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email: Dr. Susan Maier
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What the experts have to say about PetzLife
I am a holistic veterinarian and am always in search of natural products for my patients. PetzLife dental products have been a great addition. I feel like I have a new "tool" against tartar. In my 18 years in practice I have often seen older pets undergo anesthesia for dental cleanings or growth removals, and they were never the same afterwords. Some even developed seizures. Petzlife Oral Care has worked on my patients that have had severe tartar and gingivitis. Before discovering this product we had to perform dental cleanings under anesthesia or resort to keeping the animal on antibiotics (As a holistic vet I don't use antibiotics very often). Now we can cure the problem while avoiding the anesthesia and the drugs !
Keep up to good work Petzlife.
Susan Maier, D.V.M.
I was reading one of my vet journals the other day and in the letters to the editor a couple of veterinary dentists had written in that they didn't believe the oral products could replace daily brushing and were a bit rude about it. All I could think was....You are so wrong! Recently I went to a conference and attended a lecture on gingivitis in cats. There were probably over a hundred vets/vet techs in the audience and the lecturer asked how many people brushed their dogs & cats teeth and about 6 people raised their hands. If vets aren't going to brush their dogs teeth, you know the general public won't either.
Dr. Susan Maier 18 year Holistic Vet!!
From: Celeste Yarnall, PH.D
I, too, have had some horrendous experiences with anesthesia. As a holistic consultant and author ("Natural Cat Care" and "Natural Dog Care"), I avoid it whenever possible. When I must, I ask for Isofluorane, as this anesthesia I feel is the safest. I also prefer no preop sedatives (such as Ket/Valium or Propofal [sic?]) because of my first nightmare. Thirty minutes after the vet pulled my cat's "trach tube" (the tube inserted in your pet's throat), my beautiful, love-of-my-life Siamese cat went into cardiac arrest and died. How heartbreaking it was to go home from a dental with an empty cat carrier. I sobbed for days, but she had clearly been over-anesthetized. They used a new drug pre-op (Propofal instead of Ket/Valium, which is more common), then gave her a pain patch, and pain meds. This is just too many drugs. How many times must our hearts be broken before they learn these bitter lessons? I know they are trying to provide pain control, and vets are doing their best to accomplish this. However, all to often, the result is fatal.
Celeste Yarnall, PH.D
Last year, a client of mine purchased two beautiful, healthy, robust, male kittens. She took them both in for neutering but only went home with one. This little guy lost his brother because he had been given an overdose of the anesthesia.
The next loss was following a spay and teeth cleaning...two procedures I have learned the hard way should not be done together. Bacteria from teeth cleaning are "stirred up," but who wants to put them under twice?
The teeth of cats and dogs are in horrendous shape from eating cooked and processed commercial pet foods. This is why I feed my version of a homemade, raw meat diet. We see much improvement in our animals' mouths.
However, I welcome the opportunity to test these oral care products by: Petzlife and hope, with all my heart, that it puts an end to anesthesia for dental cleaning.
Just wanted to drop a line to tell you how pleased I am with the Petzlife Oral Care products. I have received very encouraging feedback from my clients who have used it. I have also been using it on my own dogs and, even though I am not as "regular" as I should be with it, my 14 year old Havanese with 'sewer breath' (who sleeps on my pillow) has been a much more pleasant sleeping partner! I've been practicing veterinary medicine for over 30 years and, while I have not had any experience losing a patient during a dental procedure, I much prefer dealing with tartar problems without anesthesia when at all possible and the Petzlife Oral Care products are simply the most effective that I have found, short of ultrasonic scaling. Thanks for a great addition to our dental tool chest!
Joanne V Baldwin DVM
Cardinal Animal Hospital
Dr. Joanne V. Baldwin is a 1973 graduate of Kansas State University. She has been practicing small and exotic animal medicine in Richmond, VA since 1974. Her goal is to educate animal owners to the needs of their pets to optimize the life of the pet and to make the most of the human/animal bond. Her focus is on a combination of conventional and holistic medicine to provide an opportunity for the animal's immune system to assist medical therapy. The ability to decide when to intervene and when to allow nature to do the healing is an integral part of the art of veterinary medicine. Doc raises and shows Havanese dogs and also belongs to Caring Canines visiting, as time permits, with Poppy and Pearlie. She and her longtime companion, Richi, live in Goochland with 4 adult Havanese, Poppy, Posy, Pearlie and Pala, and 3 cats, Willy, Rip and Cinder.