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more about canine nutrition and health.
I have put these pages together to provide a source of information about alternative health care and nutrition for dogs. You will find information and links about holistic care, homeopathy, Bach Flower remedies, what is really in commercial kibble, alternatives to feeding commercial kibble, home cooking for your dog, plants that are poisonous to dogs, support pages for people with dogs that are ill or have died, dog-related e-mail lists to which you can subscribe, and some fun stuff! I hope this will be a starting point for your explorations into canine nutrition and health. Enjoy!
The Medicine Garden These pages are chock full of information about alternative health care options and nutrition, and also has a discussion list you can join. Four articles on ethoxyquin These articles present a slightly different point of view.

The The Wellpet Home Page opens with a marvelous poem by Rudyard Kipling called “The Power of the Dog.” It continues with an invitation to “.....explore a new world with us. Discover what is good for your dog, and what isn’t.” This is the page for the Wellpet list, a list for discussion of holistic care for animals. It is a brand new page, still very much in development, and very much worth a visit.

The Wellpet FAQs page begins with discussion of the two most frequently asked questions, and includes sections on nutrition, vaccines and pests and parasites. Each section is followed by a list of links for further study.

The Wellpet Welcome Page has instructions for subscribing to the Wellpet line. Future pages will include: Welcome, Homepage, Articles, FAQs, Favorite Links,
Keeper Posts, and Member Websites

Petsage News A great collection of articles and tips:
The Litterary Box - A growing collection of natural healing articles.
Just for the Season - Seasonal specials and health care
suggestions geared for the current season.
Pawpourri - Miscellaneous tips to enrich the life of
your companion and help you enjoy your pet more.

Dog Play A list of activities you can participate in with your dog, and a good list of related links.

Bad Dog Chronicles These pages are lots of fun! Treat yourself to a visit.

Shirley's Wellness Cafe Animal Lovers & Natural Health Seekers Welcome! This page is incredibly comprehensive, with a huge amount of information and oodles of links. Plan on spending a long time here.
This is Shirley's introduction: This page is created from a labor of love as a public service. The objective of this web site is to provide easy access to reliable and practical information about Preventative and Natural Health Care for People and Animals. This web site is built with the lay-person in mind based on personal experience and success.

Great article by Dr. Jean Dodds, including the effects of vaccines and the effect of nutrition on the immune system.

Critter Chat Newsletter This is a newsletter "Dedicated to the health, welfare and happiness of your friends." Lots of good information and a chat line.

Tellington Touch.The Dog Owner's Guide has a good page on Linda Tellington-Jones and her Tellington Touch, a massage technique for reducing tension and changing behavior in dogs.

Annual Vaccinations
The following is taken word for word from Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy XI (Small Animal Practice), page 205, 1992.
Tom R Phillips, DVM, Ph.D.
Associate Member
The Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla California

Ronald D Schultz, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman
Department of Pathobiological Sciences
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin

Annual Vaccination
A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual revaccinations. Almost without exception there is no immunologic requirement for annual revaccination. Immunity to viruses persists for years or for the life of the animal. Successful vaccination to most bacterial pathogens produces an immunologic memory that remains for years, allowing an animal to develop a protective anamnestic (secondary) response when exposed to virulent organisms. Only the immune response to toxins requires boosters (eg: tetanus in humans), and no toxin vaccines are currently used for dogs or cats. Furthermore, revaccination with most viral vaccines fails to stimulate an anamnestic (secondary) response as a result of interferance by existing antibody (similar to maternal antibody interferance). The practice of annual vaccination in our opinion should be considered of questionable efficacy unless it is used as a mechanism to provide an annual physical examination or is required by law (ie: rabies vaccinations in some states).

Petloss.com by Ed Williams. This website is for pet lovers who are grieving over the death of a pet or an ill pet. Here you will find personal support, thoughtful advice, The Pet Loss Grief Support Page, the Pets Candle Ceremony, Tribute Pages, healing poetry like the Rainbow Bridge story and other helpful information.

All Creatures is a wonderful site, with loads of information including a
rainbow bridge page.
The Rainbow Passage Charlene Douglas runs this service. The Rainbow Passage provides counseling and support for persons who have had animals diagnosed with terminal or chronic disease, persons who have had to make a euthanasia decision and persons who have lost a treasured family member, an animal companion. In addition, The Rainbow Passage provides a Pet Loss Packet of information for persons who wish to better understand the grieving/mourning process.
You can contact Charlene at: The Rainbow Passage, 5178 S. Sandy Beach Lane, Belgium, WI 53004 Phone: (414) 285-4029 e-mail: douglasc@execpc.com