide financial assistance for pets' veterinary bills

Pets911 list of organizations offering help with vet bills
Financial Assistance Care and Education (FACE)


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"Dog Rabid About Rabies Vaccine Dangers" and "Vaccinating Dogs: What Your Vet Hasn't Told You"

A 2006 Gallop Poll shows that Americans perceive the veterinary profession to be among the top 3 "Honesty and Ethical Professions." It's important to remember that perception isn't always reality. Pet food manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies spend millions shaping this perception because their businesses depend on veterinary recommendations. You've heard the commercials: "Dr. Sue told us..." And "7 out of 8 vets recommend...."  Of course, most vets in ads are actors chosen because they look trustworthy, smart and kind.  Even though we know this, our brains retain the message you can trust your vet.

Most of us "feel" that vets get into the profession because they love animals, and will always put animals need first, ahead of their own financial needs. But is this true for all of them, all of the time? Do all medical doctors love people? Do dentists? I doubt it.

The veterinary profession, like all others, must surely have their share of greedy businessmen and women who put their own needs ahead of animal welfare. Some vets must be "book smart" but lack common sense. Many must be too busy, set in their ways or lacking in curiosity to study veterinary medical journals and to take courses in continuing education. Of course, some vets are wonderful self-sacrificing animal lovers. Your job, as your dog's advocate, is to tell the difference.

And just as the AMA shunned (and still shuns) chiropractors, acupuncturists and other "alternative practitioners," holistic vets have complained of intimidation by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association). Organizations exist primarily to benefit their members, not the public at large. This is all about business. Never forget that.

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Read our articles:  Is Your Dog’s Vet a Vaccination Expert?  (tips for keeping your dog safe) and 7 Things Your Veterinarian Should Tell You

Before your vet gives your dog or cat a shot, understand your vet's legal obligation to fully inform you about the risks and benefits, alternatives to vaccine and duration of immunity. Read this excellent article on Veterinary Informed Consent by a vet who's also an attorney.
 

Wish you could find the courage to tell your vet you want to make some changes? Check out our new video: "Stand Up to Your Veterinarian"

 

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Take action!

If your vet used a drug that caused a reaction, ask the vet to report it ... and follow up. The FDA estimates that only 1% of adverse reactions are reported. Or report it yourself.

Was your dog or cat a victim of a bad vet? If so, please leave a comment on our blog article about dangerous vets or if it's a vaccination incident Is Your Dog’s Vet a Vaccination Expert?  Scroll to the bottom of the page and write a comment in the box then click Submit Comment. For legal reasons, please do not slander anyone. Just tell about the situation, not the particulars.

Read Locating a Vet to learn the difference between holistic and allopathic vets, and to locate board-certified veterinary specialists, homeopaths, chiropractors and other practitioners.

Read Check Out Your Vet if you need to take action against a vet you suspect of malpractice or other wrongdoing.

Thinking of filing a complaint? Find lots of good info on this website: Vet Abuse Network.

Read comments made on our blog by people who have suffered because of a bad vet's actions.

Book called: "What to Do If Your Dog is Injured or Killed." I haven't read it but the author is considered an authority. www.dogbitelaw.com

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Are some veterinarians overcharging or pushing unnecessary services? KNBC News in Los Angeles aired an uncover investigation of veterinarians. Watch the video or read the transcript.  Then read how DVM Magazine, a magazine for vets, suggests vets should respond to telecasts like this one. Dr. Jim Humphries, president of Veterinary News Network (VNN) said, "... the honey-moon is over between the media and veterinary medicine."  Read the article here.

Read 10 Things Your Veterinarian Won't Tell You, a good 2005 article by Kelly Barron for Smart Money Magazine.

CNN's Know When It's Time to Fire Your Doctor has good information that also applies to vets.
 
Why Your Veterinarian Cannot Afford to Always Tell You the Truth...  A must read.

Conflicts of interest between Harvard Medical School and Drug Companies. Audio  Transcript

Conflicts of Interest at the Doctor's Office   Audio from NPR

Vets Still Practice After Many Complaints  Video from Boston

If you want to switch to more holistic health care methods for your animals, but your vet is resistant, here's the DVD for you!  Listen as countless nationally renowned vets discuss how and why they added integrative techniques and methods (like nutrition, reduced vaccination, acupuncture, energy medicine and more) to their practices. This poignant 35 minute film makes a terrific gift for animal lovers and veterinarians alike. 

Buy it here. All proceeds benefit the Center for Integrative Veterinary Health, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation working to educate the public and vets.

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Disclaimer: The information contained on this web site is provided for general information purposes. Any information provided is not veterinary advice and should not be substituted for a regular consultation with a veterinary professional. If you have any concerns about your dog's health, please contact your veterinarian's office immediately.
 
 
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