diary of an animal healer
Animal Healing is a great alternative to treat pet pain…just as a client did for her 11-year old dog with numerous health issues such as digestion issues, breathing, wheezing, licking paws, blood in stools. After years of vet visits and drugs, this alternative method of healing treatment and diet specific for her dog has maintained this elderly dog’s health now for over two years.
As an animal intuitive and pet healer, I often see how numerous illnesses and symptoms are connected. This is truly a holistic approach–alternative method to heal and when a body is in balance, it can heal itself. Often a client will think their animal has numerous illnesses, yet the root of all those illnesses or symptoms are often just one organ or area in the body.
Recently a new client discovered that to be true. Her dog suffered from hot spots, ear infections, and was a picky eater. This dog recovered from all these symptoms after one healing PLUS the client noted that “…he’s happier & more relaxed”.
Chronic animal conditions such urinary infections require alternative approach to heal pet. As animal intuitive I “see” what is creating the infection which is what needs to be addressed versus doing drug treatment to eliminate the infection. A condition that is chronic needs more than drug approach; instead one needs to recognize that the root cause needs to be found. One first needs to eliminate what is promoting/causing the infection. Often medical tests are not fine tuned enough to find that root cause.
As an Animal Intuitive and Healer my job is to “see” what is causing the problem and I prefer to do that FIRST–prior to hearing what the symptoms are as I do not want to be influenced by getting too much information initially. And once I determine what areas of the body need help, only then do I want to hear what the symptoms/diagnosis is. And then we decided what that particular animal needs to truly heal which always requires a specific diet for that particular animal for his particular issues.
Heal pet with diet change? Yes, and as an animal intuitive and pet healer I always discuss pet food often recommending alternative diets to that of the vet or pet store. Each diet is specific to the animal and his needs.
Last fall I worked with a dog in Texas where I intuitively saw liver as the concern which was confirmed when I then asked what the concerns were. The dog had numerous liver symptoms–a lot of panting, licking, grass eating and vomiting of bile. I recommended a specific diet; this week I followed up and the dog’s “mom” said that that was all that was needed–the diet turned everything around. Food can be the only medicine you need.
As an animal intuitive and pet healer, I am pleased that a 14-year old cat in Hawaii who has kidney disease since 2014 is continuing to do well. Initially (2014) there was vomit, peeing outside the box, hard stools and bad breath. In strengthening the kidney system with specific proteins and energy work, the senior cat is living well without the stress of vet visits, prescription food, drugs, and needles.
Last week I shared that a long-time client gifted a healing for her brother’s dog who was having back problems. I thought you might appreciate an update. Her brother’s dog, Jennifer, in S. Carolina is 14 years old and was having difficulty with mobility—hindquarters were weak. I followed up today to see how Jennifer is since her energy healing treatment last week. Her “dad” reports that the back end has more strength, that Jennifer is brighter and has more energy, and she is now able to put her front paw/legs up on a chair which she could not do previously.
Prior to contacting me, Jennifer had been put on drugs which only made her sleep all the time but also she was showing signs of liver distress–constant licking, shiver/shaking, and panting more. We plan to do a second healing session today which hopefully will totally heal her spine issues.and all in the comfort of her home and without the stress of the drugs.
Sometimes people think I only do animal energy healing for dogs and cats. Yes, dogs and cats are popular with my work as most people have one or the other. I’ve worked with horses, rabbits, birds, pet rat. All living creatures can benefit from this alternative healing method. I had an organic dairy farmer asked for intuitive and healing work for his cows, I’ve helped a few chickens in my 20 years of doing this work, and also a few fish. Also wildlife—deer or other creatures in the wild needing help–what a great way to help them with the remote healings.
Long-time client Peggy called this morning asking my help for her brother’s dog. She’s seen the amazing results from animal healings for her dogs over the past 15 years and wants to introduce this work to her brother. Her brother’s dog fell and has lost strength in back legs. The drugs given to the dog from the vet have only made the dog sleep more and no improvement in mobility. I will calling her brother today!
Almost 20 years of helping animals!!! I cannot believe it… 1,000’s of animals have recovered with the help of energy healings. Most new clients do not call until ALL else fails; they will say, “You’re our last hope” or “My animal is at death’s door”. It’d be helpful for all if they would call sooner, and yet more times than not even these dire cases recover. Often the so-called treatment (drugs/surgery) are causing more ramifications than healing; therefore, the animal is not improving. With my work we work with specific diet for your animal (not a one-size fits all approach) and provide healing to the animal to recharge his battery so to speak…and all in the comfort of his home!
Several months ago a client in California encouraging a friend to call me INSTEAD of removing the dog”s eardrums as a “treatment” per the vet for chronic animal ear infections. The vet stated he would then have a better quality of life…including being deaf.
I had people tell me that no vet would do such a thing. Well, just today a woman in Minneapolis told me that she knows several dogs who have endured that surgery, and it was recommended for her dog too! But thankfully she realized there had to be a better way and can understand that chronic ear infections are NOT an ear issue. It is more about an imbalance internally. These conditions can easily be healed via energy work and diet.
If our doctor recommended this for us, I doubt any of us would agree. But an animal has not say and needs you to consider a kinder way, and a way that truly heals.
Over a year ago a client in Wisconsin called me about her dog. He continues to do well; here is his story written by the client:
“Kramer suddenly quit drinking; he acted as though he was afraid of it. We tried different bowls, bottled water, different locations and nothing made a difference. He seemed timid and that grew into an odd fear of not wanting to go into the kitchen or the bathroom. His hind legs gave out, obsessed licking of his paws, and hind quarters. I emailed Bonnie telling her no issues, and on the consultation call, she pretty much nailed his issues. She suggested a healing.
We saw difference that first evening. The odd behavior of not entering the kitchen (for several days) was gone. He walked in just like he use to And today, he started drinking water again! Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how great this was and how much this has helped Kramer. I thought his fear of his water bowl meant something had scared him… though we couldn’t figure out what. Certainly didn’t correlate it with him being ill”
Update from Mitz’s “mom”–(cat in Romania whom I wrote about in previous post diagnosed with kidney disease) after the energy healing session:
“This morning Mitz was in great shape – thank you so much, I cannot believe it ! vivid eye, moving around, alert, purring a lot..and she slept well at night. Thank you, dear Bonnie, thank you so much, for helping the heart of my heart!”
In addition to kidney disease symptoms, Mitz was growling prior to healing session. The report is now: “No more growling, not at all.”
As an Animal Healer for 15 years I have been urging clients not to re-vaccinate. To continue to do so breaks down the immune system. Most vets cannot afford to keep their doors open without that income from vaccines, but nor can most bodies afford to have these chemicals injected repeatedly.
And if a vaccine is necessary, it should NEVER be given if the animal is not well. Yet often a new client whose animal is severely ill will tell me that yes, not only have they been re-vaccinating per their vet”s strong urgings, but even recently gave their animal a vaccine when seeing the vet for the health issue which has now worsen and they are calling me. They will say that the vet said, “As long as you are here, let”s do the vaccines”. Wrong! never give vaccines to anyone (human or animal) who is not well.
Recently a new client from Romania contacted me for her cat who was diagnosed by the vet in November with Kidney Disease and was strongly urged then in December when she was there for another appointment to do the vaccines. Here is what she emailed me about this as she now knows differently. I’m hoping her words will help save others. Thank you.
“(my cat) was vaccinated yearly till getting the diagnosis of kidney disease (past November); and in December the vet insisted that she gets vaccinated again (“to protect her” !!!!); since at that time I did not know anything about the real problems related to vaccination (and since she always got vaccinated !), I agreed… I am so ashamed. As well as for all the other heavy allopatic treatments she had all these years… Now I would not do it again.. At least she will get no other vaccination from now on.
You cannot imagine how I feel because of all the harm I did to her; she is my most precious friend and companion, and I did not know how to treat her, and she got so ill because of me. It is so difficult to bear this. You really, really cannot imagine how I love her and how I feel about her illness. I would do anything, anything for her feeling better.”
‘The other day on Facebook I posted an article about things that dogs hate about us. It was a popular post, and I believe it”s one of the best articles I”ve read on this subject.
In my healing work for animals, every once in awhile I will meet someone who is definitely relying on their dog too much in the sense of assuming what she/he likes is what the dog likes. I hope you find it helpful.
Most of my cases are helping sick animals, but a couple weeks ago a woman called from Colorado called regarding Jordan, a rescue who has been in several homes due to his extreme separation anxiety and aggression. After one healing the client reported in an email: “I HAD to tell you, he started playing ball with us again. He has not played ball since the attacks…This is soooo wonderful to see him play ball again!!!! He”s probably 50% – maybe a little more better. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH !!!!”
A few weeks later when I followed up the report was: “Mr. Jordan is doing better day by day. THANK YOU SO MUCH !!!!! …our trainer says she has never seen a dog come around so fast !!!! THAT IS BECAUSE OF YOUR WORK WITH HIM !!!!!!”
Emotional issues are often like a person suffering with Post Traumatic Stress—they can be home, safe and yet the past trauma is still ruling over them. Energy work can help release this stuck trauma.
A client told me today that she referred someone to me who hopefully will call BECAUSE their dog is scheduled for surgery to have both of the dog’s eardrums removed which will leave the dog deaf. This is what the vet is recommending for their dog’s chronic ear infections. Can you believe what our so-call medical professionals do to bodies?!?!?!
As I’ve said many times, chronic issues are NOT where the issue is showing up; hence, it’s not the ears or ear drums, it’s more an internal issue that needs healing. Whenever something is chronic, it’s more an internal issue versus the ears, eyes, gums, etc. –the area the chronic issue is showing up. I suspect this person will never call because anyone who believes surgically removing a body part leaving their dog deaf is a viable option is probably not open to the idea of recognizing there are other things that could help this chronic condition and regain physical health.
A skin allergy is a common issue for many dog, and it”s my opinion that it’s becoming more common due to over vaccinating and continual use of drugs such as flea/tick products, etc. Last week a new client from North Dakota contacted me saying all the methods she had tried (diets, shampoos, meds, etc.) had not helped her young dog who was constantly scratching.
Energy healing and diet can be the full answer, and it can happen quickly and easily as it did for this dog. A week later the client emailed me how much improved her dog was. See my Facebook site for more details and a picture of Elsie.
George, a cat in Iowa had been doing excessive grooming. Often these conditions are treated with drugs such as steriods or a sedative as it’s sometimes considered behaviorial.
I definitely saw George’s condition as a health issue. After two energy healing sessions and a diet change in September, George is doing great. Over Thanksgiving George”s “dad” Mike emailed me pictures showing the fur growing back.
George is fortunate to be with Mike because he understands that drugs only mask the symptoms, and in the long run create more issues. And then the cycle begins–more symptoms, more drugs. TOO often animals with these conditions have to endure cone collars and drugs—how many of us would live like that. We can speak up; animals cannot.
This summer is the first time I’ve heard of this; first time I’ve had clients call saying their vet did a test which showed that their animal had been exposed to Lyme disease. Since I have not heard of this before, I am ASSUMING it’s a new test. Whether that assumption is correct or not, either way I would say the test is another tactic to push another drug.
Two clients called this summer telling me that their vet suggested this test, and both came back with the result that their dog had been exposed to Lyme. Both dogs had NO symptoms, yet because of this test result, both vets recommended that the dogs be given a “medicine” (drug). As I said, both dogs were happy, healthy and showing no symptoms, yet both dogs during the course of this so-called “medicine” got sick and now months later still having issues. And this is when I got the call from these two clients.
As you may know I prefer to be told NOTHING upfront about the animal’s condition. When these two clients contacted me, I “saw” the liver as the concern—the root of the symptoms for both dogs. When the client shared with me what happened regarding this test/medicine, it made sense to me why the liver was showing. The liver was working extra hard to clear out the toxins from this so-called “medicine—DRUG. With each client we work on the diet and did energy healing session to help the liver recover.
Please! If your animal is well, don’t give it a drug. Just because a test shows you or your animal has been exposed to some disease does not mean you need to take chemicals (drugs). It makes no sense to me. Just as you hopefully would not take an antibiotic or steroid if you had no symptoms. Maybe some day there will be a test that shows you were once exposed to a certain flu or the measles, etc. It does not mean you have to take something for it. Being exposed to something is NORMAL—the body deals with it which is what we do all the while we are alive—being healthy means being healthy enough to deal with things we are exposed to. You do not want to insult your system by taking needless drugs’
Most recent issue of I LOVE CATS magazine did an article about my work, featuring three of my cases. I am grateful that a more main-stream magazine was brave enough to mention energy healing to their readers. Hopefully some cats in the future will be helped with this article in educating people that there is an alternative to drugs and surgery for ourselves and our animal friends.
Read "Diving Calling" from I Love Cats magazine
If you had told Bonnie Illies five years ago that she would be making a living one day as an intuitive animal healer, she never would have believed it.
I would have thought, ‘How kooky is this person?’ she laughs.
In fact, Bonnie had spent a good deal of her adult life working in corporate America at a job that fulfilled her financial needs but left her emotionally unsatisfied. Her soul searching led to an interest in alternative healing practices.
I started reading books on Chinese medicine, which advocates a much more holistic and intuitive approach to treating health problem, Bonnie said.
She also took a class in Qi Gong (an ancient Eastern practice based in energy healing) and attended courses in Healing Touch at a local college. In the meantime, she cleaned houses to pay the bills. Her new line of work and her growing interest in holistic healing came together serendipitously when her housecleaning clients started confiding in her about problems with their pets.
Her journey as an intuitive healer began when one client’s young dog developed behavioral issues. When Bonnie’s friends learned of this incident, they were immediately curious and asked her to take a look at their pets.
Word of Bonnie’s healing began to spread throughout her friends, then among friends of friends, and it wasn’t long before she found herself fielding calls from strangers eager to enlist her services. Although she loved working with animals and felt encouraged by her successes, it wasn’t until she had performed roughly 30 energy healings that she realized she had finally discovered her true passion.
Soon Bonnie was able to give up her housecleaning job to concentrate full time on establishing her intuitive healing practice, aided by word of mouth from clients and friends. She even began receiving referrals from two Minneapolis veterinarians who were impressed with the work she had done on their own pets.
Within months, she found her practice expanding so rapidly that she was unable to visit everyone who sought her out for treatments. To remedy this situation, she began practicing long distance or remote healings which involve the same type of treatment:
The energy work that I do has roots in faith and prayer, when you pray for someone, it’s not necessary to be physically present with them. In the same sense, remote healings work just as well whether the animal is next door or in another state, she says.
This new method of healing enabled Bonnie to work with clientele that were too far way to visit in person. This was a definite plus for Ruth Hein of Anchorage, Alaska, who sought Bonnie’s help for her cat Mystic.
Soon after my husband and I adopted Mystic from the shelter, we noticed that he had a problem with excessive grooming, so much so that he had developed a bald patch on his back where he was pulling out all the hair. He had also stopped using the litter box. Concerned, Ruth took Mystic to the veterinarian to seek treatment for his hair pulling. Mystic was given anti-histamine shots and a topical treatment to soothe his skin, but nothing seemed to help. Then after a scary week of having him on a low-dose tranquilizer and watching him become completely inactive, she decided to try a new approach.
Even with hearing all her success stories, I thought it sounded silly, especially since Bonnie is in Minnesota and I live in Alaska-3,000 miles way! Figuring that at least this new form of treatment wouldn’t hurt Mystic, Ruth decided to give it a try.
Bonnie discovered that Mystic’s hair pulling stemmed from a problem with his kidney and liver, exacerbated by a urinary blockage he had suffered during his stay at the shelter. She performed a remote healing on Mystic, concentrating on his liver and kidneys. Over the next few days, Ruth says Mystic’s hair pulling subsided, and he began using his litter box regularly.
She had Bonnie perform a second healing, after which Mystic stopped pulling his hair out altogether.
Bonnie is really great, Ruth says now.
She’s been very helpful with general tips, such as diet and proper nutrition for Mystic. I’m glad I decided to give her a try.
Laurie Tyner of St. Louis Park, MN had all but given up hope by the time she contacted Bonnie for help for her Siamese mix, Kleopatra.
I had taken Kleo to the veterinarian for a teeth cleaning, and the sedative shot that they gave her ended up making her sick. She stopped eating and drinking and became so listless that she only left her bed to use the litter box.
Laurie took Kleo back to the veterinarian to give her fluids and an appetite stimulate. After spending over $500 in traditional veterinary care on Kleopatra and seeing little improvement, Laurie grabbed Bonnie’s business card at her local pt food store.
I was in tears by the time I called her. Laurie remembers.
Bonnie immediately saw that Kleo’s kidneys were failing.
She performed a remote healing on Kleo, and then gave me suggestions about her diet and supplements to give her. She recommended cat grass to help with Kleo’s digestion and told me to make sure she was getting a lot of fluids.
Though Kleo’s health has greatly improved since her first healing, Laurie still consults Bonnie monthly for what she calls
kitty tune-ups to check on her progress.
by Andie Ryan
When people have told me that I’m a gifted healer, my response is, “The animals make me look good”. They let it in, respond, and don’t get their heads in the way with thoughts like, “Ohh, this is crazy; how can this work?” Over the years clients have said, “I’ve seen what you’ve done for my animal friend, can you help me?” Even though they would ask for a healing session, more times than not, they felt that they did not receive help from the session. I concluded that I’m not good at helping humans.
Then about two years ago I had several clients asking for healings not for themselves but a loved one. I told them of my dismal results with humans. Each of them were quite insistent as they were greatly concerned about their family member, so I agreed. The recipient was never told they were getting a healing nor the doctors.
The results were amazing—like it usually is working with animals. The recipients did not know they were receiving a healing, and I concluded that because they did not know they were able to receive versus being so in their head about it such as, is it working? I’m not feeling anything? How can this work? I don’t think it’ll work? I don’t notice anything…this is kooky.
- A daughter calls for a healing for her elderly mom hospitalized with a stroke. With each healing she improved. Of course the doctors were not aware of the healing work and kept saying that they were amazed that a woman at her age (80s) and the severity of the stroke as to how she could be recover and so quickly.
- A girl with mental issues could no longer talk–she was verbalizing but not making sense in that it was not words. Her step-dad contacted me asking if I could help as I had helped his dog the year before. He wanted his step-daughter to have some help until they could find the right mental health facility for her. After the first healing, he reported that she was talking and making sense.
- A client called for help with her 80-some year old mom who had a severe heart attack. The doctors did not think she would live especially as she had had several heart attacks previously. It’s been over a year, and the doctors have repeatedly said that they cannot believe she is still alive.
- A woman who suffered severe back issues for years and was no longer driving a car had also become depressed and didn’t want to do or go anywhere. Her daughters asked me to help, and we did three healings. With each healing the daughters were commenting that their mom was laughing which she hadn’t done in months, that she was driving and was motivated to do things again.
Healing energy–it does a body good–if the mind doesn’t get in the way!!!
‘Recently I read about a cat being put down due to “chronic inflammation of the bladder” and was classified as some “disease” (diagnosis). I agree with the dis-ease part, but I do not agree with the condition being classified as a disease. Just because vets label a condition and/or cannot find a solution does NOT mean that it is a life (or death) sentence. Drugs are not a “real” answer anyway and especially if that approach is not helping, it is dreadful to think that then the animal was put down.\n\nA chronic bladder issues is not a bladder issue. In my years of doing this work, I have never “seen” the bladder as the problem which, of course, concerns the new client as they believe I am wrong in not “seeing” the bladder. Chronic conditions are usually about an imbalance of major energy systems such as liver, kidneys, etc. It does not mean that this will show up on a test, but chronic conditions are chronic because where the symptom is showing up is rarely THE problem.
These cases usually require not only good quality, moist food but also specific proteins. Each case may be different depending on what energy organ system is the root of the bladder condition plus how the bladder conditions shows up; i.e., infection, crystals, etc. We usually do one or two energy healing sessions to get things back on track so to speak and so like tuning up the car and the new diet is like the car now getting right fuel for that engine.\n\nJust because a vet does not know or understand that these conditions require more than drugs or surgery, should not allow them to give these conditions a title. BECAUSE often the public then believes in that condition as a life-long issue and does not recognize that it is more about what vets do not know versus that there is no hope for this animal.
‘There is a cat named Pookie living in Texas with her humans Bill and Cyndi. I first “met” them in 2010 and the concern was Pookie dealing with asthma. After two or three healing sessions, Pookie was doing well. A diagnosis of asthma or any other illness does not mean a life sentence nor a life on drugs.
Over the past few years Pookie (now at 17 years) has had some other issues—stiffness, digestion issues—and yet after one or two healing sessions, Bill and Cyndi will report that Pookie is once again doing well and back to playing with her toy mouse! I believe Ms. Pookie is doing well at 17 years because when she has a health concern, her people call me for energy work versus stressing Pookie’s body with drugs. Here is the latest report from Bill & Cyndi:
“Hi Bonnie, I just wanted to let you know that Ms. Pookie”s continued to improve since we last spoke/e-mailed. She”s been eating small meals regularly and is back to a more usual routine. By last week, Bill saw her chase her mouse toy (a short run or two), then –Surprise!– the next morning after eating she batted the mouse and did SIX long sprints, including one complete circuit of the sofa at full speed, with a dive through the obstacle course of legs on a small end table. She seems to be feeling much better, as by this week she was back up on the bed (we have a chest at the end she uses as a step) and the sofa, mostly without help. Thanks again for taking such good care of us.
Pookie will be 17 years on July 15, so she is doing amazingly well and pretty spry, all things considered. 🙂 A little stiff in the back end, but she”s careful to situate herself before jumping up or down–gets the right angle and goes for it. Attached is a photo of Pookie in her “pink house,” the place she goes for peace and quiet or a nice warm spot to snooze in. (She pooh-poohed the idea that red-heads don”t look good in pink.) It”s her travel home (and she”s done quite a bit of that!), so I think she sneaks in a road trips while she”s dreaming. Have a wonderful Independence Day and a good weekend! Just wanted to let you to know how things are, send the pink house photo we promised, and say thanks again for your help with good health. Pookie”s “in the pink” literally and figuratively.”
See FB to see Pookie in her pink house
‘This blog post is written by Cherryll Zemien about her dog Tia Maria:
My boyfriend and I have a 9-year old Yorkie, Tia Maria. The first part of June she got very ill. My boyfriend had just come back from a walk with her and called to me to come look at her. She was staggering like a drunk and had just thrown up. I called the vet and brought her in. She was having another bout of pancreatitis, and one of her liver enzymes was elevated. Tia in the past has had many ear infections, her eyes had a lot of matter in them, limping, itching,…..you name it.
The vet had her for two days on IV and she seemed better; two weeks later she had a rabies shot and about four days later she started getting sick again. She would eat grass like a little goat and throw up, eat grass, and throw up. Her stools were loose, her breathing seemed labored and her stomach sounded like World War II. I was very concerned for her. I brought her back to the vet; they checked her out and blew me off. I was so frustrated; I told my sister what was going on and she told me that she was afraid if I didn’t do something , I might lose her.
She suggested Bonnie Illies a friend of hers who is an animal healer. All Bonnie wanted to know was the breed and how old she was. Bonnie was quiet for awhile and when she started talking she told me every issue Tia had. It was amazing. Bonnie put Tia on a special diet and did two healings. Today Tia is doing a lot better; even the groomer commented on how well Tia looked commented on her ears being clear, no irritation, her eyes are clear, her coat is shiny.
This has been an amazing experience working with Bonnie. THANK YOU SO MUCH BONNIE, Cherryll & Tia
Picture of them on June 2 post https://www.facebook.com/BonnieIlliesAnimalIntuitiveandHealer
‘I know a cat named Duchess in India! Her “mom” Indrani contacted me because of her concern for Duchess’ epilepsy. She also was aware that Duchess was acting fearful, withdrawn. Fortunately, instead of doing drugs her friend Priya, who has worked with me for her rescue dogs, referred Indrani to me.\r\n\r\nWe did two energy healing sessions and discussed which proteins would be helpful. It was evident to Indrani after the first healing that Duchess was feeling better—no longer tense looking/withdrawn. And now over two months later–no seizures!!!!
A diagnosis is just a title; a title given to a set of symptoms. And symptoms are rarely THE problem—it is about something internally out of balance. Yes, drugs can possibly stop the seizures, but the stopping of the symptom is not the same as healing the root—the reason for the symptom. And there are always ramifications for a body on drugs—toxic plus only suppressing symptoms.
People usually don’t like being on prescriptions and will often say they feel worse on the drugs than the original issue. Animals don’t like being on drugs either.
Picture of cat Duchess:https://www.facebook.com/BonnieIlliesAnimalIntuitiveandHealer
‘Several years ago a client called saying her dog, Sandy, went deaf over night. As we were reviewed her dog’s health, she mentioned that Sandy had a history of chronic ear infections resulting in numerous rounds of “drops” for the ears. I told her that I believed the so-called medicine caused the hearing loss.
She replied with what I often hear—“….my vet is holistic…” and she had been assured by this vet that there were no side affects to these “drops”. I bluntly replied that I did not believe that to be the truth. A few hours later she called back saying that she found informational sites discussing that loss of hearing can occur from this “medicine”.\n\nAbout two days ago I had a new client from California; we basically had the same discussion. Her dog had a lot of ear issues, her vet is holistic, etc. etc. etc. and now her dog is going deaf. What was different with this conversation is that this client said it before I did, “I think the drugs caused the deafness”.
Because your vet calls himself holistic yet using pharmaceuticals, plus prescribing it repeatedly, is a concern. What is also important to understand is that these “treatments” (drugs) are not dealing with the root issue. That is what my work is all about—as an animal intuitive I will locate the root of the problem; as an animal healer I will help the animal heal. Our bodies are capable of healing, but it requires knowing AND dealing with what is reallllly going on versus suppressing symptoms.’
Phillippe is a 13-year old toy poodle* in California who is thought to have Cushings Disease. His “mom” wanted to go the energy/healing route versus pharmaceuticals. She understood that the drugs could possibly make all her dog’s symptoms go away, but she also understood that the drugs would only be suppressing those symptoms and not healing the root issue. Plus the drugs would also add more stress on the body.\n\nPhillippe’s symptoms were:
– Excessive grooming
– Peeing frequently
– Restless at night
– Licking the carpet, etc.
– Gurgling stomach at times
– Body would shiver or shake at times
– Rounded back/walking differently
– Drinking more water
Since the energy healing sessions and diet change, this 13-year old dog is doing great. In a recent email, Philippe’s “mom” wrote:
“…he/his legs are moving much better, eyes brighter/clear, less restless at night, less licking, no longer shivers, or gurgly stomach”.
He’s enjoying his food and walks. And when I asked for another picture of him, she said that he’s moving so much most of the time that it’s difficult to get a picture that’s not blurred. Pretty good for a 13-year old who had so many symptoms (or what a vet would call Cushings).
I prefer NOT to be told what the issue with the animal is until I first have a chance to “see” what shows up to me; therefore, during the phone consult with Brooke in May 2011 for her then 8-year old dog, Roxy, I said kidney energy was weak.
I don’t recall, but I suspect Brooke (as with most new clients) said, or was thinking, “That’s not the problem” because what she was aware of/witnessing was not being mentioned by me. Roxy was constantly, desperately seeking water. Brooke said she couldn’t even take a bath without Roxy wanting to get in the bathroom to drink water from the tub; if it rained Roxy would want to lick the sidewalk.
I rarely see the symptoms (Roxy desperate for water); instead I usually “see” what is the root, what is causing the symptom. And definitely kidney energy can have a bearing on water issues with the body. Many animal lovers have witnessed their animals drinking more water, which is usually connected with kidney issues.
Brooke had done extensive texts with vets and even went to the U of Minnesota where I am sad to say Roxy had to undergo what I consider cruel testing—it had something to do with evaluating her after being deprived water for an extended period of time…to the point of near dehydration. All this stress for Roxy, all these tests, the money and no resolution.\r\n\r\nIt’s now over two years later, and after only two energy/healing sessions, a change in Roxy”s diet, she is drug free and continues to do well.*See Roxy and hear Brooke”s take on this situation
‘Something I often tell a new client is, “Just because it’s a good product does not mean it is good for your animal friend”. I also usually recommend that they discontinue all these products as I have more success with diet and energy healing if the animal is not on drugs, herbs or supplements. As I will point out to the client, “If these products were helping, you would not be contacting me for my services, and if these products are not helping, they may be causing more problems.”
In general people believe that if it’s a supplement or herb, it may help and for sure it can’t hurt. This is not true. In order for these products to be beneficial, they have to be the right fit for your animal”s health issue and overall constitution. Most people are not trained or not trained well enough to do an accurate job in recommending these products. Last week I read in the Omni Diet by Tana Amen the very thing I try to explain to clients: Supplements are powerful. Compared with prescription drugs and many over-the-counter drugs, supplements have far fewer worrisome side affects. However, supplements are powerful, and some have the potential to cause problems. For example, St. John’s Wort, which many women take for depression can alter the effectiveness of birth control pills. Don’t assume that because something is natural, it’s guaranteed to be safe. Afterall, arsenic and cyanide are natural substances that are both poisonous. Read labels carefully and don’t be fooled by marketing. Quality varies and advertisements can be misleading
‘About two weeks ago a client called from Florida. Her dog Coco Chic had just gotten home from a hospital stay due to rat poison. The vet told her that if there was going to be any health issues because of this, that they usually do not show until several days later. I wondered why would it be several days later?
The client requested a healing session to help Coco Chic physically and emotionally. The experience of being away from home and in the hospital had rattled her, and needless to say, physically she had been through trauma also. The client mentioned that the vet had sent home with her three different meds (drugs). I told the client, there is a time to go to the vet and there is a time to quit the vet. What am I talking about?
As I told the client, her dog’s liver was already taxed from the poison, and as long as she was eating, no digestive issues, doing well, why would we want to tax the liver by giving her these chemicals under the title of “medicine” ?
I advised her that we wanted to help the liver recover not make it work harder by taking drugs. The treatment plan was:
– Energy/healing session
– Specific proteins that are easier for liver to break down into amino acids
– Specific vegetables that can aid in clearing the liver
– Long walks to also help clear the liver
I know most people would have given their dog the “medicines” sent home with them. They would trust that this is what their animal needed. Again, I ask, “If the chemicals (rat poison in this case) have been “flushed out” of the system by the vet, and the animal is doing well, why re-injure the liver with another dose of chemicals ?”
Could this MAYBE be why the vet has noticed that animals often do not show symptoms until several days AFTER they get home?? They then believe it’s ramifications from the original insult, like the rat poison. But I believe what makes more sense is that the problems that start several days later is possibly due to the “meds” given to the animal once she”s home.
This is often the point when a new client will call….something was wrong with their animal friend, now on various drugs, things looking worse, and it all gets very confusing as to what is what and why. It becomes a slippery slope quite quickly when drugs are involved. For example, I’ve definitely had clients call saying that their animal is not eating; if I learn that they’ve recently been put on some type of pain medication, I will suggest stopping the pain meds, and in every case the client will call back and say, “He’s better! He’s eating”.
Now I’m not saying that one should never do pain meds, but often it’s more about anticipating the possibility of pain. No one wants their animal companion in pain, but no one wants their animal to stop eating either. People can speak up and say, “I feel worse on the meds” and can stop; animals can only speak up by not eating.
There is a time and place for vets, there is a time and place for drugs. In my opinion, drugs are overused and there is a better way to help your animal friend. Just as we had a treatment plan for Coco Chic who is doing great weeks later. Most people don’t like being on drugs nor do animals.
To see a picture of Coco Chic, see the June 18 post on Facebook
‘I am aware that only a few posts ago I wrote about liver. Due to many chronic cases lately, I felt it was important to discuss more in hopes of helping others who are suffering. Common ways the liver sends a signal of needing help are:
– Digestive issues (bile, gurgling stomach, loose or bloody stools, irritable bowel, desperate for grass)
– Allergies (food and/or environment)
– Easily overheated/excessive panting
– Fatty tumors, cysts\r\n- Hot spots or other skin issues
– Restless at night
– Licking (not only the body but things like carpet, furniture, even the air)
– Smacking of the lips
– Eye matter
– Ear infections
I think we can relate how incredibly uncomfortable it can be to have some of these symptoms. If your animal friend has some or even all these symptoms, the liver will not necessarily show up on a medical test, but it is often apparent to client”s that their animal is having a lot of symptoms providing proof as to why I am “seeing” the liver as the concern even before being aware of the animal”s symptoms. (I prefer not to be told upfront what the concerns are)
If a test did show liver concerns, I would not recommend the vet’s treatment of drugs as this will only add more stress (toxins) for the liver. It may suppress some of the above symptoms, but it definitely is not helping the liver to recover. Some vets may recommend an herb such as Milk Thistle or a liver cleanse–this approach is often too much of a “one size fits all” mentality and can cause more issues.
I have the most success when all we do is work on specific proteins for an animal depending on his particular symptoms, encourage clients to walk them to help system to clear, stop all drugs or medicated shampoos or creams, stop re-vaccinating and discontinue chemicals for fleas and ticks
‘During the initial phone consultationwith a new client in Texas when I told her what I “saw” as the issue with her dog, she said, “I can’t believe he has the same (health) problem that I do.” I told her that this happens frequently.
We’re all affected by what is around us; in addition, often the emotional component that may be behind an illness is a piece that the human has to deal with in order for them to heal and their animal. Several times I have had clients say that they know they need to work on that piece and now in seeing how it’s ripping out to others (like their animal), it can give them the motivation to do that piece of inner work.
These kinds of cases give me a better understanding of the phrases, “We are all one” and “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me
I am usually commenting on serious matters about healing in my blog, but….on this cold, blustery day plus a big tax day ugh! how about something a bit more light.
The other day I was exercising. Well, to be honest, attempting to move a little–when I could see that my cat Gracie was showing interest in joining me. I decided to quick grab my camera. I”m glad I did. View the video on my facebook page for the 4/15/13 post. I hope you find it as surprising as I did.
‘Spring according to Chinese Medicine is the liver season. Your animal may experience a flare up in symptoms at this time if during our consultation I mentioned liver as the root. These symptoms include: allergies, bile, eye issues, digestion.
With spring being a more active time for the liver can be enough to stir up liver issues, but then this is often impacted by doing more chemicals–heartworm, flea/tick, lawn treatments, etc.
Your animal friend may need a treatment (tune up) with healing work as we all need a little help at times. What is also helpful:
– more exercise (good for any body, especially liver issues)
– may want to go back to the liver diet I recommended
– stay away from vaccinating and other pharmaceuticals including flea/tick products
Recently I learned about a flea/tick/mosquito product called Shoo Tag. It is for humans and animals. Give it a try as it would be much easier on your animal”s body versus chemicals
‘Throughout my 15 years of helping animals, a client will sometimes say, “You’ve helped my animal; can you help me”. Most of these cases did appear successful in that the client would basically tell me that after the healing nothing really changed for them. I decided that apparently I was not able to help humans.
BUT THEN over the past year or so, several clients asked me to do healings for their loves ones. I tried to dissuade them admitting that I did not have much success with humans. These clients urged me to try. I was amazed to hear that each one had seen their loved one improve greatly! One woman asked me to do a healing for her mom who had a stroke, another mom had a heart attack, a young woman struggling with an addiction, a woman in a coma, and another woman with severe mental illness. A couple of these cases the doctor (who also did not know about the energy work) commented that he was amazed that the patient was doing so well and the other that she was even alive.
It appears that when the person does NOT know they are receiving a healing, it’s successful, which supports what I’ve often said about the success of animals recovering is that “they don’t let their heads get in the way
‘Happy Friday to all, and those of you not in Minnesota, just a note that it”s snowing here. Though I would prefer not to shovel, I admit that my evergreen trees are beautifully decorated in the new, white snow.
In case you are not on my e-newsletter list, I want to share what I”m sending out today as I believe it is important to acknowledge that sometimes animals, even when they”re in a good home, may still need help with emotional blockages. I often liken it to post-traumatic stress in that the situation/environment is safe AND yet they cannot take it in enough to enjoy and be free. So here is what I want to share with you:
Becky contacted me about Abby, their 14-year old dog, who has had an on-going health issue for years. Though our goal was to help Abby physically, often emotional healing can also occur as it did for Abby. After two healings Abby is doing better physically. Abby is also doing better emotionally. In an email this week,
Becky writes:“Abby has always slept with us BUT at the foot of the bed, never touching us. Abby would sit on a couch with us, BUT never right next to us touching. Since you”ve worked with her, I noticed she sits or lies right next to our leg touching us or puts her front legs/paws on our laps. Before, if I attempted to pet her or get too close, she would 9 times out of 10 move. Now she just sits or lays there and lets me pet her…it”s really been a cool shift and wanted to let you know.” -Becky Nelson, Minneapolis, MNDuring this month of Valentine’s Day, I wish all to be “in” love like Abby is now free to be
‘Often a new client is aware than their animal companion is not acting like himself; often they will blame it on age, saying something like, “He”s getting old”.
Most of these cases the animal is not old but middle age. Like humans, usually in our mid-age is when we start noticing a few issues with our bodies. It does not mean that we are sick or going to die….it usually just means we need to clean up our act. We need to find ways to nourish us versus tax our bodies.
Same with animals. As they move into middle age their bodies are going to require better quality of care. It may mean a better brand of food, no or less dry food, no more vaccines or drugs, keep up exercise, etc. Usually these things along with a “tune up” (energy healing session), the so-called “old” animals is back! Often a client now seeing their animal, once again bright eyed and engaged, will comment that they had forgotten that this is how their animal friend used to be.
A new client often calls saying their animal is at death’s door. Most times it appears that way but proves not to be the truth because after the healing session the animal starts to feel better and recovers. This week that type of new client called regarding his 11-year old German Sheppard, but this case was not a successful one regarding recovery—this dog died.
Naturally I feel badly about the entire situation. The only consolation I have (as does the client) is that the dog remained comfortable enough after the healing to die at home. I believe most of us would prefer to die at home, and I believe it’s even more true for animals. A hospital stay (or doctor appt.) can be stressful for a human who understands why he is there. Now imagine how much more stress an animal may experience who does not intellectually understand the vet clinic/hospital experience plus possibly kenneled, separated from his home and people.
Dying is a part of life…and to be able to do so with the least amount of stress is what I want for all–human and non-human
‘When it comes to healing, no one healing practitioner, no one healing modality is going to be 100 percent effective 100 percent of the time. I tell a new client that I cannot promise I can help, but I can promise that I have more successes than non-success, otherwise, I would not be able to survive for 15 years in what many consider a “wacky” business.
YET if a new client does not see results, they tend to be upset and start to question my work. I had one client accuse me of being a charlatan and even went on to say how dare I say that I help animals when nothing happened for her animal, etc. I care for these animals also and want them to be better and not have to endure the fear of vet visits or having to be on drugs, and I also do not want a client not be to happy with this work.
This morning I followed up with a new client, Cathy. Even though she is not yet seeing any changes for her cat, we agreed to give it more time and follow up again in a few days. She also said that she does not want ME to give up on her cat. I shared with her how another new client at this point would be accusing me of being a charlatan. Cathy said that she realizes her cat just may be more challenging and that she knows I am not a charlatan. How gracious….and let”s hope when I talk to her on Saturday, that her cat will be showing Cathy some benefits from the healing session.
During a healing session, most clients will comment that it was very obvious that something was happening. The usual comments are that their animal friend went into a deep sleep or at the least become very relaxed. Some note that the breathing changed during the session, and often that the animal”s legs moved, looking different than when they are dreaming. The movement of the legs usually occurs more with animals who have been diagnosed with arthritis or some type of bone/ligament issues.
Yet last week a different type of movement happened during a healing for a cat in Washington. The client said in the middle of the healing session, her cat started to play. She commented how her cat had not been playing for a long time; in fact, when she first contacted me, she was questioning how much longer her cat had to live.
In my 15 years of doing healing work for animals, this is a first—an animal started to play during the session!!!
I”ve been helping a dog named Abby–she”s an older gal and has had a condition with her tongue–red, sores, etc. All these years (six years) no one has been able to figure out what it is; and more importantly, no one has been able to help her. We have done two healing sessions. Abby”s “mom” said that not only is the tongue looking a whole lot better, the constant orange ring around her mouth has also diminished. AND she also shared with me a couple of times, that Abby will just look at her lately, and she feels that Abby is saying “thank you”. Ahhhhhh!!!
I have often heard similar things from clients over the years. Just recently a new client in India said that the morning after the healing, she was aware that her dog Smudge was more affectionate and kept licking her. Without me suggesting anything she added, I think he”s thanking me!
‘The national news reported this week that cats are bird killers. Living on this planet requires that every one of us is eating something or someone, and cats do eat birds. My interpretation of this national news report was that the number of birds killed by cats has increased. If that interpretation is correct, I then question this news report.
If the bird population has decreased I do not believe it is due to cats. With people living closer to each other, along with more city ordinances regarding roaming dogs and cats, more cats live indoors than they did 50 years ago or less. With more people there is more pollution, including chemically-treated lawns and fields.
The grass, bugs, and worms are affected by these chemicals, which in turn will affect the health or lack of health for birds. You and I may prefer organic foods, but birds in neighborhoods with beautifully manicured lawns or in the country with conventional farmers’ fields containing chemicals do not have an organic section to dine.
After a lawn is treated a dog is to “stay off”. Has any one told the birds? Birds are not only walking on these lawns but also eating worms and bugs affected by the chemicals. There are lawn-treating vehicles that display a dog on their van in an attempt to give us the message that a nice lawn and beautiful dog get along. They may want to show a bird on their truck to convince us that birds are also safe.
Dog, bird, worm, or person—we are all affected by these chemicals. I believe the use of chemicals have increased more than the number of roaming cats. I believe chemicals kill more birds than the cat. I hope next week the news will report about these chemicals affecting birds and dogs who frequent those lawns, and affects all of us including our soil, water, and air.
I did a healing today for a cat, Manuel, who has seizures. Manuel has had seizures all his life; the first time his “mom” contacted me was last summer. This is one of those cases where the diet change and healing sessions have greatly helped Manuel, but as of now, not a total recovery.
What is better is that he has more strength, energy and it will be months in between seizures. Also, the client commented that when he does have a seizure, he bounces back quickly versus in the past he would be drained for a long time.
Yes, it would be wonderful if it was all perfect, but sometimes healing is a process. As long as we”re gaining ground, hey! that is healing–in process
Naturally, there are times when anyone of us could have bad breath, whether it’s something we ate, early morning mouth… But chronic bad breath is more than just bad breath.
Over the years of working with animals, many a time a client who is thrilled with the improvement of the original ailment they consulted me about will also comment that he no longer has bad breath. It’s like an added bonus!
It makes sense that if the inner workings of the body are all running and functioning well, plus following a better diet, that there is going to be less issues—including the breath
‘If you and I are not happy with our health practitioner, we find someone else. If we do not want to take drugs for our health concern or do not like the side effects of a drug, we can voice that. If we want to find a different approach other than surgery, we also have that luxury, but not animals. They have to go along with whatever their human decides.
And even though their human may be one of those I just mentioned where they would find alternative methods for themselves, for their animal they often get caught up with the vet approach. Numerous times after a client consults with me, they will have this “ah-ha” moment and actually say, “I would never do these things to myself; why am I letting it be done to my animal?”
I believe it’s due to the years of conditioning that the best and most loving way to help animals is through a vet. Yes, a vet can be extremely helpful especially for crisis situations such as a raging infection, broken limbs, internal bleeding–crisis situations. But when there are on-going symptoms, continually doing drugs is not the answer. And even if the vet is doing alternative methods, if the symptoms/conditions are still on-going, this is your animal’s way of letting you know that it’s not helping.
Often alternative methods are not helping because the vet is working with the symptoms whether he’s using drugs or alternative methods. Any condition that continues is a way of letting you know that the “treatment” is not addressing the deep, internal issue, which eventually can trigger other symptoms. If something is not working, it’s not working and it’s time to find another way as you would for yourself.
Deb a client out East called a few weeks ago concerned about her 11 year-old dog, Coby. She shared that for the past few months her dog was unable to jump on the bed or in the car. And now it was at a scary place—he was unable to walk, and she could tell he was uncomfortable.
I was surprised to hear from her. Surprised because a year ago she called me for the first time for another elderly dog who had been sick for a very long time, and though the healing work definitely helped him be more comfortable, he never totally recovered. In my 15 years of doing healing work for animals, she is the only client to give my work another try when they did not receive perfect results with their first animal with me.
We did one healing for Coby, and he is running and playing!!! Here is what Deb had to say about it.
“Yesterday Coby enjoyed the dog park and twice was able to jump up on the bed, which he hasn”t done for some time. Coby was springing around and so happy! We are over the moon happy to see him happy and see Coby’s tail wagging…SWEET!
In working with sick animals, I always recommend a specific diet according to their animal friend’s condition. And within that specified diet, there are always at least two protein choices and usually more.
Besides encouraging the client to stick to my prescribed diet, I also encourage them to vary the proteins and vegetables versus picking one of the choices and that’s the meal over and over. Each protein and vegetable choice has something slightly different to offer PLUS variety is just nice. No one wants to eat the same thing for months and months without other choices.
I think variety is especially helpful for finicky cats. They rely heavily on smell, and I believe their nose becomes immune to foods that they get repeatedly; hence, they may start shying away from their food. As humans we become immune to smells that we encounter repeatedly, therefore, it makes sense that a cat may start showing less interest in its food because it can no longer pick up the aroma which they rely on to feel confident to bite into.
Variety does a body good, and it makes meal time more enjoyable!
A negative test result does NOT mean that there is nothing wrong physically. Yet often a negative test result will lead the vet to diagnose the animal as having an emotional or behavioral issue. I have worked with many animals viewed that way and yet I could “see” there was a health issue. With a healing session or two and possibly a change of diet, the animal’s so-called behavioral symptoms were alleviated.
Not everything shows on a test every time. Do we not all know a friend or relative whose pain or illness did not show on a test??? Often the tests may be negative for months before it finally reveals the concern and by then the issue has been brewing for months, sometimes years.
Naturally, there are times when the animal’s issue is emotionally based. Recently a new client called upset as her eight-month old cat had been peeing outside the box. Because nothing showed up on tests, the vet diagnosed the cat as “pissed off”.
With this particular cat I did agree with the vet that there was nothing physical, but I did not agree that we were dealing with a “pissed off cat”. I told the client I was sensing that this cat was insecure, fearful, and nervous. The client agreed saying the cat is often hiding.
I believed that the cat was sometimes too scared to go to the litter box because of too much noise, movement in the house which the client confirmed—teenagers, parties, etc. After one healing session, the client noticed that the cat was more confident, playful, out and about more, and appearing more relaxed and happy. Plus no more issues outside the litter box. I truly believe this cat had emotional baggage from past trauma and needed a little help in letting go of those old fears. I think we can all relate how fears/insecurities can get in the way of living life well.
Can you imagine what may have happened if the client had not called and continued to look at her cat as the vet had – “pissed off”. The interaction would have been totally counterproductive. And it’s highly likely that eventually the cat would have been put on drugs or given up
On this sunny Saturday morn, I remember all those who are not at peace as they and/or their animal friends are in need. May this entry bring some answers and resolution to those in need of this information as cancer is a big word.
A new client often calls after months, if not years, searching for help from conventional and alternative vets. This is a taxing ordeal for their animal friend (and the checkbook). Vets often mention it may be cancer when symptoms continue. In dealing with such cases, I find cancer extremely rare. In the 15 years of doing this work and thousands of cases, there have been less than 10 cancer cases.
For your animal’s sake, allow me to stress:
If nothing has helped your animal, it does not mean mean cancer Latest such case: Jerry from California called this fall for his three-year old dog, Charlie, who for the past three years (yes, his entire life) suffered with severe digestion problems. Nothing helped, therefore, vets questioning if it was cancer resulting in Charlie enduring a colonoscopy–twice.
Jerry Kornher writes: “Our dog, Charlie, has suffered all these years with digestion problems—-diarrhea, gas, burping, vomiting, and not eating well. We’ve worked with vets and alternative practitioners and tried different drugs, supplements, diets, herbs, etc. After two healing sessions with Bonnie, Charlie is off medications, herbs, and Charlie is doing well.” Jerry’s children called him at work the other day to say, “Charlie’s playing!” which no one had seen Charlie do in years
A client who adopted a one-year old cat several months ago from a rescue group called expressing concern as to whether she would be able to keep this new cat. Why? The cat was basically driving her crazy. How so? The cat constantly needed to be near her/on her. Most of us want our animal friends to be affectionate, but too much is too much plus it usually means that the animal is not feeling well—and that can be on an emotional or physical level.
What I was picking up from the cat was a feeling of being “dejected” and “crestfallen”. This cat had experienced an emotional loss and was not able to let go of the grief. I see conditions such as these as post traumatic stress. As it can be for humans, animals also may need help releasing trauma. A human may receive help through some form of therapy. Another great option is energy work which works especially well for animals. We did one healing session for her cat. The client was thrilled how the cat was looking more relaxed, more confident, and no longer clinging to her. I followed up a month later; the client said that the cat continues to do well; in fact she said, “She’s a perfect cat”.
Animals are usually separated from their mom and siblings and often way too young. Naturally this can be traumatic. Some animals, like humans, can experience loss more severely than another. Animals can also experience a lot of trauma with all the changes related to foster homes, shelters, vet visits, etc. They go through a lot before they finally find someone who will adopt them. And though most seem resilient and bounce back from the trauma, some may need some help. And how wonderful to provide treatments for them that has nothing to do with vet visits and drugs.
Those of you who are clients know I always discuss diet with you no matter the emotional or physical ailment. New clients are usually calling about severe and/or conditions that have been ongoing for years. In these situations, I advise not only on quality foods but also specific proteins/vegetables per their animal’s condition. That is how important I see food. Here is another example how “healing” foods can be.
Several months ago I adopted a four-month old cat from a rescue group. My two adult cats were not happy; I was fortunate that the worst behavior was hissing and batting at the new one versus brawls and spraying. I decided to name the kitten Gracie, recognizing the grace she extended to my two adult cats. She continues to “work” with them, and though these two adult cats are a tough crowd to win over, Gracie continues to try.
As the cats are having their challenges, I’m having mine. My eyes are swollen, I’m sneezing, my ears and throat tickle, and my hands would itch like I had petted poison ivy instead of a cat. Having had cats in my home for 20 years with no problems, it actually took me time to recognize that I’m having an allergic reaction to Gracie. It was so severe that the whites of my eyes were bubbly and blistery. It was painful plus all the sneezing and itching. After a week I decided I would have to return her as I could not imagine continuing to live like this.
As I held Gracie to guide her into the carrier, I was stunned how much she fought. She was determined not to get into the kennel. Here is this little cat, and I barely had the strength to get her into that carrier. My mind flashed back to the only other time I had used the carrier for her to bring her home. At that time it warmed my heart how she just walked right into that carrier. Now, a week later, a totally different scenario.
After crying for two days about letting Gracie go, I called the rescue group to see how Gracie was doing. They informed me that she was at a local pet store up for adoption and assured me that she was just fine, had readily gone into their carriers and the kennel at the pet store, that she is just that easy going and flexible to change. Instead of this making me feel better, as much as I wanted to believe that, I realized that it was less about Gracie being easy going and more about her having given up. She had been moved several times, and I suspected she realized there was no use in continuing to fight the kennels and carriers.
I told the woman from the rescue group that I wanted to try again as I believed that once she was on a better diet for a longer period that the situation would improve. Gracie had only been here a week which was not long enough for the better diet to kick in so to speak, and in the meantime I would need to be wiping her down with a washcloth to help me from being in too much contact of her saliva. I was upset that I had not thought about that earlier. Thankfully trainer Katie K-9 brought that to my attention.
I can’t blame the rescue worker in questioning me as she reminded me how bad my allergies had been. She even commented that she could hear over the phone that I was sounding better without the cat in my presence for a couple of days. To her credit she agreed to let me try again. It was late in the evening; the store would soon be closing so I had to rush as I could not bare Gracie spending another night there.
I saw Gracie in her kennel; I made hand movements to get her attention. I didn’t necessarily expect her to really remember me, but I did expect her to react to the movement of my hand. She looked right through me, like she was totally checked out. AND when I picked her up, she felt limp—lifeless, and I knew there was a part of her that had given up as I suspected.
She did not walk in the carrier nor did she fight it. She was just limp as if to say, “whatever”. As we drove home, I could feel the allergy symptoms surfacing. I was shocked how quickly they started showing up in my body. For a few seconds, I thought, I better turn around and return her cause if it’s this bad already…. But by then I knew the store would be closed so we continued on home.
At home as I open the door of the carrier, she bolted. I knew she was scared, running for cover, to hide. But half-way down the short hallway, she stopped. She looked around; she looked at me, and then hopped on the couch and smelled it. She hopped to a chair and smelled it, hopped to another chair and smelled. She then sat still like her brain was trying to compute. I went to her, sat down to touch her; she basically dropped to her side and sighed. It appeared at that moment it clicked with her that she was “back”. Soon she was playing with all her toys and running around as she had done previously. All the while my adult cats have this disgusted look on their face, their eyes squinting, looking at me with a message of, “What! she’s back?!?!?”
For the first week I would wipe Gracie’s fur with a warm, moist cloth several times a day to remove as much saliva from her fur as possible. As time went on I did it less, and all the while my symptoms were becoming less. Currently I no longer wipe her nor do I have any allergy symptoms. I believe the good diet finally mellowed out her saliva so to speak. Because she is healthier, I am healthier. A win-win!
I believe there is a TV show featuring the challenges of hoaders. I have been hearing about hoaders on various talk shows. Prior to this, I was not aware of people suffering with this compulsion. Recently a couple of people suffering with this condition were on the Anderson Cooper Show. It was mentioned how the children in these homes suffer as they are embarrassed to bring friends over and the difficulty of living in an environment where there is no room or space, often with just a small path from room to room.
It prompted me to recall a client who called me about ten years ago requesting a phone consultation or healing for her cat. I remember telling the woman that the cat felt restricted, closed in. I did not know what it meant fearing the cat was kenneled all the time. When I conveyed this information to the client, I remember her acknowledging that it made sense to her and that she was trying to make an effort to clear out a room and was slowly making some progress. She also said something about a chair that her cat liked and that she needed to remove a stack of magazines that was now on this chair.
I heard what she was saying, but I now realize that I did not understand what was going on. I had no comprehension of people living with stuff and being hoarders. I may be wrong, but I now believe that this woman was struggling with this condition. And like the children on the TV show talking about having no space, I am sure that that was the feeling I was getting from the cat–feeling caged in. No matter how big the house is, if it is stuffed, not allowing you to move within it, well there isn’t much difference to being enclosed in a cage or kennel.
It’s sad that some animals are kenneled in shelters because they have no home, and just as sad are the animals who are in a home but it feels like a kennel to them
There are people who train their cats to use a toilet versus a litter box. I can understand the appeal especially for those individuals who do not want to deal with litter boxes. My concern is that as an animal ages, they often have issues doing stairs or even stepping into a litter box with higher sides. Just as us humans struggle with more difficulties with movement with age so do animals. Therefore, an aging cat will undoubtedly have more and more difficulty making the jump plus the balance it requires.
Even if the aging cat continues to be able to make the jump, this does not mean that it’s not hard on the cat’s body. As with a human–and I will use me as an example, I can still do all the things I did when younger, but there are often more consequences. For example, I can still jump but if I did it a lot or repeatedly, I know my knees would start to bother me or the lower back and the more you irritate something the more issues start to surface. And so it would be with an aging cat who is constantly required to jump and balance on the toilet seat. And then if they”re unable to do it and start doing their “business” in other places other than the toilet, I am concerned how many people will understand that maybe it’s not their cat misbehaving so to speak but that they truly cannot physically do it anymore.
I remember many years ago a client upset because her cat was no longer using the litter box. What I determined was that this old cat was having difficulty doing all the stairs to get to the box; I reminded the client that it would be similar to expecting grandma at 100 years to walk up and down a flight of stairs to use the bathroom. The client said, “I never thought of that”. Once the boxes were relocated on the main floor where the cat lived, the toilet box issue was resolved
As an animal healer, I am constantly thinking about animals–the ones in my care and those that are not. Lately clients from various parts of the country are telling me that they are living with 100 plus temperatures and that they”re just staying indoors with their animal companions. AND I cannot help but think of the animals who are not in air conditioning.
Some people love the heat—the hotter the better while others cannot tolerate it. No matter which type you are, there comes a time when hot is too hot. On the news during hot periods, you will hear of hospitals dealing with people suffering from the heat.
As humans we have options in getting help from the heat, but what is haunting for me are those who have no options such as the animals in factory farms. These barns house animals in aluminum barns which heat up quickly in addition to the heat from the bodies of thousands of animals in a small space.
One example, more than one egg-laying chicken is in one cage, and all around them are other cages. They are stacked on top of each other, their poop falling on those below them. Chickens that are raised for their meat are not caged yet their ability to move is at the most about the size of an 8 x 12 piece of paper. These barns are built for productivity not comfort. Animals die every day in these barns due to the conditions of crowding, drugs given to them daily in their water, etc. The conditions are difficult enough and then when the weather is extreme, well, I weep for them more.
The hot temperature is also hard on wildlife, and it is especially painful when I hear of wildfires destroying thousands of acres. Again, it’s difficult for people in the area, yet they have the means to relocate. That is not possible for all wildlife especially the very young.
Whether you believe in global warming or not, we can all agree that excessive heat and lack of rain is hard on all living creatures. Any body can get overheated, and no one can survive without water.
Small things we can do:
– Provide water for birds in the summer and winter
– Eat less meat and eggs (or buy organic) to keep demand for factory farms down
– Support natural habitat to allow wildlife enough land/trees for shelter
Christie in Indiana is great friend of the animals. She has numerous animals in her home plus feeds feral cats that hang out in her area. I have had the privilege of helping several of her animal friends. Most recent is a cat who lives in her home who has been diagnosed with cancer. I always tell clients that my success rate is very low when it comes to cancer. The animal often feels better after a healing session, BUT they still have cancer.
I did a healing for Christie”s cat yesterday, and when I heard that her cat was not eating, I suggested that she back off or stop the pain meds. Today she emailed saying that her cat was eating a little today. As I replied to Christie, we don”t know if her cat showed interest in eating today because of the healing session AND/OR because of stopping the pain meds. Either way, we all feel better seeing our loved ones eat!
As I have written before in a previous blog, often the animal feels worse on the drugs. Now, of course, as with most things in life, this may not be the case 100 percent of the time. But it is something to consider when an animal is no longer eating. Ideally you will be working with me to help gauge if this is the proper thing for your animal, or you may be able to see if after stopping the meds if your animal starts eating OR is showing signs of distress because of pain. Again, nothing is true 100 percent of the time, but I have definitely seen it in my work, where an animal will actually start eating the day after stopping the pain meds.
Just as you and I may have pain but we don”t always do a drug because of it. And some of you may have actually experienced what some of these animals are–that the pain meds make you feel queasy.
Health to all
The first time I heard from Susan was in 2010. Susan was concerned about her 19-year old cat, Turbo, who was having digestive issues. We were able to help Turbo, and consequently, I did not hear from Susan for a couple of years.
When Susan called earlier this year, Turbo was not moving nor was she eating. Naturally, Susan was scared; naturally she and her friends were convinced that Turbo was dying as Turbo was now 21 years old. My brain started to go there also. This is one of the challenges of my work—the brain is good for many, many things, and it can get in the way of the truth.
As I worked with Turbo, what was showing up was her back/spine. Usually one or two healing sessions is the norm, but this situation required three healings to get Turbo back on track, or should I say, back in alignment. With each healing Susan saw improvement which was assuring to her (and her friends) that Turbo’s symptoms were about her back and not about dying.
Now six months later Susan called this past weekend stating that Turbo did not want to be touched, barely moving, and when she would try to walk, she was “wobbly”. Susan was concerned that Turbo was dying. Who could blame her as Turbo is now 22 years old. My brain, of course, considered she may be right. And yet, as I checked in with Turbo what showed up was again the spine. This time with just one healing, Turbo is back!
After the session Susan happily reported that Turbo now wanted to be touched, returned to sleeping with Susan and was again walking. Walking for Turbo is not what it was even a year ago. She moves slowly. Susan is grateful to see her beloved Turbo able to get up and move again, and although Turbo moves slowly, Susan recognizes that her cat is the equivalent of a 100-year old person. No one at that age is going to be bouncing along. As I told Susan, Turbo is doing great considering that most humans at her age would be using a cane, a walker or possibly a wheel chair.
Often a new client calls convinced their animal companion is ready to die. This is usually due to:-Their animal friend has been sick a long time. Their condition is worsening -Nothing has helped them recover Animal communicator told them that their animal is “ready to go”
Just because traditional or alternative vet care has not helped your animal friend does not mean the situation is hopeless. And cases where the client tells me that an animal communicator said he was ready to go, those animals recovered also. What an animal “feels” is not necessarily the truth. Just as I have felt like dying a few times myself, but once I was doing better, I also felt differently about dying.
I shudder to think what would have happened if Turbo had been taken to a vet clinic. Besides the stress of a car ride and vet visit, there would have been tests to endure. There is a big possibility that the vet would have diagnosed the “wobbly” walk as a possible brain tumor, stroke, or cancer. It is common for a client to tell me that that is what the vet is thinking. I no longer get nervous when I hear these things because since 1998
I have been doing this work and have found that it is extremely rare that this is true.
And let’s say if Susan had gone to the vet and Turbo was diagnosed correctly regarding the spine, I suspect the only recommendation would have been pain medication or a steroid. These drugs would be difficult for Turbo’s aging liver and kidneys to process which in turn could lead to other health issues.
If Turbo at 100 human years is able to recover, consider how many animals that have been put down prematurely due to not receiving help that could benefit them. There is more to healing than drugs, tests, surgery, and even supplements and herbs as often they are not the right fit for the animal as the entire picture of what is happening to animal is misunderstood. You and I can speak up and say that it’s my back that hurts or that the drugs make me feel worse, but animals are at the mercy of their caretaker to find the right answers and modality to help them heal.
It’s Friday afternoon with most people winding down their work week. From all outward appearances it looks the same here as there are no more appointments for the day. But inwardly I cannot “close shop” because of a dog in Washington. A dog who is panting, shivering, and no longer eating. This dog has seen several vets who did numerous tests, prescribed a variety of drugs and alternative therapies to no relief or answers for this little dog. I was then called.
As an animal healer, I am often called when nothing else has helped, and more times than not, the animal responds extremely well to energy work. But this was not the case this time. It is painful when I cannot help an animal knowing that this dog continues to struggle. I question “why”—why can’t I help this particular dog? Over the years there have been those cases I can’t help even though they may have an issue I’ve helped many animals with in the past.
I realize that most of us believe that if we knew “why” it would make it easier for our various challenges in life. I can accept that maybe there is something to be learned by each of us in those situations in our life when we struggle with the “why”, but as an animal healer, I find it more painful when an animal suffers amidst the “why”.
Happy weekend to you and your animal companions!
What a great way to start the day–two clients called this morning to say that their pet was feeling better. I never get tired of hearing about the joys of a client who is seeing their animal heal. Over the past seven years working as an Animal Intuitive & Healer, I have the pleasure of helping animals with health and behavioral concerns. There is great satisfaction in helping both the animal and the humans they live with.
Often what looks like a serious concern can so easily be turned around with a good diet and understanding what is at the root of the problem. Nothing is going to heal if you”re only treating the symptoms. As an intutive I will “see” what organs are not functioning well or where there is joint pain, etc. Often I do not “see” the symptom; i.e., I will “see” that there is a blockage in the left side of the spine yet the client believes it”s the back left leg because their dog is limping. Often–too often–the symptom is just that–a symptom and not the root of the problem.
One of the two clients who called this morning saying their dog was better had been concerned because they were aware that their dog was lethargic and more alarming was that he was “leaking”–incontinence. As I did the energy work (healing), I could “see” that there was a blockage in the spine. And most of us know, nerves need to be able to send signals to our body… What a wonderful way to have the animal heal–releasing that blockage versus surgery or drugs which would be focusing on the bladder as the problem; consequently, causing other potential health concerns.
Be well, Bonnie’,
Naturally no one wants to see their animal companion in pain; consequently, if a vet recommends a pain medication, the person believes they are doing the right thing by giving it to their animal friend. Yes, of course, there are times when it is the best thing, but as an animal healer I often see with clients, there are exceptions.
The most recent case was a woman from California. I prefer not to be informed about your animal’s condition or symptoms upfront. After I told her I was “seeing” the pancreas as an issue, she informed me that her dog was not eating and had been diagnosed with pancreatitis. It is normal for an animal not to eat with this condition, but I was also “seeing” the liver which always shows up if drugs are being administered. I asked if her dog was on anything. Yes, she was giving him pain medication from the vet.
I felt that her dog was feeling sicker from the pain meds than the original condition (pancreatitis). I advised her to stop the pain meds. The next day the client told me that her dog was better and eating a little. A few days later I followed up, and she acknowledged that it was very apparent to her that once she stopped the pain meds, her dog perked up.
As I told her, I felt that this drug was making her dog feel queasy, and no one feels like eating in that condition. But if no one understands that that is what is happening, and animal continues to avoid food, then another drug is recommended–an appetite stimulant drug, which can cause other symptoms such as diarrhea which then leads to another drug. Rarely is it recognized that the drugs may be causing the loss of appetite. It is usually viewed as something else is wrong and so more tests and more drugs. And there begins the slippery slope. This is when most new clients call. They’ve spend thousands at the vet, the animal is on numerous drugs, and more and more things are going wrong.
People often complain about the side affects of drugs; they decide to either quit the meds or try a different one. Animals don’t have that luxury. In the future, I ask that you consider if it is possible that your animal friend is having more problems due to the drugs versus the original condition.
Be well, Bonnie
Animals diagnosed with asthma are usually put on drugs. Some endure an inhaler with a mask covering their little faces. In my cases, either method (oral or inhaler) was a steroid. The client may not know it as it is not always named such upfront.
The steroid can decrease inflammation making things appear (sound) better, but it does not heal the condition. That is why you have to continue to do it, which in turn causes other problems. Medical doctors avoid extended use of steroids because of side affects, but I have worked with animals who were on steroids for years. There is a way to help these animals. I prescribe a diet specific for the animal along with the energy healing.
The process begin with a phone consultation. Animals respond exceptionally well to this approach.
“My cat Kitty was coughing several times a day. The herbs and diet recommended by the vet was not helping. Since working with Bonnie, Kitty has only coughed a couple of times over the past two months when previously she would do that in one day. She is also playing again.” -Lynne Knutson, St. Paul,
“…our 15 year Persian, Pookie…plays more than ever and no longer wheezes.” -Cindi & Bill Guion, Austin, TX
It takes a lot of energy if one is not able to breathe easily which is why clients often notice that in addition to no more wheezing or coughing, their animal is more engaged in life and playful once again.
Be well, Bonnie
Buy loose catnip and put a handful in a sock. Cats love chewing on a sock with catnip. This is less costly than catnip toys plus you can easily change out the catnip when needed to be refreshed.
As the cat will be playing, chewing with this sock, please close off the sock by knotting the sock. Do not use a rubber band or some form of a twisty to avoid the cat from swallowing the foreign object. I would also suggest a white, cotton sock as colored socks have been dyed, and we don”t want your cat chewing on chemicals
A dog loves nothing more than a walk. Even if you have a large yard, most dogs still prefer a walk. It would be similar to us preferring a walk through the neighborhood versus running around a track. They will enjoy the exercise of a run with new sights and smells.
To all of you with animal companions, no matter what the species, consider what they love to do. And above all else, dedicate time focused fully on them if only for five minutes as this can be the most loving action. We all appreciate someone who is truly present with us…and it can be the best present.
I have been working with all kinds of animals that are experiencing health or behavioral issues. Exercise is always an important part of health.
Be well, Bonnie
Happy Thanksgiving to you and animal friends,
Homeless/feral cats live in most neighborhoods.Sometimes they perch under the hood of a vehicle especially during the cold months. Over the years I have heard from people about cats that were hurt or killed when they tried to start their vehicle.Therefore, if you have a vehicle kept outside, consider knocking on the hood prior to starting the engine.
In celebrating Thanksgiving we often give thanks for health. A client in Indiana expressed her appreciation by sending pictures of her cat Gizzy who I had the pleasure of helping.
She suffered with this condition for five year years
We are all delighted to see her doing well
Diet is important, and all clients receive practical advice about exercise and diet as all these components are essential for health. When working with sick animals, diet recommendations address their ailment and specific to their needs. But there is a general recommendation that I can offer that is helpful for all of you and your animal companions.
It is best to eat foods at room temperature.Foods stored in the freezer or refrigerator should be warmed with a little water in a pan on the stove or boil water in a teapot to pour over the food. This will take the chill out.Cold foods are not ideal for bodies, especially if one is sick or has digestive issues.With temperatures getting colder, most of us appreciate a warm meal and so will your animal companion.
Be well, Bonnie
Often a new client waits until, “He”s at death”s door”. Naturally I would prefer someone to call sooner and yet even with these dire cases, animals often respond very well to energy healing and change of diet. A new client will also call when:
Treatments such as drugs, surgery or alternative methods are not working. Something is wrong, and the vet is not able to help.
Test results are negative, but you know something is not right.
Be well, Bonnie
‘I’ve been doing my work as an animal intuitive and animal healer for over 11 years. There has been many a time when I tell the client what I “see” as the concern for a health problem. For instance, I may say that the liver shows up, and the client will respond with, “Oh, no that’s not the problem. We’ve done all these tests at the vet’s and the liver is fine.”
My response is, “Not everything shows up on a test”. Using a recent case to illustrate my point, about a month ago a new client called from Canada. As you may know, I prefer NOT to be told what the issue/symptoms are until AFTER I have had an opportunity to do the body scan/communication with the animal. With this client’s cat I definitely got the impression that the cat was not feeling well and the kidneys were showing up. When I shared this with the client, I was told that the tests done by the vet show no physical health issues. The client was certain it was behavioral and explained how the cat had started peeing outside the box.
As you can guess, I replied with, “Not everything shows up on a test.” I also shared with them that when the kidneys are not totally healthy; one of the ways that can show up is urinary infections, crystals, stones, etc. Kidneys are the root of so-called urinary issues. Sometimes a client is very aware that something is physical wrong, even though test results are negative.
After two sessions (energy work), the cat was using her box AND the client became aware how much happier, playful the cat was. It was then obvious to the client that their cat had not been feeling well prior to the sessions. Sometimes clients don’t realize their animal has changed (due to not feeling well) until they are well again and are then reminded, “Oh, yea, I forgot, this how she used to be”.
Whatever the issue may be, please keep in mind that not everything shows up on a test. Therefore, if your animal is having health concerns and the tests all come back normal, consider working with me to get clear if it’s something that is not showing up on a test or is it an emotional concern. Please keep in mind that just because a test says that everything checks out fine—does not necessarily mean that that is indeed the case
In my attempts to relieve sugar cravings, I chew sugarless gum. One day as I went through the checkout at the store with my stash of gum, the clerk commented on the amount. Besides considering I may need to buy my stash at a different store, I also considered the amount I’m chewing daily, realizing it’s been ramping up.
I started thinking that with the amount I chew, this is not a good thing as these gums made out of chemicals. I decided to Google about the dangers of chewing gum. I didn’t see anything about the danger for humans, but I admit I got sidetracked as I came across numerous sites discussing that these sugarless gums are dangerous for dogs. As an animal healer, I want to make sure your animal friend is safe.
“The U.S. Poison Control Center reports that dogs poisoned by xylitol is up 142 percent since 2005 and is said to now be the number one cause of death by poison in dogs”.
As a reminder, here are other items that are not good for dogs:
grapes or raisins
Some clients contact me, Animal Intuitive and Animal Healer, about emotional/behavioral concerns with their animal friend but most cases are about health issues.During a follow-up call after a healing session, a client will often comment that not only has the physical/health symptom been resolved, but will also mention how certain fears have stopped or greatly improved for their animal companion.Especially with summer, clients note improvement with thunderstorms.
Recently a client in Massachusetts contacted me about her arthritic 13-year old dog, After the first healing she reported that Tifa jumped straight up on the couch, and a few days later when a thunderstorm rolled in, she emailed:
“…Tifa was quivering a little bit, but not nearly the big shakes she used have…she wasn’t really THAT scared this time. WOW! That is just great to me that her fears were eased yesterday. Also, she has had separation anxiety when I leave before too, and yesterday, it sounds like she was better with that as well, because my mother said she “just went to the door and howled a little bit, but she wasn’t that bad with that issue either.” –DeAnna Wells
Brooke, a client from Minnesota contacted me about her dog, Roxy, who was always searching for water and drinking excessively.With the healing sessions, Roxy’s need to search for water lessened as did her fears of thunderstorms.Brooke says that Roxy will still appear nervous at the start of a storm but able to settle down.In the past if a storm happened in the middle of the night, Roxy would pace and there would be no more sleep for Roxy or Brooke.
With these cases, I often tease the client that I will need to charge double since the animal healing helped with the fears in addition to the health concern that they contacted me about.
With energy work and diet, bodies and minds function better.
Spring is a wonderful time for all, especially our animal companions who are enjoying more walks, smelling, and peeing on new things.The joys of spring also give way to the concern of fleas.
We all want to protect our animal friends, and we are encouraged to be proactive by using products such as collars, sprays, powders, shampoos, dips, or a liquid product.As the TV commercial for a flea product states, “….show your animal you care.” As an animal healer, I am all for showing your animal you care but in a safe way.
Most of these products (if not all) caution, “Avoid contact with skin”. Skin is skin, whether your skin or your animal companion. These toxic chemicals are absorbed through the skin and by inhalation, plus animals are licking themselves and we are touching them.What’s not good for them is not good for us. Sometimes animals will have permanent hair loss on the area where treated or develop skin irritations.
Most vets will agree that it is usually animals in the poorest health that are most affected by fleas. As with us, if we’re in good health, we are able to fight off the hazards that are constantly around us. And, as with us, a good diet and exercise are important for the overall health for our animals.It is also helpful to avoid over use of antibiotics/drugs and repeated vaccines, which can attribute to a weaken immune system.
As an animal intuitive, I am often seeing animals getting sick after a round of vaccines or other drugs and flea/tick products are also full of chemicals. We have all heard how the increase use of antibiotics is contributing to it being less effective.A similar situation exists regarding fleas.The more we use these chemicals, the more fleas develop a resistance, becoming stronger.Plus the more you use toxic chemicals, the more weaken the immune systems can become which can attribute to your animal friend becoming more susceptible to fleas and other health concerns.
If you see a flea, it is often just that—a flea.It does not necessarily mean that your animal companion or your home is infested.Of course, if an animal is infested, drastic measures such as a dip may be needed.But for most of us, we are only trying to avoid fleas.The safest thing you can do is flea comb your animal every couple of days (do this outside), vacuum once a week, launder your animal’s bedding in hot, soapy water once a week and dry on maximum heat as heat will kill flea life in all stages, including the eggs.Try adding brewers yeast and garlic to their diet.These products are often available at pet stores.
One more thing, ants eat flea eggs and larvae.Enjoy your spring and the ants!
Wishing you and your animal friend a beautiful spring,
Most of us are anxious at a doctor’s office. Our animal friends often feel the same about vet visits. Often their stress is obvious, but some animals mask it by being extra friendly and charming. Whether obvious or not, anxiety affects blood pressure.
A new client from California called saying she had not been aware of health issues for her 7-year old cat until a vet diagnosed high blood pressure at an annual check up. She went on to say that her cat was put on a drug and now months later, tests show kidney disease. I questioned if the cat’s high pressure number was due to anxiety of the vet visit and if the drug was now affecting the kidneys.
I asked the advice of another client who is a medical doctor. She cared enough to take time to email:
SIDE EFFECTS may include depression, decreased kidney function, increased heart rate and weight loss.
With this information, the cat was checked by another vet who did not believe the cat had a condition of high blood pressure.Plus it was discovered that the prescribed drug amount was two times higher than it should be. This drug can decrease kidney function plus given in excess, it makes sense why tests show kidney concerns.
If your animal is diagnosed with high blood pressure, consider:
May be due to stress (human’s blood pressure is often higher at doctor’s office). The drug may cause other health issues.
I know you want to do everything you can for your animal friends, but often “less is more”. Many of my cases are with animals suffering from severe conditions. I believe working with diet for each animal is the way to start as often food alone can be their best “medicine”.
Be well, Bonnie
What cannot be explained by a vet or proven by a medical test is often considered a behavioral/emotional issue for the animal.
Symptoms such as:
Pulling out fur
Crying/pacing at night
Gulping/swallowing motion after a meal
Going outside the litter box
Fears such as hiding in closets, facing corners
Eating non-food items
As an animal intuitive for 11 years, I have found, more times than not, that these symptoms are not behavioral and that there is a physical (health) reason behind it.In these cases, the client often asks why the test results came back negative.Not everything shows up on a test.We all know situations where a person gets a clean bill of health, and the next week he experiences a heart attack or has cancer.
It can be a relief to receive negative test results, and yet the animal’s symptoms are apparent, proving there is something wrong. The situation can worsen, especially if it is being viewed as emotional/behavioral. Clients refer to me as an animal medical intuitive because I am not telling them what they already know (the obvious symptoms); instead I am telling them what is happening internally to cause these symptoms.
This holistic animal health care provides clients with answers and a way to help their animal companion.In addressing the root cause of the symptom, their animal companion is given an opportunity to recover.
The intention of blogging for me, as an animal healer, is to help your animal companions. Although today”s entry is not animal focused, I find it important, plus I realize that the health and happiness of the human is crucial to the overall health and happiness of our animal friends.
This article regarding MSG is from Ann Platt, owner of Pets Are Inn. On my website you will also find Ann. Her testimonial is posted with others on the home page as she has seen great results from animal healing, energy work for her animals and her clients” animals.
MSG hides behind 25 or more names, such as Natural Flavoring. MSG is even in your favorite coffee from Tim Horton”s and Starbucks coffee shops! I wondered if there could be an actual chemical causing the massive obesity epidemic, and so did a friend of mine, John Erb a research assistant at the University of Waterloo in Ontario , Canada , and spent years working for the government. He made an amazing discovery while going through scientific journals for a book he was writing called “The Slow Poisoning of America “. In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies. No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so scientists have to create them. They make these creatures morbidly obese by injecting them with MSG when they are first born. The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing rats (and perhaps humans) to become obese. They even have a name for the fat rodents they create: ”MSG-Treated Rats.”
When I heard this, I was shocked. I went into my kitchen and checked the cupboards and the refrigerator. MSG was in everything — the Campbell”s soups, the Hostess Doritos, the Lays flavored potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Croker Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned gravy Swanson frozen prepared meals, and Kraft salad dressings, especially the ”healthy low-fat” ones. The items that didn’t have MSG marked on the product label had something called ”Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein,” which is just another name for Monosodium Glutamate. It was shocking to see just how many of the foods we feed our children everyday are filled with this stuff. MSG is hidden under many different names in order to fool those who read the ingredient list, so that they don”t catch on. (Other names for MSG are ”Accent, ”Aginomoto, ”Natural Meat Tenderizer,” etc.) But it didn’t stop there. When our family went out to eat, we started asking at the restaurants what menu items contained MSG. Many employees, even the managers, swore they didn”t use MSG. But when we ask for the ingredient list, which they grudgingly provided, sure enough, MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein were everywhere. Burger King, McDonald”s, Wendy”s, Taco Bell, every restaurant — even the sit-down eateries like TGIF, Chili”s, Applebee”s, and Denny”s — use MSG in abundance. Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed to be the WORST offender: MSG was in every chicken dish, salad dressing and gravy. No wonder I loved to eat that coating on the skin — their secret spice was MSG!
So why is MSG in so many of the foods we eat? Is it a preservative, or a vitamin? Not according to my friend John Erb. In his book “The Slow Poisoning of America “, he said that MSG is added to food for the addictive effect it has on the human body. Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food manufacturers lobby group supporting MSG explains that the reason they add it to food is to make people eat more. A study of the elderly showed that older people eat more of the foods that it is added to. The Glutamate Association lobbying group says eating more is a benefit to the elderly, but what does it do to the rest of us? ”Betcha can”t eat [just] one,” takes on a whole new meaning where MSG is concerned! And we wonder why the nation is overweight! MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts people to their products. It makes people choose their product over others, and makes people eat more of it than they would if MSG wasn’t added. Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive substance. Since its introduction into the America n food supply fifty years ago, MSG has been added in larger and larger doses to the pre-packaged meals, soups, snacks, and fast foods we are tempted to eat everyday. The FDA has set no limits on how much of it can be added to food. They claim it”s safe to eat in any amount. But how can they claim it”s safe when there are hundreds of scientific studies with titles like these:
”The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model for the study of exercise in obesity.”” Gobatto CA, Mello MA, Souza CT , Ribeiro IA. Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002. ””Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin release in both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats..”” Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho VB, Mori C, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro. Brain Res Bull. 2002 Aug. ””Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment in spontaneously hypertensive rats: An animal model of multiple risk factors.” Iwase M, Yamamoto M, Iino K, Ichikawa K, Shinohara N, Yoshinari Fujishima Hypertens Res. 1998 Mar. ””Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of onosodium glutamate in suckling period and subsequent development of obesity.”” Tanaka K, Shimada M, Nakao K Kusunoki. Exp Neurol. 1978 Oct. (Hypothalamic dysfunction is a problem with the region of the brain called the hypothalamus, which helps control the pituitary gland and regulate many body functions, particularly in response to stress. The pituitary, in turn, controls the: *Adrenal glands, *Ovaries, *Testes, and the *Thyroid gland No, the date of that last study was not a typo; it was published in 1978. Both the ””medical research community”” and ””food manufacturers”” have known about the side effects of MSG for decades. Many more of the studies mentioned in John Erb”s book link MSG to diabetes, migraines and headaches, autism, ADHD, and even Alzheimer”s. So what can we do to stop the food manufactures from dumping this fattening and addictive MSG into our food supply and causing the obesity epidemic we now see? Several months ago, John Erb took his book and his concerns to one of the highest government health officials in Canada . While he was sitting in the government office, the official told him, ”Sure, I know how bad MSG is. I wouldn”t touch the stuff.” But this top-level government official refuses to tell the public what he knows. The big media doesn”t want to tell the public either, fearing issues with their advertisers. It seems that the fallout on the fast food industry may hurt their profit margin. The food producers and restaurants have been addicting us to their products for years, and now we are paying the price for it. Our children should not be cursed with obesity caused by an addictive food additive.
But what can I do about it? I”m just one voice! What can I do to stop the poisoning of our children, while our governments are insuring financial protection for the industry that is poisoning us? This message is going out to everyone I know in an attempt to tell you the truth that the corporate-owned politicians and media won”t tell you. The best way you can help to save yourself and your children from this drug-induced epidemic is to forward this article to everyone.. With any luck, it will circle the globe before politicians can pass the legislation protecting those who are poisoning us.
The food industry learned a lot from the tobacco industry. Imagine if big tobacco had a bill like this in place before someone blew the whistle on nicotine? If you are one of the few who can still believe that MSG is good for us and you don”t believe what John Erb has to say, see for yourself. Go to the National Library of Medicine at www.pubmed.com . Type in the words ”MSG Obese” and read a few of the 115 medical studies that appear. We the public do not want to be rats in one giant experiment, and we do not approve of food that makes us into a nation of obese, lethargic, addicted sheep, feeding the food industry”s bottom line while waiting for the heart transplant, the diabetic induced amputation, blindness, or other obesity-induced, life-threatening disorders. With your help we can put an end to this poison. Do your part in sending this message out by word of mouth, e-mail, or by distribution of this printout to your friends all over the world and stop this ”Slow Poisoning of Mankind” by the packaged food industry. Blowing the whistle on MSG is our responsibility, so get the word out
As an Animal Healer, the goal is to help animals attain complete health without invasive procedures like surgery. And yet there are times when surgery is required. Energy healing can aid in animals recovering and healing from surgery.
I’ve had numerous clients tell me that their vet was amazed how quickly and well their animal companion healed after surgery. The clients who shared this with me each felt it was because of the energy work.
Several years ago my friend’s mom had a stroke and was experiencing difficulty with movement on her one side. My friend asked me to do a healing for her mom. We probably did three healings and with each healing, the family saw improvement with their mom. The doctors were astounded at how quickly my friend”s mom was recovering.
So whatever the issue, healing work can be amazing!
For the past 11 years, as an Animal Intuitive & Animal Healer, I have been advising clients on the importance of diet and the concern regarding vaccinations and other chemicals given to our animals.
This past week a client forwarded an article that she received from a site called, Dogs4Life, that basically supports what I have been preaching to anyone who will listen to me. I cannot vouch for this site regarding their other material as I have not researched it, but I definitely agree with the following article:
Cancer in dogs is one of the biggest challenges to our dog”s longevity. Some studies show that as many as 50% OR MORE of dogs today will be impacted by or die of canine cancer.With the number being so high we decided to do some research and see if we could find out why and what could be done to reverse or stop this deadly trend in it’s tracks.
What we learned was a real head shaker. Here”s why. We learned that canine cancer may due to several factors such as suppressed immune systems from vaccines, diet, and environmental toxins.
And many of the factors contributing to canine cancer, such as those we just mentioned, exist because of things that we CHOOSE to do.
We choose to say yes to vaccinations, we choose the dog food our dogs eat, we choose to expose our dogs to certain environmental toxins in our home.
If this shocks you, I am sorry but these are the cold hard facts. And, if you don”t expose your dog to these factors then we say hooray for you.
While there are many theories about the cause of cancer, research\ is telling us almost monthly about the impact of the choices we make on our health and longevity. The same thing holds true for Fido.
Eliminating the problems listed above will not guarantee that your dog won’t get cancer, but it will guarantee that his chances of avoiding cancer will be better as will his health overall
We all want to do what we can to keep our animal companions healthy; therefore, most people agree with their vets to do heart worm medicine. Yes, it can be a risk if you do not do this med, AND there can be a risk in doing it. It”s not an easy decision.
As an Animal Healer for the past 11 years and working with some clients” animals all these years, I have often seen where their animal friend is doing well after the healing work and diet changes, yet suddenly they’re having problems again. I will ask if the animal was recently re-vaccinated (as there are risks with that also) or if flea or heart worm meds were given. Often this will be the case. With the healing work we are able to get them back on track again.
All meds affect the liver and can cause adverse reaction. Healing work helps to get the body back to a healthy place versus administering another drug to address symptoms that came about after receiving a prior drug; i.e., vaccines, heart worm, flea/tick meds.
Bonnie Illies, Animal Intuitive, Animal Healer
With spring many clients are asking me how to protect their animal friend from fleas. Most people are encouraged by their vet and/or advertising to administer a topical product. It looks harmless as it’s applied to a small area on the animal.
This product works BUT at a price! The price is your animal’s health. These flea products kill fleas THROUGH the animal’s blood. Yes, the fleas still come and still bite, but quickly leave (fall off) because they drank blood that is poisoned with toxins from the flea product.
I recommend that you use a flea comb regularly. Also add garlic/yeast tablets to your animal friends’ meal. Another helpful thing is to launder your animal”s bedding in hot water at least once a week.
If you see some fleas, it does not mean you have an infestation. Start flea combing daily, and once you no longer see fleas, you can reduce the combing to once or twice a week
As an animal healer and intuitive, clients are often surprised when I encourage their animal companion to eat grass. With spring approaching and grass (finally) appearing, your companion may start seeking out those areas where grass is growing. Of course, make sure that the grass has not been chemically treated.
If you grow grass indoors for your animals, you may want to try wheat grass that is often sold in the produce section (for humans who juice) of your grocery stores. It looks greener, healthier than the grass purchased from a pet store; hence, this is probably the explanation why my cats seem to enjoy the wheat grass more plus it lasts longer than grass from the petstore .
Cats especially need the chlorophyll that the grass provides. Not getting their greens is a partial explanation why so many cats have vomit and hairball issues. Chlorophyll helps all animals with the absorption of minerals and nutrient absorption. Eat your greens
I would like you to meet Ruby through the words of her mom, Michelle:
“Ruby, our 13-year old Lab/Rott mix, was in great pain when we called Bonnie in 2009. Ruby could not get up on our bed, would whimper and squirm during the night. She was unable to walk more than 12-15 feet before she would collapse and cry in pain. Her back-end would not work without extreme pain! She trembled and cried when she held herself to pee. She was licking and itching excessively and had dry, flaky skin. Her breathing was labored and asthmatic sounding.
We were sure we were going to loose her. Working with Bonnie, Ruby’s demeanor improved immediately. Over the next couple of weeks Ruby began to be playful again for her age, and her pain seemed to all but disappear. She was able to jump in and out of the car and yes, back on our bed! She still scratches and licks a bit but decreased dramatically, and her coat is now shiny and the dry patches are gone. Since the initial healings in 2009, Ruby has done very well until this summer. It was hard to see our precious girl suffering.She needed a “tune up”. We did one healing, and she is back to her love of swimming and getting in the boat to go fishing.We are so grateful to see her back to her happy self.”
An animal can experience great results from the energy healing work, and it is possibly that in the future a “tune up” may be needed as it was for Ruby. It is similar to us—we may get results from a health practitioner and in the future we may need their help again to maintain our results because bodies are constantly changing and aging.David and Michelle called thinking they were going to lose Ruby and now two years later, Ruby is living well! More testimonials on site.
Sharon, a client, in a small town in Oklahoma called to schedule a healing for her sister’s dog, Gandy. Sharon has a sanctuary—she cares for many animals and now she was concerned about her sister’s dog as well. Many of the animals at Sharon’s sanctuary have improved with the healings. She has told me, “You’re the first person I call”. Although her sister is not open to this work, Sharon scheduled a session for Gandy because she knew it would be helpful.
Sharon had noticed during a recent visit at her sister’s that Gandy was having difficulty moving. Although he had been somewhat stiff over the past year, it had increased recently. But what really got Sharon’s attention was that Gandy was now also showing little interest in things around him.
A few days after the first healing, Sharon said she made a trip to her sister’s as she was anxious to see how Gandy was doing. He seemed happier and more energy. And though there was improvement, Sharon wanted to schedule a second healing. As Sharon said, “I so believe in those second healings”.
I agree–based on my eight years of experience with healing, the average number of healings to help animals heal/recover from emotional or physical ailments is two sessions. Most clients will notice a subtle improvement after the first healing, but it is usually the second healing that really seals the deal so to speak–where it is obvious to the client that their animal has recovered.
It was incredibly rewarding when again Sharon called a couple of days after the second healing to say that Gandy was running around when she visited the other day, and “He jumped up in his favorite chair which he hasn’t done in over a year!” Yea! Gandy.And “yea” to Sharon—what a gift she gave her sister and her dog, Gandy
I suspect most of us animal lovers are often overwhelmed with all the abuse and concerns for animals in this world. One way to help animals is to support organizations that are dedicated to helping animals. One of those organizations that I appreciate is the Doris Day Animal League. Being a member gives you a way to make your vote known. As a member, they regularly send their members petitions addressed to your senator or representative regarding legislation for animals. All I have to do is sign and date it, and return it an envelope that they provide. It’s so easy…I can be contacting my representatives without the hassle of finding out who they are, calling or emailing them.
Currently they are working on legislation regarding the antifreeze bill—addressing concerns about the toxicity for the environment. And I fear we have all heard of stories where animals have died from licking antifreeze.
If you want to support legislation regarding animals but have difficulty writing or calling your representatives, then being a member of the Doris Day organization can make it easy for you. You will also receive a publication,Animal Guardian, from them quarterly. Call 202.546.176l.
Be well, Bonnie
Animals, like humans, experience stress. Often their stress is from a past trauma. Finding a loving home can definitely help, and sometimes it is all that is needed to erase the fears, sadness caused by past experiences. Yet for some it is not enough. We can understand this when we think how some humans who have experienced trauma in their past, such as an abusive childhood or a car accident, or the trauma from fighting in a war—even though it’s no longer happening to them, they are still being affected emotionally. Though the abuse is no longer happening, even though they are in a safe environment now—sometimes it is not enough and they need outside help to be free of those memories.
Susan, a client from Wisconsin contacted me the other week to say they had a new member in the family—Hank, a cat who had been a long-time resident at a humane society. Although he been in their loving home for a few months, Susan sensed “something was off”. We agreed that he might need some help to let go of past trauma. A weeks after two healing sessions for Hank, Susan emailed me the following:
“Right now Hank is looking out the door very alertly, jerking his head to see whatever is moving out there. Before he would just sit there passively. He”s acting more “cat like” now instead of withdrawn. He’s running around, batting at the air, playing with the puppy. He came on a walk with me outside, followed along with the rest of the gang. He seems a bit more chipper and is interacting with us. My husband even noticed, saying that Hank has ‘come out of his shell’. Things seem good!! Thanks! Susan and Hank
I am so happy for all of them. We all need help now and then.
Be well, Bonnie
We have all been told to eat our vegetables. Dogs and cats like them too. In fact, asparagus is my cats’ favorite. Dogs and cats have always eaten grass—their vegetable of choice. With domestication, they are often unable to get it. Often animals will start chewing houseplants in an attempt to get their greens. It’s not good for our plants and not for the animals either especially since some plants are dangerous for them to be eating. People often believe that grass is not healthy for their animals. In my onion, the only time it is not good for them is if the grass has been chemically treated or the lawns nearby have been.
Cats especially need the benefits of grass to aid in digestion—without it they are more prone to hairballs, vomiting, and other digestive issues. I received an email from a client the other day about her cat:
“I had forgotten to do the grass that you suggested. I remembered on Monday and dug up a little patch of about five stalks. He was out of the closet before I could even set the container on the floor. “Mowed” is a good word for what he did to the grass.”
When you eat your vegetables, share with your animals. And also consider providing them with what they would be eating in the wild—grass
The past few days it has been intensely warm; oh, let me say how it really is–HOT in this part of the country. Living without air conditioning, I have a great appreciation of others who do not have air and that includes animals.
Consider all the animals that live in buildings–the factory farm animals. I cannot speak for all of them, but I am certain that most, if not all, do not have air conditioning in those barns. And they do not have windows to let in air. As an example, a chicken farmer whom I have witnessed has approximately 63,000 chickens in one barn and all they have to regulate the heat are large fans. Today I have four fans going in my small home (approxly. 1500 sq. ft.) which I share with my cats, and we are struggling to keep cool. Imagine, what these factory farm animals are experiencing who are surrounded with others (all that body heat of others) inside an aluminum type building–no windows, no access to the outdoors, no air conditioning.
I have decided I have no right to complain about the heat, and I need to focus on what I can do to help. Therefore, I’m keeping the birdbath filled with water plus a large tub of water that MAYBE the deer will use. Of course, make sure that your own home-bound animals have plenty of water and brush them to remove excess fur.
I have another suggestion–if you are not a vegetarian, consider supporting the organic farmer versus corporations (factory farmers). Buy organic eggs and meats as these animals are usually allowed to roam and have’
I received the following article from a client of mine that I want to pass on to you in hopes of any more animals encountering troubles with household items.Subject: Warning for Pet Owners………………
Subject: Please read
5-year old German Shepherd dog put down due to liver failure. The dog was completely healthy until a few weeks ago, so a necropsy was done to see what the cause was. The liver levels were unbelievable, as if the dog had ingested poison of some kind. The dog is kept inside and when he”s outside, someone”s with him, so the idea of him getting into something unknown was hard to believe. The man started going through all the items in the house. When he got to the Swiffer Wetjet, he noticed, in very tiny print, a warning which stated “may be harmful to small children and animals.” He called the company to ask what the contents of the cleaning agent are and was astounded to find out that antifreeze is one of the ingredients. (actually he was told it”s a compound which is one molecule away from antifreeze). Therefore, just by the dog walking on the floor cleaned with the solution, then licking it”s own paws, it ingested enough of the solution to destroy its liver. Soon after his dog”s death, his housekeepers” two cats also died of liver failure. They both used the Swiffer Wetjet for quick cleanups on their floors. Necropsies weren’t done on the cats, so they couldn’t file a lawsuit, but he asked that we spread the word to as many people as possible so they don”t lose their animals. This is equally harmful to babies and small children that play on the floor a lot and put their fingers in their mouths a lot. PLEASE, EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE BABIES, SMALL CHILDREN OR OWN A PET PLEASE FORWARD THIS ON!
Calling All Animal Lovers: Take “The Pet Store Challenge”
June 8, 2006
WASHINGTON — “The Pet Store Challenge” a consumer action campaign from The Humane Society of the United States, will give pet stores an opportunity to be open and honest about how and from where they get their puppies. The Challenge, which takes place from June 15 to September 15, 2006, will also empower consumers to make a difference in the lives of millions of dogs who are victims of puppy mills.
Stephanie Shain, director of outreach for companion animals for The HSUS, and a leading puppy mill expert explains, “Our goal is to stop puppy mills, the leading supplier of ”inventory” to pet stores. Pet stores often deny that they get their dogs from mills. We want to give them a chance to ”come clean” and prove it. By enlisting animal loving consumers to help implement the challenge, we are giving people a chance to save animals, and hopefully put puppy mills out of business.
Background:Most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills — factory-like facilities, churning out purebred puppies in large numbers. Puppy mills look to make a profit; commonly disregard the dog’s physical and emotional health; and do not adhere to sound breeding practices. The result is often sick or dying puppies who suffer from genetic, mental and physical health problems that are not always immediately apparent to the consumer. Thousands of “breeder” dogs live a miserable existence in horrific conditions without hope of ever being part of a family.
The Puppy Mill – Pet Store Connection:Most pet stores are adamant that they do not support puppy mills and that the dogs they sell are strictly from “reputable breeders.” However, many people who purchase their puppy from a pet store can end up with a sick or dying animal. With some research, they will learn their puppy was indeed from a puppy mill. For those who were lucky enough to purchase a healthy dog, it is important to keep in mind that purchasing that dog makes room for more puppy mill dogs raised in horrendous conditions. Every puppy mill dog purchased ensures that the industry continues to thrive. Take The Challenge: The HSUS wants to challenge pet stores by giving them a chance to tell the truth and prove how and from where they get puppies. Anyone can participate in the challenge by taking these three easy steps:Visit www.StopPuppyMills.org and print out two copies of the Pet Store Challenge form between June 15 and September 15. Take the questionnaire with you to a local pet store, and fill it out based on information given to you during your store visit “interview” with an owner or store manager.
Mail the completed form back to The HSUS before September 30, 2006 to: The HSUS Stop Puppy Mills Campaign, 2100 L St., NW Washington, DC 20037, or fax it to 301-258-3081. Information can also be sent via email at www.StopPuppyMills.org
An Accurate and Fair Pet Store Visit: Explain you are taking part in The Pet Store Challenge, an effort designed to find out from pet stores where they get their puppies. Do not be confrontational. You are simply gathering information. Many stores claim that animal welfare groups fabricate problems associated with pet store dogs.
Be prepared: Have two copies of the form on hand in case the owner/manager wants a copy. Bring a pen and fill it out/take notes as you speak with them so you do not forget any facts.
Be courteous: Do not visit the store during peak business hours. Find times when they are less busy so that they can take time out to speak with you. You may want to call the owner or manager in advance to arrange a time to talk about where they get their puppies.
Be diligent: If the owner or manager refuses to take The Challenge, record any information you can (there are some questions that only require a good look at the store) and still return the form to The HSUS.
Shain adds, “The HSUS is sincerely grateful to any consumer who wants to take the time to collect this information. A short visit to a pet store and filling out a brief questionnaire can truly save animals” lives. We are also very excited to give this opportunity to pet stores. We want them to prove that they do not support puppy mills. The truth will be priceless.
For more information on puppy mills www.stoppuppymills.org
For information on adopting a dog, rescuing a purebred, finding a reputable breeder and more, visit www.PuppyBuyersGuide.com
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation”s largest animal protection organization with more than 9.5 million members and constituents. The HSUS is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals, disaster preparedness and response, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammals, animals in research, equine protection, and farm animal welfare. The HSUS protects all animals through education, investigation, litigation, legislation, advocacy and field work. The nonprofit organization is based in Washington and has field representatives and offices across the country. On the web at www.hsus.org
Here are five points listed in an article a client sent me from AOL Money & Finance that you may be of interest to you.
- Good thing you love Schatzi like a son. His care could cost as much.After a New York City taxi struck Jessica Malionek’s dog, Mojo, flinging him 30 feet in the air, she spent $4,000 for veterinarians to perform emergency treatment and then life-saving surgeries on her beloved dog. “It was like they were treating a person,” Malionek says. These days veterinary medicine can be every bit as sophisticated as human health care — and the costs reflect it. Animal lovers spent $19 billion on veterinary care in 2001, the most recent figure available, up from $7.2 billion a decade earlier, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. And per-visit costs are skyrocketing: Between 1991 and 2001, the average cost of a veterinary visit for a dog nearly doubled, from $50 to $99. For cats, costs rose even more precipitously, jumping by 107%.Why the steep price hikes? Chris Green, an attorney and member of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, says vets are happily obliging owners who want to keep their pets alive at all costs. That means paying up for the latest high-tech procedures, such as feline kidney transplants and CAT scans. There are also more aged pets today, which require more care.
- “Vaccinating your pet may do more harm than good.” For years the primary reason for seeing a vet was to get your pet vaccinated against a host of diseases ranging from distemper to rabies — either with individual vaccinations or “combo wombo” shots that could cover seven separate conditions.Indeed, annual vaccinations have been an economic bulwark for many vet practices, but some veterinarians say they’re not only unnecessary, but they can actually be harmful in some cases. Marty Goldstein, a veterinarian in South Salem, N.Y., says he sees a range of vaccination-related reactions in animals, everything from cancerous sarcomas to epilepsy. Another reason to think twice about certain vaccines: The immunity provided by some of them can last well beyond a year, even as long as the pet”s lifetime, Goldstein says, negating the need for some annual shots.
Both the AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association now say vaccinations should be assessed yearly and tailored to an animal’s age, health and lifestyle. For example, an indoor cat with limited exposure to some diseases may not ever need certain common vaccinations, says W. Jean Dodds, an immunologist and veterinarian with Hemopet in Garden Grove, Calif.
- “I have more complaints filed against me than a used-car lot — not that you”ll ever know about it.” When she picked up her kitten, Pumpkin, from the veterinarian after a routine spaying, Mount Pleasant, S.C., resident Marcia Rosenberg was stunned to find the cat nearly comatose. Soon Pumpkin”s body was wracked with seizures, and her stomach swelled. Rosenberg rushed Pumpkin to another vet, who saved the cat, but the distraught owner called her state’s veterinary board to complain. Told that the board had no procedure for alerting consumers about disciplinary actions taken against incompetent vets, Rosenberg mounted a successful campaign to have such actions posted on the South Carolina veterinary board’s web site.Tracking complaints against vets often requires a bit of detective work. Some state veterinary boards list disciplinary actions against vets, while others do not. And complaints typically aren’t disclosed until a board investigation and judicial ruling have determined a case of wrongdoing. On her own, Rosenberg says she was able to find that the vet had previously had his license suspended in Ohio and since then had more than a dozen complaints against him in South Carolina.
- “Sure, I can do root canal on your pup — real dentists are for people.” When John James, an academic adviser in Los Angeles, took his geriatric cockapoo, Amber, to his veterinarian for a chipped tooth, the vet told him his dog needed a root canal and that he could take care of it. Amber died during the procedure. James”s lawyer later learned the vet”s canine dentistry training came from a weekend course. What”s more, elderly Amber should never have been a candidate for the intensive procedure.How do you know whether your pet is in the hands of a skilled specialist? The AVMA lists 20 specialties for veterinarians, ranging from anesthesiology to dermatology. Legitimate specialists have done graduate work in their specialty and been certified by an industry medical board. Some vets may claim a “special interest” in an area, meaning they’ve taken some continuing education, but they aren’t necessarily certified specialists, says Peter Weinstein, former medical director of Veterinary Pet Insurance in Brea, Calif.
If your pet needs a specialist, check the vet”s educational background and certification. Also, ask how many specialized procedures he performs annually. Having a “special interest” may be fine if the vet has enough experience.
- “Surgery’s a cinch. It’s the overnight stay you should be worried about.” If you think your pet will be tenderly nurtured through the night after surgery at a veterinary office or hospital, think again. Many vets don”t staff their offices overnight, so it’s important to ask about what happens in the wee hours.Laura Ireland Moore, an animal law attorney in Portland, Ore., says she represented a client who took her dog to the vet after stitches from a routine spaying came undone. The veterinarian repaired the stitches with metal sutures but neglected to put a cone over the dog”s head to protect the wound during an overnight stay. The office was unattended through the night, and by morning the animal had chewed through the sutures — as well as 15 feet of its own intestines. The agonized dog had to be put down. The moral of this unpleasant story: “You should definitely check if anyone will be on the premises overnight,” Moore says.
If the facility doesn’t have a night attendant, or if you don”t trust his or her credentials — a late-shift babysitter may or may not be a vet or even a vet technician — you should ideally find a facility where a licensed vet stays over, Moore advises.
Last week Deb contacted me about her cat, Jingles. Deb had heard about me through an acquainctance of hers, and since nothing via the medical/vet world was helping Jingles, she decided to contact me for an Intuitive Reading & Healing for Jingles.
I advised her (as I do all clients) that I did not want to be told the symptoms upfront–that I first want to get what I can from the animal before healing from the human regarding the issues. During the initial consultation (Intuitive Reading), I was aware of pain in Jingles’ left shoulder. Deb explained that Jingles had been limping on the front left leg for quite some time. Even though it would seem that there was something wrong with the leg, I was certain that the root of the problem was that shoulder. I also “saw” that the pancreas was not functioning well, and Deb confirmed that by telling me that the symptoms were loose stools and vomiting. Deb also told me that Jingles would cry out at times as if in pain, had lost weight, and was pooping outside the litter box. Going outside the box is usually considered a behavioral problem by most, yet I often see it connected more to not feeling well.
About three hours after the first Healing for Jingles, Deb called to tell me that she was already witnessing that Jingles was feeling better. Jingles was out and about with the family and was moving better. It was evident to Deb that Jingles was feeling better. She said that Jingles appeared “longer”. I explained that often when animals are in pain, the body constricts. Once the pain is gone, the animal relaxes; hence, the body unfolds so to speak–loosens up; thereby, appears bigger or longer.
Since talking to Deb after the second Healing, Deb said that Jingles is no longer crying, is happy, has only pooped twice outside the box in the past week, and the limping has greatly decreased. It may take another Healing session for Jingles to heal completely, but at this point we”re just going to wait and see if Jingles continues to heal without the need of a third Healing. Everything has so greatly improved from where Jingles was at a week ago; we’re all feeling happy and confident that all is going to be well. It was so delightful to hear Deb talk about how happy and healthy Jingles is these days. I am so happy for both of them.
Be well, Bonnie Illies, Animal Intuitive Healer
When I am working with a client’s animal, I always inquire about the use of vaccinations–whether that client is coming to me with a health concern or behavioral issue. (Often what looks like a behavioral issue is connected to health.) Most clients confidently tell me that they vaccinate yearly. They are expecting that I will be pleased with their responsible actions for their animal. I then proceed to caution them about this practice. Clients are usually skeptical, alarmed in me advising to pull back on vaccinations. We have all been so indoctrinated about the need to vaccinate repeatedly. As I tell clients, most of us received vacs when we were young, and we do not have to have them repeated–why do animals? There are several books written about vets who concur with me, and one such book is, Dr. Pitcairn”s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats. Below is an article that you may find of interest.
Be well, Bonnie Illies, Animal Intuitive Healer
Class Action Law suit Chicago law firm of Childress Duffy Goldblatt, Ltd. Announcement!
You may be a party to a potential class action lawsuit arising from the misrepresentation of the need for vaccinations for your pets.
If, within the last four years, you have paid for any of the following pet vaccinations without receiving adequate disclosure, you may have a claim for damages. The vaccines include the following:
1) Annual vaccination for canine distemper, parvovirus, and feline distemper, rhinotracheitis, calcivirus (Scientific studies indicate that repeat administration of these vaccines provides no beneficial effect.)
2) Corona virus vaccination. (Scientific studies indicate dogs over 8 weeks old are not susceptible to this disease.)
3) Leptospirosis or Lyme disease vaccination (Research indicates these diseases are rare tonon-existent in Texas and many other parts of the country.)
4) Feline Aids vaccine, Feline Infectious Peritonitis vaccine, or Giardia vaccine (Scientific studies have shown these vaccines to be ineffective.)
If you have paid for any of the above vaccinations in the last four years and would like information concerning your rights, please send an email to:
Roy R. Brandys or John Sawin Childress Duffy Goldblatt, [email protected] Habla Espanol
Critter Fixer Pet Hospital Bob Rogers DVM5703 Louetta Spring, Texas 77379
The Law Firm of Childress Duffy Goldblatt, Ltd. of Chicago, Illinois, has agreed to investigate and pursue a potential class action lawsuit arising from the misrepresentation of the need for pet vaccinations. If you have paid for pet vaccinations in the last four years without adequate disclosures, please email the Firm at [email protected].
Every year over 30 thousand dogs and cats in the U.S. die from adverse reactions from unnecessary vaccines. It has been ten years since the article first appeared in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association entitled “Are we Vaccinating too much?” in which and Dr Ron Schultz stated, “Clients are paying for something with no effect except the risk of an adverse reaction”. Since that time the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and the American Animal Hospital Association as well as twenty- two schools of Veterinary Medicine in the U.S. have endorsed reductions in the numbers and frequency of vaccinations recommended for pets. More and more research has confirmed that most vaccines are unnecessary and potentially harmful. And yet 90% of the Veterinarians in the United States have ignored these guidelines, and continue to give vaccines, which have been proven to be unnecessary and potentially harmful.
My efforts in the last six years to promote change have been met with frustration. I have written to every State Board of Veterinary Medicine in the U.S. I have been before the Texas State Board six times. After I appeared before the Texas Sunset Committee, a group of 12 Senators who over- see the State Veterinary Board, they ordered the Board to crack down on unnecessary vaccines. They have not. The Attorney General’s office in Texas has agreed that it is unlawful for a Veterinarian to obtain a fee by the misrepresentation of the benefit or necessity of vaccines. And yet the misrepresentation of vaccines to the public and the harming of our pets continues unchecked.
We need your help. I feel that a class action lawsuit is the only way pet owners can get fair and ethical treatment for our loved ones.
Sincerely,Dr. Bob Rogers, DVM
What a great way to start the day–two clients called this morning to say that their pet was feeling better. I never get tired of hearing about the joys of a client who is seeing their animal heal. Over the past seven years working as an Animal Intuitive & Healer, I have the pleasure of helping animals with health and behavioral concerns. There is great satisfaction in helping both the animal and the humans they live with.
Often what looks like a serious concern can so easily be turned around with a good diet and understanding what is at the root of the problem. Nothing is going to heal if you’re only treating the symptoms. As an intuitive I will “see” what organs are not functioning well or where there is joint pain, etc. Often I do not “see” the symptom; i.e., I will “see” that there is a blockage in the left side of the spine yet the client believes it’s the back left leg because their dog is limping. Often–too often–the symptom is just that–a symptom and not the root of the problem.
One of the two clients who called this morning saying their dog was better had been concerned because they were aware that their dog was lethargic and more alarming was that he was “leaking”–incontinence. As I did the energy work (healing), I could “see” that there was a blockage in the spine. And most of us know, nerves need to be able to send signals to our body… What a wonderful way to have the animal heal–releasing that blockage versus surgery or drugs which would be focusing on the bladder as the problem; consequently, causing other potential health concerns.