Posts tagged with "animals"

ResqRanch Summer Programs

Do you have a horse crazy kid who wants to spend time around horses this summer?

Do you love horses but are scared to death of their size and strength?

Then we have the right program for you!

The http://www.ResqRanch.org is proud to again be offering our HORSES 101! program, as well as a Hike with Horses event occurring weekly all summer long.

For the most current information about the program, please follow us on Facebook, @ResqRanch.

You can also call the office at 303-838-3771 for more information about these FREE programs available in our community.

Hope to see you!

DrQ and the crew at Aspen Park Vet Hospital

DrQ on the #KYDerby DQ

It’s been one week since the Kentucky Derby debacle, which showcased the first time in the 145 year history of the running of the Derby, that the winning horse was disqualified for interference.  Poor Maximum Security who certainly cannot understand why, since he crossed the line first, everyone in his barn is not as ecstatic as he is. And then Country House must be a little bewildered at all the attention, being a 65-1 long shot who came in second despite the mud, and is now officially considered this year’s winner.

I was with hundreds of race fans, last Saturday, practically holding our breaths for the 20 minutes while the stewards made their decision. Then, the choice was made, groans were heard all around, and people began to scramble for their Country House tickets they had thrown away.

Now I don’t really wager on horse racing, but I do thoroughly enjoy the sport, the horses, the camaraderie, the party, and the excitement.  However, this year’s results were certainly a disappointment.

So just why did this decision get made? And since when is disqualification abbreviated to “DQ”?

As someone who often goes by the initials “DQ”, I thought it might be fitting that I ponder this cosmic all.

As far as why the stewards made this historic judgement, I can only postulate, based on what I know of horse racing, and what is happening in the entire industry.

Animal rights activists have managed to make dog racing disappear here in Colorado, and now in Florida. They have also managed to stop the breeding of killer whales in captivity in California, and have their sights set on eliminating marine mammals in captivity, period.

I just may be the only vegan in the world, that strongly supports both horse racing, and marine mammals in captivity. I have a different perspective than most.

I have a degree in Horse Racing Management, and, as the 21st in the world certified Aquatic Animal Veterinarian, I have had the unique privilege of being with the behind the scenes people from almost every marine mammal park in North America.  But I will leave the latter topic for another day. Today we are talking about horse racing, my beloved sport that is in the center of a Bulls-eye target  somewhere in the biggest animal right’s groups corporate offices.

As I enjoyed last Saturday afternoon with many wonderful people, I had time to contemplate both sides of the issue. At the table next to me, was a wife and all her sister’s, in their fancy Derby hats, with her deceased husband’s racing helmet gently placed in the center of their table. Their family was there to celebrate not only the Derby, but the life of this woman’s late husband, a trainer, and a jockey.  The whole family was there, young kids, millennial, cousins, etc. all laughing, reminiscing, and generally enjoying the day. They were wonderfully kind to me, and I gave them some brochures on my racehorse rescue and nonprofit the http://www.Resqranch.org

Prince of Flame first morning at ResQRanch

Prince of Flame one of our rescue horses

I also met Dennis and his son, also there to just enjoy a fun afternoon. And then another entire group of friendly men and women, placing some bets, having a few drinks, enjoying the Derby Hat Contest, (I am sorry I have forgotten their names), yet they let me join them at their premium reserved table because it had the best view of the TV screens showing the Derby, and the speakers where you could hear the announcements.  Afterwards, they invited me, a total stranger only 3 hours earlier, to join them for dinner (they had bet on County House and were feeling very joyful).

As I drifted around the place, speaking to various people about horse racing, passing out my flyers, and just generally enjoying the good hearted revelry all centered around my favorite animal, the horse, a lot of different thoughts came to mind.

As a vegan, I am told, in theory, every single one of these people is ‘the enemy’. Capitalizing at the expense of horses they will never know.  It probably never occurred to one person in the place that this was any form of animal cruelty going on. Just a bunch of happy folks who maybe like to drink a little too much, gamble a little too much, party a little too much, and sure enjoy beautiful horses, tradition, and a grand excuse to spend an afternoon with family and friends. I felt a little out of place with them. Like I knew something, that they did not know. And by being there, celebrating with them, I felt a bit like an informant behind enemy lines.  Yet, it was the most fun I have had in a long time, and I thoroughly enjoyed deep in my heart, being able to fully express my ‘horse nerdness’ in all it’s glory, and practically have goose bumps and heart palpitations at the TV admiring all the breathtaking horses on the screen.

What can possibly be so wrong with this?

I KNOW the horses are mostly well cared for, otherwise they would not perform as well as they do. I know how much racehorses are spoiled, and pampered, and loved, and admired. I know, because I took care of them, first hand, for many years before becoming a veterinarian. And I still take good care of them today.  Of course there are a few bad people that spoil the image of the entire sport, who are in it just for the money, and horses do break down, and end up sometimes in the slaughter house. I know this. Yet I can’t help but feel it’s NOT an all or nothing situation. No way. We can’t let the beauty and majesty that horse racing CAN be, be eliminated, because a few people do it badly. To me, the answer lies in reform. And if you agree, please check out and sign my petition, here http://chng.it/6XtZ8sFMr5

As for the stewards decision, well I believe it has a lot to do with 23 horses breaking down and having to be euthanized at Santa Anita Racetrack in the past few months. An unprecedented tragedy, for sure. And one that has the entire industry rattled to the core about how something like this could happen, the public’s image of racing, and what it means with the animal rights activists nipping at their heels.

I am devastated by the loss of those horses. So is everyone who loves horses. Any horses. Racing and otherwise.  But horse racing has been an established part of human society and culture for literally hundreds of years. It’s in our blood. And this kind of string of tragedies just does not happen. Except that it did, and the answer for why, seems to be primarily rooted in climate change affecting the footing of the track, which is affecting us humans (and animals) on planet earth in many ways that are unprecedented. With 23 dead horses, theories about climate and footing seem possibly far fetched and with no solutions. However, what did come of it, is racing interests for once, being on the forefront of the controversy, with an offense stance for their defense, bringing sweeping changes and reform to the sport of racing. Including addressing the issue of using whips, more transparency of medical records for the horses to ensure none are being over worked, and banning the use of some race day drugs. For more information about that, read this https://www.santaanita.com/press-releases/an-open-letter-about-the-future-of-thoroughbred-racing-in-california/#.XNdYnuhKjD5 Now, horse people know and agree that those reforms were highly unlikely to have saved the 23 horses at Santa Anita. But, it makes for good news about racing, and helps the industry put a little makeup on it’s black eye. And that’s a good thing. In fact, it’s a very good thing for racing, and the horses, and we need more action like that. That is, if we want a middle ground, reform, and not witness racing suffer the same fate as the dogs.

Personally I feel, that the track stewards, raw from worry over the recent negative image of their beloved sport, felt they had to make this unprecedented decision, as a way to ‘save face’ and ‘prove’ that the safety of the animals is of paramount concern. To show that safe riding practices will be strictly enforced, as a lesson to all involved.

Although they didn’t have any concerns over rough riding, until two losing jockey’s complained… I was not on a horse on that track at that time, so I really can’t say if it was the right call or not. All I do know is that Maximum Security’s jockey, pleaded for leniency for the horse, stated that he is “just a baby”. You can clearly see the horse spook on the video, and then quickly got corrected by the professional jockey. It did not look like anything terribly outlandish to me. But if the decision was made for the benefit and safety for the horses and riders involved, then I support their decision, no matter how sad it makes me see Maximum Security not get what it seems he deserved.

So as I sat, wondering if I should feel guilty for enjoying racing and my veggie burger, surrounded by so many blissfully unaware racing fans.

All I know, is that, all I can do is what I think is right, and for me that means, loving animals enough to not eat them. And loving horses enough to continue to enjoy watching them perform a task most of them truly love, surrounded by humble, country people, who work their fingers to the bone 18 hours a day 7 days a week to tend to every whim and fancy these elite athletes may require. Most of us can not image what it would be like to be so lovingly pampered, spoiled and cared for.

I look deep in my heart, and think to myself, surely the world would be a little joyful, less happy, less fun, without beautiful race horses  for us to marvel at and enjoy.  City kids (and adults) would miss the chance to experience horses up close, families would lose their livelihoods, meticulously kept records books for generations would be useless, and little kids would no longer have the dream to be able to imagine a career one day with horses, as a jockey, a trainer, or a veterinarian.  Most importantly, the horses would be denied the chance to fulfill their destinies. The Thoroughbred horse, would suffer a great loss. To have the chance to “run his race”, as so eloquently stated in the movie Secretariat. Is this important to a horse? Can they even think like that? You bet your bottom dollar they can, and they do. Horses that love to run, love to race more than anything else in the world. Not only would we be robbing the world of the joy of racing, but we would also be robbing the horses.

I imagine all of us at times feel a little out of place, a little unsure. The world is a vibrant place, with a dizzying amount of information to consider, ponder, and literally thousands of decisions to make every single day about what to do, and how to do it. All we can do, is the best we can do, every day, with the information we have, today.  My wish is that today, if you are a true horse lover like me, you follow your heart, and be free to enjoy and/or take excellent care of horses, in all their glory, without a tinge of guilt or remorse, for anything.

And why did the media decide to abbreviate disqualification to ‘DQ’? This DQ must defer that question to someone else who knows more about the media, than me. And don’t get even more confused because we are not talking about ice cream here.  🙂

Until next time, I am DrQ, here to help you, and your animals experience the most amazing, healthy, loving,  relationship that you every thought possible! Thanks for reading!

 

 

Questions about Vaccines? We have Answers!

This week on Facebook, someone posted pictures of their new kitten! Yeah! Soft fuzzy kitties! They had questions about where to go to find a veterinarian that shared their concerns about over vaccinating their beautiful new little baby.  Vaccines can be very confusing and down right scary depending on what you might read on the internet.

This week on our YouTube show the Treat Fairy, service dog trainer Neil Hutchins-Resto and I discuss some of the pros and cons of vaccines, vaccines schedules, and Cat Nip!

Hope you enjoy! If you find these videos helpful please subscribe to my YouTube channel The1DrQ.

Thanks so much, have a wonderful day!

 

How Much Space Do I Need For An/Another Animal?

Lot’s of people want animals in their lives,  but don’t always get them because they are not sure if they have enough room in their condo, small home, or small acreage for the animals they would like to have.  Here in this live video clip we talk about just this very subject.

Additionally, I answered a viewer question about how to keep a puppy quiet in a crate at night, and as usual, I attempt to demonstrate brushing my cat’s teeth, and encouraging you to give it a try!

I hope you enjoy this replay of today’s LIVE broadcast https://youtu.be/_rJldiCllpc and the continuation https://youtu.be/rOxMZfrqzfc!

If this information is helpful to you, please like and share, Dr. Q on Facebook, and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

On that note, I’m DrQ, here to help YOU, and your animals live younger, longer! Have a great weekend everyone!

Harambe: What Can We Learn?

Animal lovers in the virtual world of the internet have been abuzz  this week furiously discussing Harambe the 17 year old endangered lowland gorilla that was shot and killed this week in the Cincinnati zoo when a little boy entered his enclosure.  One thing they all have in common, is a sadness and sense of frustration at what seems like a senseless loss of a magnificent animal. Normal human nature at times like this is to try to place the blame.  Some say it’s with the mother, saying she was negligent to not monitor her child and allow him to enter the animal’s enclosure, and she should face criminal charges in the death of the animal. Others blame zoo’s, and demand they all be shut down and we release animals from their prison’s in the first place.  Those somewhere in the middle struggle with understand why the animal was not just tranquilized? We understand now that it would have taken too long to dart and tranquilize the gorilla, but isn’t there something else they could have done other than kill this precious animal?

As an animal professional, the first thing I would like to point out, is that of the hundreds of people weighing in with their passionate comments, very few if any have worked with animal’s in zoo’s or spent any time behind the scenes. Few of them have experience with the nature and behaviors of lowland gorillas. Harsh assumptions are made, emotionally charged petitions are started,  however, how many of those people signing and speaking out are actually qualified in some way to carefully evaluate all sides of the situation, and then make an educated decision? Based on the comments I have seen, I would say very few.

People are often harambeconfused about why the animal was not tranquilized, instead of shot and killed. They villainize the dangerous animal control team (although they probably did not even know that existed before this week), and zoo officials for making this difficult decision.  However they have no basis, background, knowledge, or expertise, to allow them the privilege of getting to weigh in on such a difficult situation.

In reality, it was the best time possible for such an episode to occur. We should be grateful to Cincinnati zoo officials for having a dangerous animal control team in the first place. We should be grateful they were prepared to make quick decision. We should be grateful they had just had a practice drill the week before. Image how much more tragic the situation might have been without competent professionals, who care so much for their job, the animals, and who treat their responsibilities with such profound respect, that they were prepared for addressing just such an emergency, in advance!

I can assure you people who work in zoo’s are not just sitting around waiting for the moment to shoot and kill the animals. They are often criticized, hard working animal lovers who are well trained, love what they do, and the animal’s they care for. They are working a thankless job, long hours, for often meager pay, just for the opportunity and privilege to live their dream, and work daily to carefully care for some of the most magnificent animal’s on the planet.

For the people who think we should shut down all zoo’s, I simply ask the very real questions, 1) where would all the animals in captivity now, go, and who would pay for it all, and 2) what then shall we do with all the animal’s in captivity who are not capable of caring for themselves in the wild, and who will pay for them? It is obvious there are no easy answers.

Instead of rising up against the zoo’s, how about we start petitions to raise money to fund research into fast acting tranquilizers? Because this could be the best, most realistic answer to this entire situation for the future.

Charging the child’s mother with criminally does nothing to prevent this fate for other animals. Closing down zoo’s is not realistic, or even  best for society and animal’s in the long run. The answers usually lay in that middle ground. We have to sometimes look outside the box for answers. We should ask zoo officials, the most qualified people to comment on the situation,  what would have helped them to have been able to avoid this tragedy. Perhaps the answer is a new medication,  procedure, or equipment, so that animal’s can be quickly, safely,  and instantly immobilized, so they don’t have to lose their lives, and zoo professional’s  don’t have to lose living their dream, which will help save the future for all us animal’s together, on this small, fragile planet.

On that note, I am DrQ, here to help you, better understand the world of animal’s and people.  Thank you for reading!

 

Free Positive Pet Advice on Facebook!

Do you ever notice how pets seem to start acting strangely, or come up with new unwanted behaviors, right after most business office hours? How many times has that happened to you? Many times that is when we make a quick visit to  Google to see what the world has to say about what might be happening with your pet. The GREAT news is, we do have the internet! Although people often make negative remarks about it, with a little common sense and due diligence, it’s not usually too difficult to figure out what makes good sense, versus that which is a bunch of malarkey, or just people trying to sound bigger and more important than they are. (Aren’t you glad you don’t walk in that guy’s shoes).

Just as most veterinarians,  I can’t always answer every message on Facebook or text at certain times such as,  the middle of a surgery, or during a behavior consultation.  This leaves people looking for answers needing  to contact an emergency hospital, or surf the internet and hope to find good information. For real medical emergencies it is still best to get to the nearest after hours emergency vet right away. However for good, quick answers to behavior, training, and basic health care questions, a really great group on Facebook, one that I have come to know and love, is called  Positive Pet Advice. PPA

Positive Pet Advice was created October 12, 2014, by Louis Walton, a dog professional who was tired of the same old dog training groups where people spent as much time talking about their credentials, than they did actually trying to use their experience and knowledge to help others looking for answers. Young people today don’t go to the library anymore to research the answers, they go on the internet and hope to find the same information. This is mostly a blessing, since now we have more good information available faster than ever before. However, as with all things, sometimes you get what you pay for, and free advice must always be taken with a dose of caution.

However, armed with that knowledge, pet groups on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites do often have some knowledgeable people participating when they can, so when the work is split up among a group, you often can get nearly 24 hour 7 day a week free advice which more often than not is likely to be of some use to you, and fairly accurate. Getting that advice from a group such as Positive Pet Advice is even better, since most of the time the comments are very helpful, and monitored fairly closely by the administrators of the site to ensure it sounds reasonable, and just as importantly, polite. Thus the name POSITIVE Pet Advice.   Some groups on the internet criticize others for asking questions some might feel is treating an animal ‘wrong’ or ‘bad”. In this group that sort of criticism is not allowed, however, discussions are encouraged which center around certain standards of care, and training methods, as a means to educate and enlighten those interested and willing.

Speaking of the admin, or administrators of the site, they are lovely group of dog trainers and animal behaviorists, some even having experience with zoo animals, and highly recognized speakers in their fields.  Not to mention they are all a selfless bunch of people who donate hours of their time every single day, week after week,  to make sure the group runs smoothly, provides members with helpful pet information, and without a single thought of compensation, only because they know it is the right to do. Now often do you find that in the world anymore?

So, if you find yourself searching on line for some sort of health, behavior, or training advice, and it is NOT a medical emergency, then I encourage you to ask to join the closed group Positive Pet Advice on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/767055476662599/.  I have been working remotely with this group for over a year, and it is one of the most rewarding part of my work week. It is so encouraging to work hand in hand with such a talented group of animals experts in their respective fields, who give so freely of themselves, really just for the sake of helping the animals and their people. They do great live videos, give gifts to members, and other fun things, too!

Just to be clear, for any medical emergency or serious health concerns, please contact your nearest veterinarian as soon as possible. If you are just wondering about a product, a practice, or fun ways to make new toys or games for your animals, then Positive Pet Advice is a safe, welcome place, I recommend and support, to all my clients and friends.

On that note, I am DrQ, here to help you, and your animals live happier and healthier, longer. If you are on Facebook, like Dr. Q and join Positive Pet Advice! Thanks for reading!

An Animal Life Coach? Who is DrQ, & Why Listen to You?

Teaching at Purdue University.

Teaching at Purdue University.

Do you love your animals like a member of the family,  and want the best, healthiest, longest relationship you can possibly have with them? Guess what, it all starts with YOU! In order to provide the best for your animals, YOU have to be at your best! If you won’t do it for yourself, then do it for them!  And if you need a little help, then Jena Questen DVM, CertAqV (that’s Questen like Strengthen),  holistic veterinarian and the one and only Life Coach for People with Pets, is here for YOU!  She has been in the field of veterinary medicine for over 20 years, and with a keen interest in nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices for even longer,  DrQ is here to help you and your animals live longer, happier, and healthier!   She has experience with everything from horse racing, to dog training, emergency medicine, fish and even yaks, while in the human realm she is involved with health and wellness projects (even yoga and cooking classes), for children and adults.Dr Questen With a bunch of animals

“What drives me each day, is that  I am passionate about strengthening the bond between people and animals, in a happy, healthy, positive, way!”.

Not only a certified veterinary acupuncturist with training in natural medicine, a member of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association,  the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior,  was the only Technical Veterinarian for the entire United States division of  Novartis Aqua Health, and the 21st person in the world to achieve the CertAqV designation for work in aquatic animal medicine, a sought after speaker on multiple topics including health, business, children and animals, and work-life balance,  DrQ is well qualified to offer insight into improving health and behavior, for humans and animals.

Your animals are counting on you, to be the best YOU you can be, so you can be fully there, every day of their life.

The best way, to make that happen, is for her to see the animals and their families in their own homes,  on their own ‘turf’ so to speak. If that’s not possible, then she can still help though video conferencing,  presentations, and seminars, and through her new on-line university http://www.stealmoreyears.com.

 “I am passionate about building an intimately caring relationship with you and your animals, so that you feel comfortable getting all your questions and issues addressed, as well as those you have not even realized yet!   I am here to help you not just “take care” of an animal, but to enjoy boundless daily wonderment and happiness,  each and every day are are so blessed to share together, while saving money,  frustration, and time.  The most amazing part about it, through the science of animal behavior, is the special bonus which is learning how to improve ALL the relationships in your life, from family, to work, as well as the animals. Take it from me,  I know what it’s all about,  because I am animal lover too!”.

Involved with animal rescue and dog training throughout her life, it was a dolphins trainers manual she acquired in 2003 that changed everything.  This single book impacted of all her interactions with her own animals, and her clients and their pets, from then on. Learning about the science supporting the use of positive reinforcement opened her eyes to the importance of how only through great behavior can animals have great health.  Since then she has not stopped learning and studying the fascinating field of animal behavior, is one of the few veterinarians outside of board certified specialist who understand behavior and training as well as she does (especially with horses), and is a well-respected sought after mentor in the dog training world. Learning the science involved in animal training through the world of dolphins,  and marveling at how much a person can love a pet fish, have fueled her passion and understanding of the human-animal bond to a deeper level.

There is nothing I enjoy more than sharing those science based principles, and helping you achieve a bond deeper than they ever thought possible, while learning little every day life hacks for both of you to get healthier,  stay healthier, and happier, together, for longer! “.

So just what is an Animal Life Coach?

A well respected, highly trained professional, who loves your animal as you do, is deeply committed to your success, and provides health and wellness support and advice to animal lovers of all ages and abilities. By taking into consideration health, behavior, environment, and stress, the Animal Life Coach improves lives by identifying areas of improvement, cutting costs, outlining paths to success, improving productivity and quality of life, achieving goals, and all while promoting a deeper bond between animals and the people who love them, so they both can live happier, and healthier, longer!

Feel better! Be more productive! Get healthier! And do it all while cherishing and prioritizing the animals you call family!

Thank you for taking good care of me!

Thank you for taking good care of me!

More than veterinarian, a trainer, or a coach,  I am the first and only  Life Coach for People with Pets, here to help you build the deepest, most meaningful, productive, and rewarding relationship with the people and animals in your life, in a healthy, happy, and respectful way.

DrQ, the one and only Life Coach for People with Pets, here to help you, and your animals, live happier, and healthier, longer!

Call  (855)377-2638 = (855)DrQ and U, and get started today.  I am Dr Q, and the rest…is up to you!

Should You Keep Your Current Vet? An acupuncture story…

Recently I had the opportunity to spend time in a veterinary practice to which I had never been before. It was fairly exciting, as  I had heard the gentleman had been in practice for many years, and was especially knowledgeable in eastern medicine as well as traditional veterinary medicine.  I was eager to have the honor to get to spend some time with someone of his magnitude, and just knew I would be able to pick up a few tips to helps my patients, too.

That is exactly what happened! He was gracious enough to give me not only a tour of his clinic, but also shared with me his best tips for how to build my own vet clinic one day, pitfalls to avoid, and even down to the best kind of drainage system in the kennels.

The best part was yet to come when I saw the vast array of herbal remedies he had on the shelves of his pharmacy, it was amazing! The antibiotics and steroid type medicines took up only a very small amount of space on the shelf, the rest was all homeopathic remedies, herbals tinctures, and acupuncture needles. I was certainly inspired to acknowledge all my previous training in holistic medicine, and resigned myself to do a better job in 2016 of recommending more natural remedies to my clients and their pets.

He had a wonderful bedside manner, the staff all seemed on-task and good at their jobs, and it was interesting to observe how they managed multiple acupuncture patients at one time.  I observed both dogs and cats getting acupuncture treatments, and noted the extra steps they took to keep the rooms quiet, and dark, during the treatments, for the animals comfort.

I love acupuncture. I do it on my patients, my kids, and myself.  I believe in it so much  I never travel without needles.  They are such a useful tool, and I can treat such a variety of issues with only one or two tiny needles, it’s great! I have treated everything from allergies, to sunburn, to arthritis, and joint pain, with great success using only acupuncture.

 

Josephina after an acupuncture treatment.

Josephina after an acupuncture treatment.

This got me think about how I do to my own acupuncture treatments, in my house call practice.  I find I only recommend it on select patients, and not because they couldn’t all benefit from it. I don’t recommend it more, because, the more I have learned over the past about the science of behavior and training, I have come to a profound realization. That is, nothing, other than life or death safety,  should cause the animals to be afraid, uncomfortable, anxious, or hurt.  They are our friends, and in many cases, family members.

As they say in kindergarten, never hurt someone on the outside, or the inside. When we force anything other than potentially life or death, painful procedures, on animals, we are holding down and hurting those we love, without thought to their opinion on the matter.  I am very cognizant of each and every interaction I have with all my animal patients. I would rather leave the home visit on a good note, and come back to do a follow up a few days later, than hold the animals down to do something that only ‘might’ help. For many it is the first time in their lives they have a stress free,  thorough physical exam with a veterinarian.  This helps me do a better job, and we all have less stress and live longer.

With acupuncture sometimes it takes a little patience. You have to build the animals trust, first. So maybe the first time we just do a little massage and laser treatment, and do the acupuncture next time. Using only the smallest of needles on the fearful or highly anxious patients. Again, nothing is worth their discomfort (unless their life is on the line). And I have found that frightened animals with high endorphin release often do not respond well to acupuncture, anyway. While the calm, trusting patience who receive it with a deep breath, often get complete and total relief of many ailments and pain in just one treatment. One, well done, treatment.

Bringing the science of using primarily positive reinforcement in each interactions we have with animals,  will soon be essential knowledge for each and every veterinarian, veterinary technician, and every other kind of animal professional (from dog trainers to zoo keepers) trained in the world today, and into the future. Understanding what positive reinforcement is, and is not, is of paramount importance for everyone who cares about the well being of any animal. The principles are all the same, and they work across species. In the world of those trained in the science of behavior it’s known as R+.

This is why I have in the past not recommend acupuncture more often to my patients. I was not sure I would be fully able to explain that mostly I just don’t want to hurt their animal or cause it anxiety towards me.  I felt over the long term life of the pet with me as their vet, better they trust me and allow good exams all the time, than learn to fear me because sometimes I hurt them. My preference is to only do acupuncture treatments, well all examinations for that matter,  on patients that will allow me to with little to no restraint, and while handling the animal as if their made of fine china. These tend to be the ones with the highest rate of success.

Yes of course sometimes I might have to hurt animals a tiny bit, such as to get a blood sample, but only to help make their lives much, much better. In that case, I do it with as much dignity and grace as possible, taking all the time it takes, to keep the procedure as stress free as humanly possible. And ask their forgiveness afterwards. I usually get luckily!  If only people were as forgiving and accommodating as most animals!

So, should you keep your current vet? Bottom line, I am not sure, you have to decide. Does the doctor and all their staff,NEW HOLISTIC VETERINARY CLINIC IN DENVER, CO. treat you, and your animal, like an individual? Do you feel like they really listen, understand you, and care? Can you talk to them about how you really feel, and use that to guide your pets care? Then you are likely at the right place!

I am DrQ, here to help you, and your pets live longer, healthier, and happier, together, than you ever thought possible!  Thanks for reading! Share if you agree!

Merry Christmas and Fabulous 2016 to You!

DrQ and the crew (that means Sushi dog, too), wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season!
Thanks so much for your continued valuable trust in me, and my sincerity at striving to provide the best care and advice that I can for you and your furred and finned family members.

2015 has been a busy year with many transitions for the veterinary practice. Much preparation has been made for a blossoming 2016 so that we can serve you even better.

The first half of the year found Dr. Questen preparing for and traveling to business conferences and speaking engagements, including to San Diego and Boston.  As well as beginning development of her new on-line university,  www.stealmoreyears.com. She was also honored to be asked to assist with admin on the very popular Facebook group Positive Pet Advice.  If you have not checked it out, I encourage you to do so. It is a wonderful community of animal lovers and dog trainers, who support each other and share their love of animals.  The group has grown to over 3,000 members in just one year! Which is a testament to the fact it is one of the few places on the internet you can go to get good advice, quickly, and feel supported and cared about in the process.

The summer was preoccupied with focusing on the racehorse rescue and charity venture the Prince of Flame Fund, which offered free classes for children and adults on all things horses, using the rescued animals in our care.  We made lot’s of new friends who are looking forward to resuming class in the spring, and feel honored we were able to spread the message of positive animal training!

The last quarter of the year found us moving to a new location, and acquiring two additional personnel to assist in making improvements to the website and operations of the veterinary practice. Soon you will be able to book your appointments on line to make reaching DrQ and scheduling appointments so much easier for you!

For 2016 we hope to be able to provide service better than ever, as well as reach and assist an unprecedented number of guardians who are seeking real answers for their animal’s health and behavior related questions.

Please take a moment in the new year to check out our project at www.stealmoreyears.com, and forward the link to your animal loving friends all around the world.  I have been hinting about it for a few months now, and much love and attention has gone into preparing something that will bring TONS lot of value to YOU, the discriminating animal guardian, in on-line classes that will have you looking forward to each new lesson.  In it I will be revealing ALL of the top, most important things which, in my experience, add up to the most cost effective way to help your animals all out-live their life expectancy and happily thrive into advanced age!  Most of if not all of the proceeds will go right back into the Prince of Flame Fund, so that we can continue to provide free education to the public on how to keep ourselves and our animals,  healthy and safe with each other.  Watch for the FREE webinar, my 7 Secrets to Outwitting Your Pets Lifespan, in early January. Thank you for being the best friends and clients this girl could ever ask for!

This is DrQ, wishing you, a safe, healthy, and happy holiday! Ponies first morning at the Chalet

Animal lover’s: Let’s Revolutionize the World in 2 Minutes!

You ever wonder about how everyone, everywhere, quickly figured out the basics needed for keeping a pet? Seems even the most inexperienced would- be animal enthusiast, knows that the animal will need some kind of food and water every day, as well as a place to toilet.  The food will probably be whatever is easy on the wallet.  They purchase a few supplies, and look forward to a lifetime of smiling at that cute face! And from there, a person sets off on the average 10 year journey of pet guardianship. Hoping for the best, and dealing with pitfalls as they come, from illness and injury, to jumping and house-soiling. Sometimes seeking help along the way from the things that impact daily life in a little more seriously negative way, or just dealing with it.

For the person starting out, this is usually all there is to what goes into the preparation of having an animal for pet. If you are very lucky, and found a healthy little soul mate with a heart of gold, then you are going to be really happy you chose to have a pet! You get a great sense of fulfillment and happiness from all the years of selfless love and devotion you enjoy. But what if  you happen to fall in love with one that brings a little more gray hair, and frustration, on occasion? What if I told it never had to be that way, ever again? With one magical little tip, you can help teach your beloved how to transform into that “gosh darn best dog we ever had”, starting today! That’s right, it’s true!

So, here it it. My one magical tip that I am bursting to share with each and every pet parent, no matter their experience level, or even type of animal, this is what I wish each of you would do: spend 2 minutes a day, every single day, showing that animal something you would like them to do. Then reward them for it. Don’t ‘tell’ them to do something, ask them for a favor. Do it as faithfully as brushing your teeth, follow a couple of quick guidelines I have below, and you will be amazed at the profound transformation that will occur in only a few days! Your animal will love you for it! That’s it!

Let’s get this in perspective. All that worrying about the food, and the vaccines, and the type of toys to buy, should only be HALF of the time you spend in a day thinking about, and caring for your animals. The other half should be thinking about, what is my animal thinking about? And use that time to teaching the animal something neat to do, that makes your life even easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable.  Just 2 minutes a day, ask yourself, what is __________thinking right now, hm?” And ask for that favor, accordingly.

So don’t think of training as a big drudgery, or something someone is telling you that you should force on the animal.  Think of it as recces! Recess from your daily routine like dishes and laundry (a great excuse to do something super fun, and get to hang out with your best pal!), it only takes a few minutes (literally), and your animal gets to enjoy your undivided attention!

Ok, so what are the guidelines? Easy:

  1. Ask nice.
  2. Reward even more nicely for lessons well done.
  3. Ask 3 times for what you would like. If after that, they do not do it, or even try to do whatever it is. STOP! TAKE A DEEP BREATH. And then ask the easiest, most fun thing you both already know well, reward for it, and call it a day. Spend the rest of the 2 minutes cuddling. 🙂

Follow these easy steps,  in that order, and I personally guarantee you cannot fail to make great strides in the health, behavior, and the bond you share , than you ever even dared to dream possible. Yes, it is that easy! I dare you to do it for one week!

There you have it, all out in the open,  my biggest and most powerful health improving tip (for you and your animal) I can give you, is to spend just two minutes,  each day, playing with and teaching your animal something special to do. This instills in them a sense of accomplishment and pride and boosts their self confidence, as well as yours!

It does not have to be a fancy trick or a tough command. It can be as easy as don’t paw the treat out of my hand when I hand it to you. Let’s just work on being polite to each other. Treating each other with human decency and respect. It is not alright for our dogs to jump all over us, and our cats to claw us when they feel like it. It is not fair to us, or them. So let’s open people’s eyes to a whole new world of possibilities, where in every restaurant dogs are allowed, because the generally population of dogs are so well mannered. That less cats get re-homed because they get stressed out sometimes and pee on the floor. That no kids get hurt from fearful animals.

Let’s change the status quo about what is acceptable behavior for animals in society. Instead of the well mannered dog being the exception, they should be the rule, and then dogs could be allowed so much more freedom to bring them with us, they would enjoy it, and in turn be an even greater boost to the health of society at large! Image how just  2 minutes a day could revolutionize the entire world of animals in our society, in the pet industry, would help keep more animals out of shelters, and help more people to see the value of animals in our lives, as friends and partners in life. Won’t you join me, and let’s start a revolution, in just 2 minutes a day. Good luck!

I am DrQ, the rest, is up to you! Best wishes!

P.S. If would like more useful information like this on how to best care for animals, please like my Facebook page, and enjoy a personal invitation to join us at my new on-line university http://www.stealmoreyears.com Hope to ‘see’ you soon!