I'm sorry to hear about Duke not feeling well again. Going to vet repeatedly is NOT a fun adventure (or money saving).
I just finished re-reading Dr. Martin Goldstein's book on Natural Healing. www.drmarty.com
I'd read his first book years ago and was aghast at some of the stuff that I have read.
My first cat was diagnosed with diabetes at 10 years of age. He was eating, at the vet's recommendation - GASP - Science Diet. I read Dr. Marty's book, found a holistic vet and have never looked back. I switched to raw food and within 2-3 months I had reversed his diabetes and he was back to being a perfectly healthy cat.
Since then, I have never fed kibble to either cat / dog or parrots. I make ALL their food. It's time consuming yes, but in the long run, much healthier.
Last summer I brought my dog in for a check up. She was 6.5 years old. The holistic vet was on holidays, so I met with a regular vet. BIG MISTAKE. Abby had had her vaccines when she was a puppy, and I had titred her when she was 4. She was fine. They brought her in the back to do some blood work because I wanted to titre again. For some reason that boggles my mind, they did the blood work and then they vaccinated her WITHOUT my consent.
They brought her back to me and said, she behaved beautifully while we did the blood work, and by the way, we vaccinated her since she hasn't been vaccinated in over 5 years. I was LIVID. They KNEW they were drawing blood so she could be titred - why the heck did you vaccinate? Long story short ... 24 hours later she died in my arms waiting to see the emergency vet. I had them freeze her until my holistic vet came back and he performed the necropsy. I don't remember all the technical details off the top of my head, but basically, my holistic vet said, yes, the vaccines killed a perfectly healthy dog. There was NOTHING wrong with her before hand. Absolutely NOTHING.
In Dr. Marty's book, he talks about the toxins in vaccines, and how many horror stories he has witnessed, the staggering increase in disease, cancer, etc. in dogs and cats. He talks about how all our "progress" is actually making more of our pets worse off.
Do I think you're nuts for thinking this? ABSOLUTELY not!
When I was looking for a holistic vet, I searched high and low and have been very pleased with my vet.
Has Kyleigh had her vaccines? Some of them. She's had ONE parvo and ONE distemper vaccine. But she also had a detoxifier right after each vaccine, and they were not given at the same time. I haven't done the rabies vaccine yet. She won't get it this fall, nor over the winter, but she will get it in the spring.
My current cat is 14 (not the same cat with the diabetes, he'd be about 35 if he was still around!) I adopted him when he was 6. He did of course have the whole run of vaccines when I got him. He's been back to vet once a year, and has never been vaccinated since. Mainly because he doesn't go outside. I make his food, and he is in perfect health. How healthy? He can still effortlessly jump from the floor to a 4 foot perch to get away from Ky (and then to tease her!)
My parrots - I brought them to the vet when I first got them. They got a check up, and we did blood work to get a baseline. I've never had to bring them back, and they are in perfect feather.
I have many friends who have changed from conventional to holistic medicine for both themselves and their pets, and the positive changes have been dramatic.
I'll end this by saying that while I love Dr. Marty's book, I would NOT encourage someone to go out and buy the book and simply do what he's written. If you want to change to an alternative medical solution, find a holistic vet that KNOWS what they are doing. Holistic medication is still medicine ... it can do just as much damage if you don't know what you're doing.
Good luck with Duke at the vet.