Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

Last month I took a stroll down the isles of the grocery and big box stores, checking all the awful ingredients in store-bought dog and cat treats. It was so much fun and so very enlightening that I thought this month I would check out the dog food section. This…
Thunderstorms and spring trips to the vet or groomer may be warm weather phobias that send your dog or cat into full panic mode, whining, barking frantically, trembling, pacing! Holistic veterinarians can suggest solutions for this distress that are healthier than conventional tranquilizers. An effective natural solution often requires a…
About this time in Wisconsin we’re all going a little stir crazy and feeling cooped-up indoors. As a veterinarian, I see the adverse effects of this on my patients. Dogs and cats need an outlet for their nervousness and boredom. Some resort to self-mutilation; others participate in destructive or otherwise…
So, I’m walking down the aisles of a local big box department store and pass the pet food. Of course, since everything in my shop is all natural, without any chemicals, artificial color or preservatives, I just have to take a peek at the items on the shelf. I already…
So, you’ve resolved to feed your pet healthy meals; but just as snacks can undo your diet, poor treat choices can mess up your dog or cat’s nutritional program. A few simple suggestions can keep your furry friend happy and on the right lifestyle track! Pets love praise. Sometimes a…
Canine diabetes is a disease in dogs in which the body is unable to regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels due to a deficiency of insulin (type 1 diabetes). Normally after food is ingested, it is broken down into glucose and absorbed into the blood stream. The presence of glucose in…
Scientific evidence would have you believe that only human beings are capable of complex feelings that include love and hate. However, talk to any dog or cat owner and chances are they'll say that they love their pets and receive equal love in return. Distinctive areas of the brain light…
Conventional veterinarians and even many holistic veterinarians are hesitant to recommend essential oils for pets; however, when prepared, selected and utilized properly, they can be an effective and safe modality to prevent and treat many conditions which afflict our dogs and cats. Sadly, many pet owners are lead to believe…
Pet supplements are defined as either dietary or therapeutic supplements. Dietary supplements (also called dietary nutrients) are substances added to pet foods to make them nutritionally complete and balanced. Therapeutic supplements (called nutraceuticals) are foods or food nutrients that are taken orally to provide a health benefit, either for prevention…
What do itchy, dry skin, sore, inflamed joints and hairballs on your carpet all have in common? Quite possibly, there is a pet in your home that is deficient in omega-3 fats. Scratching, redness and a burning sensation on the skin or in the joints are evidence of inflammation. Many…
BHA and BHT in our food and treats? Absolutely not, and here's why. BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are preservatives that are widely used in the pet food industry. BHA is a mixture of the isomers 3-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyanisole and 2-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyanisole. BHT is also known as 3,5-di-tert-butyl-4-hydroxytoluene; methyl-di-tert-butylphenol; 2,6-di-tert-butyl-para-cresol. Sound…
Canine pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas and can involve surrounding tissues and organs such as the liver. Pancreatitis can be chronic or acute, and usually develops after consumption of a meal high in fat. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine to promote digestion of proteins and…
Animals and babies can be great together, if the proper precautions are taken. A new baby means major life changes for everyone in the family. Help your companion animal prepare for this blessed event by following these guidelines: Set up the nursery as soon as possible. Let your animal explore…
If your dog has been diagnosed with allergies (itchy dog, chronic itching and scratching, hot spots on skin, skin problems such as canine dermatitis (flaky, itchy skin), runny eyes, runny nose, coughing, sneezing), and you've already done the two most important things: 1) switched to a healthy, natural dog food…
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