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A Discussion about Gentle Chiropractic Treatment

Chuchi is a Japenese chin with a history of jumping off furniture, which would throw his back out and eventually lead to seizures. I used an upper cervical chiropractic technique to align his spine, allowing the spinal nerves to innervate tissues normally and decrease spasms in the neck and back. In this video I discuss his subluxation, a left occiput… Read more →


Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)

Valerian root is a natural sleep remedy.  In Chinese medicine it calms the Heart Shen and excess Liver Yang. It is a complex nervous system herb because it’s effects are so diverse.  Valerian is anti-bacterial, anti-spasmodic, and will gently lower blood pressure.  It can be used as a flower essence, but usually the root is used.  This root can attract cats with a substance called… Read more →

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“The holistic cat: A healthier path” March 7th 7pm to 9 pm Fairhaven library

Come to my talk on how to prevent common problems and diseases in your feline friend! We will only talk about cats at this talk. Come with your questions for a Q and A after the presentation. Bring your cat friends for a fun night. 10$ handout and 10$ book. Enter the downstairs through the side doors. Talk is in… Read more →


Ashwagandha: an amazing herb!

Ashwagandha or Withania somnifera is one of our most wonderful plant allies with use dating back thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. We found a patch of plants in a temple garden in Rishikesh, India and chose to talk about one of the ashwagandha plants which was growing up through the gravel pathway like a weed, it’s small round red… Read more →


Ten tips to help prevent cancer

Cancer has increasingly become one of the most important health problems in dogs, cats and all species and over my twenty years of practice. Through diligent note taking and attention to details, I have found certain things to be vital in the prevention of many diseases, including cancer. We are in a time when cancer-causing chemicals are very common in… Read more →

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Dr. Donna teaching at the International Herbal Symposium!

This June 9-11, I hope you can make it to Norton Massachusetts to join me, Rosemary Gladstar, Christopher Hobbs, Guido Masse, Dr. Lowdog and others to help spread the word about herbal medicine! It’s a human conference but there is a veterinary tract that anyone can attend! I am presenting Pacific Northwest Plants and Skin infections in dogs and cats.… Read more →


Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

Verbascum thapsus or mullein may often be found along ditches and roadsides, but it’s a powerful medicine for a dry inflamed respiratory tract. The Latin Verbascum comes from the word barbascum which means “with beard”, owing to the leaf’s soft hairs, a doctrine of signatures for the hair-like cilia along the respiratory tract that aids in sweeping viruses and bacteria along this… Read more →

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Holistic Approach to Coughing in Dogs and Cats

Lung problems are very common in dogs and cats as they age.   Fluid retention or inflammation around the bronchioles, laryngeal folds or laryngeal paralysis, as well as other respiratory abnormalities occur more frequently with age. Herbal therapies offer relief from symptoms and sometimes even provide a cure for bronchitis and other lung pathology while pharmaceuticals are often very limited in their effectiveness.… Read more →


Healthy hearts for our pets – holistically!

Heart disease is very common in dogs, especially in breeds such as King Charles Cavalier Spaniels, Dobermans, Poodles, Bichons, Chihuahuas and other small breed dogs, but it can often be prevented or controlled using holistic methods aimed at increasing flavinoid and anti-oxidant content in the diet, taking great care of the teeth (including brushing them at home to reduce the… Read more →


The importance of good dental care for our pets

Animals with good dental care and oral health have less bacterial stress on the heart, liver and kidneys and less inflammation and consequently live longer lives. Despite this, dental care is often ignored by many pet owners providing an obstacle to longevity. These holistic training tips will show you that you really can brush your pet’s teeth.   Using a small… Read more →


Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)

Oregon grape root (Mahonia aquifolium), a wonderful native North American medicinal herb, is often exported to Europe and preferred over other Euroasian berberine containing plants for the treatment of acne and eczema. Berberine is a well-researched antibiotic chemical which is also present in Goldenseal root, another North American herb which is more expensive and has suffered over-harvesting almost to the point of… Read more →


Holistic approach to Syringomyelia (SM) in King Charles Cavalier Spaniels

Syringomyelia (SM) is a common genetic condition of King Charles Cavalier Spaniels which can often be controlled with holistic medicine. In my experience, this disease often has a close association with food allergies.  SM occurs when a Cavalier is born with a small skull and fluid pressure pushes on the spinal cord. The most common symptom is scratching at the shoulder… Read more →


Six steps to prevent disc disease and back problems

Six steps to prevent back problems in susceptible breeds: Anti-inflammatory diet (cooked or raw meat, veggies, calcium and other minerals – see below) Gentle chiropractic every 2 months to help keep the spine as aligned as possible Daily walks to keep muscles, tendons and ligaments strong Vitamin and minerals (especially selenium, zinc, iodine and magnesium) Reducing inflammation generally (take care… Read more →


Gentle chiropractic and acupuncture improves back problems quickly

Disc and back problems have always been veterinary acupuncture’s claim to fame. Fully paralyzed dogs can often walk within a few weeks after beginning a series of treatments (without the side effects of medications). Years ago, before veterinary acupuncture was readily available, dogs with back problems were often prescribed steroids for inflammation and placed in a small crate for several… Read more →


Is a vegan diet appropriate for dogs and cats

Since 1989, I have been a vegan myself (now I do eat some eggs from neighbor chickens) so I do understand why people want to feed their dogs a vegan diet. The range and bioavailability of amino acids is the real challenge with feeding a vegan diet to our canine and feline friends. Synthetic protein sources have inherent problems even… Read more →


Steroids and thyroid disease – a black and white issue?

Picabo is a dog who came to me for granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis (GME),  an inflammation of the brain and other nervous system tissues. Although it has a poor prognosis when treated conventionally with steroids, I have had two severe cases resolve entirely with holistic medicine. Food triggers and other environmental triggers can be identified and treated (or avoided), reducing the inflammation in… Read more →


Holistic Treatment of Wobblers Syndrome in a Doberman

Fred first came into my office in 2012 when he was only 3 years old. He was uncoordinated, wobbly and ataxic in his back legs, and his front legs were very stiff. This is a common presentation for wobblers syndrome or cervical spondylomyelopathy (CSM).  Wobblers syndrome is a disease of the cervical (neck) spine that is commonly seen in large and giant-breed… Read more →