Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

For the past few years, it has been all over the news: Common dog treats, often chicken jerkies, are poisoning dogs all over the United States. Dogs Naturally Magazine reports that by October 2013, as reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 3,600 dogs had been sickened and 580…
When our pets near the end of their lives, we are charged with the responsibility of making medical decisions for them. We also have the responsibility of administering medications and paying for medical treatments and tests — and we do this all without the benefit of an advanced care directive…
Let there be light! Laser light! Laser therapy is an exciting veterinary treatment available for many conditions that plague our furry friends. Laser therapy increases circulation, heals tissue and reduces pain and swelling. This therapy is noninvasive and causes no pain to the patient. Laser therapy is effective for both…
Veterinary spinal manipulation technique (VSMT) is commonly known as animal chiropractic care. VSMT is a holistic treatment that concentrates on the proper function and health of an animal’s spinal column and nervous system. Some people consider this treatment only after an animal sustains an injury, yet proper function of the…
It’s summertime and the living should be easy for you and your dog. Here are some considerations to keep your dog happy and healthy this summer! Paws Start from the ground up by protecting your dog’s paws. Their feet are in contact with hot streets, chemically treated lawns and the…
As a veterinarian specializing in end of life pet issues and in-home euthanasia, I am often asked about veterinary hospice. People typically go to a hospice setting when they have been diagnosed with a terminal disease process, with no hope for a cure, to provide them with medical care to…
Summer vacation can mean fun and traveling for the whole family, including your pets. Whether you travel by plane or take everyone on a long road trip, here is a basic checklist to keep travel as comfortable, fun and stress-free as possible! Keep your pet secure Whether you are on…
Your pet’s overall health is a combination of physical health and emotional harmony. It is important that we recognize and address emotional imbalances in animals in order to maximize their health potential. One natural method of accomplishing this is with the use of flower essences. History Essences are homeopathically prepared…
Children experience the same emotions of grief as adults. They may express their grief differently based on their age, level of understanding and level of emotional development. We cannot shield our children from the loss of a pet; however, we can make the loss understandable to them by how we…
Losing a pet is a difficult experience for everyone. Pets are a constant presence in many people’s lives, and we form very strong, deep, emotional bonds with them. Our pets are there for us, happy to see us, rely and depend on us and form enduring attachments with us. The…
My cancer patients who have done the best have had dedicated guardians who focus on them with love, a species-appropriate diet and blended dark leafy greens potent in antioxidants. This is a tribute to Blue, a chocolate Labrador retriever with a pet mom who truly believed her dog did not…
Natural and manmade disasters can change lives in an instant. These disasters include tornadoes, floods and gas leaks. One of the most common disasters is house fires. If you need to evacuate from your home, will you have what you need to care for your pets? It is important to…
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…
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