Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

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…
During the warm summer months, pet parents face the hard decision of how they will protect their animals from fleas and ticks. There are many products that kill and/or prevent these parasites; however, it is important to understand how these products work and decide which one will best suit your…
Buy local When at all possible, buy your products from local shops. Shopping at your neighborhood store saves fuel and therefore emits less carbon into our environment. Avoid buying online as more fuel is used to get your package to your doorstep. You can further reduce your pet’s carbon pawprints…
Unfortunately, because our pets cannot verbally communicate, they often suffer to the extreme before someone notices they have a problem. One of the most commonly overlooked afflictions is otitis, inflammation of the ear. While you might start whining to a friend when you have an earache, your pet may simply…
Basically, there are two types of vitamins: the whole food type, which are found in the fresh foods we eat, and the synthetic type, which are manufactured in a laboratory and found in the processed foods we eat. When you purchase synthetic vitamins, you are relying on luck as to…
A dog or cat can be born with kidney or liver disease, or develop it later in life. Disorders of these organs are all too common. Prevention and successful management is best accomplished with a little knowledge of when and how to test for dysfunction. By the time abnormalities show…
The notion that one type of dog or cat food is all your pet needs for a lifetime is thankfully fading into the past. We are learning that just like humans need a wide variety of foods in our diets to maintain health, so do our pets. Feeding a variety…
Letting your dog outside Every year thousands of accidents occur when a dog is let out to go potty in winter and forgotten for a few minutes too long. We all say it could never happen to us, but the truth is that when we get busy cooking, get into…
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