Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

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…
As the family pet ages, there is a possibility of cancer. Recently there has been a focus on diagnosis and treatment of various cancers. Just like with humans, early diagnosis is the key to cure or giving a good quality of life for as long as possible. The advent of…
Diatomaceous earth has been used successfully as a chemical-free and natural form of pest control to help kill fleas and ticks on pets, in addition to many other pests such as cockroaches, silverfish, ants, bedbugs, flies, box elder bugs, scorpions, crickets and many other insects. Yet, it is still safe…
All too often we have owners come into our clinic at their wits end because their family member is eliminating outside the box. It is a common problem that must be addressed early. The causes are many, ranging from behavioral to medical. First, a medical issue must be ruled out.…
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…
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