New Concepts in Pet Health Care

Orthomolecular Specialties was introduced in 1976 as a result of clinical applications to specific nutritional protocols for the treatment, prevention, and control of specific disease processes beyond deficiency diseases. These clinical applications were undertaken by Dr. Wendell Belfield, Veterinarian, in his small animal practice over a thirty-seven year period. Belfield’s clinical knowledge as a practicing veterinarian along with his experience and training in compounding pharmacy were the catalyst for enhanced nutritional products that successfully addressed ineffective conventional treatment protocols for many animal diseases. Belfield’s accomplishments brought about a new concept to veterinary medicine acknowledged by two time Nobel Prize recipient, Dr. Linus Pauling. “Orthomolecular Medicine is defined as the preservation of health and the treatment of disease by the provision of the optimum molecular constitution of the body, particularly the optimum concentrations of substances that are normally present in the body and are required for life.” Dr. Belfield is contributing author to the 1997 Veterinary textbook “Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine”. In this scholarly text his clinical works can be studied. Animal diseases successfully challenged by Dr. Belfield:
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (prevention)
  • Arthritis (treatment, prevention & control)
  • Degenerative Spinal Myelopathy (treatment, prevention & control)
  • Feline Leukemia (FeLV prevention)
  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP prevention)
  • Feline Immunosuppressive Virus (FIV prevention)
  • Immune Deficiency (immunotherapy)
  • Food Allergies (treatment and prevention)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (treatment, prevention and control)
  • Struvite Crystals (treatment, prevention and control)
  • Kidney Function (treatment)
  • Epilepsy (treatment and prevention)
  • Gingivitis (Periodontal disease, treatment and control)
  • Skin and Hair Coat
  • Appetite and Energy ( treatment)
  • Chronic Renal Failure (CRF)

Feline Leukemia is perhaps the most devastating disease of domestic cats. The devastation is significant because the virus is easily transmitted from an infected feline through most body fluids. Fortunately, not all cats succumb to the invading virus; many can carry the virus their entire lives.

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The Story of Orthomolecular Medicine

In the fall of 1965, Dr. Wendell Belfield, veterinarian, drew 2000 milligrams of sodium ascorbate (buffered Vitamin C) into a hypodermic syringe and injected it intravenously into a dog infected with the canine distemper virus.

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