Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

As the family pet ages, there is a possibility of cancer. Recently there has been a focus on diagnosis and treatment of various cancers. Just like with humans, early diagnosis is the key to cure or giving a good quality of life for as long as possible. The advent of…
Diatomaceous earth has been used successfully as a chemical-free and natural form of pest control to help kill fleas and ticks on pets, in addition to many other pests such as cockroaches, silverfish, ants, bedbugs, flies, box elder bugs, scorpions, crickets and many other insects. Yet, it is still safe…
All too often we have owners come into our clinic at their wits end because their family member is eliminating outside the box. It is a common problem that must be addressed early. The causes are many, ranging from behavioral to medical. First, a medical issue must be ruled out.…
Many people think of therapy dogs as guide dogs leading the blind, or dogs sitting with seniors at an assisted living facility. While therapy dogs are responsible for these jobs, they do so much more — including acting as a trusted companion for someone diagnosed with cancer. Although many therapy…
Cat bite abscesses are one of the more common summer side effects of an outdoor cat. It usually occurs when two cats get into a discussion that ends in physical altercation. Bites occur anywhere on the body but are concentrated near the hind end or head region. Unless there is…
When many of us think of coconuts, we think of tropical islands in faraway places, suntan lotion and pina coladas. But oil made from coconuts may be an amazing health food for both our 2-legged and 4-legged family members. According to the Coconut Research Center (www.coconutresearchcenter.org/), coconut (cocos nucifera) oil…
Vaccinations are used as a means of providing both humans and animals with a basis of immunity against certain diseases. If even for just a short period of time, the body has more protection due to the antibodies its immune system has created in response to the vaccination. Vaccinations are…
While many individuals have been counting down the days until 85-degree weather, pets may not have been sharing the same enthusiasm. The hot weather can bring discomfort to our four-legged friends. It's widely known that keeping a dog chained up outdoors in the sun and heat is cruel, as is…
Reiki is a natural technique for stress reduction, relaxation and healing. It is based on the concept that "life force energy" flows through us and around us. If our life force energy becomes low or out of balance, we are more likely to become sick or feel stress. If it…
Most of us believe that commercially-available pesticides, such as those found in pet products like flea and tick powders and flea collars, are tightly regulated by the government and safe. In fact, they are neither. According to a report published by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an environmental organization…
Humans have benefitted from the use of essential oils for a variety of situations and pets are no different. Consider the following essential oils as alternatives to conventional treatments for behavior training, relaxation, phobias and more. Lavender: This simple, safe oil can be used as a starter. It calms both…
Sugar is NOT an essential nutrient for pets. Too much of it can lead to serious health problems such as obesity, tooth decay and diabetes. Obese and older animals are more likely to develop diabetes, and all breeds are susceptible. Sugar and high-carbohydrate diets are also linked to hyperactivity, kidney,…
Literally meaning "Spiritual Energy" in Japanese, Reiki is one of the oldest and most powerful natural healing methods in existence today. It is based on the teachings of Dr. Mikao Usui and is passed down through the generations from Master to student. Reiki has become an accepted practice today in…
Enzymes are found in all living cells, both animal and vegetable. Enzymes are biologically-active proteins necessary for life. Metabolic enzymes catalyze and regulate all biochemical reactions within the body. Digestive enzymes turn food into energy preparing it for use in the body. Our bodies produce both digestive and metabolic enzymes…
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