Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

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…
Dan and Faye Antolec were worried when their usually active 12-year-old Labrador retriever, Jake, started having trouble getting around. "Jake was reluctant to exercise, restless when he tried to lie down, and would sleep into the late morning," recalls Dan. "We even had to coax him into eating." X-rays revealed…
According to the ASPCA, about 5 to 7 million companion animals enter shelters nation wide each year. Of the millions of animals that enter shelters, 60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats are euthanized. A great number of cats in shelters are elderly, and while many people go…
If you thought that being eco-friendly was reserved solely for the two-legged animals on the planet, then think again. One of the newer trends in the green movement is thinking green for pets as well. Americans spend $36 billion on pampered pets each year, according to MSN Money. These days,…
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