I recently overheard a phrase that stopped me in my tracks and it got me thinking about the special bond that some humans have with their animals.
Whether it's a dog, cat or horse, many humans choose to share their lives and interact with four legged animals. There is no real mystery to this - non-human animals are sentient beings, and I suspect are capable of a range of emotions we are only beginning to understand.
I see evidence of this bond when I'm out at a stable shooting an interview. When I'm setting up the equipment, I'll catch someone in an unguarded moment, talking to their horse and kissing its muzzle. There's a bond there and it's wonderful to see. And there are two types of people. Those who get this, and those who will probably not experience this.
Back to my elusive point, which is the phrase that stopped me in my tracks. I overheard someone pose the question "Is your horse worth it?" They were referencing how much money they were considering spending on a medical treatment for their horse. Yes, of course, it is worth it. If your horse is in pain or uncomfortable, you have a responsibility to take care of them.
A day away from Thanksgiving, I'd suggest giving thanks for having the furry quadrapeds in your life. Yes, they can be a pain in the ass and ornery, but how often do they leave you smiling? I know when I come home and my two bulldogs come out to great me, unfailingly I smile. My wife and I do everything possible to keep them healthy and we're thankful that they're in our lives. I have friends who have horses that are troublemakers and mischievous, but truly wonderful companions. They smile too when they see their 1,200lb furkid. Enjoy them while they're here and have a very
I just had to include the gratuitous bulldog photo below - see, you'd smile to if these two rescued goombah's greeted you everyday!
Dan Moore, DVM is the founder and owner of The Natural Vet Companies, which includes products for horses, pets and humans. Dr. Dan doesn't discriminate and count the legs on those he wishes to heal.
His decision to start his group of companies is similar to many others - people took notice of how healthy his horses were and began asking for his home styled treatments.
In 1998, Dr. Moore started treating his horses with his blend of holistic ingredients for deworming and fly control. This came after two years of hard work, research and many formulations, he had perfected what he wanted to use on his horses. After he had been treating them for awhile, neighbors took notice how healthy and worm free his twenty or so horses were. They began to ask if he could treat their horses and it became obvious that he would have to eventually roll out his own brand as demand grew.
"We heard the buzz - "you wouldn't believe what he's doing with his horses..." and soon after we rolled out an herbal wound healer and worm check," Dr. Moore said. Success did not come over night but it did come quickly. They developed and carry a wide range of products geared to the nutritional health of your horse
After much hard work and four years later, they entered into the companion animal market with a "bug check" for dogs. Of course, with quality products, they sell themselves and when Bug Check product took off, Dr. Moore realized he had to utilize his equine products to help out companion animals. He jumped in with both feet and embraced the challenges of the competitive companion animal market.
Dr. Moore experienced the same success he did in the equine market, which isn't surprising given that these are well developed, holistic products with a lot of research and history behind them. After introducing many successful product lines to the market, you couldn't blame Dr. Moore for growing complacent. But of course he could not stop there as he realized something was missing.
"At some point, we realized we covered horses and dogs, but what about humans?"
Today, Dr. Moore oversee's a group of successful companies. In fact, they recently purchased a manufacturing group as they continue their growth. For more information on these holistic products, visit www.thenaturalhorsevet.com or www.askdrdan.com.
There is no truth to the rumor that after developing successful lines of products for horses, pets and humans, Dr. Dan is setting his sites on a line specifically for Ewoks from the distant planet Endor.
McLain Ward, Cytowave user, wins the $75,000 Big Ben International Challenge at The Royal Horse Show in Toronto.
McLain Ward has been using Cytowave for awhile now and he's also willingly discussed how much he likes the results he see's with Cytowave. You can read more about his big win here:
We interviewed McLain 7 months ago and you can listen to the interview below in which he freely discusses how he uses Cytowave with his horses.
We recently attended the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners show in Naples, Florida and it afforded us the opportunity to catch up with Cytowave users. In one of our more interesting cases, a horse had fractured its C4 vertebrae by slipping on the ice. An individual who had been treating horses with Cytowave had the idea of using the leg coils to treat the neck. Although it was an awkward position, you can see that the nailed the positioning over the fracture. The result? Here's what Dr. Brett Gaby had to say.
"For a fracture of this nature, I was surprised at the speed of healing," he said.
In 1994 he moved to Dublin Ireland to study veterinary sciences at the University College Dublin. While there he carried first class honors throughout the curriculum and obtained a useful equine foundation. After returning to the United States, Dr. Gaby attended the Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1999. He was awarded honors in the clinical pathological sciences from the college. He completed an internship at the Rochester Equine Clinic and was employed by Boston Equine Associates for nearly four years before starting his own practice in 2003. He specializes in lameness diagnosis and treatment.
As more horse owners, veterinarians and trainers use Cytowave, they are revealing that our technology may be able to heal a broader spectrum of injuries than our treatment programs suggest.