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February 27, 2013

To: 'vet.board@veterinary.texas.gov'
Subject: Dr Hines

To whom it may concern,

Grateful if the following comments would be recorded onto the file of Dr Hines.I live on the island of Mauritius, a tiny spot of a place, located in the Indian ocean off the south east coast of Africa and Madagascar), and far removed from the US or the great state of Texas. Animal hospitals and vets who know what they’re doing are few and far between I am sad to say – so when I rescued a nesting in my garden last Thursday, I was desperate for information on what to do – and so I turned to the internet. My little bird (still not 100% on what species) is surviving just fine, except for the fact that his eyes have not opened. At all. For this reason, I need some guidance from a professional, does it mean he’s blind? Is there something I could do? Etc, etc. Unfortunately my relief at finding Dr Hines' site, quickly turned to disappointment when I clicked the “contact Dr Hines” link to ask my question… I was redirected to a page informing me that Dr Hines was no longer allowed to answer emails such as mine, and that
the good Doctor, were being dragged in front of the Texas Veterinary Board..

In support of Dr Hines, and others like him who only seek to help, often for no remuneration whatsoever other than “doing good”, I would like to personally urge you to reconsider your position.You see, it’s very sad, but not everyone has access to proper pet health care, or structured wildlife organizations, or rehabilitation programs available in first world countries. Some of us have to muddle along “blindly” (as it were) and do what we can. The internet certainly helps – the fact that the wealth of information available “out there” can come to the aid of some poor defenseless creature way “out here” – is nothing short of miraculous. At the of the day, preventing this sort of information from being
shared, just hurts those who can’t speak for themselves.

I will continue searching for answers to my questions, and hope that I am doing right by this little creature of God.

I thank you for taking the time to read my comments.

Sincerely,

J.H.
MAURITIUS

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February 28, 2013
to Texas State Board Of Veterinary Medical Examiners:

To Whom It May Concern,

Please record these comments in Dr. Hines file.

It is a first amendment right that Dr. Hines be allowed to speak or write whatever he chooses. I have a right to hear/read what he chooses to share.
I agree that it is not common for a professional to publish free information, but it certainly is appreciated. Most of the websites on animal care push their own opinions and agendas. Dr. Hines has provided information that allows me to make an informed health care decision for my pets. I applaud
Dr. Hines and I thank him profusely. No one, including the government, should have a right to censor private conversations or even public ones for that matter. Which is to say that I can email whomever I choose and I can
access whatever sites I care to access. There is no “threat to the public” from learning proper care for my cavies.

How can you think that ignorance is more desirable than knowledge? I am unable to find a vet near me who has pertinent information to impart on cavy care and breeding. I am also loathe to continue paying for poor or prejudiced advice. Dr. Hines may be quite a distance from my residence, but thanks to the internet I am able to consult with him without having to leave the confines or comfort of my home.

If there is an experienced and knowledgeable vet willing to provide sound and free pet care information, shouldn’t you be praising him and giving him an award for his philanthropic endeavors rather than chastising him for not charging concerned pet owners? Aren’t veterinarians interested in helping animals stay healthy and aiding pet owners who care for these animals? Or is it just about the money that ignorant pet owners will pay to keep
their furry family members alive and happy…

The website that Dr. Hines has created for public information has been more helpful than any other website that I have found.He has given candid and unbiased information on guinea pigs that other sources just won’t provide.I have been looking for breeding information for a while and his was the only site that didn’t try to force a personal opinion on me.

I have recommended his site to friends and I thank the Lord that there are genuinely kind, knowledgeable and generous professionals out there who don’t require a visit to the vet just to gain some insight on the care of my wonderful cavies.

Sincerely,

D. B.

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March 1, 2013
To: Vet Boards

To Whom It May Concern;

I have read and truly appreciated some of Dr. Hines' articles. I feel better informed in recognizing problems that my pet could be having. Please do not interfere with Dr. Hines' ability to give this good advice to pet owners.

Sincerely,
M. R.

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Mar 4, 2013

to vet.board:
I have spent lots of money on my Standard Poodle and the only vet who has really helped me with his disease is Dr. Hines. I think that my boy has Addison's but my local vet said that he needs no other medications. Well, Addison's requires a maintenance pharm. and Dr. Hines' site confirmed that for me. His site is the most complete and informative site that I have found. I owe my dog's life to him and now will need to find a local
vet with experience with Standard Poodles and Addison's. thanks to Dr. Hines web site I have the information that I need to go forward and locate the appropriate care for my dog, Will.

L.A.

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March 19, 2013

to vet.board,

Please discontinue harassing this man for providing information to consumers. I am using the information from his website to request additional testing of my pet by my own veterinarian. This in no way harms my pet or any Texas veterinarians; it actually is
generating revenue for veterinarians. People have a right to share information. Please allow Dr. Hines to continue to do so.
Action agains his website is unconscionable.

C.G.

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March 22, 2013
To: vet.board@veterinary.texas.gov

Re: Ronald Hines DVM case #12-167

I am writing in support of Dr. Ronald Hines. I am a long time pet owner and have more than supported my local veterinarians, but as I get older, it is becoming less affordable to go for a visit without knowing if it is necessary. There are simple things that can be asked without a visit to the vet but few want to deal with owners by phone. Dr. Hines' assistance can be the information needed to know if a visit is necessary. He does not
stand in the way of that happening but can assist us in knowing when it is truly needed.

Owning a pet can be expensive and the cost of vet care is a large part of that. It can only, in my opinion, result in less adoptions or less medical care. For those who cannot afford going to the vet unless it is absolutely needed, it is in the animals' interest that qualified advice be available.

Please include my comments in Dr. Hines' file. Any correspondence with Dr. Hines is private and the board should not interfere in that.

Sincerely,
L.B.
Interlaken, NY

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April 12, 2013
to vet.board:
Dear Texas Board,

I have a 21 year old cat, Porker. He has been with me through more things than almost anyone in my life. This past year has been particularly difficult for him. While he remains in good spirits there have been a number of times where I thought I might need to let him go but we tried out various non-invasive treatments and he is doing better. My wife and I have spent thousands of dollars with various veterinarians in our city to get Porker the treatment he needs.

Recently he had to take antibiotics to treat a high white blood cell count issue. He recovered from that but the treatments left him with a diarrhea issue (a common side effect of antibiotics). This issue has now continued for at least 6 weeks. Under our veterinary's advice we have tried various treatments including metronidazole, Sucralfate, Probiotics, and pumpkin. There has been some marginal improvement but the diarrhea issue persists.

If Porker's diarrhea issues do not resolve themselves I will have to consider putting him down because I feel his quality of life will not be what it should be. I know he's very old for a cat and I know that regardless we are in the final years of his life but I want to give him a chance to see if he can get through this.In searching for a treatment for my old guy I happened across Dr. Hines' website http://www.2ndchance.info/ inflambowel cat.htm and at the bottom he mentions this potential new treatment called Microbiota Transplantation.

I asked my vet about this treatment but she has not heard of it and pretty much all the references I have found so far have dealt with the treatment in humans. I just wanted to email Dr. Hines' to see if he can refer me to a vet in my area (we live in DC) who might know something about the treatment. However, it appears that your board's threats of sanction have now made him stop giving out advice.

I am not asking him to replace my vet, I am simply searching for a vet referral for a new treatment option that he seems to know something about but which my vet is unfamiliar with. Instead of restricting his abilities to give out simple advice to people like me, why don't you take your bureaucrat hat off and realize there are responsible and caring pet
owners like me and my wife who simply want to do what we can to make our pets' lives as long and happy as they can be.

Sincerely,

Peter van R.
G St NE, Washington, DC

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April 17, 2013

To vet.board:
Dear Texas State Board of Veterinary Medicine:

A friend of mine runs a special needs school in Houston. Some of the children who attend this school found a wild rabbit nest and handled them excessively. I told them to put the rabbits back, cover the nest with a pattern of small twigs, and check it in the morning. After more than 24 hours, the staff reported that the mother had not returned to the nest. The babies were driven 100 miles to my house where I have been
bottle feeding them ever since. The rabbits are now healthy SOLELY BECAUSE OF THE ADVICE I READ ONLINE FROM DR. HINES'S WEBSITE. These 4 cottontails will now be released to the wild through a wildlife rehabilitator. This is continuing the natural cycle of the wild even though humans caused the disturbance, we have now tried to rectify the
damage that was done.

Again, please remove the hold from Dr. Hines so that he may continue to give Veterinary advice to caring foster mothers and fathers like myself for the benefit of the Earth we inhabit. Every day we upset nature's balance with our cars, our homes, and our lifestyle. The least we can do is to allow freedom of speech by educated persons to benefit others who wish to learn.

What you are doing is wrong, unconstitutional, and a major disadvantage to the animals we depend on to keep the natural balance going strong.

Regards,
D.C.
An Ordinary and Concerned Citizen of Texas

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April 27, 2013
To: vet.board

I am requesting that the Texas State Board Of Veterinary Medical Examiners allow Ronald S. Hines D.V.M. to practice over the internet.
I believe that preventing him from offering his opinions on Pet health is an affront to our first amendment rights.

Through the years, he has helped countless Pet Owners and their Pets with recommendations. For thee record, I use Veterinary Services in NH, and over the last 2 weeks have spent over $1,000 on my pet Labrador Retriever.Please reconsider your actions and allow the good Dr.
to continue helping Pet Owners across the country and the world, through the Internet.

Respectfully,

Mr. H.J.B.
Evergreen Dr.
Merrimack, NH

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May 2, 2013
To: The Texas Board of Examiners:

I am writing from Riverside, California, in response to the action of the Board concerning subject Case No. 12-167, regarding Dr. Ronald Hines, DVM.
I am very disappointed in the Texas Board of Examiners for not allowing Dr. Hines to continue the help he is able, and willing, to give to pet owners online. Please consider the following:
There are times when a pet owner, who loves and is deeply concerned for their pet, may not have the option of taking that beloved pet to a veterinarian's office. For instance, it is very stressful for an animal, let alone a sick animal, if it has never been crated or even in a car, let alone a busy and noisy veterinary hospital! Also, if the animal has never been handled by anyone other than the owner, it could cause extraordinary fear and distress. The animal would without a doubt attempt to bite anyone that tries to handle the pet; and, while I realize veterinarians have 'squeeze cages' to confine animals, how much more stress might that cause the pet?? I trust that, as members of the Texas Board of Examiners, you care about animals. Considering the above situations, how much better for an owner to be able to go online for suggestions from veterinarians like Dr. Hines who have years of experience and are willing to help owners.
I plead with you to reconsider, and allow Dr. Ron Hines to continue guiding owners online with animals that are not feeling up to par, for the sake of the animal, as well as the owners that love them.

Thank you very much for your consideration of my request, and from other animal owners as well,regarding Dr. Hines' online help for our animals.
I look forward to a reply to my e-mail regarding the concerns I have voiced, and thank you in advance.
Sincerely,
R.W.
P.S. I would also appreciate your including my letter in his file, thank you.

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May 13, 2013

To: Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Please record my comments is Dr. Hines' file.

I wish to thank Dr. Hines for providing a location on the internet where pet owners in need can find accurate and easy to understand information regarding their pet and their pet's health.

I found an article by Dr. Hines when searching for antifreeze poisoning in dogs. My great dane found a tipped over bottle in the back yard - one which my husband negligently left out after working on his car - and proceeded to lick the cap. After inspection, I noticed that though the
bottle
was closed tightly, some antifreeze seemed to have leaked out under the bottle. I called my vet, who then called the poison control center (for a $65 dollar charge) who then gave me the information that I had already found for free in Dr. Hines' article. You can be certain that ifI have any questions in the future I will google Dr. Hines and see if he has an article on the subject. In my case, both the poison control center and Dr. Hines concurred that my dog did not ingest enough to be dangerous.

Dr. Hines, if you see this, thank you. You have set my mind at ease.
Regards,

C. L.

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