If our furry four-legged friends could ever speak English we’d let them tell you themselves about the difference Dr. Pam has made in their lives. Until that day arrives we’ll have to settle for the next best thing, interviewing their humans.
Alex is the proud human of Gracie, a 16-year-old Weimaraner who doesn’t look a day past 12. Check out her ladybug costume in that photo. What a cutie! Alex and Gracie have been with Dr. Pam for almost four years.
Thanks so much for taking time to talk with us today Alex.
You’re welcome. I’m happy to. Working with Dr. Pam has been the best experience ever. I absolutely know that Gracie wouldn’t still be with me if it weren’t for her. It’s been amazing the things that others doctor’s said, “Oh that’s just something she’s just going to have to live with” Dr. Pam fixed it. The level of care and education that Dr. Pam provides is amazing. I’ve learned so much and it’s just an incredible experience.
So what brought you and Gracie to Dr. Pam in the first place?
Gracie's always had an exceptionally sensitive stomach. Her whole life we've had her at the vet constantly with just stomach upset, just intestinal upset and then she began having incontinence issues and things like that too. The mainstream vets just said, "Well that's just dogs and just that's just your dog's getting older. You're just going to have to accept that that's what it is." I felt like there was more to it and there was more that could be done.
I'd heard so many wonderful things about Dr. Pam over the years just from being in Dallas and having worked in the dog industry a little bit. So I thought, "I'm just going to give it a try and see if there's anything she can do for her."
It was the best decision I ever made.
Dr. Pam made so much progress with her so quickly and honestly her digestion is the best it's ever been and now Gracie just really has good quality of life at almost 16. We're out and about all of the time; Gracie still walks twice a day. She still does things like go to the farmer's market with me and socialize and people are always amazed that she's as old as she is and that's she's still mobile and happy. I attribute that to Dr. Pam because she won’t sign off on just pumping a pet full of drugs to put a bandage on problems. She gets to the root cause of the issue and then we repair. I think a lot of people don't even realize that's an option.
Now, for someone who maybe doesn't know as much about how this all works and holistic treatment means, could you explain a bit more? You said that her digestion is much better. How can you tell that?
She's not as gassy as she used to be. She used to be very gassy. She doesn't have as many episodes of vomiting or diarrhea or general upsets, stomach upsets or intestinal upsets. We still have it occasionally but the times in between are a lot greater than they used to be. It used to just be a constant issue. She used to be super gassy all the time. You could just tell her system wasn't quite right. It was like that her whole life. No one else ever offered up any other solutions. They were just, "Well that's the way she is."
Pretty much Gracie's whole life until we've been seeing Dr. Pam she would get up at least once in the middle of the night to go outside and go to the bathroom - sometimes twice a night. She just couldn't hold her urine that long. With Dr. Pam now at almost 16 she sleeps through the night. She goes out at 10:30 and she sleeps till 7:30 in the morning. Her whole life she got up and they always just said, "Oh she just must have a small bladder or it's this or it's that."
Gracie has leaky gut disease (aka intestinal dysbiosis) and we've been repairing that which it is possible to repair. A lot of people think that leaky gut is just intestinal stuff but everything is connected. A lot of Gracie’s urination issues and things like that are connected to the leaky gut. Even her history of urinary tract infections ... the root problem was the leaky gut. As we're repairing that we find that those other issues are improving.
What would you say to someone who is on the verge about “the whole holistic thing” and was just now starting to dig into it?
I would explain to them that it's a completely different world and it's not fast fix. It's not overnight; it's an absolute commitment to the health of your pet. There's going to be ups and downs, but stick with it. You have to be regimented. If you're looking for a fast fix where you just give him a pill once a day this is not for you. … You’ll see progress and you see changes and you see them feeling better, their energy improving, some of the issues diminishing in severity and some just completely disappearing.
But you have to stick with it whatever it is. You have to look at it like if you're on a personal weight loss journey or a journey to get healthier and get fit. That doesn't happen overnight. It's the same thing with following homeopathic therapy for your pet, it doesn't happen overnight. You have ups and downs and you get frustrated and you hit a little plateau but then all of a sudden it gets better. You just have to have that stick-to-it-iveness and no matter what just stay the course.
I had heard so many great things about Dr. Pam. I was very optimistic that she could help Gracie. I had the attitude that I'm going to learn as much as I can and follow Dr. Pam's directions and just do what she asked me to do with her. Just keep that attitude and know that it is going to get better and that you're doing the best thing you're doing for your dog.
The main thing I would want people to know is that Dr. Pam cares so much about her patients and she cares about them as a whole. She really cares about the animal not just the disease or the condition or whatever it is you're dealing with. I'm so fortunate because I feel very supported by Dr. Pam as well. I'm just so thankful that we found Dr. Pam and that I made that commitment. You just have to be open-minded and follow what Dr. Pam says. It's a wonderful experience is all I can say.