Podcast: Empowering And Inspiring Pet Parents

Podcast: Empowering And Inspiring Pet Parents

Date: May 13, 2022 | By: Dr. Peter Dobias


Here is how Dr. Dobias introduced Dr. Feinman: In this podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with one of my most trusted colleagues and dear friends, Dr. Jeff Feinman, veterinarian, molecular biologist, and one of the most beautiful and humble minds I know.

We’ve been friends for a few decades, and I trust that you will love learning about his work and his view on our connection with animals. I learned much more about Dr. Jeff’s work in this interview, including what he thinks about our connection to animals, more on his BEAM philosophy, and the importance of the re-growth mindset. 

Thanks for sharing this podcast with your friends! 

Podcast: Making the Correct Holistic Choices for your Pet

Podcast: Making the Correct Holistic Choices for your Pet

Dr. Christina Chambreau was interviewed by Greg Tilford from Your Vital Pet on February 24, 2020. Listen to this inspiring interview below, or by clicking here.

Overview: Holistic animal care is not just about addressing issues that are going on inside of an animal, but also identifying outside influences that may be affecting his health, and caring for an animal holistically requires an understanding of its true natural needs.  This means that the caregiver must have an understanding that every animal is an individual— with a unique set of personal needs and nuances that are unlike those of any other.

So where does the path to holistic wellness begin?  How can we determine the correct course of natural care for our beloved companion… one that looks beyond the symptoms of disease, to find the cause and reach a curative solution for what ails our pets?
In this episode I discuss the topic of Holistic Medical Decision Making with world renouned holistic veterinarian, Christina Chambreau, DVM.

Christina Chambreau, DVM, is an internationally known homeopathic veterinarian and author of the Healthy Animal Journal Series, Fleas Be Gone, Homeopathic tutorial and many articles.  She has spoken and taught thousands of pet parents and veterinarians over the last 40 years.

After 35 years of being the phone consulting homeopathic veterinarian, she now does pet health coaching by phone and internet to help you decide what would be the best approaches to heal your companions and prevent future problems.

She is currently one of the faculty for the Holistic Actions! for Companion Animals Academy. Weekly internet talks allow members get to hear about holistic healing approaches from many experts and ask any questions about the health of their animals of the faculty. They can also post questions on the 24/7 web forum and attend live and live streamed classes for free.

Her mission is to empower people to heal themselves and their animals in ways that heal the planet.

Your Vital Pet

Hosted by world renowned author & herbalist Greg Tilford, Your Vital Pet is dedicated to providing cutting edge information about current trends and topics in the world of natural and holistic animal care.

Through lively interviews with leading experts and visionaries from around the world, the program educates listeners about the what, how and whys of adopting and following a natural, more healthful path for their pets, while illuminating the deeper reasons of why “going holistic” is not only vital to the wellness of companion animals, but also to the wellness of human kind.

Greg Tilford is author of five books about herbal medicine and natural wellness, including the acclaimed “Herbs for Pets – The Natural Way to Enhance Your Pet’s Life”, a book that many of his readers are calling “the Bible of herbal medicine for pets”. A highly respected international speaker and teacher, Greg has delivered his work at institutions of veterinary medicine throughout America and as far away as the the Japan School of Veterinary Medicine. He was named “2019 National Teacher of the Year” by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) Council of Elders. He delivered the keynote address at the 2019 annual conference of the AHVMA in Nashville, Tennessee, where he received a standing ovation for his lecture, “Earth, Herbs and Animal Wellness”— which Greg regards as “just a glimpse” of his work to come in 2020.




Healthier food and planet through regenerative farming | Uplevel Your Nutrition


Amy Todisco, a nationally recognized green living expert, started gardening for family and then she met nationally recognized green living expert organic farmer and maple sugarmaker, Dave. Their farm is now an educational & experiential center which offers ever expanding programs including farm camps for kids, annual food festivals, farm to table dinners, and much more.

When & Where

May 9, 2022 (8:00 pm) – May 9, 2022 (9:00 pm)

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Doga | Ayurveda


Yes, you thought right – it’s yoga with your pet day. Yoga and Ayurveda complete each other, and Tami will introduce us to main yogic principles (chakras) and lead us through some yoga postures.

When & Where

June 20, 2022 (8:00 pm) – June 20, 2022 (9:00 pm)

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Heartworm prevention for dogs

Heartworm prevention for dogs

Heartworm Treatment Controversy

There is a lot of controversy about heartworm preventatives. The drugs adversely affect many dogs. Any symptoms can become worse (weakened energy field produces many symptoms). Most dogs seem to recover from heartworm infection without the conventional drugs and without serious heart problems although they need careful and professional monitoring. There is, of course, a risk that your dog has an energy weakness for heart problems and if infected, will have serious problems.

Even among holistic veterinarians there are many opinions and approaches. Over the years at conferences, various veterinarians have reported problems with all of the preventatives. In 2005, at the Advanced Homeopathic Seminar, most practitioners had seen reactions for a few days after the preventative is given (not necessarily a bad thing, as the body is appropriately reacting to remove the toxic effects) and a fair amount of chronic disease. Some are not using any preventatives, and testing blood every 6 to 12 months. From the AHVMA conferences, many holistic veterinarians feel that dogs do fine on the monthly preventatives as well as the daily ones. We all agree that the drug companies are suggesting doses too high and frequencies too often.

So what should you do?

Heartworm Preventative – Is It Bad?

If you are afraid of your dog getting heartworms, give the preventative.

First, you need to know that the “heartworm preventative” does not PREVENT your dog from becoming infected, instead – it KILLS the migrating larvae so it prevents maturation, therefore no adults can reside in the heart where they can cause serious damage.

Different companies’ drug sheets and veterinarians’ experiences indicate that the dosages used can be given less frequently (though at least every 6 weeks) and will still kill the migrating larvae.

Knowing which preventative is the best, if any, for your dog is up to you. Observing your dog will give you clues that you need to try one of the other preventatives or use none at all. This is another example of the need to keep a Health Journal.

The fewer drugs the better, so use ones just for heartworms, not other worms. And keep your observations in a journal to evaluate any reactions.

When giving the preventative, give it less frequently than recommended.

The monthly can be safely given every 6 weeks.

Within the host mosquito, heartworm larvae need 30 days of temperatures over 57 degrees F. However, those 30 days need not be sequential. A run of colder nights will pause their growth, but they will resume at the same point as soon as it gets warmer. Give preventative until most mosquitoes are gone.

Once the heartworm microfilaria infect your dog, it takes 6 months for them to mature. This allows a little flexibility. For most of the U.S., you can test for heartworm around April, and if negative, start the preventative once temperatures warm up, as above. Stop once all mosquitos are gone in the fall/winter. Along the Gulf Coast, however, heartworm is a year-round problem.

Where possible, stopping for at few months each year will let you evaluate any impact the preventative is having on the animal. It is important to treat these as serious drugs, watch very carefully for side effects, even subtle ones, and then switch to another kind or treat the dog constitutionally. If you notice no subtle signs of problems from the drugs, keep using them judiciously.

I do not recommend giving Nux Vomica routinely after the preventative (no homeopathic remedies should be given routinely). You can certainly do energy healing, such as Reiki, Tellington TTouch, or Healing Touch, after giving a preventative. You can learn these modalities yourself or go to a practitioner.

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If you choose to not give any preventative, what do you need to know?

Your dog could become infected, have a few adult worms in the heart and baby heartworms in the bloodstream, yet not be ill from the infection at all. A healthy body may be able to tolerate a low level of parasites. Therefore, many clients choose to use no preventative.

I support them in that choice and recommend blood tests twice a year, to allow the worms to mature and reproduce and show up in a blood test. These clients are also treating their dogs holistically in other ways, and being careful in high mosquito season to stay in or use repellent.

There are no herbal preventatives that I would feel are safe to give on a long term basis or are proven to prevent heartworms. There is a heartworm nosode, but we do not have sufficient information to tell if it is really protective. I sometimes use it when people are not going to use any preventative. Some homeopathic veterinarians feel it is protective, others have seen positive heartworm and also reaction to the nosode.

I have heard  Cina or Sulphur or other remedies listed in the “lousiness” or “worm” rubrics suggested. But I do not recommend giving remedies on a continual basis. There is no evidence nor philosophical basis for using these remedies. Giving remedies that are not needed by the vital force can be damaging in the long run, so stick with non-homeopathic prevention.

Some people feel safe using Para-L from Good Herbs (again my concern is using herbs long term), or diatomaceous earth (garden grade, not pool filter kind) which is not harmful but I do not see how it helps. Though I still have little proof of effectiveness, I am fine with you using a flower essence on a daily basis. One is Para-outta-Site from Jackson Galaxy Solutions.

The best solution for heartworm prevention

The best solution is to make your dog as healthy as possible by vaccinating the least, feeding the best diet (probably a raw meat or freshly cooked meat diet with low carbs) for that individual dog, treat symptoms as clues to an underlying problem and treat the energy problem not merely stop the expression of the imbalance (the symptoms).

A truly healthy dog will be very unlikely to be ill from heartworms.

If your dog tests positive for heartworms, is it horrible?


A healthy dog will have no heart problems and the worms will die in a year or so. There are alternative treatments (herbs and homeopathy) for adult heartworms that are 75% effective. You must have the heart checked by a veterinarian for problems and keep close watch on energy level, coughing, panting and exercise intolerance. If your dog begins to show any of these symptoms, begin holistic treatment.

~Dr. Christina Chambreau


Happier and Healthier Cats from the original cat maven | Uplevel Your Nutrition


Anitra Frazier wrote one of the first books on cat health (the Natural Cat) in the 80s and is still bicycling around Manhattan tending cats. She is a national treasure who will help us understand how to get cats to eat fresh food, and nurture and support them through illnesses.

When & Where

May 23, 2022 (8:00 pm) – May 23, 2022 (9:00 pm)

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