Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

Sebastian lives simply. He gets up in the morning and stretches, charges down the stairs and waits at the back door for me to catch up. He “zoom, zoom, zooms” into the yard and back as quickly as possible, especially when it’s cold. On warmer days, it’s different. He stops…
When it is imperative to pack light, whether it be a camel ride or an airline restriction, myrrh is a must-have essential oil! “And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and behold, a company of Ishmaelites came from Gilead with their camels…
Watchful waiting through the last days of a pet’s life is difficult. Waiting is defined as to delay action until a particular time or event happens, to defer, or to remain in readiness for some purpose. Our natural inclination is to do something, take action when presented with a problem,…
Many pet owners feel vacations are more fun with their furry companions in tow. Traveling can be more complicated when pets are part of the equation, but there are ways to ensure a comfortable and safe trip. The Humane Society of the United States says the safest and most comfortable…
The process of mourning the loss of a loved one can take time. Initially our grief is sharp and painful. Over time the edges of our feelings wear down, and soften into warm memories. No matter where you are in the grief process, it is comforting to be in the…
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…
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