By Shelly Allen
The need to “help the helpless” drove Evan Blair to become a veterinarian nearly 25 years ago. After graduation, Dr. Evan Blair spent one year as the small animal intern at Tuskegee University before going into private practice. He owned and operated Blair Animal Hospital for 15 years before it sold in 2015. It was through this drive and experience that Dr. Blair decided to formulate a line of pet products that would actually work and would be easy to administer and in 2015, The Organic Companion was born.
According to Dr. Blair, “The most common presenting complaint in my animal hospital was skin problems. From dry and flaky skin to full-blown bacterial infections with pustules, and the majority of these cases all had one predisposing factor or primary cause: dry skin. There are different degrees of dry skin and something as simple as weekly conditioning may resolve the problem. I call this an external factor. The internal factor may be a deficiency in essential fatty acids (EFA) that can lubricate the shaft of the hair follicle so it does not dry up and fall out. I spent a lot of time researching, developing and tweaking a treatment protocol and as a result, I am able to resolve skin issues in 99% of my patients.”
The protocol takes about two months to resolve the problem but it goes like this: Establish a weekly bathing routine that uses both a shampoo and a conditioner in separate steps, stay away from 2 in 1’s. If after a month the hair feels chalky, add an oral essential fatty acid supplement (EFA) like The Organic Companion’s, Doggie Derm Plus, formulated by Dr. Blair. That generally takes three to four weeks to work but dramatic improvements can usually be seen in just two weeks. If the problem is so severe that the animal has a secondary bacterial infection because they will NOT stop scratching, a steroid injection may be necessary for the initial treatment protocol. Here is the bottom line, according to Dr. Blair, “treat the primary cause as well as the secondary symptoms. Treat external (conditioner) and internal (EFA supplementation) factors. This should resolve most cases.”
Dr. Blair said, “The most frustrating part of the entire protocol was finding products that were effective, easy to administer and the pet actually liked! That’s what drove me to develop my own line of products and now, with a just a quick shake or a couple of flicks of the wrist you can spray the product onto the pet’s meal and rest assured you’re giving them a supplement that works and that they’ll eat!”
The Organic Companion line of products has evolved and multiplied over the years so I asked Dr. Blair which product was his favorite and he said, “My favorite product is BREATH because it is so effective in killing the harmful bacteria that reside in the mouth. I also love how easy it is to use and that you don’t have to fight your pet to use it. The most important thing to me about the products is that they work. Depending on the product it will help prevent or treat a problem leading to a healthier and happy life which was the goal from the start.”
Dr. Evan Blair, DVM has continued practicing medicine through house calls and working as a relief veterinarian, and his line of products is called The Organic Companion. Order on their website and use code ORGANIC at checkout for $3 off!