Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

This is Pet Wellness Month! Do you consider yourself a proactive or a reactive pet owner? Just like with your own health, it makes sense to take a proactive approach to keep your pet as healthy as possible. First, you need to keep your budget in mind. Diagnostic testing can…
Carnivores in the wild forage for berries and select grasses. Even felines consume a tiny amount of the pre-digested green stuff when they devour their prey. So, this veterinarian gives you the green light to feed healthy “people food,” namely fruits and vegetables, to your dog or cat! With a…
The family pet is typically a beloved and cherished member of the family, one whom no one wants to see succumb to sickness or illness. But just like their human counterparts, pets can get sick, and it might surprise some pet owners to learn their pets aren’t immune to diseases most commonly associated with human beings. One such…
Veterinarians promote vaccination as a means to a good early start for babies. There are some vaccinations that save lives, but some vaccination protocols are excessive, risky and a waste of money! A puppy or kitten’s immune system is not competent to respond to a vaccine until eight weeks of…
Well, it’s that time of year again … when the fleas and ticks are starting to come alive and send everyone running to their vets with worry about heartworm and flea infestation; not to mention Lyme disease. With good reason! It can be a very serious situation to have your…
The medical term for itching is pruritus. Muller and Kirk’s “Small Animal Dermatology” text describes this as “an unpleasant sensation that provokes the desire to scratch … The skin is richly endowed by a network of sensory nerves and receptors … The itch sensation may be modified by emotional factors…
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…
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