Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

You first learned about energy in science class when your teacher explained that all matter is made up of jiggly atoms. Attached to this was the well-accepted principle of transferring energy from one form of matter to another. Why, then, is it so difficult to wrap our Western-trained minds around…
Hot breath on your leg, lolling tongue, loud noises and goofy grin: Does this describe your dog when she pants? In the summer heat, you expect your dog to pant after exercise or if your house is rather warm inside. Dogs don’t normally sweat, so the only way they can…
From dogs and cats to rabbits and mice, their behavior tells us they each have their own way of exploring and solving problems. It is an important part of animal caretaking to provide our pets with opportunities to exercise their minds as well as their bodies. An animal companion that…
Cancer.It is one of the most-dreaded diagnoses for people and animals alike. Unfortunately, many people seek holistic treatments for their pets only after their pet has been diagnosed with cancer. The primary goal of holistic veterinary medicine is to keep your pet’s body healthy in order to reduce the likelihood…
Do you wake up to the sound of purring in your ear or a loud meow, and the gentle swat of a paw? About 37 million people in the United States can relate to a hungry cat’s devices to get fed in the morning. As much as we laugh at…
In Australia, they call it herbal Botox1, in Muskego, Wisconsin, dogs eat it to strengthen weak ligaments associated with luxating patellas or anterior cruciate ligament tears.2 Gotu kola is an amazing herb. “Gotu” means conical shape and “kola” simply means leaf. This plant is also classified as Centella asiatica. It…
Many of us know the benefits of eating raw foods. We enjoy improved health when we choose to eat fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts and other unprocessed foods. We may have more energy and see a more healthful glow to our skin and hair. We may notice we feel better after…
They love to give kisses or rub their cheeks against ours. Usually we like our pets to shower us with affection and, in return, we love to kiss them back. But what happens when the drool from your happy cat leaves a bad smell on your pillow? Or when your…
In the first part of this horse health article, I covered housing and feeding considerations. In this issue, I discuss preventing, as much as we humanly can, infectious diseases. Horses are susceptible to a multitude of diseases that are either spread by exposure to biting or non-biting vectors, directly from…
Welcome to shedding season! If you own a dog or cat, you are familiar with all the shedding hair throughout the spring and summer. Some shed more than others, but all cats and dogs shed. Their hair surrounds you. It’s everywhere! What can we do to keep it under control?…
Holistic is an umbrella term that refers to the consideration of the mind, body and spirit of the patient. There can be many modalities under this holistic umbrella. Even a surgeon can practice holistically. An allopathic surgeon might repair a broken bone and send his patient on his way. A…
Many pet guardians believe if their pet is eating well, the dog or cat must be healthy. In many cases, this observation is a good measure as to a pet’s wellness. However, many a kitty parent has been fooled to believe their aging feline was well, as it developed a…
Horse owners are constantly trying to keep their horses healthy. Some of the time, it’s easy; other times, it’s challenging. The things that we can influence are relatively simple. The things we can’t influence — mainly the fact that they are horses — we just can’t. What can be influenced…
Whether it’s a casual meeting or a routine social gathering, you and your dog need to be prepared for canine contact. Just like taking your child to the park or school, your pet could be exposed to disease or emotional trauma. What can you do to promote fun and avoid…
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