A strange phenomenon that can cause serious problems
If you’re wondering what stubborn donkey syndrome is, I promise I’ll tell you, but first I’d like to share a few things and three stories with you.
I have reached the end of my trip to Europe, Great Britain, Czech Republic and Germany. One of the goals of the trip was to take another step in launching a European warehouse, where our overseas dog lovers can get their products without the exorbitant customs fees.
Secondly, traveling usually allows me to reset and get out of the routine, which usually results in what I jokingly call idea diarrhea. It seems like every time I change the setting, my brain power is cleared and new ideas come in. While I was away I wrote several articles, one about the 10 reasons why turmeric is good for dogs and the other about one. of the most harmful treatments in dogs.
My intention today is to talk about a problem that is not really a disease, but is still seriously affecting the health of millions of dogs around the world. But before I get to dogs, I want to tell you three short stories. Two about my friends and one about a dog
The first story
This story is about a friend and his wife. Let’s call them Betty and Dieter.
I knew Betty a long time before she married Dieter, and she is
Every time I started, it seemed as hopeless as trying to get over the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. Fast forward to the present, to my visit with Betty on this trip. She looked great, felt great and had no allergies in the middle of pollen season!
What happened was that Betty found an herbalist who told her what to recommend: change her diet, eat no dairy, no gluten and go on a detox.
We laughed and then Betty said, “I had to learn all this myself…”
The second story
The next story is about a dog, let’s call her Maggie. Maggie’s people and I have been friends for a long time. In fact, Maggie and my previous dog, Skai, had been good friends for years. When they were little, Maggie’s “parents” often complained that her coat wasn’t as nice as them
For years I tried to convince my friends to take her off kibble and give her raw meat, vegetables, and raw bones, but that failed terribly. I was about to give up completely when my friend announced triumphantly, “Guess what, I’m switching Maggie to raw food, the lady who works at the magazine store said it was fine!”
We both laughed. My degree and twenty years of veterinary practice weren’t enough until the magazine lady tipped the scales!
The third story
This last story is about Dieter, who you know from Betty’s story. Dieter is a very successful self-made businessman. He is smart, charming and focused. A few years ago he developed eczema around his eyes. Doctors prescribed him harmful corticosteroid creams that no longer worked. I suggested Skin Spray and surprisingly it relieved the symptoms. At the same time, I knew that a topical spray for a skin problem is more of a band-aid than a cure. Skin problems or skin allergies are usually a sign of poor diet, nutritional deficiencies and nutrient imbalances and toxicity. In fact, the skin is an expression of multiple factors, including the alignment of the skull and spine, hormonal issues and the list can go on.
However, my goal is not a dermatology lecture. Instead, I’ll let you guess what happened next.
I suggested that Dieter go to a human homeopath who is brilliant and could help. He booked an appointment, canceled it and never made another appointment.
Instead, I see him sitting there every morning and evening with two round cotton pads taped to the skin around the eyes, looking like the sequel to ET. His time has yet to come.
There are hundreds and thousands and millions of such stories all over the world. It seems that the human species has a natural tendency to learn the hard way. Many people have the eternal teenage spirit of resisting or going the other way, no matter how well-intentioned, kind, and diplomatic the advice is.
Many people from our community tell me about their trials and tribulations when trying to help their friends or family’s dogs. Kibble, vaccines, drugs and steroids often cause serious damage and when potentially life-prolonging or even life-saving information comes in, many people behave like stubborn donkeys.
I also used to be much more stubborn than I am now. I was very lucky because seeing how often people refuse good advice made me aware of stubbornness and able to keep it at bay.
This isn’t to say I don’t choose what to trust and what not, but if the person has experience and expertise in a particular area, I make sure to make a note and review it.
There’s a funny joke circulating on the internet. A man is in the middle of a heavy flood. He floats down the wild river, someone offers him a life jacket, a boat and a helicopter
When he was drowning and God welcomed him at the gate, he asked God why he had not saved him. Good replied: “Are you kidding me, I sent you a life jacket, one
I think these stories are a lesson for all of us. If you care about a dog or a person, trying to help isn’t a waste of time. Some people and dog lovers may be ready to listen to you and your advice will make a big difference in their lives.
However, if you run into the “Berlin Wall” of stubbornness and resistance, don’t consider this your failure. Even the fall of the Iron Curtain had to happen at the right, ripe moment.
What you can definitely do is be aware of your tendencies. Do you accept advice or do you often learn the hard way?
The key to your dog’s health is your open mind and continued learning from those you trust. Oh, one more thing! Be sure to watch out for stubborn donkey syndrome.
© Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM