Online lecture series from Catherine O'Driscoll

Becoming knowledgeable about your dog’s health has never been more important – because the veterinary/pharmaceutical ‘healthcare’ business has never been more  lucrative. 


  • How conventional veterinary care keeps your dog in the sickness cycle  
  • The truth about vaccines, flea control products, pet food, steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories like Rimadyl and Metacam  
  • How to care for your dog more naturally, and give him a better chance at health  
  • What creates and maintains good health  
  • How to feed your dog to support vibrant health  
  • How to prevent your dog from getting ill in the first place  
  • The canine’s nutritional requirements and how to meet them  
  • How to support your dog’s immune system and minimise the risk of viral disease - without risking harmful drug side effects  

  • Practical tips for natural feeding  

  • And learn about natural healthcare products and therapies to help your dog overcome a range of common canine illnesses

  Something to think about:

 In an article appearing in Nexus magazine some time ago, I quoted a study showing that vaccinated dogs, but not unvaccinated dogs, developed autoantibodies to a wide range of their own biochemicals, and I explained the physical repercussions of these autoantibodies.  Put simply, the research indicates that when you vaccinate a dog, you set in motion a biochemical reaction that leads to cancer and other autoimmune diseases.   A few weeks ago, I received an email from Andrew Maniotis, PhD, Associate Professor of Bioengineering: Program of tumour mechanics and tissue regeneration, University of Illinois at Chicago.  He had read my article, and wrote:  “Your article confirms our long-term findings and, more than anything else I have seen to date, reinforces our suspicions regarding vaccines and cancer.  In fact, the same fibronectin and laminin antibodies that you report are found in vaccinated dogs, are the same molecules my lab has identified and published in peer review journals in the context of melanomas and breast cancers.  These constitute the ‘gas’ and ‘breaks’ on experimental tumour growth and metastasis, dormancy, and tumourigenicity.” In 2001, another scientist, Dr Andrew Moulden, proved that vaccines cause micro-vascular strokes.  But despite his 21-year record of award-winning medical practice and study, he has been unable to get government or medical bodies to investigate his findings.   Another scientist, Gary Smith, was courted by governments and pharmaceutical companies when he discovered that viruses and other pathogens, whether introduced naturally or through a vaccine, deliberately cause inflammation in the body in order to hide from the immune system.  Then they wreak havoc undercover.  Once it was seen that Gary’s theory might replace hundreds of drugs with one inexpensive drug, governments and pharmaceutical companies backed away from his research.   However, the pharmaceutical industry is in some turmoil, as hundreds of drug patents are running out.  According to FierceBiotech, the Biotech industry’s daily monitor, this month (July 2009):   

“In times of crisis, Big Pharma turns to vaccines”

 “Long being regarded as an unattractive market, vaccines have re-emerged as successful growth driver for Big Pharma. The launch and rapid uptake of novel, high-price products along with the emergence of novel vaccine technologies and favourable legislation have brought vaccines back into the main focus of pharmaceutical and biotech companies.” The trouble is that although there is irrefutable scientific evidence to show that vaccines, antibiotics, steroids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, flea control products and artificial pet foods are making your dogs ill, there is very little in the way of financial incentive for anyone to take this information on board, stop selling these products, or tell you about the potential dangers. When you take your dog’s healthcare into your own hands, and become your own expert, you improve not only your dog’s life – you improve your own, and the lives of the humans you love and care for.   Be part of the good health revolution.  Log on, sit back, and change your life for the better.   

 Online Canine Healthcare Lecture Series

In your own home, at your own convenience, worldwide 

Three content-rich lectures for only £29 (less than £10 each lecture). 

*  With an affiliate program – help share the good news for dogs whilst raising funds for  IRR.

 These lectures could seriously change your life, and the lives of your dogs. 

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Catherine O’Driscoll is a highly respected pioneer of natural canine health. She is the author of two seminal best-selling books, What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines, and Shock to the System – as well as In Search of the Truth About Dogs, voted best DVD of 2008 by the Dog Writers’ Association of America. 

 Catherine is the founder of Canine Health Concern, which spearheads research and education by and for dog lovers to promote positive canine health.  She has played an instrumental role in promoting health-enhancing food for dogs worldwide, and is a world expert in canine vaccination issues.  She is a certified EFT practitioner and teacher, a healer, an animal communicator, and a regular contributor to the dog press.   

In this lecture series, Catherine shares vital information about what we are doing to make our dogs ill, and how we can raise healthy dogs.  If you love your dog and want the best for him or her, you may not want to miss this opportunity.  It’s a chance to hear Catherine without even leaving home. 



Gramma's have been valuable and kind supporters and benefactors of IRR for some years.  The health benefits of Zara’s herbal tea both for humans and animals have been the subject of many glowing testimonies.  

Gramma’s need our support now to fight against a recent ruling that declares the tea to be a medicine and not a herbal food supplement and is therefore subject to costly and prohibitive drugs licencing laws. 

We are all very saddened to hear this news.  The links below, particularly the Customer Cover Letter explains ways in which we can help to challenge the ruling and preserve this wonderful product.  Please take the time to read them.

Customer Cover Letter (PDF 217KB)
News Letter (1.8MB)
Parliament Handout Letter (PDF 82KB)

Meet Freddie AFTER his vaccinations

Freddie was under stress because of a doggy death at the same time as he was vaccinated. This is what happened to him!
Freddie's owner writes: If it weren't for the help of a wonderful homeopathic vet, he would have been dead long ago. He still suffers with autoimmune hypothyroid problems but at least he is alive and happy, bless him. If only I had known about the connections with stress before. The vet should have known as he pts my other dog but they often don't seem to make the connection (sigh). Pauline

Freddy recovered

For more information on the effects of vaccinations,Please Click Here

Bach Flower Remedies / Essences in the Treatment of Animals

Flower essences are very important in the treatment of animals because they restore the balance and harmony of an animal's true nature.
Bach Flower Remedies / Essences

Canine Health Concern - Canine Health Concern was formed in 1994 by Catherine O'Driscoll, after two of her beautiful young Golden Retrievers - Oliver and Prudence - tragically died. She asked, 'why?', and the answers that came back were sufficiently disturbing to make her feel that independent research was necessary - free from commercial bias. Catherine was sent scientific papers which told her that commercial pet food was nutritionally inadequate, and that many deficiency diseases are the direct result of poor feeding. She also learnt that the annual shots we give to our pets each year, in the belief that we are protecting them from disease, are actually the largest cause of ill health in our pets today.

Wendy Waygood writes:
I have some very good friends who have advised me on many subjects, here are a few which may be helpful to others:

My Kerry is 11.5 years and he has been swimming at Rosies Hydro in Camberley, Surrey for nearly 7 years. Seven years ago Kerry had limped for about 2 weeks, after jumping up suddenly when someone had walked in. We thought it was soft tissue damage. The Vet did x-rays of his hips and said he needed an immediate hip replacement. I said no as I was not sure that was it. My trainer thought it was lumbar problems after watching him get up and down and soft tissue damage. A very good friend recommended a McTimoney Chiropractor in Newbury where we took Kerry for a month (3 hour drive in the evening) who sorted out his back and realigned his hips). With the swimming and 6 monthly check ups he has never limped since. I have found a McTimoney Chiropractor in Hurtmore, near Guildford and he is excellent. If any one lives locally he is so good with the dogs. His name is Johnathon Ghinn and his tel. no. 01483 422275.

Rosies Hydro in Camberley - Lynda Brunt - 01276 509109, she is a very good friend of mine, and is excellent with the dogs, the pool is in her garden. She had it built for her own dog Rosie who had severe HD, and the Vets recommend people to the pool. Sadly Rosie has since died as she developed CDRM.
A very good product is ZARAS HERBAL TEA which Kerry takes - made by the owner for her dog Zara, she had cancer and only had two weeks to live, her system was shutting down, after taking her off commercial food and giving the herbal tea she went on to live for a further 5 years, dying of old age at 15 yrs. It boosts the immune system and is good for everything as you can see on the website, at the back you can see testimonials (one dog had no coat and sores all over) after taking Zara's herbal tea his coat returned. I have added the website link - Grammas

They also do COLLOIDAL SILVER, an excellent product that you can use on sores, burns, even in the eyes and you can drink it. It kills about 650 types of bacteria, but is so gentle. My friend who runs the Hydro pool has used this for her German Shepherd who has Lupus, he had open sore around his nose and mouth, she put this directly on to the sores, and also gives him some in his food. This has certainly helped as he was constantly on antibiotics and the next step was steroids. He also takes Zaras herbal tea for his immune system. The sores have also cleared up. This can also be used for Parvo Virus and Kennel cough, many uses.

One other excellent product a friend told me about is LACTOSYM made by Multigerm It is a pure probiotic liquid which has a 2 month sell by date and has to be refrigerated. Honey, my young Golden Retriever constantly had an upset stomach, and I knew it was not the food. I traced this back to an antibiotic injection and tablets Honey had earlier on in the year. The antibiotics had killed the friendly bacteria too. After taking it for a week she has very rarely had an upset stomach since, and I always keep a bottle and give both dogs a dose every so often. I also give them both NATUREZYME made by Naturediet , a probiotic powder once a day in their food. 

Campaign for Real Dog Food
Natural Barf Diet

UK Directory of Veterinary Surgeons - find a vet
Dangers of Pet Vaccinations
Is your pet dying from over vaccinating
Holistic Vaccination Article
Holistic Vet, Nick Thompson
Pet Allergies.Natural flea repellant treatments
Canine Fleas and Ticks
Poisonous Plants
Homeopathic Society for Animal Welfare
Warning- Onions are TOXIC to dogs
Parvo..self help guide
Xander's Page
Golden Retriever Spangler suffered an adverse reaction and died
What is the truth about food - check out amazing results with raw food for us humans too
magnetic dog collars
Grammas (Specialist Manufacturer of Traditional Herbal Foods)

Side effects - vaccinations: http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/vaccination_side_effects2.html
Pets remedies: http://www.earthclinic.com/pets.html

By Michael W. Fox BVetMed, PhD, DSc, MRCVS

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[This paper examines the thesis that many of the serious, chronic, and costly health problems seen today in companion animals that mimic several medical conditions in the consumer populace are due primarily to a corn, soy and wheat based agri-industrial human food, livestock and pet food oligopoly.]

Holistic Vet - New Practice

Holistic vet Samantha Coe wrote to us:

"I have recently opened a new veterinary practice in Mayfield, East Sussex (MayfieldVet, Nappers, High Street, Mayfield, East Sussex TN20 6AB tel 01435 874787).
 I offer herbal medicines, nutritional support, homeopathy and we also have a visiting chiropractor. I intend to increase the number of holistic services available as we grow. It would be great if we could be mentioned to your members.
Best Wishes, Samantha Coe, sam@vetbase.co.uk "

If you are in Samantha’s area, it gives you another great option to work with a vet that is open to your wishes. Sam confirmed that she is happy working with as many natural methods as possible. Also that the vaccine and natural feeding issues are not a problem.

Your Dog’s Health – The Basic Facts
Annual vaccination is not necessary, and potentially harmful – publicly stated by:
American Veterinary Medical Association
American Animal Hospital Association
Australian Veterinary Association
World Small Animal Veterinary Association
A number of vets in the UK have also spoken out to confirm this in a letter to the Veterinary Times
The American Veterinary Medical Association on boosters:
“No additional protection is provided”
“There is no scientific data to support label directions for re-administration of MLV vaccines annually”
“Vaccines are not harmless. Unnecessary side effects and adverse events can be minimised by avoiding unnecessary vaccinations”
The law in the UK
The UK Government tells us it: “does not have any statutory requirements regarding the vaccination of pets”.
The problems with vaccines 

• All vaccine manufacturers state that only healthy animals should be vaccinated
• All vaccine manufacturers list a variety of reasons why and when their product should not be used
• Vaccines can cause the diseases they are designed to prevent
·     Merck, one of the largest vaccine manufacturers, states that:
“those with known or suspected B and/or T cell immunodeficiency diseases (or from families with) should not be given live virus vaccines due to the risk of vaccine induced illness and severe or fatal infection”.
• Merck state that:
“features of B cell deficiencies include respiratory or food allergies”
“features of T cell deficiency include heart disease”
“features of combined B and T cell deficiencies include dermatitis, neurological deterioration, and eczema”
If your dog or his relatives have any of these conditions, he should not be vaccinated. 
What your vet will tell you
Vet: ‘The routine vaccination of pets is the principle reason for low incidence of disease’
Comment: “No additional protection is provided by annual vaccination.” American Veterinary Medical Association, and other world veterinary authorities.
Vet: ‘Serious side effects are rare’
Comment: “There has been a significant increase in the frequency of autoimmune and allergic diseases in the pet population since the introduction of MLV vaccines,” Dr Jean W Dodds
Vet: ‘The Animal Health Trust (AHT) conducted a study to show that routine vaccination does not increase the frequency of illness’
Comment: This is contrary to research showing that vaccines can cause arthritis, epilepsy, cancer, autoimmune haemolytic anaemia, brain damage, and many other illnesses (for example, world veterinary bodies have stated publicly that vaccination is not without harm). 
Vet: ‘Only healthy dogs should be vaccinated, but most vets would advise vaccinating (such as with heart disease), as there is no evidence that such animals are at greater risk’.
Comment: It is a licensing requirement that only healthy animals should be vaccinated. This is stipulated on all veterinary vaccine data sheets. The wording on vaccine data sheets is: “unhealthy animals should not be vaccinated due to the risk of severe or fatal infection”.
Vet: ‘Evidence supporting an alternate vaccination program is purely anecdotal and un-substantiated’
Comment: World veterinary bodies such as the American Animal Hospital Association, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, and so on, are hardly likely to publish data that is anecdotal and unscientific. Indeed, by calling to an end to annual vaccination, they know that their members will lose booster income. Why, then, should they make such pronouncements?  
Vet: ‘Long-lasting immunity cannot be attained against the deadly bacteria Leptospirosis and therefore this needs to be boostered yearly’.
Comment: The leptospirosis vaccine gives only short-lived immunity – potentially not even a year. The vaccine covers less than a handful of the hundreds of strains of leptospirosis. The leptospirosis vaccine is the one most commonly associated with severe adverse reactions. World authorities, such as Ronald D Schultz, head of pathobiology at Wisconsin University, say the vaccine is dangerous and ineffective. Added to this, leptospirosis is a rare disease in dogs today. It is a zoonotic disease (it can be transferred to humans) but no register exists of the disease in the UK – because it’s so rare. 
Kennel Cough
Although uncomfortable, kennel cough is not life threatening unless contracted by an animal who is already in severe ill-health. The vaccine is known to be ineffective.
What about vaccinating when my dog goes into kennels?
It has always been the case that kennels are only asked to operate as per the licensing requirements of their individual council. It has never been law that they must ask for dogs (and cats) to be vaccinated. Some kennels accept homoeopathically treated animals and/or un-vaccinated dogs. Many dog owners use home boarding and/or dog sitting services that are becoming more and more popular these days.
Vaccines represent between 30% and 40% of veterinary practice income.
Pet Food
The manufacturers of unhealthy foods for children are curtailed in their ability to propagandise their products to children. Canine Health Concern and its veterinary supporters suggest that the pet food industry needs such curtailment. 
The result of poor quality junk foods are just the same for pets as they are for humans. You end up with obese but malnourished individuals, prone to chronic illness and early death.
From the Horse’s Mouth: the PFMA (Pet Food Manufacturers Association)
“The industry's use of by-products from the human food and agricultural industries prevents the need for, and the costs of, disposal.”
“Dogs and cats have no absolute dietary requirement for carbohydrates”, but admits that cereals such as corn, rice, wheat, and barley are added to pet food.
“Some manufacturers may add sugar to pet foods as an energy source”. Dogs and cats have no dietary requirement for refined sugar. 
“Unfortunately,” says vet Richard Allport, “the pet food industry unduly influences the veterinary profession. Some pet food manufacturers even pay the salaries of lecturers who teach in veterinary teaching colleges. This is reprehensible. It unfairly influences vets, who in turn unwittingly mislead their clients. The result is a chronically malnourished yet obese pet population.”
Dr Michael Fox, formerly chief vet at the Humane Society, says: “Processed carbohydrates cause a periodic ‘sugar rush’ every time the dog or cat eats. This damages the liver and the pancreas, resulting in the conversion of sugar into body fat. The ‘sugar rush’ and insulin surge (until the pancreas becomes exhausted) make many dogs and cats constantly hungry, so they quickly become obese. 
“Animals who become overweight primarily as a result of the kinds of manufactured foods they are fed, rather than simply being over-fed and under-exercised, are likely to develop a host of health problems like diabetes, arthritis, skin disease, chronic inflammations, and infections like cystitis, gingivitis, and otitis, heart and liver disease, and cancer.”
• Processed pet food also creates an environment for parasites and worms, and takes longer to digest so takes up vital energy that would otherwise be used to maintain good health or fight disease and illness.
• Processed pet food is cooked – cooking destroys nutrients.
• Processed pet food encourages dental disease.
Commercial pet food represents up to 20% of veterinary practice income.
The alternative to commercial pet food
Since the beginning of their existence, dogs and cats have flourished on raw meat and bones, fish, fruit, the stomach content of their prey (which includes vegetable matter), and herbs.
There is a worldwide movement to give dogs and cats biologically appropriate food to promote sound good health: 
Pets on a natural diet are not regular visitors to the vet.
Real food fixes health problems – many existing, natural or ageing ailments are ‘fixed’ purely through nutritional therapy.
Real food creates and maintains a strong immune system, helping animals to withstand chronic disease.
Other areas that affect health

There is a whole range of other myths and misinformation in the dog world. Many illnesses are simply diseases of malnutrition or drug side effects. Many can be treated nutritionally and with a wealth of natural supplements or therapies that have no side effects and treat the root cause and not just the symptoms.
Free information
This article is designed so that you have the initial information to help you make informed choices, rather than the money-making messages put out by industry. There is far more information in detail than we could ever fit into a single leaflet, but we also don’t want to ‘sell’ to you.
You can go to our website for further free information and our video library. If you don’t have internet access, then we have produced a free information pack that gives you a little more than we have been able to include on this leaflet. Simply send us a stamped addressed envelope with a second class stamp on (approximately) a 9’x 6’ with your request for the free pack.
How can I find out more?
CHC does offer a range of products - newsletter subscription plus a free monthly email bulletin and internet discussion group, books, a DVD, an educational course, and of course our website with information and a resource directory.
What is Canine Health Concern?
Canine Health Concern (CHC) is an international non-profit animal welfare organisation that is independent of commercial bias and funding. Started in 1994, it is primarily here to provide information so that dog owners have the opportunity to make an informed decision about their loved ones. We don’t have the budgets that the pharmaceutical and pet food industry have, and therefore have to rely a great deal on ‘word of mouth’. For more details see the website or ask for our free information pack.
If you feel that freedom of speech and access to information is important, then we would be grateful if you could pass this article on to another dog owner so that they too will be afforded this information that is otherwise not made public.
Canine Health Concern, PO Box 7533, Perth, PH2 1AD
Telephone: 01821 670410.
Email: catherine@carsegray.co.uk or rob@carsegray.co.uk

The Arkansas House (91-5) and Senate (35-0) passed a new rabies law authorizing the State Health Department to establish rabies vaccination schedules which will result in a 3 year rabies protocol for Arkansas dogs and cats.
Arkansas News 2/2/09  
"The senate also gave final legislative approval to House Bill 1274 by Rep. Pam Adcock, D-Little Rock, which would modernize the state’s rabies vaccination laws. Under the bill, rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats would be required every three years, rather than every year under current law."

Dr Sam Tobias AHH-UK@leahs.freeserve.co.uk has advised that a general Lungworm remedy is available.
If any dog is coughing a lot and the Cough Bomb doesn't help, as they migrate to the lungs, she suggests they are wormed fairly ferociously with her treatment as in 'double dosing' as long as the animal is in decent health.  They are very small but, if there is an infestation, you should see them in the faeces.
Horses are more prone to them. It's brought on by stress, poor management etc. which is not unusual in rescue dogs so the best thing is to get their faeces checked if you have any doubts. Quite often the worms are there but the stress can cause them to become more active. Keep stress to a minimum and feed a good diet.
DIATOMACEOUS EARTH There have been very good reports from people using this product. Check out

One way of avoiding slugs in the garden without using chemicals is to use egg shells!

Dogs eating slugs can contract a lungworm infection which is potentially fatal.
Wash out empty egg shells, crush them and sprinkle them on the garden.

The slugs do not like the sharp edges sticking in them so don’t go near the plants and the
egg shells are biodegradeable so they do not harm the garden or wildlife. 

FDA Confirms Probe of NUTRO Pet Food Deaths, Illnesses


Catherine O'Driscoll  Health News for Dog Owners 
This email bulletin is for dog owners who wish to be more knowledgeable about their dogs’ health. The aim is to put the power firmly in your own hands - to help you reduce your vet bills, and enjoy your life with healthy, happy dogs. 
Canine Thyroid Disease 
The following behaviours could signal the presence of canine hypothyroidism:
Moodiness, aggression, erratic temperament, hyperactivity, lack of concentration, depression, mental dullness, lethargy, fearfulness, anxiety, submissiveness, passivity, compulsiveness, and irritability.
The following physical symptoms can also be indicative of thyroid disease:
Weight gain, increase in appetite, dry skin, hair loss/excessive shedding, ‘rat tail’, cold intolerance (seeking out warm places to lie), slow heart rate, chronic ear infections, skin infections, itching, decreased exercise tolerance/a lack of desire to exercise, seizures, reproductive problems, thickening of the skin (for example on the elbows), lameness and dragging of feet.
Canine Health On-Line Lecture Series – Holistic Canine Healthcare (click for details) 
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A Major Cause of Canine DiseaseA team at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine conducted several studies  to determine if vaccines can cause changes in the immune system of dogs that might lead to life-threatening immune-mediated diseases. They conducted this research because concern already existed. It was sponsored by the Haywood Foundation which itself was looking for evidence that such changes in the human immune system might also be vaccine induced. It found the evidence.

Catherine O’Driscoll founded Canine Health Concern in 1994 after two of her young dogs died. CHC’s mission is to research and share information about canine health for the benefit of all dogs and their owners. Catherine is author of two best-selling canine healthcare books, Shock to the System, and What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines. Her DVD, In Search of the Truth about Dogs was voted Best DVD of 2008 by the Dog Writers’ Association of America, and her work has been featured in a prime-time TV documentary.

 * The information in this email is not intended to provide medical advice, which should be obtained from a medical professional.


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