By Alfred J. Plechner, D.V.M.

My pet has a wet nose, so I know there is no elevated temperature. Wrong! This normally can be determined by taking a rectal temperature.

My pet really feels warm. If I or my child felt this warm, we would have an elevated temperature, referred to as a "fever". A dog and cat normally have a range for a normal temperature from 100.5 to 102.5 degrees. You now have a basis to decide upon.

If I feed dry food, I will not have to have my pets teeth cleaned. Wrong! This makes about as much sense as your dentist telling you to eat a hard, English Tea Biscuit daily, and you need not have your teeth cleaned. Possibly the biting services [occlusal] of your teeth may remain clean, but what about the surface that faces the tongue and that surface that surface that faces the tongue? You decide.

My pet has gained weight. I will only feed dry food because I have been told dry food has fewer calories than wet food. Wrong! Dry food has three times the calories of wet food. Please compare a bowl of oatmeal, with the same amount of granola. You tell me which contains the most calories?

I never feed my pet from the table. Wrong! Do not feed your pet from the table, if the foods you are eating are not of value. If you do eat properly, rice, potatoes, pasta, fresh vegetables, fruit and meat are usually healthy, and can be added to a good manufactured food. Definitely avoid highly seasoned foods.

I feed my pet only raw foods. Be very careful of meats in raw foods. Fresh fruit and vegetables contain vitamins and enzymes which are so important for good health, but are compromised when they are cooked. I only worry about the raw meat. As you see with us, there are no guarantees that certain bacterial may not reside in the uncooked meat that might be devastating. Please cook the meat slightly and feed fresh raw for the other ingredients.

I will never buy another purebred. I will buy a mutt. Wrong! If this has worked for you, be happy. You need to realize however, "mutts" come from inbred parents that concentrate their genetic imbalances in their offspring whether pure bred or mutt.

I have been instructed to rarely bath my pet. Wrong! Can you imagine your Dermatologist, telling you not to shampoo your hair? Well I have been told if I did bath my dog, I would dry out the skin and coat.

What about your cream rinse or conditioner? Do really think this would work for you and not for your pet?

Head and Shoulders and Amway LOC kills fleas. Avon Skin So Soft repels fleas and mosquitoes. If your pet still seems attractive to these insects, it may be time to do Atypical Cortisol Estrogen Imbalance Syndrome (ACEIS) or as the public refers to it as Plechner’s Syndrome.

My pet suffers from chronic internal parasites [worms, etc]. What should I do? Best to check Plechner's Syndrome, because chronicity is a "hall mark" of this imbalance. No, this is not normal.

If food sensitivity does not cause an upset stomach and or gut, where else might I see a problem? Often the problem will manifest in the face, ears, feet and the skin of the abdomen. Often there can be an inflammation at the base of the tail. In many instances you will be told, this is "flea allergy dermatitis". Even though you control the fleas, the problem still exists. If this is the case, Plechner's Syndrome exists and needs to be identified and treated before a much worse disease occurs.

Did you ever wonder why the inflammation of the skin occurs in one place or another? Did you ever wonder why one eye, one ear or one paw might demonstrate worse inflammation?

Many years ago I found the reason for this. The reason for this is that, there are certain cells in the body that contain histamine, which when released, will cause inflammation. These cells are called "mast" cells. Where they are concentrated the most, is where the inflammation is the greatest. Their greatest concentration is in the face, ears, feet, the skin of the base of the tail and the skin of the ventral abdomen. If one ear area contains more mast cells than the other ear, one ear may be inflamed more than the other ear. Again this release of histamine from these mast cells occurs with an imbalance in Plechner's Syndrome.

Is it normal to see excess pigmentation in the ears and on the skin of the abdomen? No! This excess pigment represents an estrogen thyroid imbalance that may be present at birth or develop as the patient ages. This hyper pigmentation may reflect food sensitivities, various allergies, behavioral changes including epilepsy, auto-immunity and cancer. If any of these conditions exist, you may want to get them controlled through looking at the Plechner Syndrome.

What is cherry eye? This is a condition seen in dogs that relates to the tissue near the inner area of the eye. At the inner portion of the white of the eye, is a membrane that is a remnant of amphibians. In amphibians, this is a membrane that covers the actual eye, and allows the amphibians to see under water. In dogs, there is only a small remnant. But in this remnant, there is a small lymph node, often referred to as the Hardarian gland. When Plechner's Syndrome is present, it creates an antibody deficiency. When this occurs this small gland increases in size to make up for the antibody imbalance and can reach a size when it can actually abrade the cornea and definitely needs to be removed. At this time, you should insist that your healthcare specialist, remove the other lymph node even if it not enlarged. It will enlarge later and have to be removed, unless you correct Plechner's Syndrome.

Why does my dog have calluses on the elbows and hocks? I guess it comes from lying on cement. Wrong! This comes from a hormonal imbalance. Why don't all dogs that lie on cement have this problem? This occurs with Plechner's Syndrome. If a different way works, go for it. I have not found that way yet. A continuation of this problem is further seen, when a new food or a treat or a snack is given, and the elbow becomes swollen. This is because of an antibody deficiency that is present and will allow a food sensitivity to do this.

My dog loves bones. Is that OK? NO! Bones may be good for the veterinary business, but are definitely not good for your dog.

What might happen if you feed a bone to your dog? The bone may do the following; wear down and fracture teeth with losing them and not cleaning them. The bone may get caught up in the mouth. If swallowed, the bone fragments may perforate the stomach and or the intestines. The excess calcium in the bone, if broken down efficiently, may cause constipation or obstipation, leading to an intestinal obstruction.

Steak and chicken bones are the most invasive. If a bone is ingested, best to feed your pet, one to two slices of bread, in hopes of enveloping the sharp edges of bone so that they will not abrade, lacerate or puncture the intestinal tract. With bony fragments in the stomach, do not give your pet something to cause vomiting, because as the contractibility of the stomach occurs, sharp splinters of bone, may pierce the stomach wall. Always call your veterinarian if you are not sure of what a bone may have done to your pet. The best prevention for a bone induced disease is to never give a bone to your pet unless it has been boiled or put into a pressure cooker.

What about euthanasia? When is it ever correct, to consider this procedure? When your pet goes from living to existing, the time has come. When you see your pet cannot walk, even if they are blind and deaf, you cannot have them lay in their own urine and feces. Ask yourself, if this is the way you want to suffer until you expire? Obviously not! If you are unable to make this decision, ask your veterinarian for guidance, and also ask yourself, if life is worth living in this debilitated condition? If you would not want to live this way, why would you want you're pet to live and suffer this way?

Your pet has given you many years of joy, and now you can repay your pet, by making sure your pet is living and not merely existing. No matter how hard this decision may be to make, you have an obligation not to let your pet suffer because of your inabilities or beliefs that stop you from making a humane decision.

What pet food should I choose? You need to educate yourself as to how to read a label, and hope the label, reflects the actual ingredients. I am self educated in creating trustful diets for my many years in practice. I created the first non-meat foods, commercially in the world. I then created lamb and rice, and when my syndrome was not implemented, I created duck and potato, venison and potato, lamb and potato, fish and potato and actually was the first person to create cat food with 800mg of taurine to stop enlarged hearts in cats called cardiomyopathy.

You need to read the label. Realize that 90% of the diet exists in the first three ingredients. The longer the label, the worse the nutrition, because good nutrition is simple. For roughage, beet pulp points to a cheap diet. Tomato pumice is thought to be better. Yes it is difficult to determine what to feed your pet. Please remember, a byproduct may be those parts, humans do not eat, but are of value nutritionally to our pets, but a byproduct might be hooves, horns, waddles and beaks. Please ask!

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