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Meet Dr. Plechner


Dr. Alfred Plechner, DVM



Dr Alfred J. Plechner DVM, has been a Doctor of Veterinary Medicene for Over 40 years, with a special interest in Nutrition, Immunology and Endocrinology. His successes and achievements in these fields are legendary.

Dr Alfred J. Plechner’s greatest achievement lies in the discovery that a great many pet health problems are interrelated to the hormonal irregularities and immune system imbalances that are the hallmarks of the syndrome that Dr Plechner discovered and the Plechner Protocol, that he developed to determine and adjust these deadly imbalances, that cause a number of catastrophic diseases in animals and people, thus allowing them to live long productive lives.

His successful treatment program has helped well over 150,000 dogs, cats, horses and people. These were patients, not only at his animal hospital, but in healthcare facilities throughout the world. The Plechner Protocol has also shown a very pronounced effect on not only treatment of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)( feline equivalent of HIV), but also Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) and Feline Leukemia (FELV). These cats were all clinically ill and positive for their specific virus. Cats with FIV and FIP achieve a 70 % recovery, while cats with FELV have an 85 % recovery if proper hormone therapy has been applied. The human health care potential of the protocol has also been proven numerous times.

As the good doctor says, “The goal and best treatment lies in prevention and to ideally identify the problem before the catastrophic illness actually manifests itself”.




University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California


September 1956-1958


University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California


September 1958-1961


Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri


September 1961


University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, California, Bachelor of Science & Doctor of Veterinary Medicine


June 1962




Background, Associations & Accomplishments:


California Animal Hospital, Los Angeles, California Partner and Practicing Veterinarian since 1968


Stonewood Meadows Wildlife Refuge, Calabasas, California Founder of state and federally licensed wildlife refuge specializing in the treatment and release of indigenous wildlife


Calabasas Cellars Vineyards & Winery, Calabasas, California Owner and Operator, proceeds to fund Wildlife Refuge


Naturally Yours Pet Foods, Irwindale, California Creator of first non-meat commercial pet foods


Nature’s Recipe Pet Foods / Earth Elements, Corona, California

Creator of Veterinary line of pet foods (IVD)

Creator of Consumer line of OTC pet foods ( 1st Lamb & Rice )

Consultant for R & D of other pet products


J.P. World Ltd., Malibu, California

Research & Formula Consultant for product line ( Trace Minerals, Digestive Enzymes, Omega 3 & 6, Shampoos, and Food Grown multi-vitamins)

Created specific diets for animals with food sensitivities


Big Horn Sheep Society of California, San Gabriel, California Research Immunologist


A & E Laboratories

Consultant for Endocrine Immune blood work Studies and general lab work



            Dr Plechner's Greatest achievement lies in the discovery of a dangerous and  extremely lethal syndrome in many of the animals he has treated. It involves a defect in the middle layer of the adrenal glands. This defect causes a major immune system imbalance by creating a decrease in the production of cortisol  hormone (stress and infection fighter) while at the same time  causing the currently present cortisol hormones to become inactive. This ‘Plechner  Syndrome’ also causes an increase in the production  of estrogen which binds  the receptors and limit’s the availability  of thyroid hormone, leading to a dangerously imbalanced immune system.


          To combat this potentially lethal syndrome he has developed  the “Plechner Protocol’ which consists of a ‘hormonal specific’  diagnostic blood test to determine the nature of the imbalance and a treatment protocol using physiological (low dosage) injections and/or oral dosing of hormonal replacement supplements to regulate and maintain the proper balance. Once  the endocrine system is back in balance, the immune system kicks
in and all the disease signs disappear.



Association Memberships:


 American Veterinary Medical Association


 California Veterinary Medical Association


 Southern California Veterinary Medical Association


  American Animal Hospital Association


 American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association




Published Works:


Endocrine – Immune Mechanisms in Animals and Human Health  Implications, A compendium of Articles


“Unrecognized Endocrine – Immune Defects in Multiple Diseases”


 “Adrenal – Immune Disturbance in Animals Offers Therapeutic Insights for Multiple Human Disorders”


“Do Adrenal – Immune Disturbances In Animals And Common Variable Immunodeficiency in Humans Have a Common Cause?”


 “Cortisol Abnormality As a Cause of Elevated Estrogen and Immune Destabilization”


“Importance of IgA”


“Reproductive Failure and Adrenal – Thyroid – Immune Dysfunction”


“Adrenal Toxicity and Hormonal and Immune Destabilization in Animals”


“Innovative Cancer Therapy That Saves Animals, May Work For Humans”


“Suggested Human Protocol and Important Considerations”


“Blood Test and Evaluations”


“Therapy Possibilities for Humans”, New Sage Press, March 2003


 Plechner and Zucker, Pets at Risk, From Allergies to Cancer, New Sage Press, May 2003


 Plechner and Zucker, Pet Allergies, Remedies for an Epidemic, Very Healthy Enterprises, Los Angeles, California 1986


“Skin Problems – Mineral Supplements May Be The Answer”, Pet Age, November 1985, p. 24


“Canine Nutrition”, Pet Age, February 1983, p. 20


“Feline Nutrition – Read The Label”, Pet Age, February 1982, p. 12


“Preliminary Observations On Endocrine – Associated Immunodeficiency In Dogs – A Clinician Explores The Relationship of Immunodeficiency to Endocrinopathy”, Modern Veterinary Practice, October 1979, p. 811


���Theory of Endocrine Immune Surveillance”, California Veterinarian, January 1979, p. 12


Plechner, Shannon, Epstein, Goldstein, and Howard, “Endocrine Immune Surveillance”, Pulse, June – July 1978


“Food Mediated Disorders”, California Veterinarian, June 1978


Plechner and Shannon, “Food Induced Hypersensitivity”, Modern Veterinary Practice, March 1977, p. 225


Plechner and Shannon, ���Canine Immune Complex Diseases”, Modern Veterinary Practice, November 1976, p. 917