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     William Shatner speaks of Dr Al Plechner


“…a crisis in health and survival has developed that envelopes not just Dobermans but many breeds of dogs and cats. As the results of improper breeding become more and more evident in the growing incidence of disease, the work of dedicated people like Al Plechner becomes all that more important… someone not content to merely treat the symptoms of diseases. He looks for their causes. What Plechner practices, I believe, is the cutting edge of veterinary medicine…Al Plechner’s innovative research into food, allergies and hormonal relationships has had a big impact…

                                                                               William Shatner


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Ken HunsuckerI started using nutriman about 6 months ago for my three dogs. I investigated the product because my Jack Russell was a nervous wreck, constantly scratching any where she could reach or bite. She was losing her hair from about mid ribcage down. Hair was so thin you could see her skin. My wife and I felt so sorry for her. After about three weeks on the nutriman additive you cold start to tell a difference. Today she is a different dog. Her coat has filled out all the abnomal scratching and biting has stopped. She is still very active and energetic but it seems that all the nervous energy has subsided, this product worked miracles for her. I give it to all three now, you can definetly see a difference in their coats, energy level, and just there overall behavior. Great stuff, worked for my Jazmine

 This is the best product for my dogs.  I have one done that was having skin problems & now no problem for over a year now.  Also, I have noticed all my dogs
    (4) have very soft coats

       Lauri Trifon

Hi Michael=)


How you doing???


Yeah, I actually got it rather quickly.  I think it was like three days

after I placed the order with ya.  Such a phenomenal product for my



You take care and stay in touch



Heather Inman


Subject: [AuNaturelK9s] Re: Nutramin 


Yes, I personally use it, as does my dog. He LOVES it. Great stuff, I will not be without it ever again. Not only is is chock full of minerals, it removes yeast, bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, and all sorts of toxins from the body. I used it for a general detox for myself and now use it if my tummy feels upset or I am coming down with a bug. I also use it as a face mask or a mask to shrink a cystic acne pimple. For the dog, I feed it to him at least every other day and he has never been healthier. You can make a paste of it and apply to wounds to fight infection, give it to a Parvo or Camphylobacter infected pup, give it to soothe the GI tract in general, etc.





I bought a very healthy, beautiful Danish warmblood horse from England in
August. When I brought him home our groom noticed he had bad thrush in his feet. I called my vet Dr Al Plechner and he recommended that I use nutramin in my horses feed as a supplement. His thrush was markedly improved within a couple of weeks and now in January his feet in my grooms own words are "awesome" not only are his feet better his coat glistens like none of the other horses in the barn who are all quality horses with first class feeding programs, he also has a stable mate with thrush in her feet and she is still suffering from it as many owners don't know about nutramin in the horse world and I find are skeptical, all I know is my horse has happy feet ! And every horse owner knows , no foot , no horse.

Lisa Carnahan




So grateful for the treatment that our Dalmatian, Dottie received from Dr. Plechner!! Dottie is 10 years old, and was really showing her age! After being treated by Dr. Plechner she is amazingly full of life again!! Thank you so much, Dr. Plechner!! Her allergies and pain (in her hind quarters) is gone! She's pivoting on her hind legs again and gallops like a pony!! Absolutely amazing!! Thank you for caring......We are so thankful to see her so happy again!

Al & Jennifer Herrera

Dr. Al,

I want to update you on Henny's progress. She is doing wonderful, and does not have any allergy, skin, or ear issues at this time.  She does not eat, drink, or urinate excessively. Her stools are firm. She is active and alert. She received her 1st injection - 60 mg Depo-Medrol and 4 mg Vetalog on January 29, 2010 and began taking Soloxine .5 mg / 2X daily. She received her 2nd injection - 60 mg Depo-Medrol (no Vetalog)on February 8, 2010. She began Methyl Prednisolone 6 mg daily on February 18, 2010. She is on a prescription Royal Canin Potato Duck Diet and has been since January 29. She has received a few table scraps with no adverse reactions. Do we continue with the above doses of Soloxine and Methyl Prednisolone indefinitely, or do we need to submit another blood sample for further analysis? Henny has been given a new lease on life. We owe you a world of gratitude. 


Cindy Bowders


My dear friend,

Your note is such an insight to your heart; 

your concern, not only for animals, but for human beings as well. 

In the many years I've known you, I have seen

how much you care as I waited in your office never rushed folks out, you always gave them the time they needed to understand what was going on with their pet, OR if they just wanted to chat a little more with you about something totally unrelated to their animal. 

To be honest, I usually arrived early for appointments because there was a special atmosphere in your office, one of  caring for people and  their pets!

As you probably remember, I've always said 'you are the best'...I haven't said that flipantly, Al.  I'm serious, because you have given unselfishly of your time in your dedication to helping animals, giving many years of your life to discover why animals get so sick, and what can be done about it. 

You found the answer and my animals benefited, therefore, I did.  My hope is that other owners and their pets have the opportunity to experience the same. 

Also, my hope is that your knowledge and the outcome of your research, will be transferred to treating humans.

Your heart shows Al, you are a wonderful, giving man, and I'm blessed to know you.


When my standard schnauzer, Indy, got very sick at 15 months old the vets in Canada could not agree on what was wrong with him.  Indy just kept getting worse.  He dropped half his weight and I feared the worse!  After dozen's of elimination diets and costs over $5,000 in vet bills, I was finally told to put him down. Through a dog newsgroup I was told about Dr. Plechner.

A woman named Helen Redus answered my plea for help.  Her golden retriever had the smae problem as my schnauzer.  She told me about Dr. Plechner in California. After one set of blood work at $160 we discovered what was wrong with Indy.  HE lives for another 11 year's.  Al had recognized the illness immediately, and advised me how to treat it. I believe Dr. Plechner saved Indy's life.  He is a great vet, and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone with a pet with a serious illness.

Lydia F. Bigras
Victoria, B.C.

Bubba with his tongue out

Hello Michael,
Several years ago, my cat was so ill that the vet recommended euthanasia.  A tumor was blocking her throat, and growing.  My heart was broken.  I couldn't bear the thought of losing my precious kitty, Bubba.  A grey little bundle of love, with a white belly and white paws.  She is the funniest, sweetest cat I've known.  I had picked up Dr Plechner's book because I had some health issues similar to Bubba.  I thought I could learn how to help her and me both!                                              
Bubba has been plagued with large mouth tumors, and horrible skin conditions with itching and major scabbing. There was nothing any vet could do.  When the tumors were surgically removed, they would just grow back.  She often had difficulty eating, and you could tell she was uncomfortable alot. When I was faced with the option of euthanasia, I thought I would try to follow the plan to supplement her cortisol with steroids.  This plan saved Bubba's life.  At first I was afraid of the steroids, having been on them myself, but I studied alot and realized that the fear for using steroids in this way is unfounded. 
I wish I would have known about this cortisol deficiency sooner, because it could have saved her alot of pain.  She is healthier now at 12 years old than she has ever been in her entire life.  I have even loaned the book out to people who were planning to put their pets to sleep, because I understand how much you can do before you resort to that option.  Please do not let your vet scare you about steroids.  Don't give up on your pet!  Find a vet that will work with the Dr Plechners program, they are listed by state on his website. 

Amy Erickson          

These are our thoughts regarding Dr. Plechner's work.  We hope it will help spread the word. 

During his many years of practice, Dr. Plechner has treated and saved thousands of animals when conventional veterinary treatments could not resolve their problems.  Decades of research gave Dr. Plechner extensive knowledge and experience in treating animals with an imbalance immune system.  He thoroughly understands the significance of the connection the thyroid and adrenal glands exhibit in relation to estrogen and the immune system.  He developed tests (the only tests we know exist today) to measure specific antibodies to better design a course of treatment for a sick animal.  Not only is he a compassionate and understanding professional, he is also a brilliant healer whose vast wealth of knowledge and genuine love of animals is readily apparent to those of us fortunate enough to have him gently minister to the needs of our precious pets.


Jim & Cindy Lamon

By Robin Gray

I have been the President and Director of Tidewater Bichon Frise Rescue for the last 12 years.  In that time, I have come to appreciate that Bichon is synonymous for allergy!

In fact, I read an article stating that a full 50% of all Bichons Frises have allergies. My vet's tongue in cheek reply: "Only 50%? 

We have searched for the best "hypo-allergenic" foods, shampoos, cleaning products and in the end the best medications to control their itching, biting and licking of skin and paws.

We have been through Benedryl to Atopica and everything inbetween....

I discovered Dr. Plechner's two books (a must read for anyone with an allergic pet).

I purchased "Pet Allergies: Remedies for an Epidemic" and "Pets at Risk" for myself and for both of the veterinarians that work with our rescue. I consulted with an holistic vet in our area finding that she has her own dog on the Plechner Protocol!

I vowed then and there that the next miserably itching, licking dog was going to be tested according to the Protocol.  Unfortunately, our vet sent the blood sample to her laboratory of choice and the results showed "basically normal."  I sat looking at a dog with huge clumps of missing hair and skin that looked like raw hamburger, no hair around her eyes and swollen lips and thought: "NORMAL??"

I emailed Dr. Plechner.  He immediately called me, interpreted the results and we got Taylor on the proper medication.  She has a few spots without hair, but her skin is a normal pink, the lip swelling is gone and there is no more licking and biting of feet and skin.

Since then Dr. Plechner has interpreted three more times "the numbers" generated by the blood tests. We now have the blood tests done only by National Veterinary Diagnostic Services, as they are familiar with the Protocol.


  I am so very, very grateful to Dr. Plechner for the quality of life he has given to several of the dogs in our rescue.

 Robin Gray
 Tidewater Bichon Frise Rescue
 Suffolk, VA 23438 757-986-BARK

By Mrs. Barton

By Mrs. Barton

 "Let me begin my letter by thanking you for all you have done for my little companion "Bridget". You are a man with great compassion and conviction, and we are truly blessed to have found you.

    Bridget is a sixteen and a half year old Lakeland Terrier, who has had many health problems throughout her years. We have taken very good care of her as well as her sister who passed away at age 13 due to improper medications that led to kidney failure. She had inflammatory bowl disease which would have been an easy fix for you.

    Bridget was a strong minded dog and her small size did not stop her from being very aggressive towards her older and larger sister. She suffered from allergies and was always very congested and had difficulty breathing. Because of her allergies they wanted to put her on special injections. Although I purchased them for a large amount of money Thank God I never used them on her. At age 12 she had 10 teeth extracted due to gum disease, and at that time we took blood tests for allergies. We found out that she had allergies to many foods and veggies as well. We started to cook her home cooked meals of things she could eat. But as time passed by she also became allergic to them as well. We must constantly switch her foods around.

    At age 14 she started to have tremors, her head shook as well as her entire body. I took her to several top Vets, I thought of ear infection, tooth infections. I took her to a neurologist she was shaking and learning to the left and had problems with her balance and keep falling down. He never even looked into her ears he just gave her meds and said she could not hear and perhaps the meds would help. It never did, I took her to another Vet and we found fungus in her ears at last someone listened to my cry for help. She recovered only to relapse again. The vet gave her acepromazine 10mg- TO CALM HER DOWN AND SHE had a seizure and I almost lost her right in my arms. She again started falling and flipping over and they thought she had a brain tumor. Again I went to specialists and the doctor said he did not think is was a brain tumor and again gave her more meds. She began to have a chronic cough that would not stop, I took her to the Hospital where she saw a pulmonary specialist and informed us that she had chronic broncos and that she needed to be put on a inhaler for the rest of her life, and would never be cured This poor dog was trying to hang on and I knew that there was something very little wrong with her and no one could pin point it UNTIL I FOUND YOU.

   After a blood test that you suggested and a treatment plan that I followed, she began to slowly show signs of recovery, and is almost back to normal or as good as normal could be for a 16 1/2 year old dog. We thought she would never see her 16th birthday and now she will defiantly see many more.

    Now you have her on thyroid meds and .l ml of steroids for the rest of her life. I will continue with the blood tests every 6 mouths because she is almost back to normal and her immune system is back on track just as you said it would be.

    I have given your book to many of my friends, and whenever I see a dog or cat in need I pass on the information to them and some have gotten there Vets to do the treatment as well.

    Every day that Bridget lies down beside me and kisses me and sleeps in my arms I thank you from the bottom of my heart. What ever time she has is quality of life and she sure is enjoying every minute thanks to you.

    I thank you for caring for all our companions and I only wish that you could reach everyone in need and show them how simple a cure is when you care as mush as you do."


By Lydia Castro

 "Dr. Plechner, I would like to THANK YOU for taking such good care of Sierra. Right after her exploratory surgery to find the leak in her lungs, it was discovered that she had cancer. After a couple of weeks, she stopped eating. I had spoken to the surgeon earlier and she stated that we had done all we could and it was out of our hands.

    As I took her to you to be euthanized, it didn't feel right as she seemed to be very alert. Sure enough, you said that her color looked good and after reviewing her files from the surgeon that her type of cancer most likely originated in the spleen. You then concluded that she probably had a hormone imbalance. After giving her a shot of a cortisol and some thyroid medication, I took her home and (after two days of not eating) she ate like a champ! The instant change in her demeanor was incredible! The next day she was chasing her tail again- something I hadn't seen in over a month. It was like I had a new dog.

    Unfortunately we caught the cancer too late and she did eventually succumb to it. You gave me another wonderful month and a half with her though, and for that gift I am full of gratitude. I am convinced that if we had found it sooner, your treatments would have given her a much longer life. If I had known about your studies years ago, I would've taken preventative measures and Sierra may never have even developed cancer.

    I feel so blessed to have met you. To find a vet that really cares about animals and is continuously looking for solutions, is a rarity these days. I've been a dog owner for 16 years and I have never been so touched by a Doctor's kindness and generosity. You're compassion is unparalleled. Words cannot express the depth of my gratitude."





  By customer

   "As far as I know, this is really the only book on this subject for laypersons. Luckily, it is very helpful, with good information on nutrition and immunological disorders as well as allergies. This book helped me understand my cat's ongoing food allergies and helped me improve her health (it is even more informative on dogs than cats). I highly recommend it for its detail and brevity; the author is a veterinarian who has specialized in this problem and seems very reliable and knowledgable. Some of his information contradicts things I have read in other pet health/nutrition books -- he recommends cooking homemade food, for example -- and there are no recipes here, only guidelines; but the author is also responsible for producing a line of anti-allergy pet food that my cat did very well on. One of the best things about this book is that it does not oversimplify the problem; he recommends consulting with a vet for complex problems. But his advice and information would definitely give you an idea of the kinds of questions to ask and the tests to ask for. Buy another book for recipes, but buy this book for scientific explanations of allergy problems in terms a layperson can understand, and for good advice on how to begin addressing those problems."



By Terry & Michael Goldman

   "Dr Plechner has literally saved a couple of our babies. We have many Shih Tzu’s, which we consider our kid’s or babies. Two, a mother and her son, had adrenal exhaustion and experienced severe health problems.

    Dr Plechner has helped us and guided us in correcting their hormonal levels thus greatly improving their quality of life and bringing their behavior back to normal. I have learned so much from him and I am now in a better position to be proactive with the health of the younger ones, as they grow older.

    I can not say enough about this man. He is very carrying and has always been there for us when we needed him. He is extremely knowledgeable and the Expert in his field.

    I consider him one of the “Great” people in this world and will forever be in his debt, for all he has done for my family. If you are ever in need of his services, consider yourself extremely fortunate to have him."





By A. Hansen   

 "I read this book when my dog was so sick wth chronic ear infections (that were not responding to the typical prescription drugs) that she had to have 2 benadryl every 4 hours--and this is when she was already on a hypoallergenic diet. Three vets said she had food allergies (she did appear to react worse to some foods, and did somewhat better on duck and potato). Two vets said to try an elimination diet. We did, and could hardly add any thing back, as she NEVER seemed to get healthy enough after reacting to a new food to add another food. Well, I read this book in one sitting, and made an appointment immediately with the one vet in our state who is familiar with E&I dogs and Plechner. Our dog tested positive for the disorder--her cortisol levels were less than half than that of a healthy dog. She has only been on the medications for a few days, and she's stopped shaking her head and licking her paws. She's got her old playful attitude back--she hadn't wanted to play her favorite game for a couple of months. The best part is that she will very likely be able to eat well-rounded diet when she's better stabilized. What looked like food allergies was most likely food intolerances caused by her imbalance. Most E&I dogs can eat normal diet unless they have "true" food allergies.I'm in raptures because without this book, my dog would more than likely have struggled all her life with these problems, been treated symptomatically for what was a whole body glandular disorder, and continued to have a poor quality of life. This book is easy to read, compassionate and straightforward. Plechner pulls no punches- the test is expensive, and the medication regimen is usually for life. But he gives countless examples of diseases and symptoms that are often caused by E&I imbalance-- it's amazing and heartening to read that countless problems occur when the animal isn't making enough cortisol, and that these problems are fixable. He gives info technical enough to help any vet treat your animal--even if the vet has never diagnosed an E&I dog before. He sternly explains that E&I treatment won't fix true food allergies---but it will more than likely make symptoms caused by other kinds of allergies disappear. I am buying this book for friends who have chronically sick dogs, and lending my copy out to anyone who is curious. It's well worth the investment. My dog will be the first to agree!"



By KenzieMommy

    "This Book is a God-Send! I was always at the vet, literally. I was there sometimes multiple times in a week at the bad times, and in the relative good times only a couple times in a month. You see I have 3 dogs and 3 cats, and between them I was literally spending thousands of dollars on vet bills for their various ailments and afflictions.

    I was wondering why on earth my animals were always sick. I have 2 dogs and 2 cats that were diagnosed with IBD (Inflamatory Bowel Disease), and all my dogs had allergies with various sorts of secondary skin and ear infections that go with. Not to mention the occasional surgery to remove and biopsy a suspicious looking cyst, or lump that appeared here and there.

    I was also spending hundreds of dollars a month on various medications for their chronic conditions. Yet, they just seemed to treat the symptoms and no the cause as my pets still seemed to get getting sicker.

    Well, This book gave me the answer! 4 of my 6 animals (My 3 dogs and 1 of my cats) has tested positive for Low Cortisol as described in this book. After putting my animals on the Plechner Protocol (and working with my holistic vet does the testing and follows the protocol) they are now the healthiest they have ever been. So many of seemingly unrelated health problems in aniamls are explained by Low Cortisol and this book.

    Buy It! Everyone Pet owner should have a copy. It not only saved me money from tons of vet visits, it most importantly helped me to improve my animals health by treating the root cause, instead of just the symptoms of their health problems."


By Robert R. Lewis

    "So because of this book, my dog eats a healthy commercially prepared diet of rabbit, venison, and fish and potatoe. I am happy to say she now takes a natural plant derived cortisone daily and thyroid medication daily and no longer scratches, plus her inflamed,chronically infected ears are healed!! Thanks to the author Dr. Plechner and this wonderful book. Even the Scientific Director of the Humane Society gave this book a glowing reccomendation."


By Marilynn Margulies


 "Every day, I thank God for Dr. Plechner. He saved my beloved wolf hybrid, Merlin, twice. The first time was when Merlin was a puppy; his system was so out of balance, they weren't even sure he'd make it. For the three years that followed, Merlin's health improved and flourished under Dr. Plechner's care. When Dr. Plechner retired [now I know it was out of frustration, because his fellow veterinarians, appeared not to be interested in finding a better way], I found a well-respected animal hospital and owner, and thought all would be well. At this new facility, the medication that Dr. Plechner had prescribed, based on factual blood test results, were changed and I was told his replacement therapy, had been changed. I noticed, gradually at first, a change in his health, behavior and personality. I thought he was simply maturing. However, after the "first time" groomer, at the new animal hospital, bathed Merlin, he had a very severe allergic reaction. I now was not only on alert, but knew something was wrong. His thick and previously luxurious coat, became sparse on one side of his body, and began to fall out in clumps, leaving large, round, weeping sores. Even worse, he began to lose his sight, due to a lack of proper hormone regulation of the immune system, because the new veterinarian decided Dr. Plechner's medications were not applicable. I guess, being a board certified veterinary surgeon, allowed him to decide on proper medication for my dear Merlin.

    When I found Dr. Plechner's website, I knew my prayers had been answered. He was back in practice in Southern California, not only because of the public outcry to come back, but because he really missed practicing with all of his animal patients. Very soon, after our visit with Dr. Plechner, and the return to the correct replacement medications, Merlin began to show improvement. His coat is growing in again, and his energy is returning to normal. I, of course, think Dr. Plechner is a genius: and that every school of veterinary medicine, should include in its curriculum, courses on Dr. Plechner's discoveries in the field of endocrinology and immunology. And every day I still thank God for Dr. Plechner."



By Trevor Monroe

   "Mary Ann was born on April 18, 2008. This picture was taken on January 21. 2009, making her nine months old. She was one of five litter mates, one of whom died in September 2008 of wet FIP.

    Another of her litter mates died the following month while under anesthetic for a spay. She probably had FIP as well, because the veterinarian doing the surgery found fluid around her lungs.

    In late November 2008, Mary Ann became extremely ill. She stopped eating, was running a fever, had severe diarrhea, and was not responding to antibiotics. I forced fed her baby food for four days before taking her Dr. Plechner for a Cortisone injection. Within an hour and half of the injection her condition markedly improved, and she returned to her former state of health within several days. As you can see from the picture, she remains well and active. Over the past month she has gained one-half pound.


I am giving Mary Ann daily doses of oral prednisone. Her remaining littermates, Markie and Todd, are also on daily prednisone. They are also doing well and have never been seriously ill. 

Mary Ann has two older half sisters (different father) that have never been ill. Her mother, a domesticated feral, has never experienced a sick day.




These facts suggest that Mary Ann may be a product of inbreeding. Her mother has lived in my backyard for over four years, and I suspect that her litter mates live close by. It's possible that she mated with one of  them, resulting in a litter with compromised
immune systems."






By KenzieMommy

    "This Book is a God-Send! I was always at the vet, literally. I was there sometimes multiple times in a week at the bad times, and in the relative good times only a couple times in a month. You see I have 3 dogs and 3 cats, and between them I was literally spending thousands of dollars on vet bills for their various ailments and afflictions.

    I was wondering why on earth my animals were always sick. I have 2 dogs and 2 cats that were diagnosed with IBD (Inflamatory Bowel Disease), and all my dogs had allergies with various sorts of secondary skin and ear infections that go with. Not to mention the occasional surgery to remove and biopsy a suspicious looking cyst, or lump that appeared here and there.

    I was also spending hundreds of dollars a month on various medications for their chronic conditions. Yet, they just seemed to treat the symptoms and no the cause as my pets still seemed to get getting sicker.

    Well, This book gave me the answer! 4 of my 6 animals (My 3 dogs and 1 of my cats) has tested positive for Low Cortisol as described in this book. After putting my animals on the Plechner Protocol (and working with my holistic vet does the testing and follows the protocol) they are now the healthiest they have ever been. So many of seemingly unrelated health problems in aniamls are explained by Low Cortisol and this book.

    Buy It! Everyone Pet owner should have a copy. It not only saved me money from tons of vet visits, it most importantly helped me to improve my animals health by treating the root cause, instead of just the symptoms of their health problems."



By Lisa and Jim Parker

Frosty, a 10 year old Lynx Point Siamese

"For two years off and on, Frosty had
episodes  where he scratched his whisker
area  and chin bloody and raw. He frequently wore an e-collar for weeks at a time and was miserable. We had used Natural Health remedies, Homeopathy, Energy treatments and traditional Veterinary medicine to no avail for him. We had Dr. Plechner's E-I bloodwork done on him and his levels were way off. We started him on Dr. Plechner's protocol of a graduated dosage of Prednisone and he is currently on 10 mgs. From the first week of the protocol, he never needed another shot and is a happy, healthy kitty! He is once again running around like a nut and talking (more like howling) like Siamese do! We are very happy at his progress and saving money from no vet bills!"
  Missy, a 15 year old tiny Tabby girl

"Missy is my sweet baby girl and began
showing serious signs of aging.
Her kidneys were clearly not doing well, she stopped grooming herself,
became very anxious, crying all the time and was eating very little and
losing weight. In addition, 6 months prior, we had her teeth cleaned and she was already developing plaque build up and was pawing at her mouth again. I was panicking, as I did not want to lose her so soon. We had Dr. Plechner's blood work done and her levels were way off. She is tiny, so we started her on 2.5 mgs of Prednisone. Within two weeks, the difference in her was nothing short of remarkable! This 15 year old kitty is now running up and down the hall like a crazed kitten again, talking up a storm, flying up and down her cat tree and over the top of the bed, waking me up in the morning! She is eating well, gained a bit of weight and is once again grooming herself. She has stopped pawing at her mouth and is much more calm, resting comfortably with me at night. We are so very grateful at the incredible change in our little kitty and so happy she will live a quality life for many more years! Thank you from our hearts, Dr. Plechner, for saving our little Miss!"

 Pepper, a large marshmallow of a black cat 

"Pepper is a very large and very sweet black
kitty with the personality of a big ole baby
mush. He still likes to sit next to my husband on the couch, having his belly rubbed while he suckles and kneads on a towel, purring loudly. Last year, Pepper contracted Feline Panleukopenia from a new kitten we brought into the house. He was very sick, but recovered nicely, or so we thought. In less than a year's time, our once 32 pound kitty weighed 15 pounds. It started slowly, but he began throwing up frequently, first once a day, then up to three times per day, and was showing blood. His coat was dull and dry and he was losing hair in places. Pepper's blood work showed that his endocrine-immune system was way out of balance. We started him on Dr. Plechner's protocol and he is currently taking 12.5 mgs. of Prednisone and doing very well. He has gained a bit of weight back and his fur is beginning to fill in and look healthier again. This large, lumbering kitty is also running around the house being chased by the younger kitty and flying to the top of 7 foot cat trees! He has literally never had this much energy in his life. It's a real riot to watch him. Once again, thank you Dr. Plechner for saving another of our babies' lives!"






By Arlene D. Pilcer  

  "Good morning Dr. Plechner, just a note to say thank you. "Cassie", my Irish Setter who brought us together, turned
6 on New Years Eve. If you recall, she became ill with terrible skin allergies at 5 months old. No veterinarian, including Dr. Goldstein, specialists at Virgina Tech or NC State could help. Then I called you. Today she has an excellent EI-1 and takes Transfer Factor Canine Complete by 4-Life Research. She is down to 2mg Medrol a day and .2 Soloxine twice a day. "Cassie" is happy and active. We call her the gate keeper as she escorts our other dogs in and out of their play areas.
Thank you for all you do. My breeding program will benefit Irish Setters because of your help. Hugs!"


By Mary E. Pollara & Larry


Dr. Plechner,

    "I am not e-mailing you for an appointment. This e-mail is purely to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your heroism to take a new approach to save pets through your love of animals. I came across your Pets at Risk book in January of this year at a time where I was taking my cat Larry to vets to figure out why he was not eating and, losing weight. If I
had not come to my stage of observing him instead of being devastated and, accepting the diagnosis (Lymph Cancer) of the last two vets he would have been put down already. I wouldn't give up on him when I noticed him stretching and, cleaning himself. I couldn't believe that a cat sick with cancer would be capable of these two healthy behaviors. I was well into acknowledging that holistic approaches can and, do help animals and people.

    By the grace of God your book arrived at my local bookstore right during that time. Your book had symptoms of my cat Larry all over it. I contacted both vets in New Jersey on your website. They both were at least an hour away but, with a car all things are possible. When the one vet couldn't take him right away it turned out the other could. Dr. Mark Newkirk in Margate, New Jersey diagnosed Larry within ten minutes of having inflammatory bowel syndrome.

    Six and a half months later Larry is reversing back to health. He had, as Dr. Newkirk put it pain all over. Everything from his lymph system, stomach, liver ...everything was messed up not excluding that he was blind in one eye from glaucoma that lead to biphthalmia and,blind from phthisis in his other eye.

    Dr. Newkirk put in 110% of his energy for Larry. There was a time when him and, I were'nt sure he would make it. He ended up being in the hospital for two separate two week visits because he was losing alot of weight to dehydration to intense diarrhea the Dr. couldn't control. After Dr. Newkirk's last resort the diarrhea got under control. Larry got all the way down to almost four pounds. We are talking about an eleven year old large framed marked tabby who once weighed thirteen pounds. He started gaining weight two months ago and, is around six pounds now. His next vet appointment is tommorrow. His last appointment was the sign of his first real progress. His steroids were reduced to one instead of two and, he gained 7 ounces.

    I'm sorry to make this story so long Dr. Plechner but, I wanted you to get the real picture. It is no small miracle that Larry is alive today. It took all of us to keep Larry alive today. Your book played the most important role in his recovery and, it seems that a thank you isn't enough. His first many years it seems the vets were'nt so good. I believe things are making up now. No more conventional food and, I keep him to the prescribed diet the doctor ordered.

    Again, thank you thank you so very much Dr. Plechner. For what it's worth we may never get to meet each other but, through your information that saved Larry you will always be remembered by me. And, will always be remembered for the primary loving man who saved my family. May loved ones always follow you. God Bless always."



By Betsy and Jay Vazifdar, M.D.

    "It gives me great pleasure to write and thank you for your great kindness and for the wonderful way you have helped Lucky, our German shepherd/Airedale mix. Lucky is 9 years old & suddenly stopped eating & lost several pounds in weight.

    A blood test panel showed an elevated calcium of 14 & a low phosphorus. We were told that Lucky probably had a cancer. It was recommended that he had IV's to bring down the calcium. He not only developed an infection at the IV site but continued to go downhill.

    A frantic phone call to ATRA (Airedale Terrier Rescue Assoc). by Betsy m,y wife, as we had adopted him from them, gave us your name & telephone number. We immediately got a blood profile and contacted you with the results!!

    You were extremely kind and so helpful as you suggested the line of treatment. As a physician I was extremely interested in your treatment & the many follow-up calls you made! Thanks to your knowledge & skill Lucky has made a remarkable recovery, gained weight & is his usual playful self with his 'brother' our 3 year old Airedale Riley!!

    You are a wonderful person and a true healer in every sense of the term. We are so grateful for your kindness and generosity in taking such a personal interest in Lucky.

    May God bless you and may He shower you with His choicest blessings."



By Michele Walker-Lewis

"Sophia is our nine year old, spayed, Italian Greyhound adopted from Italian Greyhound Rescue. Adopted at a year and a half of age, we had limited information on her health history, but from what we could obtain it appeared she had been treated for allergies since she was a young puppy.

    Once adopted, our primary veterinarian as well as a board certified dermatologist, had tried tirelessly, through testing and various medications, to find a successful course of treatment, but nothing seemed to improve her health. Sophia had a lot of skin trauma from scratching, and many bacterial infections. She regularly had ear infections, urinary tract infections and gastrointestinal issues. We had tried various low antigen diets with novel proteins, commercial as well as home prepared. Diet helped slightly, yet she was still having many health issues and was also very uncomfortable due to the state of her skin. She seemed to constantly be on antibiotics, antihistamines, oral anti-inflammatory, topical medications, medicated shampoos and conditioners. It just seemed endless and didn't improve her condition.


After testing for the hormonal and immunoglobulin imbalance that you have found among animals like Sophia, we finally had a diagnosis to explain these symptoms that all seemed to involve her immune system. Better yet, a way to normalize and regulate her immune system. The one antibody that protects the mucous membranes was so low that it explained many of her reoccurring issues. Her immune system was not protecting her body correctly. Plus her adrenal glands were producing excessive amounts of estrogen.

    Once we began treatment for Endocrine-Immune Imbalance, the results were apparent. Giving her body the hormones that it could not produce on it's own and then tailored to her levels, helped not only regulate her endocrine system and normalize the estrogen output, but her immune system rebounded all on it's own.

Once Sophia started treatment for Endocrine-Immune Imbalance, I saw improvement within 10 days. By 60 days, most of her symptoms had completely resolved. Her skin was healed and healthy, the itching had ceased, and she had no infections in that time. We continued to have her blood tested and we also maintained a home prepared diet suited to her requirements. All ingredients go through a trial period to ensure she can tolerate them.

    Occasionally over the years she has had a symptom or an infection return but we retested her blood, and adjusted the thyroid and adrenal medications accordingly and it has been an effective course of management.


Recently she had changes in her CBC and chemistry blood work after an eye surgery. One month post surgery her liver enzymes had become elevated and she had also become anemic. Her veterinarians were concerned that it could have been anything from auto-immune disease to cancer. It was soon realized that her thyroid level had dropped after surgery, her regular medications just needed to be adjusted to correct her hormonal levels. She needed no additional treatment or medications. The follow up blood work showed that the anemia had resolved and the liver enzymes were decreasing considerably nearing normal range. Once again, demonstrating how important adrenal and thyroid function is not just to immune cell function but liver and red blood cells also. Dr. Plechner, your work applies to so many health issues and diseases.

    You have always been there for Sophia, us and our veterinarians. We thank you so much Dr. Plechner."




By Roz Wheelock

 "I've bred Dobermans for over 30 years; but I say 'smart' for 20. That was when I met Dr. Al Plechner; he was treating a friend's blue Doberman for an immune system deficiency.

    While I did want to breed a quality show dog, I was more driven to improve the health of my line of Dobermans. I wanted to know more about developing a strong, solid, healthy dog, so I made my first appointment. Dr. Plechner was generous with his time in explaining the Endocrine Immune System blood panel he had developed, the reason for testing, and how dogs' and cats' health could be improved. I was excited to learn of the opportunity to make a difference!

    I began a testing program on my breeding dogs, using his E.I. panel. Dr. Plechner was screening my dogs for the best test results to use for foundation  breeding stock. Along with that, each dog was x-rayed for hip dysplasia and cervical vertebrae instability. Using a critical eye, a Radiologist in the office made sure dogs were clear of both conditions. Dogs that did not pass these first physical tests, were spayed or neutered and placed in pet homes. Prior to meeting Dr Plechner, each of my dogs had already been tested for von Willebrands to be sure they were not affected by the bleeding disorder...



By Susanne MacLeod

"I have two Frenchies that are brother and sister. I have had Joey (my boy) since birth and got Kate (my girl) about a year ago (March 2006) from the Kate sickbreeder; Linda Ashford.

At that time I was told that she was merely underweight, and was allergic to dog food. The dog was to be bred. Kate was fine until there was a parvo scare in the neighborhood and she was taken to the vet who didn't have only the Parvo vaccine, but gave her one with everything in it; like Parvo, Lepdo, etc. She was 6 months old then. Nov 18, 2003 - Distemper, Parainfluenza,Parvo, Coronavirus

July 8th, 2004 - Distemper, Parainfluenza,Parvo, Coronavirus, Lepto, Rabies                      

Apparently, the day after she started to show sign of problems. She instantly became itchy, and would scratch herself to the point of losing hair and bleeding. She was returned to the breeder twice. At the home of the previous owner she was kibble fed. They also had three kids who fed her stuff like licorice. Once returning to the breeder, she would be fed a cooked stew, along with some veggies. She was given zinc and selenium, from the little that I know, and I was told cleared right up. As soon as she went back to the family, she broke out again. So on the second time being returned, the dog was suffering so bad, they were going to put her down. The breeder then cleared her up with the same protocol within a week. She was very thin and had lost a lot of hair. She knew I had her brother and was looking for a 2nd Frenchie, so she gave her to me.

Upon arriving she fit right in. She was very friendly, sweet and enjoyed being held. She seemed very submissive. Although when I introduced Joey to her at the breeders house, she was super aggressive and a definite Alpha dog.

Kate better

We immediately switched to raw. At that point I used ground beef, or chicken, along with some canned jack mackerel and made a veggie pulp out of stuff like Kale, Dandelion, pumpkin, yams, carrots, beans, parsley, garlic, etc. I can't quite remember, but we were using tap water, salmon oil, and The Missing Link.

When I got her, she had her last heat about a month prior. (I think end of April) I then had her spaded in Milton, a month after that. Surgery went well, but she started to itch, shortly after arriving at my house. The vet also said I should give her Advantage; of which I did and she almost died. She had such a horrible reaction; super red, hot, and beyond itchy. It was so awful.

I then went through the process of changing the diet, in adding less veggies. Nothing really seemed to make a difference. We then went to see Dr. Paul McCutcheon at the East York Animal Clinic here in Toronto (think it was in June of 2006). They say they are a Holistic Vet. They began with Auricular testing which Kate had 2 electrode laying on her (non-intrusive). The doctor then passed several proteins and foods in front of her and based on Kate's electric response she determined that her issues lay with her spleen, kidneys, lymph nodes and her skin. It was really something to see. It's like a homeopathic allergy test of sorts. We then began with about 4 different blends of homeopathic herbs (a blend) about 4 times a day for 6 months or soulmus sorbos, ribes, kaliphos, rescue skin. They explained to me that we had to start with the source of the problem and get Kate rights from the damage her vaccinations did to her. On top of the herbs she was only getting an Omega 3 (biotone) and a probiotic. And a digestive enzyme called Digest Aid.  MORE.....