Owner - Animal Bond
At Thorne Vet, we not only honor the animal-human bond; we also
greatly respect the Veterinarian-Owner-Animal relationship.
While most people will take their animals to the veterinarian way before they
would take themselves to the doctor, many pet owners still try to diagnose and
prescribe for their animals based on their own knowledge.
Many pet owners are not aware of it, but diagnosing your
own animal can have dire results for the health of your dog, cat or horse.
For instance, veterinary professionals know how to combine
products so your animal is not receiving too much, or
the wrong combination of ingredients. Selenium or fat soluble
vitamins like A and D and other ingredients, when given
to an animal with undetected liver, kidney or other diseases,
can have severe negative consequences. Veterinary professionals
are also acutely aware of multiple ingredient interactions
that you may have no knowledge of. These interactions could cause
damage to your beloved animal.
• Creatine may negatively affect the kidneys of animals with diabetes or a history of kidney dysfunction.
• Vitamin E and Ginkgo are believed to stop proper blood clotting
not be used if there are clotting problems,
or before surgery.
• Bromelain can interact with the antibiotic tetracycline
and magnesium can decrease the absorption of
• When licorice is taken with heart drugs such as digoxin, low potassium
levels increase the risk of drug toxicity.
• White Willow bark (aspirin) should not be used in cats; it is toxic due to its component salicylates.
Why Thorne Vet Strongly Recommends
To ensure that your animal has the highest possible level of care, we strongly
recommend taking them to a veterinary professional. These doctors have
amassed a vast storehouse of knowledge, acquired by attending thousands of
hours of undergraduate and veterinary school classes, answering tens of thousands
of test questions on veterinary medicine, receiving a graduate degree,
passing state licensing exams and continuing to stay on top of the latest advances
in veterinary medicine by taking mandatory ongoing medical education courses.
In addition, every veterinary professional works hands-on with hundreds of
animals, further honing their skills and ability to understand exactly what an
animal needs from a medical perspective.
That Something Else: Intuition
Veterinarians are very special people with a
unique view of the world. It can be said that virtually
all veterinarians take up the crusade to heal
animals because it is a mission that resonates
with their very being. Therefore, in addition to
their vast medical knowledge, veterinary professionals
have acquired a deep intuition about what
an animal needs. This intuition is vitally necessary
in order communicate effectively with species like dogs, cats and horses, who
speak a very different language than humans do.
Not Going to the Vet:
Costing You More and Lowering Effectiveness
Because many of us on the Thorne Vet team are practicing veterinarians, we
often see owners who are spending much more money than they should
veterinary products, or simply buying the
These animal owners frequently come into our offices with a bag full of products which are the wrong formulas or wrong combinations of formulas for the animal. Plus, in many cases, they have paid way too much for their purchases. In the long run, by trying to diagnose and prescribe for their own animals, they end up not only spending more money, but limiting their animal’s ability to receive the best care.
The Thorne Vet:
Endorsing Veterinary Professionals
Our mission at Thorne Vet is to use our integrative and holistic medical
knowledge to help veterinarians heal more animals more effectively. In
order to do that in the most successful manner possible,
we rely heavily on the knowledge base and intuition of
veterinary professionals. We urge you to do the same.
In fact, we have decided to make our Thorne website
for veterinary professionals available to consumers who
would like to learn more about integrative and holistic medicine in
order to become informed consumers. As a result, these
owners will be able to communicate more effectively with
So while you can’t buy Thorne Vet products directly from
us, we give you the knowledge and help you to find a veterinary professional in
your area who will provide you with the Thorne Vet products that are right for your
animal’s health needs.
How Thorne Vet Supports
While Thorne Vet does not sell products directly to consumers, we do help you
in many ways.
Please go to How Thorne Vet Helps Animal Owners
and learn how you can....
Find a Thorne-recommended Vet:
will help you find a veterinary professional near
your home that can provide you with Thorne Vet
products as well as the very best care.
Dictionary of Integrative Medicine:
dictionary that was developed by Thorne Vet
with the average pet owner in mind. We want
to help you communicate intelligently with your veterinarian on medical issues
and treatments for your pets.
Thorne Vet "Knowledge Minute:"
Read the most relevant scientific advances in
integrative veterinary medicine that Thorne is emailing your vet every week.
Veterinarians' Desk Reference of Natural
: Access the VDR which provides veterinarians with comprehensive information on using nutritional supplementation.
Research Links, Web Pages:
Explore the kinds of veterinary industry news,
perspectives and cutting edge medical/scientific reports Thorne Vet makes
Research Links, Periodicals:
Read the best of the integrative medicine web
pages and research links that keep your vet current on relevant veterinary
studies and news.
Research on Thorne Vet Product Pages:
Be informed of how each Thorne
Vet product has numerous research references associated with it to enable
your veterinary professional to learn more about specific ingredients in each