Pet health insurance

Pet health insurance works in a similar manner to human health insurance policies, in that they both include annual premiums, deductibles, co-pays and caps.

Health insurance is available for all types of pets, including dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, exotic birds, reptiles, potbelly pigs and various rodents.

Cost of coverage is based typically on the animal’s age, health profile and the level of care you choose. Generally, older animals cost more to cover—and some companies have age limits. Also there may be exclusions for pre-existing conditions, and some insurers may not cover certain breeds that are prone to hereditary conditions (e.g. hip dysplasia).

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Why Did I Create Dog And Cat Food ?

Dog And Cat food
When I first graduated from the veterinary school at the University of California at Davis, I became aware that many of the animals I was seeing appeared to have some sort of allergies, ranging from skin problems to bowel problems etc.

At the same time, I wondered why oral or injectable cortisones seemed to help. When I started testing my patients, I found they all had a cortisol deficiency. I Now realize that my profession was doing a replacement for the cortisol and they never realized this.

I also wanted to know, with this imbalance, which allergens were causing problems. Obviously, I would have a problem identify inhalants, but thought I could identify ingested allergens like foods.

Please realize I had just graduated and had never been taught about small animal nutrition. I did complete a course in large animal nutrition called Feeds and Feedings, but this did not help with my journey.

I asked myself, where do I begin? I looked to the Asian population with their 8000 years of eating soy, rice and vegetables. They are doing well.

I procured a hand book of the composition of nutrients from the USDA.

I began my adventure by doing a soybean, brown rice, celery and carrot recipe. I gave my recipe to the owners to make at home.

It began to look like approximately 30 % of allergies came from an improper allergic diet. I made my findings known to veterinary deaf ears, however, a board certified dermatologist in England stated that food allergies were less than 1 % of the overall allergies.

As time passed, my theory worked in spite of the opposition. All seemed well until I got a call from an irate husband telling me that his wife was standing in front of a stack of carrots that she was peeling in their kitchen. Meaning no offense he said “if you do not figure out something that is reasonable, I may have to end your career”.

I definitely took his comment personally.

What then would be the next step? What if I could find a manufacturer to make my diet commercially? That was all good and fine, but how would I preserve the food without causing patients a problem with a preservative?

How about clean water and freezing? The only interested manufacturer was Breeder’s Choice owned at that time by Hal Taylor and both his neat sons. They manufactured the food under the label of Naturally Yours.

At the time, Dr. Mark Morris Sr. called me the Holistic veterinarian of California. He is the creator of Hills and Science Diets. He looked at my formulation and suggested I add a little calcium which I did.

The diet worked too well because I received these great stories from many people including a couple of wives that said their husbands came home late from work and upon spying this partially eaten loaf, broke out the crackers and ate the rest. Remember the loaf was all human quality.

The value of my food was seen by others and I sat down one afternoon and created a full line of pet foods called Nature’s Recipe.

I was able to create the first cat food ever with 800 mgs of taurine to help stop enlarged hearts referred to as cardiomyopathy.

As the Plechner syndrome increased, due to inbreeding, soon the patients developed sensitivities to lamb and rice, chicken and rice etc.

I then created Innovative Veterinary Diets based upon a single protein and a single carbohydrate besides rice. Soon came duck and potato, venison and potato, fish and potato, and rabbit and potato.

The other pet food manufactures followed and this had the added benefit of helping to rid diets of BHA, BHT and ethoxiquin.

I will soon, once again, be involved with the creation of diets that will be a huge benefit and not add to the misery of Plechner’s Syndrome.

Estrogen containing food may lead to the downfall of our pets, and there is no reason for this to occur. Hopefully, the Healthy Pet Network will find a pet food manufacturer that can see the promise for the future of pet foods and will become involved.

By: Dr. Alfred Plechner, DVM

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