18 CATCHING CANCER EARLY
These new blood tests can determine his risk of developing this dreaded disease, and even detect it in its earliest stages.
22 SPROUTS – SUPER FOODS FOR YOUR DOG
Good things come in small packages! Certain seeds, grains and lentils explode with nutrition when they germinate.
26 HELP FOR ACHING JOINTS
Diet, supplements, and other therapies work together to reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis.
30 IS SHE A “SUPER SENIOR”?
A growing number of dogs are living past their mid-teens. Here are 7 factors to consider when caring for an extra-old canine companion.
34 PROTECT YOUR DOG’S JOINTS
Treat his joints right — feed and maintain them, and keep the muscles toned and limber.
36 HELP FOR HIP DYSPLASIA
This crippling condition is common in large and giant breeds. Learn what you can do to protect your dog from debilitation.
42 10 TIPS FOR CHOOSING A GROOMER
Don’t just open the phone book and pick the first one you see. Do some research to ensure you select a well-run salon that’s right for you and your dog.
46 CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR YOUR SENIOR
Misalignments in his spine do more than cause back pain. They can affect his overall health, especially if he’s older. Chiropractic adjustments can bring him back into balance.
49 AN EFFECTIVE SOLUTION
How a passion for animals and natural health led to a company that formulates holistic remedies for parasitic infections, including heartworm and Lyme.
50 PANCREATITIS IN DOGS AND CATS
Find out what causes this common disease and how it can be treated and prevented.
54 COVER STORY RICOCHET HANGS TEN!
This world famous golden who combines surfing with therapy has changed the lives of countless people with special needs.
62 COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION IN CATS
It can’t be cured, but it can be slowed down and managed with nutrition and lifestyle changes.
66 IS SHE GRIEVING?
If your cat has recently lost a companion, she may be mourning, even if she seems to be acting normally. Learn the signs to look for, and how to help her feel better.
68 CHOOSING THE RIGHT CAT LITTER
Is your kitty snubbing her tray? She may not like the litter you’re using. Find out what to avoid and look for when selecting a product.
72 IT’S LOGICAL
What could make better sense than dog and cat diets made from whole foods, with no synthetic vitamins, minerals or other additives?
73 READING BUDDIES
How dogs and cats are helping kids improve their literacy skills.
76 OAK’S LEGACY
Thanks to acupressure, this young golden recovered from hip dysplasia surgery in record time.
82 DO DOGS SMILE?
Some canines seem to grin just like we do, but is it a sign of happiness, or something else?
84 BONDED BY SMELL
New research shows that dogs respond more positively to the scent of their humans than to anything else.
90 SNORING IN DOGS
It may sound cute, but it could indicate one of a number of health issues, from seasonal allergies to sinusitis to tumors.