To all Mash Family Members

December 3rd, 2015

IMG_3879On Wednesday, November 4th, Margo Roman was taking her dogs for their daily walk in the woods. Her young male, Budapest was chasing after his cousin, Lola and he ran into Margo’s leg, breaking her tibia. She fell, and as she landed, she broke her collar bone too. Margo has had 2 surgeries on her leg, pinning and plating her tibia. She has been in rehab for 2 weeks, and has 2 more weeks to go. She will then be allowed to return home, where she will be non-weight bearing for another 2 months. We all wish her a speedy recovery.

We appreciate all your support throughout these last few months. Cards may be sent here, to the clinic, as we visit her daily.



The Staff at MASH

Plant Pure Nation

December 3rd, 2015
Dr. Colin Campbell

Dr. Colin Campbell

Plant Pure NationAt Dana-Farber Jimmy Fund Aud on Sept 21, 2015 there was a fabulous presentation on Plant Pure Nation. This documentary done by Dr. Colin Campbell and his son showed how we need to change food to correct medical health issues. By turning to a plant-based organic diet, several studies were done to show how a population could reduce cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. It also showed how difficult it was to try to influence state legislators to embrace the opportunity to make their constituents healthier. With the influence of the meat and dairy industry these legislators showed the allegiance to their meat and dairy donors. The opportunity to meet Dr. Colin Campbell at this meeting and to reconnect with Dr. Kathryn Hayward were wonderful. The need to integrate functional nutrition and healthy eating affects all animals and humans. Bringing a plant-based diet to dogs is a project that is being worked on by a group of veterinarians. So check out and



Trip to the Madrid Declaration on June 11-13, 2015

July 1st, 2015
Bocci at Madrid

Dr Velio Bocci, the father of research in Ozone therapy.

The International Scientific Committee on Ozone Therapy ISCO3 had their international meeting on June 11 and 12, 2015. The Conference was held at the Royal Academy of Medicine in Madrid, with support from the Spanish Association of Medical Professionals in Ozone Therapy. This educational gathering brought together medical doctors, veterinarians, and dentist from 20 different countries. The historical lecture hall was over 300 years old. With interpreters and headsets, ideas and research were presented on ozone research techniques and procedures. I was fortunate enough to present a paper on “Ozone Therapy used Instead of Antibiotics for Micro Biome Restorative  Therapy Yields Successful Outcomes for Dogs and Cats with Fecal Transplants.” My lecture was well received and  created a lot of discussion within the conference. Many of the doctors had never heard of Micro Biome Restorative  Therapy (“MBRT”). My clients and their wonderful pets with their positive experiences were able to give these doctors another possible treatment for their human and animal patients. Fecal transplantation is being done in many of the hospitals in the United States for Clostridium Dificil. This has not been known as a procedure in many other parts of the world to help with this deadly iatrogenic problem due to the overuse of antibiotics. Using Ozone Therapy instead of using more antibiotics like vancomycin and metronidazole, we were able to reduce the biofilm of the gut enabling the fecal transplant to be completed successfully.

Other lectures presented were:
• The Biochemistry and Molecular Aspects of Ozone Therapy – Dr. Velio Bocci, Italy
• Ozone Therapy in the Management of Cancer Patient Toxicity – Dr. Bernardino Clavo, Spain
• Experience of Laboratory Control of Ozone’s Contained Cosmetic Gel Action – Dr. Oxana Bitkina, Russia
• Severe Side Effects of Commonly Prescribed Drugs Successfully Treated with Ozone Therapy – Dr. Heinz Konrad, Brazil
• The experimental and clinical feasibility of the method of ozonized saline use and efficiency – Dr. Sergey Peretyagin, Russia
• State of the art of the molecular mechanism of ozone therapy – Dr Gregorio Martinez, Italy
• The potential healing effects of ozone in deep carious lesion – Dr. Fadi Sabaah, Lebanon
• Criteria and tactics of a successful course of systemic ozone therapy – Dr Eugeny Nazarov, Ukraine
• Combination therapy of ozone PRPO3 and CGF in diabetic ulcers – Dr. Adriana Schwartz, Spain
• Ozone therapy in Science: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of randomized Control Trials in Pain Management – Dr. Ruhi Cakir, Turkey
• Ozone and neurotransmitters partners in the penumbra of cerebral ischemic attack – Dr. Victor Pereyra, Argentina
• Oil pulling with Ozonated macadamia nut oil – Dr. Nory Bazzano, Argentina
• Microdosis Ozone Infiltration. Clinical Experiences – Dr. Froyan Alvarado, Mexico
• Ozone for treatment of Buruli Ulcers – Dr. .Antonella Bertolotti, Italy
• Ozone therapy in Multiple Sclerosis – Dr. Estaban Sanchez, Spain

I had a chance to meet Dr. Velio Bocci, who is the father of modern day Ozone and has published many research articles and books. He was quite fascinated with the idea of restoring the micro biome and using ozone for the reduction of the biofilm. We ate together at the final banquet.
I had a chance to spend hours with Drs. Eugeny Nazarov from the Ukraine and Manuel Velez Aguilar. These are two of the Renaissance Men that were part of this conference. These men and women are willing to look way outside the box of conventional thought for the improvement of health for their patients. The results they see are truly amazing and need to be shared with mainstream medicine.

Two days prior to the conference I had a tour of the Sedecal Company and their facility, where they make x-ray equipment and ozone machines. Manuel Delgado de las Vega and Sean Calton gave me a lot of engineering understanding of how an ozone machine works. The intensity and quality of engineering on both the x-ray and ozone machines was impressive. I never realized how much computerization and electrical equipment and motherboards went into each of these products.

The day prior to going to the conference I had a chance to spend time with Dr. Mercedes Aviles who has an integrative veterinary practice right outside the city. She does a lot of major auto- hemotherapy and I saw her treat a dog with osteosarcoma, who is still three years alive post diagnosis and amputation. She also treated a case of Leishmaniasis with ozone therapy.
Following the conference I was able to participate in an Ozone wet lab and lecture in human medicine on an array of different ozone treatments at Dr. Andriana Schwartz’s practice in Madrid. Some of the procedures I have been doing at MASH, while others were different; I may begin to do some of those. With Platelet Rich Plasma PRP ozone has a potentiation and needs to be used in many aspects of wounds treatments.

Prior to going to Madrid, I spent four days in Mumbai, India. There I was able to give a lecture at the Bombay Veterinary School, which happens to be the oldest veterinary school in Asia. The lectures were very well received and there was much of interest in bringing integrative veterinary coursework to the college. We showed Dr. DoMore and gave out a copy of Dr.ShowMore so that students and faculty could see different aspects of integrative medicine.
The hospitality and enthusiasm were wonderful. Presently, there is no integrative veterinary medicine at the college or in any of the veterinary schools in India. Encouraging the faculty and students to know about all the courses both online and around the world was important. I let them know about the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (“AHVMA”) and their meeting, was hoping to encourage some of them to attend. Being that the Bombay Veterinary School was the oldest one in India, it seemed appropriate that they should begin to look at the Ayurvedic medicine that is in their country’s natural medicine. We even passed a homeopathic medical school on the way to the lecture. Dr. Prathmesh Deshmuka, who took the Chi Course in Acupuncture in Madrid, attended and now wants to add ozone to his practice in Mumbai. He also was able to reconnect to the faculty at Bombay Vet School to start introducing acupuncture into the curriculum as a lecture series.Bombay Vet School

The poverty in India is palpable, but there are still a lot of people with money who want to take the best care of their pets. This past year Dr. Komal Kenai, an Indian small animal practitioner, took my ozone course in Reno and then came to my veterinary hospital to shadow me for two weeks. She was able to see many modalities being used and returned back to her veterinary hospital to implement them. She now wants to take acupuncture, homeopathy and herbal courses so she can have more tools to help the pets and her practice. Having a chance to see some diseases I never get to see, like cysticerca, was an opportunity. Eating lots of well-cooked Indian food caused me to gain a few pounds. I even had a chance to shop and buy some Indian style clothes. Dr. Sunita Patel was nice enough to have me as her guest as I shared cases at the veterinary clinic. Her practice treats many stray animals and for that she and her daughter raise money for the very poor animal population. They took me to an event that raised $8000 in one night for the strays.

Sharing information with others around the world is so important and knowing that we all know so little and we need collective, collaborative thought to find solutions to really challenging healthcare issues.

MASHVet is on YouTube!

February 10th, 2014

20120821-085445.jpgDr. Roman has decided to make a YouTube page dedicated to educating our clients on the different therapies we offer. She would like you to be prepared and informed about the new and old holistic treatments she provides at her clinic.

She talks about Nutrition, Vaccines and Autoimmune Diseases and Cancer, as well as Ozone Therapy, MBRT Therapy and UVBI Therapy.

Check them out and stay tuned for more videos.

Donate to Save A Dog for Christmas

December 10th, 2013

2699-Brie500aChairIt’s that time of year where we take time to appreciate our loved ones. But we also think of the ones who don’t have families. Who don’t have a home to go to. We often try to find ways to help, so this year we are collecting goodies for Save A Dog, Inc. and need your help. They are a wonderful rescue organization based in Sudbury, MA.

Save A Dog, Inc. is a Massachusetts-based humane society whose focus is abandoned dogs. We take in local dogs of all breeds, sizes, and shapes who have become homeless for one reason or another. We work with animal shelters in MA as well as out of state. With over 8.6 million pets being euthanized each year, we try to maximize the number of dogs we can save at once, so we work with several high volume shelters and humane societies in rural parts of the south and in WV where dogs die in large numbers. Save A Dog incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit in 1999 and we were the first dog rescue group in the Boston Metrowest area to bring in dogs from states that have an over-population problem. We have used foster homes and now have a shelter in which to house and show our rescued dogs. We try to make the best match for applicant and dog. We developed a health protocol and quarantined our dogs long before it was state-mandated.

To date we have rescued and adopted over 3,800 dogs. We will not turn down special needs dogs and gone to great lengths to save the lives of those who are truly in need. If we are going to bring in dogs from out of state, we choose a mix of adult dogs slated for euthanasia as well as adolescent dogs who were abandoned when they outgrew their cuteness. We love working with people who want to “save a dog” instead of going to a breeder or pet shop to buy a dog. With such a national crisis, we educate our community to adopt, not buy. We counsel our adopters on how to care for the new dog or pup and we offer puppy kindergarten classes as well as obedience for all our adopters. We send our rescued dogs home with an adoption contract that ensures the dog will never again end up in a shelter again. We spay and neuter the dogs prior to placement. Our dogs are up to date on vaccinations, but we don’t over-vaccinate as we know that this can lead to immune deficiency problems and we will educate our adoption community about that. We use holistic care and homeopathy as our primary medical protocol. We use positive reinforcement training for our dogs and we require that adopters obedience train their dog using positive methods.

We are privately funded via donations. We charge an adoption fee, but it is not enough to cover our operating expenses, so we hold several fund raisers per year to stay afloat and keep the dog rescue work going.”

To learn more about them visit their website,

Here is a list of the donations they are looking for, but anything you can give to help would be much appreciated.

We have a donation bin at the clinic, so please stop by and help a dog in need. And take a look around the website if you are in need of a loving family companion.

Dr. Margo Roman Lectures at The IV World Congress on Oxygen Ozone Therapy Rome 2013

October 4th, 2013

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Dr. Margo Roman Lectures in Rome

Dr. Margo Roman Lectures in Rome

Margo Roman, DVM
The IV World Congress on Oxygen Ozone Therapy September 26-28, 2013, at the Ergife Palace Hotel in Rome, Italy. The theme of the Congress was a desire to find affordable solutions for medical issues, and the belief that Ozone efficacy, cost and success will lead world health in a better direction. This year’s Congress was “Health Efficiency and Savings Challenge of the Third Millennium.” The World Ozone Congress brought together Medical Doctors from 26 countries, each presented scientific papers on research and clinical applications of Oxygen Ozone Therapy (“OOT”).

For me going to Italy to learn and share knowledge on Oxygen-Ozone Therapy (“OOT”) was important and valuable. I was able to learn more applications and conditions that have been successfully treated and healed with OOT. At MASH, we have been using Ozone Therapy for 10 years and we feel it is such an asset to helping a multitude of health issues. Much of the research in the world on OOT has been done by the Italians, Russians, Germans and Cubans. It was informative hearing their presentations. With full translations into English, it was wonderful.

I went as a speaker and I was one of 3 veterinarians in attendance. It felt so great to share my experiences of the over 10,000 treatments that I have done over the past 10 years in my practice. It was particularly rewarding to see the many applications that I done through trial and experience proven through statistical double placebo blind trials. Evidence based medicine has been done with ozone research in Italy and around the world. The chance to discuss the applications and share ideas was priceless.

Another amazing experience was that since the World Congress was in Rome, the attendees were invited to St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Pope Francis made a special announcement during the September 29, 2013, Sunday Mass commemorating the World Congress on Oxygen Ozone Therapy and support of world health.

Dr. Roman gives a Dr ShowMore Calendar to the Pope Francis  via the Swiss Guards at the Vatican on September 29, 2013. St. Francis is the Patron Saint of Animals. The Pope is concerned about the environment.

Dr. Roman gives a Dr ShowMore Calendar to the Pope Francis via the Swiss Guards at the Vatican on September 29, 2013. St. Francis is the Patron Saint of Animals. The Pope is concerned about the environment.

I brought about 60 copies of the Dr. ShowMore calendars to give to many of the attendees to share with the veterinarians in their countries. I was even able to bring the 2011 and 2013 version to give as a gift to Pope Francis. The Swiss Guards at the Vatican really liked it, and they received copies as well. St. Francis of Assisi is the patron Saint of animals. Given Pope Francis’ concern for the environment, I thought hat he would possibly learn something about health and sustainable health care options from our info packed calendar.

The food was so delicious in Italy, so I know I gained a few pounds; but it was worth it because I also gained a lot of research articles to defend the use of ozone for so many medical conditions. From infections to cancer, from pain to bulging discs, from MS to Parkinson’s, from renal dialysis to liver failure, the research is there, and the information about the successes needs to be publicized.

Speaking at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital

September 6th, 2013
Margo Roman Lecturing at Angell Memorial Animal Care Center In Boston Aug 23, 2013

Margo Roman Lecturing at Angell Memorial Animal Care Center In Boston Aug 23,2013

It was such a wonderful opportunity to speak at Angell, my alumni of 1978. On August 23, 2013 I spoke on Micro Biome Restorative Therapy (MBRT). The idea is that 85 percent of our immune system comes from our gut really makes this topic so important. As caretakers of animals and our human family members we need to nurture the gastrointestinal tract. The are over 100 trillion microbes in a normal human body. We have more microbes than actual cells in our body. There are over 500 species from our mouth to our anus and we have no idea how many subspecies. Each species may play an important part in how our body creates neurotransmitters, enzymes, cellular precursors and other parts that a body needs to function with health.
The audience seemed to understand that with overuse of antibiotics, drugs, pesticides and chemicals our pets micro biome can get permanently damaged. Replacing it needs more than just giving it a fecal transplant. Following up with that we need to restore and replenish the gut scaffolding with digestive enzymes, green tripe, with raw glandulars, fatty acids, herbs and a clean raw diet to replicate the the natural body. Biofilm is an abnormal overgrowth of bacteria or other organisms that prevent symbiosis in the gut. There can be a lingering biofilm of abnormal micro bacteria that stops the new flora from developing. That biofilm can be reduced with ozone therapy (O3). O3 therapy facilitates higher amount of O2 and O3 that can be given rectally, subcutaneously and other ways to increase mitochondria function. It seems like a gross procedure, but as we know, dogs will eat POOP all the time. We try to prevent this disgusting behavior. In the wild, when a carnivore like a wolf kills a deer it first tears open the abdomen and eats all the intestines with the feces and liver and other internal organs. They innately know they need all the pre and probiotics and digested plant material to make their own gut flourish.
I mentioned the need to find suitable donors is very important. This involves finding healthy dogs with flora that comes from raw fed dogs with little and preferably no antibiotic treatments. Ideally these donors should be minimally vaccinated, not on pesticides, chlorine or have fluoride in their water. Additionally, the feces should be given as fresh as possible. To return health to our patient that we care for is our goal. Thinking outside the box, when it works, should be the new standard of care.

Lets think about a broader application of this MBRT. Letting the immune system restart… Perhaps get the brain to receive all the neurotransmitters for treatment/prevention of autism and PTST.

For Further Reading

July 9th, 2013

Here are links to two interesting articles on related topics, for information purposes only.
Bacteria We Pick Up As Kids

A version of this article appeared in print on 07/07/2013, on page SR9 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Why I Donated My Stool.

O3 and The Dead Sea

July 1st, 2013

I was lecturing at the University for the Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medical Department on Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Ozone therapy and Micro Biome Restorative Therapy.

It was such an enthusiastic group of veterinarians and other health professionals. They also got copies of our Dr. ShowMore Calendar and viewed the Dr DoMore documentary preview. Both were embraced and enjoyed. It was on this journey that this blog was written.

It has been 40 years since my first visit to the Dead Sea. In that time I have spent 35 years studying integrative medicine and especially veterinary medicine.

I have had some time to realize how important health and healing needs
to work with nature. The Dead Sea is an unique geographical and geological location on earth. It is the lowest place on earth over 400 meters below sea level. It is also has a very high ozone layer because of its distance below the surrounding hills, the ozone because it is heavier than air, it sinks to the lowest point and therefore it is present here. Because of the depth below sea level ones ears will pop and the increase in pressure occurs as if going into a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. I have had both ozone and hyperbaric medicine in my practice for almost 10 years and adjunct to healing the body is so positive. image

Hyperbaric oxygen brings more oxygen to the body by increasing the blood oxygen percentage under pressure. The Dead Sea has been a beacon of healing since the reign of Cleopatra in Egypt where she felt it a place of youth and health.

Drs. Tami Siniaver, Margo Roman, Ronit Aboutboul, Doron Zur at the Koret Veterinary School at the Hebrew University in Rison Le Zion, Israel on June 8, 2013

Drs. Tami Siniaver, Margo Roman, Ronit Aboutboul, Doron Zur at the Koret Veterinary School at the Hebrew University in Rison Le Zion, Israel on June 8, 2013

There are many theories of why the Dead Sea has so many of these health benefits which are quite remarkable. The warm salty water is 10 times more concentrated with salt then any other ocean. It is in this low point on earth that hundreds of thousands of years of water flower downhill have evaporated the salts and created this unique natural wonder. There are more then 40 minerals present in the water. Sitting In these waters your body is almost in a battery of water / charges that can affects the cells mineral components. Absorption through your skin in this warm, soothing, but stinging salty water helps relieve skin and joint issue. People come for over the world to bathe and float in these waters. Doctors from Scandinavia give week long prescriptions to their patients.

Those healing properties have been well know but the ones I think have been overlooked is the Ozone and Hyperbaric oxygen affect. Ozone is what protects our earth from the harmful rays of the sun. Ozone is created with the rising of Oxygen from the earth and it bombarded with ultraviolet light and an electrical spark like lightening. We have O2+O2+O2= O3+O3. This ozone drops down to earth as it is heavier than air and cleanses the earth. It quickly returns to pure O2 where it helps breakdown petrochemicals and pollution. When there are a lot of chemicals like sulfur, heavy metals, and toxins we get smog. Ozone is what helps clean up our air quality.

Ozone or O3 therapy as a medical application helps bring more oxygen to the tissue. It is mixed with high levels of oxygen and helps stimulate the mitochondria of the cells. Our cellar metabolism and repair depends on healthy mitochondria. By increasing the mitochondria numbers and efficiency we heal the body. This type of cellular oxidation is good for the cells.

Including hyperbaric oxygen with the ozone therapy is creating an even higher level of oxygen utilization. Auto immune issues, infections, inflammations, parasitic issues and even cancer thrive in higher levels of CO2. With ozone with are displacing the CO2 with oxygen. With the addition of Biophotonic Blood Therapy BBT or Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation, combining these oxygen therapies with the already know value of the Dead Sea could really bring health and healing to a whole other level.

What an opportunity to combine nature with peace and wellness. When looking at the geographical location of the Dead Sea and we know it is a location that conflicts are occurring. Hatred and mistrust is pathological in the area. It has caused the US Sept 11 event and the Boston Marathon bombing as well as hundreds of thousands of lives lost.

How can we take this negative passion of War and Death and bring it to Peace and Wellness?

Can we somehow have people look to helping their elder parents stay healthy and their young children achieve the positive potential of having a safe and fulfilling life? My wish is to have people come together for the sake of the earths health and their families full lives.
We need to find the common thread of peace and wellness. To take this Dead Sea and have it give back the breath life into humankind. We need to protect it as we encourage its future use. If we allow cars with petrofumes to exhaust into the area we will have forever lost the oxygen healing that occurs in this ancient
place. Electric and solar power must lead the way. We look to the Great Salt Lake in Utah. It too lies in a bowl and it has become a toxic air city. Reversing that may take a long time if ever. We need to protect this natural resource for the future of peace for humanity.

Lets let healing and health be the peacetime cry for the Mideast and beyond. Lets let the two sons of Abraham help chose a better world.

Integrative Treatment of Gastrointestinal Blockage

May 17th, 2013

Dogs have a tendency to get into weird foreign objects, which is a problem that can often force their caretakers to go to veterinary emergency clinics. At times, these are serious issues that can be life threatening. Like young children who put everything in their mouths, younger dogs will eat and chew on a lot of things. When items get lodged in the gastrointestinal tract, vomiting will result. Abdominal pain can occur and cause tenderness when touched. With the repeated vomiting, dehydration follows, electrolytes are depleted and the intestines become more tense. The cycle continues as the dog becomes toxic. Surgery is often presented as the option of choice.

But what can one do to stop the vicious emergency cycle that ends up as a $3,000-$10,000 surgical emergency bill. Dogs eat a lot of funky stuff and most of it passes. This first aid I propose in this article, may avoid more serious complications in most circumstances in which surgery would have been the only solution offered; trying this protocol first should be standard procedure to avoid unnecessary expense and unnecessary harm to the patient.

Integrative treatment of Gastrointestinal Blockage:
I want to show you six cases of success using a non-surgical approach to providing a positive affect on the GI tract.
Do not give any drugs to stop the GI tract as we want to work with an “awake gut.”

1) Hydration – With the continuous vomiting, the body is dehydrated. This can be stressful for all the organ systems, so giving intravenous or subcutaneous fluids is needed. I use ozonated saline subcutaneous with Tachyon energy placed outside the glass cylinders, as it hydrates and also delivers O3 which converts to O2. The benefits of the ozone are to bring down inflammation and it acts as an antimicrobial for anaerobic bacteria. The ozone delivers oxygen to the irritated tissue as it displaces CO2. By increasing the O2 it helps the traumatized gut area and gives oxygen to the stable tissue. I also recommend using Vitamin C and B-complex (½ -1 cc of each is suggested) to act as an anti-oxidant, preventing free radical damage from the oxidation

2) Lubrication – The gut becomes dried out and the object lodged in the stomach or gut will stick to the mucosa. I therefore give a bolus of Vaseline petroleum jelly (approx 1 tablespoon per 10 lbs). Give Vaseline at the initial diagnosis and follow up an hour later with a Vaseline and bread sandwich, which acts as a lubricant and a bolus to help push the foreign body toward its exit.

3) Homeopathy – Homeopathic remedies allow the body’s vital energy to respond to a particular symptom. Nux Vomica is the remedy for overeating or eating something toxic. I give a 200C Nux Vomica mixed in water placed on the tongue about 15 minutes after the petroleum ingestion. Calendula helps with the intestines to become less inflamed and move more normally.
To give 200C or 30C Calendula after the 1st and 2nd petroleum sandwich at home.
To give 200C or 30C Arnica for pain if needed.

4) Acupuncture – Place acupuncture needles in the following points:
ST 36 ST 25 – for GI pain and to increase the normal peristaltic patterns
PC6 – for the nausea
BL 20, 18 – to help the liver and spleen
Bai Hui and GV14 – as a balancing point
CV 1 (just above the anus, turn with stimulation)
LI 4, 11 – to balance the large intestine
BL 60 – for pain
SP 6 – to support the yin organs
GV 22 – to settle the nerves, if the dog is anxious
GB 20 – for stimulating the immune system and helping the gall bladder
Leave the needles in for about 35-45 minutes.

Then send the dog home.
Allowing the dog to be home in its own environment allows the body to relax and the GI tract to initiate a more normal peristaltic movement. Have the owner walk the dog every 15 minutes. They should walk their dog in its common places so the dog will not be stressed with new smells and sights. We want to get the normal parasympathetic digestive actions to resume and the gut to push the foreign body out. Instruct the pet owner to always focus positive thought about seeing the foreign body pass. Always be positive and believe it can pass. Further instruct the owner to repeat with 2 Vaseline sandwiches, to be followed by Nux Vomica and calendula. If the dog continues to vomit as it did prior to initial therapy, you may need to give another dose of fluid therapy. Therefore, send the client home with a 1000c bag of spiked Lactated Ringers with 2cc B complex and 2cc Vitamin C to giving about 50cc/10 lbs.

After 4-5 hours, if you are not seeing a reduction of vomiting and some interest in defecating, a re-evaluation may be needed. Remind your clients to always stay in touch with their veterinarian.

The cases discussed below involving my clients, involved animals who each started with a healthy gut. Many of my clients feed their pets raw food, which establishes and maintains vigor and stamina of healthy flora. We resume the good quality digestive enzymes and probiotics and some herbs to help settle the GI tract. I use Rx Vitamins Nutrigest, as it has quality herbal and nutraceuticals. I also use Animal Apothecary Phytomucil with slippery elm, marshmallow root and plantain.

Case 1: Renny, a Three year old Chihuahua
Presented after 24 hours of vomiting and abdominal distress after eating a popsicle stick. No stools seen in past 12 hours. He was dehydrated and his mucous membranes were congested. His temperature was 101.8. His abdomen was sensitive and a little doughy. All options were discussed, and the integrative approach to the gastrointestinal blockage was started immediately. I gave about 40cc ozonated saline and followed the protocol. He totally relaxed and slept through the acupuncture treatment, which was his first rest in 24 hours. After 4 hours, he seemed more comfortable at home. 2 hours later he went outside and had a bowel movement. The stick passed the next day.
Case 2: Kona, a Chocolate Black Labrador, 11 months old.
Presented after vomiting for 12 hours. In addition, his last stool 12 hours before had fiber and threads in it. No stools in rectum when presented. Kona was mildly dehydrated. His owner was given all options and chose to do the Integrative approach to Gastrointestinal Blockage. We gave 180 cc of ozonated fluids and did all the rest of the protocol. After several hours, he seemed less anxious and passed Vaseline laden feces and then slept. In the morning Kona passed 2 feet of a towel and was fine afterwards.

Case 3: Sampson, German Shepherd, 11 Months old
Presented after 18 hours’ episode of vomiting. Rectal examination showed scanty stools, and the abdomen was tender and doughy. The dog was not dehydrated, but was given 200cc of ozonated saline SQ. The owner was given all options and chose the Integrative Approach to gastrointestinal blockage. Within 3 hours Sampson was so much more relaxed. He also had pain in his rear legs and back, so he got the arnica as well. He started defecating about 6 hours later and started passing the petroleum. His GI tract needed some more stabilization with phytomucil. Samson improved after 48 hours and was normal. We never saw any foreign material pass, but the owner did not see every bowel movement.

Case 4: Neitche, a Doberman, 7 years old
Presented to Tufts Veterinary Emergency after 8 hours of vomiting and appearing as if he were having a torsion. He had been diagnosed at Tufts with Pyloric Obstruction with a recommendation of immediate surgery. He had a Hct of 85 and had been given IV fluids. X-rays were taken which showed granular material obstructing the pyloris. The owner asked for acupuncture, but was told that acupuncture would not do anything for this problem.
Instead of the expensive emergency surgery that was recommended, the owner had Neitche released to come to my practice to get an integrative treatment. He was given 150 cc Ozone and the Integrative Approach to Gastrointestinal Blockage. Within 3 hours, he started passing the Vaseline and feeling more comfortable. Shortly after the Vaseline appeared, granular sand began passing with mucous. (After the fact, we thought that he probably ate salted snow with sand that was plowed off the driveway, and possibly some cat litter.)

Mollie a spayed 6 year old Springer Spaniel
Presented to the clinic two hours after eating a 1X8 foot piece of cotton and a similar size piece of silk. She was not yet in any abdominal discomfort. The owner wanted to try to be proactive and possibly avoid a trip for x-ray and surgery. So the Integrative treatment for gastrointestinal blockage was started. That night she started passing big chunks of fabric lubricated with Vaseline. Some of the fibers actually were partially digested. She was fine that whole day and did not miss a step.

Champagne A 8 year Male Neutered Yellow Lab.
Champagne had been doing great on raw food change. His coat was the best it had ever been. Recently his stool had been soft but his owner gave him a cooked steak bone, not part of a raw meat diet as the cooked bones make pointy shards and can cause intestinal damage. Raw bone would have been fine if it was chewed. Well he chewed parts of it but the final big chunk went down. He had been vomiting since and after a few hours they brought Champ in. The same protocol was done to this dog with abdominal sensitivity. And within 3 hours he was so much better. He had a few Vaseline stools and was able to go on a trip with the family the next day.

Each client came back for another ozone treatment and the dogs all went back to their healthy diets. The owners each saved at least $3,000, and the dogs avoided unnecessary surgical intervention.
By combining alternative modalities, we were able to re-balance the body enough to allow the GI tract to correct itself and resume the flow of waste material. Each component played a part.
The hydration enabled the body to start functioning more normally. The lubrication gave a much needed softening and lubricant to the internal lining of the gut. The homeopathic energetically balanced the vital energy to influence the GI tract as a response to the remedy. The acupuncture moved the stagnant Qi surrounding the gastrointestinal organs. All relieved pain and re-balanced the stomach, liver, small intestines and large intestines. The positive intent and allowing the dog to relax in its own environment allowed the normal parasympathetic digestive process to continue moving the case in a hopeful direction.
To paraphrase a statement from a very different context: “How many anecdotes does it take to make a recommended course of treatment?” Set forth above are four of many anecdotes that should be used to identify a course of treatment that is preferable to unnecessary and potentially harmful surgical intervention. There are times when surgery is necessary – after other (better) treatments are unsuccessful; but not as an only option and an option of first choice.

Some of the owners letters in their own words. Read the rest of this entry »