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January 07, 2013
A Heart of Gold
Today I'd like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Dr. Raymond Bouloy at Cypress Creek Pet Care (formerly Highway 620 Animal Hospital) for his extraordinary compassion during this very difficult time with my dog.
Those of us in the movement to reform outdated and medically unsound vaccination protocols seem to spend a lot of time bashing the veterinary profession. This is understandable given the level of dysfunction and death our animals go through as a result of those veterinarians still stuck in the mind-set that vaccinations don't hurt.
We are anguished that our best intentions had the worst effects on our beloved companions. We feel betrayed by a profession that we held in such high esteem. And sometimes we're damned bitter at the losses and the costs that resulted from our misplaced trust. Before we knew better.
It's disheartening to learn of the American Veterinary Medical Association's sanctions against raw feeding and alternative therapies for our companion animals. Both of these modalities have proved life saving to many animals damaged by "approved" methods - grain-based pet foods and redundant vaccinations. To oppose new methods that work is unreasonable. To presume the authority to dictate to pet owners what we may or may not do for our pets is insane.
It begs the question: "where's the compassion?"
But just because the association gets headlines doesn't mean it speaks for the professionals who comprise it.
Many veterinarians are bucking the trend, often at great sacrifice to their professional standing and their personal security.
W. Jean Dodds, Hemopet and Ron Schultz, veterinary scientists leading the reform for science-based vaccine protocols with hard data that make the case for it. Bob Rogers. Laura Szeremi. Veterinary professionals who go way out on a limb for change locally and pay a steep price for it. Karen Becker who stands out as a model of integrating conventional and alternative therapies. Richard Pitcairn, the father of homeopathy-based veterinarian practices. I'm sure there are many others you may know. Now I'd like to add Ray Bouloy.
I dunno. He may not want to be on this list, august because of its resistance to convention and the antithesis to the conspiracy of dunces leading the AVMA. But he's tops on my list.
And what a list it is.
Since moving to Austin in 1999, we've gone through a revolving door of veterinarians. I changed veterinarians when the clinic only saw a credit card when I walked in with a showy standard poodle. I changed veterinarians when we moved. I changed veterinarians when the loss of Aimee to vaccine-associated dysfunction woke me up and clued me in to its causes.
Ever since, I have been extremely protective, some would say over-protective, of procedures and prescriptions to which I subjected my dog.
I changed veterinarians when she wanted to administer "booster shots" before examining my dog for a possible snake-bite. I loved her. She kissed my dog "hello," but her medical approach was 20 years behind current science. I changed veterinarians when I could not create a happy balance between conventional veterinary medicine, alternative modalities and costs. A veterinary surgeon walked out of an interview in a huff when I challenged her after-care protocol. I was fired by one homeopathic veterinarian for challenging his progress. And I fired another homeopathic veterinarian because he would not be bothered to explain to me his thinking behind a specific remedy.
I'm not sure how Dr. Ray feels about being on this list either; but in my book, he's the best.
He's supported us for three years without ever once putting his self-interest ahead of my desire to take an active role in my dog's veterinary care. If we needed a diagnosis, he was happy to oblige. If we needed medicine, he was there. Whatever his private thoughts or professional opinion, he was gracious when I said "no, thank you" to his recommendations. More, he seemed to take as much pleasure in my successes with homeopathy and home-made treatments as I did - because they worked for my dog.
Now, as we monitor Matisse daily, for quality of life during hospice, I thank God for Dr. Ray. He's been 100% available, 100% supportive, 100% compassionate.
At this moment, we could not ask for more.