Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

You’ve all seen them: the pet food commercials with the fresh meats and vegetables flowing across the TV screen; the ecstatic dog running across the open field, followed by that soothing voice touting that this, this is the answer you’ve been waiting for. The fruits and vegetables are organic, the…
Not all holistic veterinarians are the same. This is quite an umbrella term! Holistic is a mindset. Most of us define it as a feeling. We believe that as doctors, we need to consider the mind, body and spirit of our patients. We do not believe that it is adequate…
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…
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…
Dogs need something to chew on, but how safe and effective are the chew items being marketed today? Several years ago there was quite a scare in regard to the presence of arsenic in rawhides and melamine in China-sourced products. Here are five tips for the best chew selection. Consider…
Parasites. That word can send chills down anyone’s back. Intestinal worms. Fleas. Ticks. Unemployed brothers-in-law. Veterinarians can’t help much with the last item, but they are able to help protect your pet against the others. Roundworms (toxacara), also knows as ascarids, are the most common intestinal worm in dogs and…
Nothing says love like a good massage for you or your dog or cat. An effective session is best accomplished by “petting with intent.” Have you ever had a massage from someone who just wasn’t paying attention to what he or she was doing? You can tell, and so can…
The term “exotic pet” refers to an animal, other than a dog or cat, that can be kept as a pet. Examples of exotic pets include guinea pigs, birds and iguanas. Exotic pets can be perfect companions, but they do require certain care to ensure they live full and healthy…
Raise your hand: how many people know about heartworm disease in dogs? Ok, looks like most of you dog owners do. How many know that heartworms can infect cats? Several of you. But how about in people? Not too many hands left up! For those that aren’t familiar with the…
Is your hair standing on end? Is your skin feeling very dry, or even cracking? Winter’s dry air is upon us and, with it, the annoying effects of static electricity! Pets have to deal with this as well. Sometimes cats get shocked from the static electricity, and lack of humidity…
Proper body weight is essential for your pet’s health. In pets, as with people, increased weight can lead to diabetes, heart disease, disc disease and joint problems. Pets are not responsible for their nutritional choices — we are! Though factors can vary based on breed and body type, there are…
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.…
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