"Dr. Plechner's Corner" is a compilation of veterinary and animal research articles by
Al Plechner, DVM.  Some of the articles found in this section are also co-authored with other colleagues as well.


Food Sensitivities in Humans, Canines and Felines

Today’s humans, dogs and cats are facing a wide variety of food problems that can cause food intolerances and food allergies. Both conditions vary from one another, but the clinical signs and symptoms are very similar. FOOD INTOLERANCES Wikipedia defines a food intolerance as a non-allergic sensitivity or intolerance that does not occur from an […]

Some Necessary Facts to Know in Order to Successfully Treat and Endocrine Immune Imbalance, in Humans and Animals

The initial endocrine immune imbalance begins with the production of a deficient or defective cortisol, originating from the middle layer adrenal cortex, referred to as the Zona Fasciculata. A cortisol imbalance cannot fund the negative feedback mechanism to the hypothalamic-pituitary axis. Because of this negative feedback deficit in cortisol, the hypothalamic gland will continue producing […]

Adrenal Estrogens: Are we missing something?

Dr. Al Plechner, veterinarian, has authored books about the importance of cortisol produced by the adrenal glands in preventing allergies, autoimmunity, and cancer. Citing Dr. William McK Jefferies classic book, “Safe Uses of Cortisone,” Dr. Plechner stresses that low cortisol production by the body due to stress, lack of exercise, poor nutrition and other factors […]

Please Try to Avoid Purchasing From a Puppy Mill

What is the definition of a puppy mill? The internet describes a puppy mill as “an establishment that breeds puppies for sale typically on an intensive basis, and in conditions as regarded as inhumane”. The ASPCA defines a puppy mill as “a large scale commercial breeding facility where profit is the only concern and the […]

The Cortisol Connection: How Adrenal Hormones Affect The Health of Pets (and Their Owners)

Steroids are a class of medications that are used to treat inflammation, allergic reactions and pain in pets. Synthetic steroids, such as prednisone, dexamethasone, prednisolone, and triamcinolone are already widely used in veterinarian practices. Synthetic steroids have a long list of side effects and may be dangerous to use for a prolonged period of time. […]

Why is the SARDS Treatment Protocol Always Accused of Causing Other Diseases?

First of all, it must be realized that SARDS (Sudden Acute Retinal Degeneration Syndrome) is the result of an autoimmune disease, which results in destruction of the canine’s retinal tissue. However, since SARDS is the result of an autoimmune disease, other autoimmune diseases and organ failure can precede the blindness that may occur. Many owners […]

What are the Causes of Cancer in Humans and in Animals?

Wikipedia defines cancer as a “group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body”. Wikipedia also lists the possible signs of cancer in humans. . A lump or growth . Abnormal bleeding . A prolonged, unrecognized cough . Undetermined weight loss . A change […]