Choosing a Veterinarian
One of the most important decisions you’ll make as a pet parent is finding a quality health care provider for your furry friend. You want to choose a holistically oriented wellness veterinarian who is focused on intergrative medicine. You can search for such a veterinarian by going to www.AHVMA.org. Click on Find a Vet at the top of the page.
Things to beware of
We're not fans of large, corporate owned verterinary facilities. The doctors are often restricted by the policies set forth by the corporation. The video below is an example of that.
Many vets push foods that we consider to be quite inferior. You want to stay away from brands that include corn, wheat, soy, sorphum etc. These are fillers that are high in carbs and are usually GMO. Here's a segment of an article from Dr. Karen Becker, warning pet owners of the dangers of some of these ingredients.
Aflatoxin contamination has been the reason behind a number of regional pet food recalls and several major disease outbreaks over the past 20+ years. Aflatoxins are naturally occurring mycotoxins produced by the Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticusfungi and are the most extensively researched mycotoxins in the world.
Aflatoxins are known to cause acute toxic illness and cancer in animals and humans and are considered among the most carcinogenic substances on the planet. Cats and dogs are more sensitive to aflatoxins than many other animals.
Aflatoxins frequently contaminate agricultural crops before they are harvested. Conditions that promote pre-harvest contamination include high temperatures, prolonged periods of drought, and insect activity. Aflatoxins can also be a problem after harvesting if the crop stays wet for too long. And they can grow on stored crops if the moisture level is too high and mold develops.
The three plants with the highest rate of aflatoxin contamination are corn, peanuts and cottonseed. Aflatoxicosis is more common in dogs than cats because commercial dog food formulas more often contain corn products.
We hope you find this information helpful. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to us.