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Veterinarians & Pet Related Things
for PWC owners of Pets and for
Pets with CFS like problems


Veterinary Holistic Mobile Services  (703) 395-0795
Rebecca Verna DVM
Marshall VA
Integrative medicine for pets.
Dr. Verna offers acupuncture, chinese herbs, reiki, flower essences, physical therapy and more.
House calls are available anywhere in the greater Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland area.

Ken Wright DVM  (703) 444-1666
Countryside Animal Clinic
113 Edds Lane
Sterling VA 20165
"was accepting when a CFS patient caught something from a pet, not usually transmitted."

HOPE Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine & Emergency Animal Hospital  (703) 281-5121
Vienna, VA
"Fast, successful care - reduced my stress level!" - a CFSupport member


dog in tank Tazz B.

Rehabilitative Hydrotherapy for Dogs.
Two of our members have taken their dogs for RHT - where the dogs walk on a treadmill in a water tank with life jacket on.


James Jeffers DVM    (301) 977-9169
Board Certified Veterinary Dermatologist
Animal Allergy & Dermatology Clinic
9039 Gaither Rd
Gaithersburg MD 20877


Walter Tarello, Veterinary Surgeon has written several articles about CFS in Animals, see

Abnormal Signs Found in Animals of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients:
A Look at 463 Animals

R. Tom Glass, Professor, Pathology, Oklahoma State University

Objective: To evaluate the abnormal signs found in the domestic animals (pets) of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) patients.

Design: Retrospective study of the domestic animals (pets) of criteriamet ME/CFS patients using a standardized questionnaire which included patient comments.

Setting: University medical center and ME/CFS support groups throughout the United States. Patients: A total of 127 patients met the surveillance criteria of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the establishment of the diagnosis of ME/CFS and were included in the study. This group of patients had a total of 463 domestic animals (pets), of which 348 animals demonstrated abnormal signs and 115 were considered healthy.

Measurements: Information from the standardized questionnaire was compiled and appropriate statistical tests, including mean, median, Z test, multivariant analysis, and Chi-square test, were used.

Results: One hundred six (83%) of the 127 ME/CFS surveyed reported that at least one of their animals (predominantly domestic pets) showed a wide range of unusual or atypical signs, many of which mimicked the signs and symptoms of ME/CFS. The sick animals' signs were divided into General (40%), Neurological (35%), Gastrointestinal (10%), Reticuloendothelial/Blood (9%), Neoplasia (4%), and Endocrine (2%). One of the most striking result of the study was that 113 of the 127 ME/CFS patients surveyed felt their ME/CFS symptoms were somehow associated with their animals contact. Ninety (71%) of the 127 ME/CFS patients reported that they were the primary caretakers for multiple animals. Other less common findings were: the onset of ME/ CFS being associated with obtaining the animal; the onset of ME/CFS being associated with a flea bite episode; prior residents having sick animals and ME/CFS; other family member contracting ME/CFS from their close association with the sick animal (as opposed to their association with the family members who had ME/CFS); ME/CFS symptoms decreasing after the pet leaving or dying.

Conclusions: A large number of animals of ME/CFS patients have atypical or unusual diseases which at least mimic ME/CFS. Most of the 127 ME/CFS patients surveyed have significant animal interactions.

Journal Title:
Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
Multidisciplinary Innovations in Research, Theory, and Clinical Practice
Volume: 6 Issue: 2
ISSN: 1057-3321 Pub Date: 6/1/1998

Veterinary Testing for Chronic Infections

Scientists and physicians at the Institute for Molecular Medicine have been working with veterinarians who have patients of various species with undiagnosed illnesses, in some cases similar to their owners who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), Gulf War Illness (GWI) or Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). We have determined that a connection exists between the above chronic illnesses suffered by humans and chronic infections caused by Mycoplasma, Chlamydia, Borrelia or other chronic infectious pathogens.


Save Money on Meds:
If your pet takes a "human" also prescription, ask for a written prescription
 and take it to a discount pharmacy such as CostCo (no membership req'd for pharmacy).

With your vet, use a reputable online pharmacy to save on trips out, make refills easier:
866.VET.CENTRIC (838.2368)

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Updated January 7, 2013