when supplements can replace medications in dogs and cats

Conventional medications are sometimes necessary for pets, and can be life-saving in an emergency. But when it comes to conditions like allergies, arthritis or infections, natural supplements can often be used instead of drugs. While conventional medications have their place in dog and cat healthcare, holistic alternatives also support healing. Drugs tend to be more …

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probiotics for dogs and cats

They’re not just for GI issues. Probiotics can help with a range of health problems and can also help maintain overall wellness in healthy dogs and cats. Supplements for dogs and cats are many and varied, but my clients ask about probiotics the most. In fact, it’s a rare consultation during which the topic of …

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new year's resolutions for your dog

Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for keeping your dog healthy and happy in the new year and beyond. Another year has gone by, and it’s time to start a new page in your life – and your dog’s. Among the New Year’s resolutions you might make for this year, be sure to include your best friend’s …

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common lab tests for dogs and cats

Lab tests are an important part of your dog or cat’s routine checkups. Take a close-up look at some of the most common tests, and what they can tell you about your best friend’s health. Whenever you take your dog or cat to the vet for a routine checkup, the veterinarian does various lab tests …

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holistic pet care for your animal

August 30th is National Holistic Pet Day. In honor of this day – dedicated to bringing awareness to the benefits of holistic veterinary medicine – let’s debunk some of the common myths surrounding holistic pet care! Myth #1: Holistic care costs too much Looking at the long term healthcare cost of having an animal, holistic …

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lab tests

Lab tests are an important part of your dog or cat’s routine checkups. We take a close-up look at some of the most common tests, and what they can tell you about your best friend’s health. Whenever you take your dog or cat to the vet for a routine checkup, the veterinarian does lab tests …

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Antioxidants are powerful natural medicines. They offer support for a wide range of problems in dogs, and reduce inflammation in normal and healthy animals. They are so important that I recommend all my patients be given antioxidant supplements. This article will explore the value of antioxidants, and will also introduce you to several veterinary tests …

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From titer testing and better cancer treatment, to pet insurance and the introduction of hemp oil, pet healthcare has improved by leaps and bounds over the last quarter-century. When I started my practice 25 years ago, holistic healing was in its infancy. Since then, I’ve seen many changes in the ways people care for their …

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Scaly skin in pets may be nothing much to worry about. But if it’s excessive, it can signal a more serious underlying issue, and should be checked out. Scaly skin, often referred to by pet owners as “dandruff”, is a common condition in dogs and cats. While it can often be “no big deal,” excessive …

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corticosteroids

While corticosteroids definitely have their place, steroids are frequently over-prescribed and misused, and can lead to serious health consequences in pets. Corticosteroids (often referred to as just “steroids”) are among the most commonly prescribed medications in veterinary medicine. They’re also one of the most commonly abused and misused. As a result, dogs and cats are …

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Enzymes for cats and dogs.

Every pet can benefit from enzyme supplementation. Enzymes not only support digestive health and enhance nutrient absorption; they also reduce inflammation and boost overall wellness. Enzymes are among the most commonly used supplements in pets. I believe all dogs and cats could benefit from the proper supplementation of enzymes. This article will discuss some of …

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hotel melatonin

Along with promoting sleep, melatonin may also help with Cushing’s disease, separation anxiety and other dog and cat health problems. Melatonin as a nutritional supplement is often used by humans for sleep problems, but it also has several health applications for dogs and cats. Melatonin possesses a number of reported actions: Regulates the immune system …

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conventional medications

Medications like antibiotics, NSAIDs and steroids are sometimes necessary to treat canine and feline illnesses, but it’s important they’re not used indiscriminately. As a holistic veterinarian, my goal is to help dogs and cats using as many natural therapies as possible. My use of conventional medications is kept to a minimum. In most cases, I can …

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MRSA in dogs

Methicillin-resistant staphylococcal aureus (MRSA) usually manifests as severe skin infections in canines. Treatment requires an integrative approach. You’ve probably heard of MRSA before now. This “superbug” has been coming up at lot in human medical news. Several people have died from the disease, often younger athletes who contracted the bacterium from workout facilities. But it …

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animal titer testing

Answering your questions about titer testing, a safe alternative to annual vaccines. Vaccinations can be both helpful and harmful. It all depends on how they’re used. In young dogs and cats, vaccines help establish immunity from infectious disease. But repeated and unnecessary vaccines can be harmful if the immune system reacts to them inappropriately and …

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holistic vets

Aside from offering a more natural approach to animal healthcare, how does a holistic veterinarian’s day differ from his conventional counterparts? If you’re thinking of switching to a holistic veterinarian, you probably have some questions. Along with providing alternative treatments and therapies like acupuncture, supplements or homeopathy, how does a holistic hospital differ from a …

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cancer

These new blood tests can determine your companion’s risk of developing cancer, and even detect it in its earliest stages. Cancer can be very insidious. Often, there are few symptoms until it has become advanced. Detecting it in dogs and cats can be even trickier, because they can’t tell you about any subtle symptoms they …

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