“This isn’t just pet food, it’s medicine.”
Let your dog and cat know that we have big news here in Pennsylvania – we’re excited to say, “Welcome to Answers, Dr. Doug!” as we are joined by veterinarian Doug Knueven, DVM, CVA, CVC, CVCH , a longtime friend of animals through his work at the Beaver Animal Clinic.
Known as The Holistic Vet, Dr. Doug believes that “Holistic pet care is the safe, natural and effective way for a pet to maintain or regain health.” A noted author (“The Holistic Health Guide” and “Stand By Me: A Holistic Handbook for Animals, Their People, and the Lives They Share Together”), he can be heard discussing a wide range of subjects in podcasts on Pet Life Radio (petliferadio.com). Dr. Doug also lecturers on the subject of pet care and pet health around the country at veterinary conferences and owner events.
If a human’s best friend is a dog or cat, to recall the famous old saying, then a great vet can be an animal’s best friend, too. We’re so pleased Dr. Doug is now part of our Answers family as Chief Veterinarian.
P.S. As Dr. Doug might add, his last name is pronounced “KNEEVEN.”
Says Dr. Doug, “I am truly excited to be brought onboard the Answers team. Finally, I will get paid for doing what I’ve been doing for years, recommending the best in pet nutrition to my clients, and now to my veterinary colleagues. I can’t wait to get more involved with this innovative company as we work together to help holistic veterinarians help their patients with cutting-edge nutritional products. This isn’t just pet food, it’s medicine.”
About Dr. Doug, in his own words
A graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, my idea of health revolved around the mechanistic, Western model of medicine where there is a drug or surgery for just about every condition (never mind the side effects and surgical risks).
After a few years in practice I realized that things didn’t always go the way the textbooks said it would. I realized there had to be more to health and healing than what I was taught in vet school. This realization started me on my journey into holistic medicine.
I started with veterinary acupuncture as I had an interest in this therapy that was sparked by an after-hours lecture in vet school. After seeing the benefits of this strange healing modality, I completed courses in homeopathy, Chinese herbal medicine and chiropractic. I also joined the American Holistic Medical Association and through their conferences, continue to learn more about holistic pet health.
Today, for me the word health is more about lifestyle and less about what you go to the doctor to get.
As excited as I am about alternative medicine, I have not thrown the baby out with the bath water. I do see the value of Western medicine for certain situations. I practice integrative veterinary medicine which involves the use of the most appropriate treatment for the individual animal. As an integrative medicine practitioner, I have more tools in my kit to treat the many patients I see.
Pet health and the foods they eat
Along the way I also realized that any given patient was not going to heal if they were not being fed properly. This led me into my own research into animal nutrition. I soon abandoned much of what I had been taught about nutrition in veterinary school, as that information is highly influenced by the major pet food companies. From my research and decades of experience it is obvious to me that pets benefit from an evolution-based diet rather than the starch-rich, highly processed convenience pet foods most pet caregivers currently feed. Animals simply cannot be healthy if their bodies are not provided the raw materials and nutritional signals that are needed. The longer I have practiced veterinary medicine, the more convinced I am of the value of the Holistic-Integrative approach to pet health care.
I have been a holistic veterinarian since 1994 and a raw pet food advocate since 1998. I started specifically recommending Answers™ Raw Pet Foods for my patients in 2010 when the company launched its first products, I got on board with Answers because I was impressed with the exceptional quality of the ingredients, the science based balance of nutrients, the impeccable care of preparation, and most of all, the integrity of all those in the organization I have stuck with Answers over the years because of the consistent positive results I have seen in my patients.
“If pet patients are going to eat something, why not let their food be their medicine?”
The true genius of Answers food is their proprietary fermentation process which efficiently inhibits pathogens in the food and also reinforces a healthy gastrointestinal microbiome in the consumer. These foods effectively mimic the canine and feline ancestral diets which were far from sterile. It is clear to me from current research that probiotics are essential nutrients that are missing from other pet foods, both heat-processed and raw.
The only downside I have found with getting my patients on Answers foods is that often, within weeks of starting the diet, the pets no longer require the herbs, supplements, and other treatments I was planning to prescribe. Frequently, the signs of sickness melt away like a snowball on a hot stove.
The dietary protocols in the Answers handbook are based on a deep understanding of functional nutrition as well as the pathophysiology of common diseases. Equally important, these plans have been honed through years of careful, real-world application.
If pet patients are going to eat something, why not let their food be their medicine?
My passion for pets and for true health (physical, mental and spiritual) is what my blog (visit his practice’s site, www.drdougknueven.com/), is all about. Alongside this, I will be contributing regularly here on Answers’ own blog, Answers Beyond the Bowl (https://answersbeyondthebowl.com/). A part of my work with Answers is being a consultant on product development and programs. I’m equally looking forward to participating in other discussions and information sharing as well.
Together we will explore pet health topics in holistic veterinary medicine as well as current events in the veterinary world. I hope to open a dialog with pet caregivers and veterinarians about these issues. Much of what I say may be controversial to some readers. I am all for healthy criticism and I love to hear different points of view. I do not claim to know it all and I plan to learn from the people who participate in the discussion as well.
I look forward to getting to know all of you and your pets as we continue this journey into improving the lives of our animal companions.
More from our blog: learn about the health-related benefits of fermentation.