Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

Cats and dogs are the two most popular types of pets in the country, and while dogs have been dubbed “man’s best friend,” cat owners are quite vocal when expressing their love for their feline friends. Those looking for a cat may not have to look far. The ASPCA says…
What is bereavement? Bereavement is defined as the period of mourning after a loss, especially after the death of a loved one. Bereavement is a state of intense grief and desolation. Bereavement may include emotional, mental, social and physical reactions. We go through bereavement to help us live life after…
Pets often make ideal companions. They are around when a person needs support, they can provide protection for those living alone, they’re always willing to lend an ear to problems, and many tend to offer unconditional love. Seniors facing an empty nest or the loss of a spouse may find…
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…
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