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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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taking care of your dog's ears

Given how common ear problems are in dogs and cats, it pays to give regular attention to the state of your own pet’s ears, and to know how to keep them clean and healthy. Ear problems are among the most common reasons cats and dogs are taken to the veterinarian for evaluation and treatment. Yet …

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When free radicals are released from cells undergoing oxidative stress, the result is chronic inflammation and a variety of health problems in dogs and cats. In the first part of this article, we looked at the connection between chronic inflammation and obesity, and how keeping your dog or cat at a healthy weight can reduce …

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legalizing cannabis for pets

Making sense of the changing laws and regulations surrounding the use of medical marijuana in dogs and cats. The legalization of medical cannabis for both pets and people is a hot topic. Opinions range from 100% nationwide decriminalization to a more cautious approach advocating for further research. So how do you know what to ask …

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How TCVM, homeopathy and other approaches can help treat spinal problems, including intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) and spondylosis, in dogs.  Spinal dysfunction in dogs is more common than you might think. I see it often in my practice. Someone brings in a dog that cannot use his hind legs; depending on which segment of the …

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spot-on

Spot-on flea and tick products are hazardous to your dog or cat’s health. Here’s what you need to know about them – and about the more natural, non-toxic alternatives you can turn to instead. Many people regularly apply spot-on flea and tick preventives to their dogs and cats. Even those whose animals have little to …

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essential oils for dogs

Essential oils can be very beneficial to dogs. Here’s a look at a selection of oils and their benefits, along with advice on how to choose and use them. Many people are nervous about using essential oils on and around their dogs. Given how strong these oils are, it’s understandable. But if you purchase high …

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pain

Arthritis, disc disease, CCL tears and many other problems can cause pain in your dog. There are many causes of pain in dogs – from arthritis to disc disease to CCL ruptures. There are also a variety of methods to relieve that pain, both conventional and alternative. Among the latter, acupuncture is one of the …

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Vestibular disease

Dizziness, falling, lack of coordination, a tilting head…these are all symptoms of vestibular syndrome in dogs and cats. It looks scary, but depending on the cause, the prognosis is promising. What would you think if your dog or cat developed a sudden head tilt, seemed uncoordinated and had trouble controlling his facial muscles? You might …

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holistic cancer care

This 3-pronged approach to holistic cancer care for pets covers all the bases – it helps the immune system do its job, employs anti-cancer therapies, and supports the whole body with nutrition and supplements. Modern medicine has made many advances in treating cancer over the years, yet remission rates aren’t getting much better. And that …

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pet food recalls

It’s been ten years since the huge pet food recall that sickened thousands of dogs and cats. How has pet food safety improved – or not – since then? Pet food recalls have been a trending topic for decades. Reasons range from salmonella contamination to high sodium levels to traces of mold. Our first reaction …

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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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Homeopathy offers a gentle approach to cancer in dogs and cats. It doesn’t just treat the condition, but the patient as a whole. Cancer is dreaded by pet owners and veterinarians alike. Allopathic treatment doesn’t result in a cure, but rather the destruction of the tumor and related cells through radiation, chemotherapy or surgery. These …

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Recent studies indicate that spaying and neutering can negatively impact canine health. Here’s a look at the latest research — and the alternatives to de-sexing our dogs. For a long time now, animal health professionals and welfare advocates have been encouraging people to spay and neuter their dogs. On the surface it makes good sense, …

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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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allergic

Bee stings, certain foods or accidental drug ingestion can cause extreme allergic reactions, also called anaphylaxis, in some dogs. Here’s how to stabilize an anaphylactic dog until you can get him to the vet. Anaphylaxis is an extreme and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. In dogs, it can rapidly manifest as shock, severe swelling, breathing difficulties …

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vitamin c

When injected at high doses into a pet or person, vitamin C offers some amazing healing benefits and can even help treat cancer. Vitamin C is a well-known nutrient. It’s an organic compound with notable antioxidant properties, and is present in many fruits, including the ever popular orange. We are all familiar with vitamin C’s …

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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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dog licking floor

A recent study has shown that ELS (excessive licking of surfaces) is a telltale sign of gut disease in dogs. If your dog seems obsessed with licking objects around the house, he might have a condition called “excessive licking of surfaces” or ELS. Dogs with this condition relentlessly and repetitively lick floors, carpets, walls, furniture, …

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It seems natural for dogs to chew sticks, but it can also be dangerous. Learn why dogs like chewing sticks, and how you can curb this behavior. Chances are, your dog has chewed, and even eaten, a fair number of sticks. Whether you’re playing fetch with your pup or just out on a walk, if …

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dog with allergies

In canines, seasonal allergies usually manifest as skin problems and scratching. Here’s how to ease the discomfort. It’s spring – the start of another allergy season! Seasonal allergies in people usually show up as sniffling, sneezing and coughing. But canine allergies usually take the form of allergic dermatitis — irritation and/or inflammation of the skin. …

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dog teeth and body language

If you can’t brush your dog or cat’s teeth, these easy-to-use no-brush dental gels, drops and sprays may be the answer. Healthy teeth and gums are as important to your dog or cat’s well-being as good nutrition and regular exercise. Yet dental wellness in animals is often overlooked, even though most of us know from …

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dog mobility ears

His posture, range of motion and the way he moves can have an influence on his mobility and overall well-being. When was the last time you really watched how your dog stands, walks or stretches? How he moves and holds himself may not seem all that important, but his mobility and posture can have a …

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Feeding your dog from a TCVM perspective

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) teaches that foods affect the body in multiple ways. Feeding your dog using this approach can enhance his well-being. Food can do one of two things — build health or produce disease. The better the nutrients we put into the body, the better the body will perform. It’s impossible for …

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Find out what causes Pancreatitis and how it can be treated and prevented. I first became aware of the pancreas when I was working as a technician during my college days. While assisting with exploratory surgery in a canine patient, the veterinary surgeon took me on a visual tour of the abdominal organs. “Don’t even …

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parasitic infections

How a passion for animals and natural health led to a company that formulates holistic remedies for parasitic infections, including heartworm and Lyme. No one wants to hear that their beloved animal companion has heartworm, Lyme disease or any other parasitic infection. And most people assume that only a regime of harsh chemical-based treatments, complete …

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chiropractic care for your senior dog

Misalignments in his spine do more than cause back pain. They can actually affect his overall health, especially if he’s older. Chiropractic adjustments can help bring him back into balance. Aging animals are like aging people. They may walk stiffly and have trouble getting up and down stairs. You may notice gray hairs developing around …

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