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Re: Two Sides to Every Story

Posted by Evelyn on 4/09/06
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    Well said, Michael. We would all do well to remember that as a general
    rule.

    On 4/08/06, Michael L wrote:
    > I have not used the Pluck No More Product, and am a great proponent of
    > Aloe Vera juice. That being said, I do believe that the questioning and
    > somewhat uninformed, deserve to at least know that there are those that
    > do endorse this product and seemingly have had good results.
    > What is also interesting is that "Bord Certified Avian Veterinarians,"
    > which is the cornerstone of core beliefs and mantra for many Birdmart
    > advisor's, might find their testimonials somewhat convincing. In
    > addition, they even provide their phone numbers, web sites and veterinary
    > office names.
    > This product is also FDA registered which is more than can be said for
    > most products that we use on our birds.
    > All of the supposedly "harmful" herbs being used in this product are in a
    > beneficial amount/ratio that can have a positive effect rather than
    > negative on the bird.
    > To make this somewhat easier to understand, I'll use a dog for example.
    > Arsenic is both toxic and lethal, but when a dog contracts heart worm,
    > the treatment of choice is arsenic. It is used in controlled amounts and
    > is administered in a manner that kills or eradicates the heart worm, but
    > doesn't destroy the host which is the dog.
    > So too can many of these toxic herbs prove beneficial rather than
    > detrimental to the plucking bird.
    > As in everything, we all have the ability and right to choose what we
    > consider appropriate for use on any animal entrusted to our care. But we
    > should also consider that there are products that have potential to
    > possibly help some animals, even though we might find the ingredients
    > unorthodox or harmful, due to ignorance and hearsay.
    > Certainly there is always the possibility that there will be isolated
    > cases where an animal has had a negative reaction to a drug or adverse
    > reaction, but this is also true in humans. It's know as
    > hypersensitivity, but that doesn't mean that a product shouldn't be used
    > or tried because of an isolated case.
    > Make wise and educated choices, but do it when you have factual
    > information rather than hearsay and hypothesis.
    >
    > Michael L
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    >
    > Hear what Sam Vaughn, DVM Avian Diplomate ABVP,
    > Board Certified Avian Veterinarian has to say!!
    >
    > VETERINARY ASSOCIATES-STONEFIELD
    > 203 Moser Road
    > Louisville, KY 40223
    > (502) 245-7863
    > www.vetcity.com Sam Vaughn, DVM
    > Avian Diplomate ABVP
    > Kurt Oliver, DVM
    > Karen Lazas, DVM
    >
    >
    > May 31, 2005
    > RE: Safety and Efficacy of Pluck No More
    >
    > Dear Richard:
    >
    > I was at first skeptical about your product, especially its safety.
    > Therefore, as I always do, I decided to try your product on my own birds,
    > and a few special clients' birds.
    >
    > I warned these clients that this was probably another "snake oil" that
    > would do nothing for their birds plucking but it seemed safe enough as
    > per the label's contents. After all we bird vets have been stumped by
    > feather picking for 40 years, so we would never want to admit that a
    > layperson provided a cure that we could not. I am of the reverse
    > philosophy. Anybody give me anything that is safe to help these birds and
    > I will rejoice in using it!
    >
    > I am attaching a Complete Blood Count, Chemistry Panel, and Serum
    > Electrophoresis of an African Grey who was nearly bald in January of
    > 2005. The bird was wearing an E-collar and had not responded to any of
    > our conventional treatments for chronic feather picking. He was living a
    > miserable existence as most collared birds do in my opinion.
    >
    > We started Mufasa on Pluck No More on January 25, 2005. The collar came
    > off within two weeks.
    >
    > The only abnormality is a low protein which is really normal because I
    > had the owner hold this bird off of food before my visit. He was without
    > food for over 8 hours, thus his blood protein should be expected to be
    > low.
    >
    > While I have no photos of Mufasa, he is nearly totally feathered after
    > four months on your product.
    >
    > I will be forwarding you photos of my own featherpicker, Stevie, an
    > Umbrella Cockatoo, four weeks on your product and she now has tail
    > feathers for the first time in four years!
    >
    > Her bloodwork is pending also, hopefully these normal biochemistries of
    > birds on your product will quiet the naysayers on the internet bird
    > boards who say your product is dangerous. Pluck No More has not harmed my
    > bird, or Mufasa the African Grey and I have proven that scientifically.
    >
    > Update - 6/1/05
    > Complete Blood Count and Biochemistry Analysis of my own Cockatoo Stevie.
    > She has been on Pluck No More since 4/2/05 - All labs normal and first
    > normal tail feathers in 2-3 years.
    >
    > Samuel B. Vaughn, DVM, Avian Diplomate, ABVP, Veterinary Associates-
    > Stonefield, Louisville, KY. www.vetcity.com 05/31/05
    >
    > ____________________________________________________________________
    >
    >
    > Hear what Greg Burkett, DVM Avian Diplomate ABVP,
    > Board Certified Avian Veterinarian has to say!!
    >
    > "As a practicing specialist in avian medicine, I see many cases of
    > feather damaging behavior, which can be a difficult syndrome to diagnose
    > and treat. Pluck-No-More has given relief to this problem for many of my
    > clients and patients. I am impressed with the performance of Pluck-No-
    > More. It has successfully stopped feather damaging behavior in several of
    > my patients. If your bird is a feather plucker, chewer or otherwise
    > destroys its feathers, you owe it to your bird and yourself to try Pluck-
    > No-More. This product is not a replacement for proper veterinary care."
    >
    > Greg Burkett DVM, Avian Diplomate ABVP, Board Certified Avian
    > Veterinarian, Durham, NC. www.birdieboutique.com 06/07/05
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