Frequently Asked Questions
Should my pet get vaccines?
Regulations for vaccine protocol vary between states, countries and veterinary clinics based on the disease prevalence and treatment.
Holistic veterinary medicine can be employed to detox the body before a vaccine. Ancient Arts does not perform vaccination services. We can draw blood for some titers.
We do recommend that your pet receive a rabies vaccination as it is required by state law. The distemper and parvo vaccine is recommended for puppies under 6 months of age who are still developing their immune system to fight off pathogens.
For more information on vaccines and holistic care for your pet, check out Dr. Dodd's article on Homepathic Nosodes vs Vaccines.
What should I do if my pet has fleas?
Many holistic remedies can assist in combating fleas, but sometimes an infestation is too strong not to use chemicals.
Holistic options for pets include: Parasite Dust, flea soaps and shampoos, repel sprays, and essential oils when used with caution.
Options for treating the home include: Diatomaceous Earth, beneficial nematodes, Borax.
Flea control medication suggestions include: Capstar, Revolution.
For more information on fleas, click here to check out our handout or visit our blog.
How can holistic medicine help my pet's cancer prognosis?
Acupuncture, herbs, supplements and nutritional changes are often recommended when a pet is diagnosed with cancer. However, many checks and balances have already been overrun when cancer is found in a pet, making adjunctive therapy a common treatment option.
For more information on pets, cancer and medicine, read our article here.
To learn more about the role of the immune system and muramyl peptides in combatting strong diseases, like cancer, read this scholarly article here.
What vegan or vegetarian supplements do you have for my pet?
While humans can make the choice to be vegan or vegetarian, dogs and cats don't have that option. Many mammalian bodies can make taurine, an amino acid. The feline body cannot autonomously produce taurine, though it is an essential amino acid for cats. Because of this, cats are obligatory carnivores. They cannot survive long-term on a vegan or vegetarian diet.
While the domestic dog is known to be an opportunistic omnivore, this is only because canines have evolved alongside humans for the past 10,000 years. Wolves, their direct descendants, are strictly carnivores. Dogs only evolved a few enzymes to break down carbohydrates due to their close proximity to humans and often heavily carbohydrate-based diet. However, dogs require meat protein for proper body function and overall health. They are not as efficient at utilizing vegetable proteins as humans--though fruits and veggies offer excellent benefits as additions to a meat-based canine diet. Additionally, unlike humans, dogs don't grind their food; they chop.
For more on the evolution of the canine diet, read here. To better understand the role of vegetables in a carnivorous pet diet, read here. Read up on the vegetarian debate for dogs here.
Ancient Arts recommends nutritious diets catered to your pet's individual needs and fed in moderation to promote optimal well-being. Nutritional consults are included in our Holistic Exams.