Lowering Vet Bills: 10 Tips for Keeping Costs Down

Written by Jan on December 11, 2008 – 11:26 am

The cost of vet care for 2009 is estimated at $12.2 billion, up $1.1 billion from last year. With the economy still ailing, jobs still disappearing and the stock market way down from previous highs, many of us are postponing or foregoing dog care because we can’t afford treatment. It’s time — past time! — to cut out those unnecessary products and services too many pet parents think are essential — but may actually be harmful. Here are some cost-saving ideas that will also make your dog healthier:

1. STOP VACCINATING UNNECESSARILY! No more vaccinating against diseases your dog is unlikely to catch and against diseases to which your dog is already immune. Not only is unnecessary vaccination a huge waste of time and money, the resulting adverse health consequences can ruin doggy health and cost you a fortune in vet bills down the line. Watch our video Vaccinating Dogs for suggestions, and read or reread “Rethinking Vaccination” in our book, Scared Poopless. Also, read our blog article on titer testing. (Click here.) This simple blood test is especially important to prevent over-vaccinating puppies.

2. FEED QUALITY FOOD. Although spending more for high quality food may seem a strange way to save money, it is your absolute best shot at long-term doggy health and lower vet bills. Start feeding wisely and you may see allergies, intestinal problems, joint ouchiness and other ailments disappear. At the very least, stop feeding grocery store brands and switch from kibble to canned. Better yet, feed frozen raw or fresh cooked or raw. My book has two chapters on food, one of them you can read free by clicking here.

3. FEED LESS. According to Purina’s much promoted 14-year study of 48 Labrador Retrievers, “lean-fed” dogs (receiving 25% less food than their littermates) eventually developed the same health problems as littermates as they aged, but needed treatment for ailments 2.1 years later. That is, treatment began at a mean age of 12 versus age 9.9. Here’s the secret to longevity: It’s not about feeding a particular brand; it’s about feeding to a healthy, lean (not too skinny) condition. Cut out all fattening corn-laden foods. Don’t leave food out all day and don’t overfeed. Remember: fat dogs aren’t cute; they’re expensive.

4. BRUSH TEETH MORE OFTEN. Few things are more expensive, or risky, than dental procedures. Avoid them by feeding low-carb foods (not kibble) and by brushing your dog’s teeth at least three times a week. Use a good paste meant for dogs (not Humans!) and use gauze around your finger or a super-soft toothbrush.

5. STOP GIVING UNNECESSARY OR DANGEROUS DRUGS. Check out your dogs meds (especially steroids and arthritis medications) on-line by name, and at the websites listed under Preventing the Preventable on my website link page. Also, if it’s not mosquito season where you live, why are you giving heartworm meds? No skeeters … no heartworm. Fleas aren’t much of a problem during the winter in most places either. Check out my book’s chapter, “Stop Pest-ering Me!” or do research on-line to learn more about heartworm and flea life cycles and natural methods of pest control. Just make sure your research is from reliable, unbiased sources. Websites that look “scientific” may be fronts for manufacturers of pet meds. Also check out my blog post on Heartworms for more information about protection.

6. GET FLUFFY A BLOOD TEST if she hasn’t had one in the last year (or six months for senior dogs). Remember, dogs age faster than we do and a thorough blood test (with a chem panel) is the easiest (and sometimes the only) way to detect disease while it’s still curable and cheaper to treat. Also test yearly for heartworms, whether or not you use meds.

7. STOP GIVING DANGEROUS TREATS that can perforate or lodge in tracheas and intestines: cooked bones, rawhide chews, pig’s feet and other too-hard chews. Surgery for obstructions and perforations is very expensive and may come too late to save your dog’s life.

8. WASH YOUR DOG’S FEET after a walk on chemically-laden surfaces like city streets and salted roads. Beware park areas which may have been recently fertilized, or treated with herbicides, without your knowing. And don’t use toxic chemicals in your home or yard. If it’s on your dog’s feet, before long it will be in your dog’s mouth. If it’s in your dog’s mouth, he’s on the slippery slope toward cancer.

9. SECURE TRASH, RECYCLING BINS AND TOXIC CHEMICALS FROM PETS. You’d be shocked at how much money is spent on inadvertent poisoning from snail, ant and rat bait, and also the general ailment called “Garbage Can Syndrome.” (Thanks to Pet Evironmentalist Elizabeth Allen of C4PAW.com for her work in this area.)

10. RESEARCH ON-LINE HELP. Check out the additional cost saving ideas at the Human Society (click here) and in the Smart Money article (click here). Californians, e-mail Governor Schwarzenegger and tell him we can’t afford his new 9% tax on our vet bills! Click here.

In short, think before you spend. Ask questions. Don’t automatically reorder drugs. Consider alternatives. Become an educated consumer and trust your own instincts.

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24 Comments to “Lowering Vet Bills: 10 Tips for Keeping Costs Down”

  1. Janet Says:

    I always enjoy your writings, Jiggie……..

    Merry Christmas to you……….and I like the way you look in your SAnta hat………

    hugs galore,
    janet berend

  2. Janet Says:

    I always appreciate your tips in any area. I took time for a response of length to Swartzenegger’s proposal re the new tax, but it was refused because I don’t live in Washington. Why don’t they tell us this in the beginning?

    I think we have to use common sense as to lowering vet bills, but some have none. Your tips are most helpful, as usual. We had a bill at an emrgency clinic of over a thousand bucks for tests alnd overnite. Can you believe????

    janet berend

  3. Jenn Says:

    I have recently found your site and find it quite interesting. Although I don’t necessarily agree with all your overall advice, you promote knowledge and questions and partnership with your vet, which I love.

    This article is great and suggests things that many practices who like wellness medicine promote (like routine bloodwork, good nutrition, and prevention around the house). I am confused about your mention of titers in this particular article, though. It is true that vaccinating every 24-36 months will save you money and that titers are the appropriate way to determine that, but how will titers decrease your vet bill? More often than not, titers are more expensive than all your vaccines combined.

  4. Jan Says:

    Hi Jenn. Vaccinating protocols have changed. The new protocols, from WASA and the AAHA Canine Vaccine Task Force, are to vaccinate NO MORE OFTEN than every three years for the “core vaccines.” In fact, for most adult dogs who have been vaccinated against parovirus and distemper after age 15-16 weeks, the dog likely has lifetime immunity. The titer test, which needs to be done only once, not yearly, can prove immunity. If it does, then there are no more shots and no more titer tests. This is according to Dr. Ron Schultz, arguably the country’s top expert in pet vaccination. This is a simplistic answer. Please read more about titer testing and Vaccinating Dogs: 10 Steps to Eliminating Unnecessary Shots for more information.

  5. sue Says:

    Hi, my vet says that since Parvo is ubiquitous, it is necessary to keep “current” on this vaccine in particular. However, since Parvo virus is everywhere, isn’t true that once our dogs are immune from their puppy shot series, they will get naturally boosted from their exposure, so, in fact, the opposite logic is applicable. In other words, if a virus is common in the environment, then the dog is very unlikely to need artificial boosting to maintain a high antibody titer. Sue

  6. Jan Says:

    Sue, parvo IS ubiquitous. But there is proof that the vaccine gives immunity for 9 years or longer. Also, as you suspect, if your dog didn’t have immunity, he/she would likely be ill. The puppy series of shots gives close to 95% immunity. If you want proof, have a parvo/distemper titer test (pronounced TIGHT r). It’s a simple blood test. Your vet needs educating. The two top pet vaccination experts did a benefit seminar on vaccination and we recorded 2 hours. The proceeds benefit the study of the rabies vaccine. You should get it and show it to your vet. Or find another vet. http://www.dogs4dogs.com/saferpet

  7. sue Says:

    Hi Jan, I just finished reading your book and intend to pass it on to my sister in law who just adopted a poodle mix. She feeds her dog Iams and thinks this is a good product. How do you expain the extensive brainwashing of several generations of people who absolutely believe that kibble is good for their dog? People who would risk their life to save their dog from a speeding bus and spend their last dime at the vet feed the same kibble day in, day out and then are shocked when their dog gets cancer. How can I tell people about dog nutrition without offending them? Is the convenience factor of kibble the reason why so many people are so resistant to thinking about canine nutrition?

  8. Jan Says:

    Hi Sue. The answer to your question is that ads are really good. They talk about great flavor and real meat and we humans think the food is good for dogs. It isn’t. It just has good flavor and some nameless meat — roadkill, maybe? If the meat isn’t named, beware.

    Flavor and “real meat” are the biggest tip offs. But humans don’t listen. They hear what they want to hear. It makes them feel good.

    I wrote an article you might like on my Blog4Dogs: https://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog4dogs/category/dogfood/ You might want to pass it along to your well-meaning, but ultimately dangerous friends.

  9. Denise Says:


    It saddens me to hear that you believe titers only need to be checked once in a dog’s lifetime. While titers ARE an alternative to vaccination, a dog’s immune status against a particular virus can WANE over the course of it’s lifetime. You clearly have not received adequate education on vaccination. I wonder, which veterinary school did you graduate from? Veterinarians go through extensive training and education, and are committed to remaining current and up to date on SCIENTIFICALLY backed methods of issues like vaccination. Unsubstantiated, anecdotal reports that cannot be backed up with scientifically sound research should not be preached about by uneducated, zealous owners such as yourself. A few years of “personal” research does not a veterinarian (or good education) make.

    As for feeding commercial brand dog foods: major companies spend BILLIONS each year testing their products to make sure that they provide complete nutrition for dogs and cats. I love owners who are committed to good nutrition, but it requires an extremely high level of education and dedication to formulate a well balanced diet using home cooked meals.

    Finally, I would like to address a topic in your vaccination video. As veterinarians, we dedicate our lives to continued education in our chosen profession. It is a form of respect to address us as “Doctor”, and if you are uncomfortable with using such a term, I encourage self reflection as to why you have an issue with showing respect

    Dr. Denise

  10. Jan Says:

    Dr. Denise, thanks for your post to my blog, condesending and insulting though it was. Will you do me the small courtesy of reading my response? I read and posted yours.

    You asked, where did a “uneducated, zealous owner”such as myself get my info about titer testing? It came from years of research and interviewing experts, including internationally-renowned pet vaccination experts W. Jean Dodds, DVM, and Ron Schultz, PhD. As you may know, Ron’s decades of vaccine research were the basis for the recommendations of the 2010 WSAVA Canine and Feline Guidelines and AAHA Canine Task Force Report of both 2003 and 2006. He sits on all these boards. These reports led to changes at every North American vet school and the AVMA. Jean, a former Veterinarian of the Year, runs a nonprofit lab that, among other things, runs and interprets titer tests. Incidentally, Jean and Ron spoke at a seminar I organized for vets, vet techs, dog trainers and pet owners last March (earning professionals 6 CEUs), benefiting the Rabies Challenge Fund research. We made a DVD of the best parts of it. Perhaps you’d be interested. https://www.dogs4dogs.com/saferpet Click here to read my article on titer testing.

    As for commercial food, have you actually read the labels of that stufff? Most of it is predominately corn and by-products. Would you feed it to your child? Or eat it yourself? Would you prefer highly processed food for yourself over a fresh diet with lots of variety? Also, much of the “BILLIONS” pet food companies spend on research is for determining how to make it as inexpensively as possible and marketing it to vets and the public. You also surely know that food is tested only for the short term; it is not “complete and balanced” for an entire lifetime. Did you have to go to medical school to learn how to feed your own family? Why are dogs more complicated that humans?

    I call all of my many vet friends by their first names, at their request, as do most of their clients. Pet health should be a partnership, with each learning from the other, both respecting the other. My book on holistic dog health has won two national awards and was a finalist for a third. I’m a frequent contributor to publications other than my own and have given considerable time and money to benefit dog health. I do not profit from my work. And yet you afford me no respect.

  11. Sue Says:

    Hi Denise, this website is to share info and not to pay homage to your degree. You can just call me Sue even though I am also a doctor– a doctor of philosophy in biochemistry so I am intellectually equivalent to you as far as education is concerned (my Ph.D is from UC Berkeley). Although I am not a DMV, I assure you that I am qualified to comment on this site about titre, immunity, etc. A couple of corrections: companies do not spend billions on research for dog food or vaccines. They make billions. Human pharmaceutical comapanies do not spend “billions” either– you sound like Carl Sagan with your “billions” jargon. The fact that you expect people to address you as Doctor means you need to get over yourself.

  12. Jan Says:

    Sue, thank you so much for posting your reply to Denise. You made my day! — Jan Rasmusen, Truth4Dogs.com

  13. Nora Lenz Says:

    Thank you for speaking out against vaccination. I have also researched it for a very long time (20 years) and as a consequence stopped vaccinating my own animals 17 years ago. The practice of vaccination survives in spite of its obvious harmfulness because it makes people lots of money, it keeps dogs sick (which also makes people lots of money) and it is central to the false belief system that underlies veterinary medicine.

    Although most vets are sincere in their love and compassion for animals, the system that trains them has no heart and cares only about sustaining itself. We, the dog-owning public, have to stop pretending that people aren’t getting rich from epidemic dog sickness. What needs to be done to keep a dog healthy is not complicated or mysterious. That vets don’t know this information and have no interest in learning it is SCANDALOUS. The vet industry needs to be called out for its abject failure to properly address dog sickness. Vet bills for treatment of disease have gotten so out of hand that people are now being advised to get pet insurance. The only pet insurance that people need is to learn how to properly FEED their animals so they will never get sick. This is not only possible (despite what we always hear from vets), it is INEVITABLE if you understand the true biological needs of dogs. And I’m not just talking about raw feeding. Raw feeding is crucial for a disease-free life but it has to be done correctly. To do it correctly is simple, cheap and not time consuming.

    Personally, I am outraged at the audacity of the vet industry’s implied monopolized claim on dog health, when they know practically nothing about the subject. What they know a great deal about is how to suppress symptoms. The only problem is, suppressing symptoms makes disease WORSE. Nobody, and I mean nobody, is treating disease properly – by REMOVING THE CAUSES. Even so-called holistic vets only suppress symptoms, they just do it with herbs instead of drugs. There is nothing “holistic” about this, it’s the same reductionist approach that conventional vets use, to the great detriment of sick dogs everywhere.

    A few years ago these realizations led me to begin teaching people how to have a sickness-free dog for life. My own dog is nearly 18 and has not been plagued by the ‘old age problems’ that vets always tell us are unavoidable. I have clients whose bank accounts had been drained by unending costly diagnostics and harmful treatments, and whose dogs got completely well within weeks under my guidance. Most disease is REVERSIBLE, if causes are removed. This is the best kept secret on the planet!

    My new website is under construction now and was to be called “UltimateDogHealth.com”. However, I’m seriously but reluctantly considering changing the name to “NoMoreVetBills.com”. I’ve known health practitioners who were persecuted by the human medical industry for their work in teaching people how to live healthfully. As much as I would like to get in the face of the vet industry, I have no doubt that it could squish me like a bug if it had the slightest notion. I have no desire to be a martyr, not even for sick dogs. On the other hand, their own belief that disease is inevitable, unavoidable, random and indiscriminate may protect me, since they have convinced enough of the world of this that my target market only consists of the tiny fraction of people who aren’t completely buying it. With a potential market that small, I could probably stay under their radar indefinitely.

    It is up to us lowly “LAY” persons to take the vet industry to task for their failures. How many people who have invested $200,000 and 8 years of their lives in vet training are willing to do this? I know of only two — Lonsdale and Billinghurst – and they barely scratched the surface of what needs to be done. As trained insiders, there’s only so much they’re willing, or able, to do. The rest is up to US.

    Thanks again for speaking the truth about vaccination.

    Best wishes,

  14. Jan Says:

    Nora, sometimes I think the entire planet has been brainwashed into believing in suppression instead of prevention. I just read a wonderful article by a French MD and ethicist who feels the way we do. I’m going to simplify the article (it’s very scholarly and a quite a bit of work to read) then post it here. He is especially upset about vaccine, as am I.

    Re your new website name, I can tell you by experience that all my articles and videos that have attacked vets who over-vaccinate and feed commercial food have met with nasty replies. They never refute my findings; they just attack me personally. Vaccination and mass marketed pet food are multi-billion-dollar businesses.
    Even my article on lowering vet bills has been attacked. I hope you read comments #9, 10 and 11 at https://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog/category/veterinarians/vetbills/ #9 is by an insulting vet. #11 is a priceless response by a PhD.

    Let me know when your website is up. I wish you the best of luck.

  15. Kim Ravera Says:

    I have enjoyed reading your blog and find it very informative. I recently changed my dogs diet over to a “homemade food” diet. I have a Shih Tzu/Lhasa Apso/Yorkie mix. He was having abodominal attacks which caused us to go to many vets and ring up high vet bills, we were even sent to an internal vet specialist and still not one had any answers. The specialist wanted to “cut him open and do an exploritory surgery”. At that point I decided to change his diet and start there. Doing my own research with NO assistance from the specialist, I am happy to say that so far, we have not had any recurring episodes. He LOVES to eat (he hated his expensive high end kibbles), and he has no more tear staining, yeah! I would however, love to have more information on a homemade diet. I have gathered information from various books and websites and came up with my own recipies along with supplements and portion size. I feel as though I’m winging it and I’m hoping that I’m doing everything correctly. May I suggest writing a small book on this subject, it would be so helpful to so many people! For instance, garlic is a huge question mark. Some say it’s okay and some don’t agree. I’m not sold on brocolli either, I’m worried that it may cause gas. Also, powdered eggshells for calcium, is this a good thing? Correct portion size, another concern. Your help is appreciated to so many people!

  16. Jan Says:

    Hi Kim. Good for you for choosing common sense over exploratory surgery!

    I can tell you what I do for my dogs. Re garlic, I use a drop or two of the liquid off of jarred roasted garlic to flavor some of their food. I wouldn’t use any more.

    Re broccoli, my dogs have eaten it their whole lives with no gas. Ditto brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

    Re portion size, you really have to guess. My four-pounder eats almost as much as my 9 pounder. Just weigh them frequently and adjust accordingly. My dogs eat a portion that looks appropriate on a salad plate, but all dogs are different.

    I haven’t written a book, but I did a series of nutrition recordings with a top veterinary expert. Check them out at http://www.askthepetfoodexperts.com

  17. Nora Lenz Says:

    Hi Jan,
    Just wanted to let you know my site is up and ready for visitors. I will be adding more graphics and content later on but as of now there is a commentable blog, Q&A, FAQ and some introductory essays. I’d like to link your site and was hoping you’d be willing to do the same. I really think that the pet-owning public is ready for a more effective approach to disease. The vet industry is raking in the millions but they have made themselves vulnerable by creating so much disease. I’ve no doubt that iatrogenic disease is far and away the #1 cause of death among pets, especially if you include the way they are fed.

    Thanks again for your site and I look forward to joining arms against our common foe (ignorance). 🙂
    Nora Lenz
    Bellevue, Washington

  18. Vicki Kathleen Says:

    Hi Jan.
    First, Thank you for your site, which I just discovered. I was looking for a way to help my 3 yr old Maltese with dental care to do myself as much as possible. Due to high cost of just one tooth removal (root rot, darn it all!!!) and cost of nearly one thousand (only 4 years ago that was only $130.00 for the same thing!)that I simply do not have, I saw I could do cleaning myself very easily as I am a flute carver and artist and can well handle such equipment. I have trained Macooa to let me look and touch her mouth since she was a puppy, so she lets me check her out and gently work on her..thank goodness!
    I am rather concerned that some people just do not see the importance of your remarks about vaccinations, as it is also turning out that there are HUGE problems with it for HUMANS also….so, if it is not great for us most times, what makes people think it is good for the dog or cat?? Although we are given shots for different things,(and they have helped hold down polio, TB,and other problems for the most part) the concepts are the same..protection and immunity, and more often than not, something we really can’t do much about! While some diseases can be placed into check, others like you mentioned simply are useless to vaccinate against. I know it took me a while to learn about this topic as we are told since we are little that shots are needed no matter what for pets and us!! It is good to note what is OK to do for some things, and what is not good, and for how long!
    I feel the money game in pet ownership has gone way through the roof, and something that cost about $100.00 just a couple of years ago (still expensive for many of us) has turned into HUGE profit margins for vets! Like wow! Talk about playing on our love of our family member, eh? I have researched to the actual cost of medications and found there to be a huge mark up once you walk into the vet office. Heart worm medication just being one of them. They are using it now as an ‘overall deworming medication’ now! That is a pretty powerful drug too!
    This Canadian is fed up with the idea that vet pet care cost needs to be on par or more than human care cost…and BOTH are also way out the window as far as I am concerned and both pet and humans are suffering because of it as well, and needlessly. As for ‘pet insurances’ forget it! That is another scam to talk about.
    Anyway, I saw your two cute Maltese like my little Macooa (meaning ‘a piece of my heart’ in Lakota) and knew that I had found the right place to do a lot more homework and get the RIGHT answers to my many questions on caring for her. My willow lived to be over 17 and did a great job of teaching macooa before she went home to God, and I would love Macooa to live even longer. They are the only dog I can own due to allergies, and I love their smarts and spirit!:) Never seen a dog like them in all my travels. They are simply amazing. I have had people who train other dogs for resque and aids and say the Mutese was even smarter than those other dogs!:) OK, so I agree with them:)
    As for diet, I will also look into your information on that. I have been getting a kibble made in Alberta here that has buffalo, salmon (NOT by products!) whole eggs and veggies, NO GRAINS or other fillers, and they DO show all that is put into the process unlike many other labels I have read. Also looked into treats made by the actor Paul Newman, who also loves dogs to bits. I still don’t like preservatives, but the company here also seems to limit that as well. I am finding my dog does not like raw food (like carrots unfortunately…unlike willow who LOVED them!) Sheesh go figure!) much darn it! But I am sure I can get her used to things a bit at a time to not hurt her tummy in the transition period. Maltese do seem to have a more delicate system in a few areas, but rather out do themselves in others!
    Thank you for your site and caring for pets other than your own. I am sure many Vets out there care too, and are also learning from this site too, as misinformation can happen even in the best of places and intentions—and life is a learning curve at best. My vet told me to watch for ‘side effects after vaccination just in case, and to come back right away if I noted any changes in Macooa. etc’ this last time..so way to go! However, they still push things that I don’t feel is right or appropriate for my pet. But, I DO have the final word, so it is up to ME to do the homework! As we grow more educated ourselves in what ‘higher powers and companies’ do to us and our animals, the better off we ALL will be! I too look at content and think, in an emergency would I eat what my dog has to eat? if not, then it is not good for her either! In history, it has been interesting to see how food was developed for dogs and cats. The intent was to give them the best nutrition, but that got lost along the way.
    Also, going back to basics as Native people have known about for thousands of years is not a bad idea with regard to food and plants etc, and will help both humans and our pets to live more healthy lives in these modern times and fancy tools…and that is what it is really all about, right? I am learning too, and am very eager to do all I can for my beloved little girl.
    Sled dogs up north do not eat kibble! That should also tell us something! They eat raw fish, caraboo and other good meats and some veggies. And look how far they can run on that diet in the snow and cold! A great sled dog has no health problems, strong clean teeth, great coat and bones. As for runny eyes…what runny eyes? Someone who really cares about their team will not use the crap most feed their dogs in the cities, ever! And remember, good meat IS more expensive than kibble, but their dogs get the ‘best’..so maybe our dogs should too…just a thought.

    Do you have your books at all on Apple? I would love to download them if possible from somewhere?

    Take care and I look forward to learning more here at your site.

    Vick and Macooa thank you! And thank you to all those in the pet world who are concerned enough to speak out for those who have no voice to do so…our pets. They love and trust us perfectly, the least we can do is our best for them each day they are with us. We should not have to sell our souls to do so either! K, just my two cents on that one!:)

    Vicki K. Gibson
    Display Artist
    Helen Schuler Nature Centre
    City of Lethbridge Alberta Canada

  19. Jan Says:

    Vicki, re the teeth: if your dog has an infection and the tooth needs to be pulled, you’ll probably need a vet to do it. Shop around. There are vets who will pull it for far less than $1000. Because of the danger of spreading the infection, you shouldn’t do it yourself. If the tooth is truly rotten, it needs to come out. Otherwise, you could work on clearing the infection. There’s a product called Nature’s Gift at http://www.ozonatedoliveoil.com You can rub it on your dog’s gums. It may not help, but it will help dental health in general. Learn more about ozone at http://o3center.org/Protocols/index.html

    Letting a rotten tooth stay in the mouth can cause other health problems. You have to do something!

    Re my book, I’m hoping to make it available electronically. I’ve just been so busy with my new project on vaccination: http://www.truth4pets.org Check it out. I think you’ll like it.

    Sorry I couldn’t help more. Jan

  20. carol Says:

    I need to talk to someone fast! I have a beautiful german shepherd Marcus that has heartworms from being a stray for so long. I havent done anything to “fix” this problem as I am so afraid of the strong arsenic drug they are supposed to give him to kill the heartworms. They told me they will be doing xray, etc to be sure he is strong enough to not die during this process….which scares me more than him having these worms. I dont want to be irresponsible, but I also dont want to put chemicals into him that will hurt him too. HELP! I dont vaccinate my kids, or my poodle, but when I took him in after finding him COVERED in fleas and ticks, of course they have given him ALL his shots! 🙁

  21. carol Says:

    oops…forgot to put that on Tuesday of this coming week, I agreed to start this process of “killing” the heartworms…re: the xrays, etc….Which is why Im freaking out wondering if I am doing the right thing or that I need to be taking a different route. He gets a grain free food, pure drinking water, vitamins, etc..

  22. Jan Says:

    Carol, you have a tough problem. If I were you, I’d get a second opinion from a holistic vet. There’s a vet referral list at http://www.truth4pets.org/vets On that same page, you can find a few vets who will do a phone consult.

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  24. aparna Says:

    Loved your website. I don’t give my fur baby anything but home made food and I couldn’t agree more with what you have said. Keep up the good work.

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