COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
By Alfred J. Plechner, D.V.M.
My pet has a wet nose, so I know there is no elevated
temperature. Wrong! This normally can be determined by taking a rectal
My pet really feels warm. If I or my child felt this warm, we would have an
elevated temperature, referred to as a "fever". A dog and cat normally have a
range for a normal temperature from 100.5 to 102.5 degrees. You now have a basis
to decide upon.
If I feed dry food, I will not have to have my pets teeth cleaned. Wrong!
This makes about as much sense as your dentist telling you to eat a hard,
English Tea Biscuit daily, and you need not have your teeth cleaned. Possibly
the biting services [occlusal] of your teeth may remain clean, but what about
the surface that faces the tongue? You decide.
My pet has gained weight. I will only feed dry food because I have been told
dry food has fewer calories than wet food. Wrong! Dry food has three times the
calories of wet food. Please compare a bowl of oatmeal, with the same amount of
granola. You tell me which contains the most calories?
I never feed my pet from the table. Wrong! Do not feed your pet from the
table, if the foods you are eating are not of value. If you do eat properly,
rice, potatoes, pasta, fresh vegetables, fruit and meat are usually healthy, and
can be added to a good manufactured food. Definitely avoid highly seasoned
I feed my pet only raw foods. Be very careful of raw meat. Fresh
fruit and vegetables contain vitamins and enzymes which are so important for
good health, but are compromised when they are cooked. I only worry about raw meat. As you see with us, there are no guarantees that certain bacterial may
not reside in the uncooked meat which may be devastating. Please cook the meat
slightly and feed fresh raw for the other ingredients.
I will never buy another purebred. I will buy a mutt. Wrong! If this has
worked for you, be happy. You need to realize however, "mutts" come from inbred
parents that concentrate their genetic imbalances in their offspring whether
pure bred or mutt.
I have been instructed to rarely bath my pet. Wrong! Can
you imagine your Dermatologist, telling you not to shampoo your hair? Well I
have been told if I did bathe my dog, it would dry out the skin and coat.
What about your cream rinse or conditioner? Do you really think this would work
for you and not for your pet?
Head and Shoulders and Amway LOC kills fleas. Avon Skin So Soft repels fleas
and mosquitoes. If your pet still seems attractive to these insects, it may be
time to do a Plechner's Syndrome test.
My pet suffers from chronic internal parasites [worms, etc]. What should I
do? Best to check Plechner's Syndrome, because chronicity is a "hall mark" of
this imbalance. No, this is not normal.
If food sensitivity does not cause an upset stomach and or gut, where else
might I see a problem? Often the problem will manifest itself in the face, ears, feet
and the skin of the abdomen. Often there can be an inflammation at the base of
the tail. In many instances you will be told, this is "flea allergy dermatitis".
Even though you control the fleas, the problem still exists. If this is the
case, Plechner's Syndrome exists and needs to be identified and treated before a
much worse disease occurs.
Did you ever wonder why inflammation of the skin occurs in one place or
another? Did you ever wonder why one eye, one ear or one paw might demonstrate
Many years ago I found the reason for this. The reason is
that, there are certain cells in the body that contain histamine, which when
released, will cause inflammation. These cells are called "mast" cells. Where
they are concentrated the most, is where the inflammation is the greatest. Their
greatest concentration is on the face, ears, feet, the skin of the base of the tail and
the skin of the ventral abdomen. If one ear area contains more mast cells than
the other ear, one ear may be inflamed more than the other ear. Again this
release of histamine from these mast cells occurs with an imbalance in Plechner's Syndrome.
Is it normal to see excess pigmentation in the ears and on the skin of the
abdomen? No! This excess pigment represents an estrogen thyroid imbalance that
may be present at birth or develop as the patient ages. This hyper pigmentation
may reflect food sensitivities, various allergies, behavioral changes including
epilepsy, auto-immunity and cancer. If any of these conditions exist, you may
want to get them controlled by looking at the Plechner Syndrome.
What is cherry eye? This is a condition seen in dogs that relates to the
tissue near the inner area of the eye. At the inner portion of the white of the
eye, is a membrane that is a remnant of amphibians. In amphibians, this is a
membrane that covers the actual eye, and allows the amphibians to see under
water. In dogs, there is only a small remnant. But in this remnant, there is a
small lymph node, often referred to as the Hardarian gland. When Plechner's
Syndrome is present, it creates an antibody deficiency. When this occurs this
small gland increases in size to make up for the antibody imbalance and can
reach a size that can actually abrade the cornea and definitely needs to be
removed. At this time, you should insist that your healthcare specialist, remove
the other lymph node even if it not enlarged. It will enlarge later and have to
be removed, unless you correct the Plechner's Syndrome.
Why does my dog have calluses on the elbows and hocks? I guess it comes from
lying on cement. Wrong! This comes from a hormonal imbalance. Why don't all dogs
that lie on cement have this problem? This occurs with Plechner's Syndrome. If a
different way works, go for it. I have not found that way yet. A continuation of
this problem is further seen, when a new food or a treat or a snack is given,
and the elbow becomes swollen. This is because of an antibody deficiency that is
present and will allow a food sensitivity to do this.
My dog loves bones. Is that OK? NO! Bones may be good for the veterinary
business, but are definitely not good for your dog.
What might happen if you feed a bone to your dog? The bone may do the
following; wear down and fracture teeth there by losing them and not cleaning them.
The bone may get caught up in the mouth. If swallowed, the bone fragments may
perforate the stomach and or the intestines. The excess calcium in the bone, if
broken down efficiently, may cause constipation or obstipation, leading to an
Steak and chicken bones are the most invasive. If a bone is ingested, best to
feed your pet, one to two slices of bread, in hopes of enveloping the sharp
edges of bone so that they will not abrade, lacerate or puncture the intestinal
tract. With bony fragments in the stomach, do not give your pet something to
cause vomiting, because as the contractibility of the stomach occurs, sharp
splinters of bone, may pierce the stomach wall. Always call your veterinarian if
you are not sure of what a bone may have done to your pet. The best prevention
for a bone induced disease is to never give a bone to your pet unless it has
been boiled or put into a pressure cooker.
What about euthanasia? When is it ever correct, to consider this procedure?
When your pet goes from living to existing, the time has come. When you see your
pet cannot walk, even if they are blind and deaf, you cannot have them lay in
their own urine and feces. Ask yourself, if this is the way you want to suffer
until you expire? Obviously not! If you are unable to make this decision, ask
your veterinarian for guidance, and also ask yourself, if life is worth living
in this debilitated condition? If you would not want to live this way, why would
you want you're pet to live and suffer this way?
Your pet has given you many years of joy, and now you can repay your pet, by
making sure your pet is living and not merely existing. No matter how hard this
decision may be to make, you have an obligation not to let your pet suffer
because of your inabilities or beliefs that stop you from making a humane
What pet food should I choose? You need to educate yourself as to how to read
a label, and hope the label, reflects the actual ingredients. I am self educated
in creating trustful diets for my many years in practice. I created the first
non-meat foods, commercially in the world. I then created lamb and rice, and
when my syndrome was not implemented, I created duck and potato, venison and
potato, lamb and potato, fish and potato and actually was the first person to
create cat food with 800mg of taurine to stop enlarged hearts in cats called
You need to read the label. Realize that 90% of the diet exists in the first
three ingredients. The longer the label, the worse the nutrition, because good
nutrition is simple. For roughage, beet pulp points to a cheap diet. Tomato
pumice is thought to be better. Yes it is difficult to determine what to feed
your pet. Please remember, a byproduct may be those parts, humans do not eat,
but are of value nutritionally to our pets, but a byproduct might be hooves,
horns, waddles and beaks. Please ask!
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