Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

Do you bring reusable tote bags with you to the farmers market and program your thermostat to a lower temperature when you’re out on the town or sleeping? Is a hybrid car parked in your garage? Even if you are already making great strides to reduce your environmental footprint, chances…
Pets wearing clothes: Is it just all good fun? As a holistic veterinarian, I have witnessed and participated in the application of a variety of apparel to pets for therapeutic and whimsical reasons. Why do some people do this to their four-legged companions and how do these pets feel about…
There are five stages of the grieving process identified by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in 1969. The first stage of grief she identifies is denial. Denial is a defense mechanism your brain uses to help you cope with overwhelming loss. It is protective by sheltering us from overwhelming emotion all at…
Pet sensitivities are on the rise, yet many pet owners may be unaware of what is specifically impacting their four-legged family members. With a host of potential allergens and other irritants possibly affecting your pet, it is crucial to understand the source so you can mitigate the negative effect it…
National pet charities tug at your heart strings with dramatic pictures of tortured pets and sad music. We all feel that we can never do enough to help so many with desperate needs. As winter boredom sets in, consider donating your time and skills to help local pets in need…
What is love? Webster’s dictionary says it is “a strong affection or liking for someone or something.” Companionate love has been defined as the love we have for our friends and family members. This love is not the romantic type of love, but has high levels of attachment, commitment and…
Did you know that pets are susceptible to allergies just like humans are? Allergy problems in pets are very common and can be frustrating to treat. Food allergies are on the rise in dogs and cats. Seasonal pollen allergies affect many pets and can cause itchy skin and respiratory problems.…
As a pet owner, have you taken steps to eliminate poisons from your pet’s environment? Are you aware of some of the common pet toxins in your household? Here are some guidelines to help you keep your pets safe from poisonous substances in your home. The following items are the…
Two summers ago, my dad took my siblings and me on a trip to Indiana for a family reunion. Unfortunately, my mom had to stay home to work that week. About halfway through the trip she sent my dad a picture message to show my siblings and me. In the…
Pet food is a controversial topic. Should you feed dry or canned, grocery store brand, holistic, all-natural or raw? Do you listen to your veterinarian, someone at the dog park, a pet store employee or Google reviews? There is no “best” food to feed your pet. A good rule of…
Have you ever seen your veterinarian run her fingers down your cat’s neck and wondered what she was doing? The thyroid glands in animals and humans lie on either side of the trachea, about halfway down the neck. The thyroid is one of the largest endocrine organs in the body…
Much has been written about how stressful the holidays can be for humans. Have you ever considered the risks that the holidays pose for your pets? Many holiday foods, decorations and activities can be harmful for your pets. Take a few precautions to have a safe and healthy holiday season.…
Many of us include our cats and dogs in our holiday and family celebrations. Whether you’re choosing a gift for your own furry family member or for someone else’s, you may be overwhelmed with all the choices of food, treats, toys and accessories. Here are some ideas to help you…
When is the last time you went to the doctor for a health checkup? It can be a hassle to call for an appointment, take time off work, drive to the doctor’s office and wait in the exam room with only old magazines to read. Now think about taking your…
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