Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the use of needles on one or many points on the body. Other forms of acupuncture involve the use of laser light, electricity, magnets, injection, pressure, and gold bead implantation. Charissa applies all of these techniques as needed.

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Herbal Medicine

Charissa Smith is a holistic veterinarian and supplies both European herbs and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine when treating animals.

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Essences

Charissa uses the Bush flower and Bach flower essences including Boronia and Slender Rice Flower.

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the use of needles on one or many points on the body. Other forms of acupuncture involve the use of laser light, electricity, magnets, injection, pressure, and gold bead implantation. Charissa applies all of these techniques as needed.

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Herbal Medicine

Charissa Smith is a holistic veterinarian and supplies both European herbs and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine when treating animals.

Read More

Essences

Charissa uses the Bush flower and Bach flower essences including Boronia and Slender Rice Flower.

Read More

Essences

Charissa uses the Bush flower and Bach flower essences including Boronia and Slender Rice Flower.

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Welcome to Acacia Animal Care

Acacia Animal Care provides health support, veterinary consultations, advice re feeding, acupuncture, herbal and homeopathic medicines and supplements for dogs  cats and chickens. Dr Charissa Smith is an Holistic Veterinary Surgeon with a life spent caring for pets. Your loved pets will relax at the rural Acacia centre in the bush just north of Gatton Queensland.

 Bring your pet to Dr Charissa as soon as you get it, discuss its food and exercise  and shelter, preventative tick flea and heartworm programms, and vaccines. Avoid later problems!Dr Charissa designs infividual diets,  adjusted for breed and lifestyle. Dr Charissa prefers fresh food, however this is not always possible.If feeding dry food, Dr Charissa recommends Frontier dry food, from Northern NSW.

http://frontierpets.com.au?aff=29

Thoughts for the week: Vitamin A

With the loss to the country of a large proportion of its trees and grass, which make the environmental Vitamin A , it is good to remember that this simple vitamin can improve lung and eye health, and may be useful in times of dry and smoke inhalaltaion.

Vitamin A comes to us  in  green or orange colouring in plants, which contain carotenoids that are converted by the liver to retinol. or Vtamin A. In carnivores, it comes by eating offal, egg yolks, or fat including butter. young take it in in breast milk. . .

 I personally think the  trees and grass secrete it into the air and water. I think this is much greater where they are green and growing.

"Dietary sources of preformed vitamin A include fish liver oils, liver, egg yolks, butter, and vitamin A–fortified dairy products. Beta-carotene and other provitamin carotenoids, contained in green leafy and yellow vegetables, carrots, and deep- or bright-colored fruits, are converted to vitamin A. Carotenoids are absorbed better from vegetables when they are cooked or homogenized and served with some fat (eg, oils). Normally, the liver stores 80 to 90% of the body’s vitamin A. To use vitamin A, the body releases it into the circulation bound to prealbumin (transthyretin) and retinol-binding protein." https://www.msdmanuals.com/professional/nutritional-disorders/vitamin-deficiency,-dependency,-and-toxicity/vitamin-a-deficiency

Diseases related to Vitamin A

1. Liver disease: If the liver is not functioning the animal cannot make the Vitamin a from food, store it or process it. . Too much can be poisonous eg too many carrots, when the liver's capacity to process it is exceded.

2. Fungal/ Bacterial  skin disease

Vitamin a is reponsible for the health of the skin. Particularly wildlife and stock , which have lost theoir source of vitamin A are susceptable. Some small animal skin disease is also resposvie to Vitamin A t, especially where bowel dysbiosis makes it imposible to gain it from grain based foods.

3. Eye disease . .

Vitamin A is responsible for the health of the cornea and the retina, hence the name retinol. Poor eyesight , especially night blindness, and chronic conjuntivitis may repond to vitamin A . Vitamin A eye drops can be useful where there is chronic irritation from dust and smoke, as can internal intake..Nordic Naturals make an exccellent vitmina liquid. cod Liver Oil. A few drops a day can alter conjunctivitis due to dust and smioke in small animals. Cats particularly can get Vitamin A poisoning from too much, so keep the dose low.

4. Lung diseae  

Post fire trauma Vitamins A, C and E can be useful to help the recovery of damaged lungs.

Vitamin A is important in the regrowth of damaged tissue, particualry in young animals. C and E for the acute injury.  Cat's kidneys a responsible for Vitamin A metabolism, so fluid intake here is especially important when supplementing.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16552360

https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Vitamin-C-and-smoke-inhalation-injury.-Wolf/5bbcae1e729bb61d1cc347ea2839feaa331cba37

https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/130/5/1159/4686596

5, Reproductive disease

In cattle, Vitamin A deficiney will cause abortion , and distorted and dead calves. It causes lack of thrift, poor suckling, and death. Injections are avaiolalbe.

Comprehenvie Vitamin A data: https://www.dsm.com/markets/anh/en_US/Compendium/companion_animals/vitamin_A.html

1. Trees

https://www.treepeople.org/tree-benefits

With the burning of millions of hectares of trees , many of the benefits to us and our country have gone, the coming heavy rain will revegetate many, but with the tree cover lost the erosion  and subsequent soil loss will be will be devastating.

Trees do more than is listed on the above website, they proveide food for thousands of species and especially vitamin A .

2. Grass

Green growing grass also provides oxygen, fungal protection, soil protection, food for stock and wildlife  and Vitamin A. The drought has taken most of this .  

Normally forests are interespersed with grass species, heavy rainforest being mostly trees and savanah of trees with interspersed grasses. Trees like wattles come in to re-aforest, and supply nitrogen, When this is done they die back, trees come up and so does grass. They are all intertwined with the soil bacteria and fungi that make life possible. https://www.soilsforlife.org.au

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