Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

Cats are considered great pets for city dwellers. Unlike dogs, cats don’t bark, meaning apartment dwellers won’t have to worry about upsetting their neighbors when cats want to grab their attention. Cats also can live indoors without needing to get any exercise in the backyards that many city residents simply…
No one wants to feel that giving care to a loved one (pet or person) is a burden. We all want to give our time, energy, and love to our loved ones when they need extra care. Sometimes, the care required can be overwhelming and exhausting. The simple logistics of…
Bird watching is a pastime enjoyed by people of all ages. While many people trek into the woods to see their favorite birds, homeowners can take steps to entice these fascinating and feathered friends right to their backyards. Homeowners who want to attract birds to their properties can do so…
When we are going through the last days with our pet we are in a stage of watchful waiting. My last article addressed some of our fears for our pet’s last moments. This article will discuss the fears we have for ourselves surrounding our pet’s death. The three fears most…
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…
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