"This method by Dr. Plechner has helped many thousands of pets lead normal happy lives. Without it, many would have been euthanized. This information is decades ahead of mainstream veterinary medicine."
—Albert J. Simpson, DVM
Pets at Risk provides a clear guide for healing, written for both pet owners and veterinarians alike. Dr. Plechner explains that many health problems originate with genetic or acquired disturbances to the adrenal cortex production of cortisol, an important hormone. A domino effect ensues, affecting the hypothalamus- pituitary- adrenal axis. Other hormones go awry and immune function is compromised.
Dr. Plechner also identifies adverse environmental influences such as food intolerance, poor diet, toxins in the environment, and stress, among others, as factors that also may affect adrenal malfunction and overall pet health.
In Dr. Plechner’s therapy program, he uses a safe and effective combination of pharmaceutical and plant based (natural) cortisone preparations, depending on the severity and stage of disease. Many once-sick animals—some seriously ill—have made remarkable recoveries and lived long and healthy lives on this program. "My independent clinical experience shows that low-dose cortisone along with thyroid replacement, is hugely beneficial for restoring lost immune competence present in many canine conditions," explains Dr. Plechner. "In most affected felines, cortisol alone works."
Pets at Risk creates the blueprint for an effective working partnership between pet owners and veterinarians. A part of the treatment includes pharmaceuticals, which must be prescribed by a veterinarian, along with a healthy diet and careful attention to food allergies, which require an attentive pet owner.
In the final chapter of his book, Dr. Plechner relates his findings in animals to illnesses in human beings. Dr. Plechner has presented his clinical perspectives in 2002 and 2003 to physicians at the Broda O. Barnes, M.D. Research Foundation in Connecticut, an organization dedicated to education, research, and training in the field of thyroid and endocrine balance. After learning about Dr. Plechner’s findings, one physician, David Brownstein, stated: "His revelations from years of clinical practice have connected the dots between unrecognized hormonal defects and immune system disorder. As a medical doctor, I find that his work explains many of the chronic problems I see in my patients. This book shows how safe and effective hormone treatments can be used to rebuild the immune system. The information has great therapeutic significance not just for sick animals but for sick humans as well."
Praise for Pets at Risk
This method developed by Dr. Plechner has helped many thousands of pets lead normal happy lives. Without it, many would have been euthanized. This information is decades ahead of mainstream veterinary medicine.
—Albert J. Simpson, D.V.M., Oregon City, OR
This is a major therapeutic option we didn’t learn about in veterinary school.
—Dwight Benesh, D.V.M., Chandler, AZ
Al Plechner’s revelations from years of clinical practice have connected the dots between unrecognized hormonal defects and immune system disorder. As a medical doctor, I find that his work explains many of the chronic problems I see among my patients. This book shows how safe and effective hormone treatments can be used to rebuild the immune system. The information has great therapeutic significance not just for sick animals but for sick humans as well.
—David Brownstein, M.D., West Bloomfield, MI
About the Authors
Alfred J. Plechner and Martin Zucker have collaborated to write Pets at Risk with its breakthrough information. Dr. Plechner combines his thirty-five years of veterinary clinical knowledge with Zucker’s twenty-five years as a writer specializing in health and medicine. They first worked together in 1986 when they co-authored Pet Allergies: Remedies for an Epidemic, which the Seattle Times described as "a superb, provocative wake-up call to American pet owners."
Dr. Plechner is a graduate of the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He practices at the California Animal Hospital, which has been ranked among the top 1 percent of animal clinics in the United States. His research and clinical experiences have been published in veterinary and medical journals, including Medical Hypotheses, Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, and Progressive Health News.
In the mid-1980s, Dr. Plechner co-developed the first successful commercial lamb and rice diet, a new hypoallergenic pet food diet that was widely copied. He later developed a new generation of hypoallergenic foods that are currently sold by veterinarians nationwide.
Martin Zucker was a former foreign correspondent with Associated Press, who has since written, co-written, or ghostwritten more than ten books. His specialty is health and medicine. His five previous books on pet health include The Veterinarians’ Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs and The Veterinarians’ Guide to Natural Remedies for Cats (Three Rivers Press/Crown, 2000). His most recent books are Preventing Arthritis (G. P. Putnam & Sons, 2001) and Natural Hormone Balance for Women (Pocket Books, 2002).
To read recent articles by Dr. Plechner, visit his web site at
Table of Contents
Part One: The Epidemic
Chapter One: Endangered Dogs and Cats
Chapter Two: Clinical Evolution - From Frustration to Discovery
Chapter Three Endocrine-Immune Chaos: Putting the Puzzle Together
Chapter Four: Imbalanced Dogs
Chapter Five: Imbalanced Cats
Chapter Six: Environmental Influences: Food, Fleas, and Toxins
Part Two: The Solution
Chapter Seven: Repairing Endocrine-Immune Imbalances
Chapter Eight: The Test that Can Make a Difference
Chapter Nine: The Hormone Replacement Program
Chapter Ten: The Diet Replacement Program
Chapter Eleven: Supplements and Natural Remedies
Chapter Twelve: Dogs in Balance
Chapter Thirteen: Cats in Balance
Chapter Fourteen: Prevention
Chapter Fifteen: Breeder Responsibility
Chapter Sixteen: Implications for Humans
About the Authors