January 20, 2021

Dr Ernie Ward-Leading the Fight for Pet Fitness


Dr. Ernie Ward has spent his entire career practicing, writing about, lecturing on and encouraging better care for dogs and cats to earn the title as “America’s Pet Advocate.” Whether he’s discussing the dangers of obesity, how to perform a physical examination, dealing with behavioral issues, answering pet owner’s questions about surgery or how to provide better care for aging pets, Dr. Ward’s unifying theme is “do what is in the pet’s best interest.”

“In 1996, after four years of veterinary practice, I took a long, hard look at my life and decided I wanted to seek a higher quality of life for myself, my family and the pets I served. I was dissatisfied with the status quo and tradition of simply identifying and treating disease and began to focus on preventing disease and optimizing health. No longer would I accept ‘wellness’ as the’absence of illness.’ This journey has led me to become a student of human and veterinary physiology, nutrition, wellness and longevity. I am a believer in the ‘be it, do it, share it’ philosophy. My desire is to reach out and help others because the relationships with ourselves, each other and our pet loved ones are the most important reasons for living.”
Dr. Ernie Ward

Dr. Ward was instrumental in bringing senior pet care guidelines to general veterinary practices in 1999. In 2001, he developed and published protocols for monitoring pets receiving long term medications such as Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Previcox, Zubrin, Metacam, Enacard, thyroid hormone, prednisone and more. His chart for drug monitoring guidelinesis found in most small animal veterinary hospitals in the US and Canada.Dr Ernie Ward

Dr. Ward was an early promoter of mandatory pre-surgical blood testing for dogs and cats, the administration of intravenous fluids throughout the procedure and pre- and post-operative pain management, even for routine surgeries such as spay (OHE) and neuter (orchiectomy). Dr. Ward was an advocate for extended vaccination protocols as early as 1999. He was an early adopter of C02 laser surgery, beginning to use surgical lasers in his practice in 1999.

He gave over fifty lectures in the US, Canada and Europe on the importance reducing pet vaccinations by using three-year vaccines and wrote and produced a veterinary staff training video and guidebook on immunology and vaccinology in 2004. In 2005, he founded the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention to help raise awareness on the dangers of excess weight in dogs and cats. He is a certified personal trainer and USA Triathlon certified coach and multiple Ironman finisher.

Dr Ernie Ward will be appearing on the Pet Radio Show April 20th, 2013

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