Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM – Integrative Veterinarian Who Loves to Help Our Ailing Pets
16 July, 2013
I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM, a very knowledgeable Integrative Veterinarian who discussed her companion animal practice and the aging pet dilemma.
Dr. Carol combines high quality Western Veterinary Medicine (which is Traditional Veterinary Medicine, ie: surgery, antibiotics, advanced medical therapeutics, etc) with Eastern and Alternative Holistic Veterinary Medicine (such as Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Herbs, Homeopathy, Bach Flowers, Nutritional Supplements, Energy, and Diet, etc). This allows Dr. Carol to offer her pet patients the best of both worlds to optimize pet health, wellness and longevity for her dog and cat patients.
Dr. Carol is also the first veterinarian to be certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. Very impressive!
Below is a summary of our conversation. I provided the questions and Dr. Carol, the answers.
1. What made you decide to become a Veterinarian?
Although allergic to pets, I’ve been an animal lover from day one and thought what could be better than to become a veterinarian and combine my love of animals with my quest for medicine. This is a way to “have your cake and eat it too!” It’s wonderful to be able to dedicate your life’s work to what you love most and have the tools, knowledge and power to truly help pets enjoy longer, healthier, happier lives.
2. You began as a Traditional Vet-What made you explore the Eastern/ Holistic Route?
After graduating Cum Laude from the Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, I started my own private small animal clinical practice. About 10 years later, our puppies and kittens had become senior citizens and many began suffering from various degenerative diseases we associate with aging in pets. These disorders included: Cancer, arthritis, Diabetes, Cushing’s Disease, Kidney, Liver and Heart disorders, etc., to name a few. When I looked around to find veterinarians working to solve these degenerative pet diseases associated with aging, I came up blank.
So….. I thought since no one else is trying to unlock the secrets behind pet aging disorders, I decided to do it myself. I studied aging and gerontology for 5 years, then sat to take the 4 hour exam that would make me the first veterinarian in the world to also be a Board Certified Diplomat in Anti-Aging Medicine.
I thought if these longevity principles work for people, why wouldn’t they work for dogs? Scientists had already unraveled Doggie DNA or the canine genetic code which revealed that man and dogs are over 96% identical genetically.
After all, dogs have 4 legs and we have two, other than that, our bodies are physiologically remarkably similar.
Over the next few years, and after much trial and tribulation, I created a natural longevity pet vitamin supplement for dogs called PAAWS. We began clinical trials starting with 40 dogs and the results were over the top! With the success of these initial PAAWS clinical trials, we added many, many more canines to our program. After 15 years found that we were able to increase the healthy lifespan of dogs by an average of 30+ percent which translates into 3-4 extra healthy years, pets and their people can share together. We had small dogs 25-35 pounds going strong at age 24 and giant breed dogs over 80 pounds enjoying quality life at age 19. Even I, despite my skeptical nature, was amazed at the results!
4. You wrote two books? Tell me about them?
“Dr. Carol’s Naturally Healthy Dogs” and “Dr. Carol’s Naturally Healthy Cats” were Dr. Carol’s first two pet books. They sold over 200,000 copies in Europe and have been translated into 12 different languages. These pet books are 112 page, 4-color, reader friendly, fact finders, that help pet owners keep their dogs and cats in tip top condition by treating the most common problems dog and cat owners encounter on a daily basis. Dr. Carol offers traditional treatments along with an herbal, homeopathic solution for each. The books also include home remedies that pet owners can try, simple solutions for pet behavioral problems and advice on coping with emergencies. It’s an easy-to-read medical book for pets; if your pet has a condition or illness, you can find simple, easy to understand answers in Dr. Carol’s pet books!
5. I see you offer consults – do you still have an office/practice?
I have a veterinary office in Ohio where we see dogs and cats daily. I also provide in depth phone consultations for dog and cat owners out of state in need my professional, veterinary advice.
6. What is the best advice you can give to pet owners with aging pets?
As our dogs and cats age, pet owners no longer have to stand by watching helplessly as their pets suffer the sorrows of old age. Today we are able to address old age pet disorders by combining Eastern and Western Veterinary Principles and the results are quite successful for many pets. Don’t accept your pet’s age as an excuse for a living with a debilitative medical condition; treatment is available to help your aging best friend.
In general as pet’s get older, there are several simple steps pet owners can take to ensure healthy aging.
– Be sure your pets have access to fresh clean water at all times. Distilled water is BEST!
Pets need daily exercise, at least 20 minutes twice a day.
– Feed a minimum of two high quality, preferably organic meals a day, leave bowls down 20 minutes, then pick them up.
– Consider adding a balanced, comprehensive, anti-oxidant-vitamin-mineral supplement to your pet’s daily regime.
– Keep your pet’s hair coat free of mats and tangles and don’t forget to brush those flossy whites daily.
– Avoid free feeding as this leads to pet obesity. Try to maintain a lean pet body weight.
– Check your pet’s body daily for any new lumps or bumps.
– Visit your vet at least twice a year if Fido or Fluffy is age 7 or older.
– Minimize excessive vaccines as your pet ages.
– Remember an ounce of prevention is worth far more than a pound of cure when your pet’s health is at stake.
Dr. Carol and I could have spoken for hours about her pet passion and love of dogs and cats. If your pets need special attention, and/or if you have a pet question for Dr. Carol, please take a look at her website: www.drcarol.com or call her veterinary office toll free at 866-372-2765. Mention you are a Petpav member, and you will receive special pet product discounts!
CAROL OSBORNE, D.V.M., is recognized as an authority on alternative and holistic veterinary medicine and the new clinical science of aging-related pet diseases. A Board Certified Diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine, she has pioneered the exploration of new therapies for the treatment and prevention of age-related degenerative disease, as well as promotion of optimum health and performance for pets. Dr. Osborne created and patented PAAWS, Pet Anti-Aging Wellness System and authored Naturally Healthy Dogs and Naturally Healthy Cats. She has been featured in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News. An Emmy-nominated television journalist, Dr. Osborne has gained national prominence through her frequent appearances on popular shows including Today in New York, Good Day L.A., and Discovery’s Animal Planet. Currently, she devotes much of her time to the research and development of advanced biosciences for the benefit of animal health and welfare.
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