A Letter from Dr. Marty

Hi, this is Dr. Marty. I hope you’re all safe and healthy during these challenging times.

I’ve received many requests for advice on pet health issues, so firstly, I’d like to thank you for reaching out and entrusting me to advise on the health of your companion.

Please know that every animal has different needs and requirements, and in order for me to help, I would have to establish a proper patient-doctor-client relationship, then run specific tests that would only be possible with an in-person consultation. Because of this, I will not be able to address requests at this time.

Currently, I’m on sabbatical after 47 years from clinical practice to be able to educate on a more global level and to finish writing my second book. If your pet needs veterinary help, my #1 advice for you would be to seek an integrative veterinarian in your area for a hands-on consultation. This way, the veterinarian will be able to address your pet’s specific needs and closely monitor their progress.

You can find a comprehensive list of all US integrative veterinarians at ahvma.org. If you’d like to visit Smith Ridge Veterinary Center, the clinic I helped create, my incredible associates see patients from all over North America and offer comprehensive telephone consultations involving your own veterinarian when appropriate. Please visit smithridge.com to learn more.

If you have any questions about Dr. Marty Pets premium freeze-dried raw food or formulas, please visit drmartypets.com. For specific requests, please contact the fantastic customer care team at [email protected].

Thank you so much for your understanding. I hope you and your furry friend stay safe and healthy.

Dr. Marty

Healthcare comes in many different forms. It does’t have to be the most advanced, scientifically backed, evidence based statistics attached to a product that you have to do computer searches to find in order to bring the most benefit to your loving companion. As we enter the winter weather season in many parts of our country,  some common sense safety tips can bring as much support for our pets’ health compared to any sophisticated supplement on the market. For instance, some of these salt-type chemicals used to melt snow that get spewed all over the roads and then onto sidewalks can cause nasty irritations to their paws; only making things worse when they lick those paws and ingest the stuff. Having a bowl of tepid water with a wash cloth at their entrance ways or a box of non-toxic wipes can prevent some major health hazards. And speaking about these ice melt products, when you go to purchase some for your own use around the home read labels and make certain you chose ones that clearly indicate they are “pet and environmentally friendly”.

dog in snow

What about winter coats for our pets. Yes, you’ll hear some say, “But animals in the wild never wore coats. Their fur was all the protection they needed.” What I say is domestication has definitely changed some of their natural tendencies, this one being one of them. I have personally witnessed  tremendous benefit and comfort from pet coats and sweatshirts and am a huge fan of them, especially in areas where winter weather hits strong. And besides, like us dressed up, they look “mahvelous”!

One more important wintertime tip. If your home is heated with units delivering dry heat like electric baseboards or forced hot air from oil furnaces, the dry condition can play havoc with their skin and coat, Humidification systems either central and/or per room are a must. I have witnessed so much wintertime itching and flaking just from this factor alone. And adding or increasing the dose of a fish oil supplement also helps tremendously, from inside out. Happy Holidays !