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allergies


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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NAET for allergies

Nambudiprad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) combines techniques from a variety of modalities, including acupuncture and kinesiology, to get to the root of allergies in dogs and cats. If your dog or cat has allergies, you know how difficult it can be to determine exactly what’s causing them. Nambudiprad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) identifies the allergens …

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Animal adoption is a rewarding and life-changing journey that gives an animal a second chance at life. But, unfortunately, sometimes things don’t work out. Certain extenuating circumstances can make re-homing your pet unavoidable. But while giving up a beloved animal companion is often extremely difficult for the family, it’s also a hardship on rescues and …

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herbs

Keeping your allergic dog or cat itch-free can be done with herbs ranging from ashwaganda and astragalus to dandelion and Echinacea. Allergies in dogs and cats can be triggered by either environmental pathogens or foods. In this article, I will focus on Western herbs for environmental allergens since it is almost impossible to remove these …

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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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getting to root of canine food allergies

Does your canine companion have food allergies? An elimination diet will help you determine what the cause of it is. Two decades ago, I prepared an action sheet for a dog rescue organization entitled Out, Out Darn Hot Spot! Back then, it seemed sensitivities and allergies most often presented with smelly ears from yeast and …

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Added to his food, incorporated into recipes or used topically, rooibos tea offers a range of benefits. Have you ever tried rooibos tea? Also known as African Red Bush or Aspalathus linearis, rooibos is an indigenous plant from South Africa, where an herbal tea made from the leaves has been enjoyed for generations. More recently, rooibos …

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herbal solutions for allergies

Allergies can cause your canine companion to scratch himself silly. These herbal solution will help ease the itching and discomfort. It’s rough being a dog with allergies. Scratching, chewing and licking…a little break, then it starts all over again. It’s a common cycle that’s not only hard on your dog but distressing to you too, especially when …

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paw licking

Why is she constantly licking her paws? Abby has a puzzling habit. She spends hours licking her front paws. Her guardian took her to the vet, who is treating her for allergies, but the licking continues. What’s going on? Paw licking and chewing in dogs is actually a very common complaint. Conventionally, it’s considered an …

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home allergens dogs cats

Fleas, pollen, certain foods…these are just some of the potential culprits that spring to mind when we’re dealing with allergies in our dogs or cats. But we often overlook indoor environments when we’re trying to pin down the cause of an animal’s itching or sneezing caused by home allergens. Fact is, several things found inside …

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allergies and joint health

Looking into allergies and joint problems with a natural approach. Max was an elderly Labrador with systemic yeast infections that caused itching, inflammation, hair loss and a foul odor. His guardians, William and Cynthia Ofca, took him to mainstream veterinarians, where the prescribed treatment was always the same – antibiotics and prednisone. Max’s skin issues …

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feline acupressure

Your cat can react to many different substances in his environment or food. This simple technique for feline acupressure can help strengthen your cat’s immune system against potential allergens. Scratching until his skin is raw, swollen eyelids, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea…these are some of the indicators your cat is suffering from an allergy. …

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April showers brought an abundance of May flowers… and allergies! Stuffy and runny noses, sinus problems, headaches and itchy skin abound. Surprisingly, allergies do not just affect humans—many of our pets also suffer effects from the same allergens. “Allergies are one of the most common claims we receive,” said Fran Mitchell, claims manager at PetFirst. …

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stress

For a lot of dogs and cats, summer means an increase in skin problems and allergies. Others suffer from these issues all year round, thanks to fl ea dermatitis, food intolerances and other conditions. Whatever the cause of your companion’s skin problems, the itchiness and inflammation can make his life miserable. This article will concentrate …

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fear

A beautiful summer afternoon can take a terrifying turn for dogs with storm phobias. While some don’t turn a hair at thunder and lightning, others find it a frightening and stressful experience. Instead of letting your dog frantically pace, pant or try to hide under the bed, take some steps to ease her fear. Behaviorial …

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Bathing

Proper bathing of your dog and knowing how often is important for their skin and coat health. People frequently ask me how often they should bathe their dogs. Unfortunately, many still believe the old wive’s tale that says you shouldn’t bathe your dog more than once or twice a month. According to some, more frequent …

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shedding

If you share your house with a dog you know all about shedding. Wearing black is out of the question and the lint brush is your best friend. Here are four solution to help reduce his shedding. One evening, I was at an exercise class when someone came up behind me and began brushing down …

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animal lover

With so many animal lovers out there, the chances of dating one are pretty good. Here are some great tips for if you find yourself dating one of them. February is the month for love. But the feelings might turn sour if your new partner has a dog or cat who decides he doesn’t like …

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chinese herbs itching

Does your dog have skin allergies? Before resorting to medications for the itching and irritation, give Chinese herbs a try. Stanley, an eight-year-old golden retriever, owes his life to Chinese herbs. “I got him when he was a year old, just a baby,” says Nancy Schaff. “The first year he was fine, the second year …

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eliminating allegies

Suppressing allergies with medication is just a band-aid solution. Elimination techniques go right to the root of the issue. Nellie’s allergies began when she was just over a year old. The typical regime of steroids and antibiotics helped only while she was taking them. When her mom tried to cut back on the medications, her …

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food sensitivity

A food sensitivity can manifest in several ways but the solution is simple – a better quality diet. Does your dog have a “sensitive” stomach? Does she react badly to certain foods? Is she itchy year round? Do you think she might have a food allergy or sensitivity? Given the hundreds of different ingredients used …

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boots

Help your canine companion put his best foot forward this winter (and all year round) with a set of protective doggie boots or socks. Winter or summer, your dog’s paws are under siege from outdoor surfaces. Whether it’s snow, ice or road salt, sharp stones or hot asphalt, her tender pads can be easily injured …

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camel milk

It’s still relatively new to North Americans, but camel’s milk is a highly nutritious food that’s showing promise as a healing therapy for dogs. Think of camels and you probably think of the desert. These humped dromedaries are well adapted to dry, harsh environments, and have been traditionally used as desert transportation for centuries. But …

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health surgery pink eye

Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is common in humans, but dogs can also contract it. Know the symptoms, and how it can be treated. Pink eye is something mothers of young children are familiar with, especially as it spreads quickly through schools. But dog parents should know that this condition, also called conjunctivitis, is common in canines …

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18 ALL ABOUT HEARTWORM – PART 1 A thorough understanding of this disease will help you protect your dog. 22 GLUTATHIONE – KING OF ANTIOXIDANTS This tiny but powerful nutrient is vital to his cell health, liver function and immunity. 24 MOVING HOUSE? It can cause a lot of stress to your dog. Help calm …

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health

As a pet parent, you are responsible for your companions health and wellness. Here are ten tips that will keep him young at heart. You’re only as old as you feel, right? But what about our dogs and cats? “Whenever I walk my Bichon, Lacey, down the street,” says Jennifer George, “someone stops us for …

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skin

The winter months can be hard on your dog’s paws, skin and nose. Road salt can irritate his delicate paws, ice and crusty snow may result in cuts and scrapes, and cold, dry air can chap his nose. Indoors, central heating dries out his skin and paw pads, and can even cause the latter to …

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energy

Internationally known homeopathic veterinarian, Dr. Christina Chambreau, is a lecturer and author of the Healthy Animal’s Journal. She is also the editor of the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal. Ask her a question by leaving a comment on the Animal Wellness Magazine Facebook page. She’ll choose two questions to answer every week! Q. My dog has …

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energy

Internationally known homeopathic veterinarian, Dr. Christina Chambreau, is a lecturer and author of the Healthy Animal’s Journal. She is also the editor of the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal. Ask her a question by leaving a comment on the Animal Wellness Magazine Facebook page. She’ll choose two questions to answer every week! Q. My dog has …

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energy

Internationally known homeopathic veterinarian, Dr. Christina Chambreau, is a lecturer and author of the Healthy Animal’s Journal. She is also the editor of the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal. Ask her a question by leaving a comment on the Animal Wellness Magazine Facebook page. She’ll choose two questions to answer every week! Q. What is the …

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treats

Healthy, high quality treats are important at any time, but especially if your dog has specific wellness issue. Walk into any pet supply store and you’ll see a vast array of dog treats. But a lot of those colorfully packaged goodies are unhealthy choices. Full of questionable ingredients, not to mention artificial colors and flavors, …

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dog mobility ears

Who can resist floppy dog ears? They’re soft, velvety and lovely to stroke. But they’re also prone to infection. Learn what to watch for and how to prevent and treat potential problems. We love dogs like Labs, beagles and pit bull terriers in part because of their ultra-velvety floppy ears. But sometimes being cute has …

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