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Healthy Dog Project – Introduction

January 31, 2011

The Healthy Dog Project
Cooperstown, NY

My background is in academic and non-profit administration. I worked as an Administrative Manager for Columbia University at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York, and as the Director of Graduate Admissions at the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

I became a professional pet sitter while living in Rhinebeck, NY and quickly developed a broad based clientele. It was during this time that I noticed that many of my canine clients had the same recurring health issues; itchy skin, waxy ears, chronic scratching, weepy eyes, bad breath and almost always – a dull coat, others had more serious symptoms such as seizures.  While doing some initial research I found that many of these same symptoms were actually allergic reactions to poor quality food, systematic over-vaccination and the constant use of topical pesticides stemming from flea and tick products.

It was disturbing to think that these symptoms were signs of a suppressed immune system. Could we be making our pets sick? An easy solution seemed logical and simple – better food, minimal vaccinations and no pesticides should equal better health.

The Healthy Dog Project Annual Seminar

The Healthy Dog Project Annual Seminar was established to provide dog owners with educated options. The annual seminar is free and open to the public (although registration is required) and presented by internationally renowned veterinarians such as Dr. Christina Chambreau (our 2010 speaker) and Dr. Martin Goldstein (our speaker for 2011). Both Dr. Chambreau and Dr. Goldstein are considered by many to be ambassadors in the cause of helping companion animals as well as being exceptional educators.

Seminar topics will range from:
• Food and Supplements – How do I know what is best for my dog?
• Vaccines – Is less More?
• Fleas and Ticks – Are there alternative methods to topical pesticides?
• Where do I Start?

If you have a particular interest email us at healthydogproject. We want to have speakers that will help address the business of building a healthy dog!

And in that light, we are proud to announce that contributions from the first two annual events will be donated to the Rabies Charitable Trust.  I’m sure you’ll agree that this is an exciting time for pet owners. Won’t you join us in the journey to better health?

With common interests,
Gloria J. Cestero-Hurd
Founder, Healthy Dog Project
Cooperstown, NY

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