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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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natural remedies for arthritic cats

From acupuncture and weight management to nutritional supplements and Reiki, there are many natural ways to help relieve the pain and stiffness of arthritic cats. Arthritis affects as many as three in ten felines. A number of natural approaches can help mitigate the pain of arthritic cats, and a multi-modal approach will get the best …

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effective fixes for joint problems in dogs

Learn how gold bead implants, prolotherapy and CMO can help heal hip dysplasia, knee injuries, arthritis and other joint problems in dogs. Dogs of all ages can suffer from musculoskeletal problems. The pain, stiffness and lack of mobility these problems cause can severely affect a dog’s quality of life. I’d like to share three unique …

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canine system saver

After struggling throughout his first year of life with a skin condition that caused him to lose 90% of his fur, a young Akita named Pepsi was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder. His case was so severe that even symptomatic relief methods weren’t working, and both dermatologists and alternative practitioners suggested he be euthanized. Pepsi’s …

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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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herbs for inflammation

Herbs go deeper than NSAIDs when it comes to alleviating the inflammation at the root of arthritis and other joint problems – and without the side effects. Aches, pains, arthritis and reduced range of motion are common in older dogs and cats. After many trips to the veterinarian, often resulting in various pain medications, these …

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canine giant breeds

GIANT BREEDS ARE PRONE TO SEVERAL COMMON CONDITIONS. HERE’S HOW TO HELP KEEP YOUR BIG GUY OR GAL WELL AND HAPPY. Giant breeds can have some giant health problems. These issues affect not only purebreds, but also very big dogs of mixed parentage. In my experience, “very big dogs” are those that weigh 95 pounds …

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Turmeric, then is much more than a disinfectant and a tonic. As an aid to our dogs’ heart health and liver function–as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, it’s the golden ticket for optimum health. Turmeric is a deep golden-coloured spice that is equally rich in minerals and vitamins. A member of the ginger family, turmeric …

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beta glucans prolotherapy dog jumping

Regenerative medicine for his joints with prolotherapy. Jona was just eight months old when he started to limp on his right rear leg. Suspecting hip problems, we radiographed the 97-pound Newfoundland pup. The diagnosis was early onset hip dysplasia. Both of Jona’s hips were subluxated, but as yet, there was no degeneration of the cartilage …

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Animal Wellness Magazine hosts a live Q&A twice a month on Facebook with holistic veterinarian, Dr. Christina Chambreau. She has a lot of great resources on holistic health on her website and you can also check her out on Facebook. Q. Natural remedies for ear infections? To soothe the ears, try one after the other …

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degenerative joint disease

It is tragic that, too often, the reason for euthanasia of a beloved pet is debilitating pain caused by arthritis. Degenerative joint disease is very common in dogs and cats. Arthritis should not be accepted as a natural course of aging, nor should we disregard or minimize its effects on our patients’ quality of life. …

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arthritis sufferer

Diet, supplements, and other therapies work together to reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Like people, dogs and cats often develop arthritis as they age. Many parts of the body can be affected, from the vertebral column to joints such as the hip, shoulder, elbow, knee, wrist and hock. Signs of arthritis in companion …

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  By Dr. Christina Chambreau As you have been told, the conventional treatment is to shut down the immune system for a while with steroids until the joint appears normal again. When I only had my conventional veterinary training, I could only offer steroids (or antibiotics if there seemed to be an infectious cause). The …

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warm water therapy

Warm water therapy relies on the properties of water to help with the rehabilitation process. My friend Yvonne Garst always wanted a Bernese mountain dog because the breed reminded her of a cherished dog from her childhood. Her dream came true when she brought home a “Berner” puppy named Morgan back in 2001. Several weeks later, …

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exercise dog

Life can be hectic, and it’s easy to get so busy that we forget to take proper care of ourselves. One thing that often falls through the cracks is exercise, even though it’s the last thing we should be cutting out of our schedules – and our dogs’. Regular physical exercise is crucial for maintaining …

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herbs for arthritis

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine uses ancient herbs to help fight pain by focusing on the root of your dog’s arthritis. Lily was trained for agility work. “She was my performance pooch, and also herded my sheep,” says Certified Pet Dog Trainer Jan Blue. “She did a lot of fast stopping and starting.” When she was …

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Debbie Holte hated watching her elderly cat Rossignal struggle with arthritis. “I could see his pain and it was breaking my heart,” she says. “I wanted to do everything possible to help take away the pain while giving him a comfortable life.” One answer was to provide Rossignal with a bed that would take the …

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holistic vet

Here’s a look into how holistic and conventional approaches to your dog’s health can help him to live a long and healthy life. Even if our dogs live into their teens, it never seems long enough from our perspective. Increasing the longevity of our canine companions is something all dog lovers are interested in. In this …

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legg-calves perthes

When Legg-Calves Perthes, a debilitating hard-to-treat condition struck my dog, I thought I’d lose him. But thanks to holistic treatment, Digger is now happy and healthy. It was only a slight limp, a muscle strain I thought. But Digger soon began carrying his back right leg and crying out in pain with the smallest of …

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electromagnetic

Electromagnetic therapy can have positive results in relieving joint and muscle pain in dogs by improving blood flow to injured areas. No one likes to see a dog in pain, including Robert Kunze and his wife, whose 14-year-old Chow was limping and having so much trouble standing up that he needed a sling to lift …

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treats

What better way to love your dog than by giving him treats? The trick is choosing something that won’t pack on the pounds. Do you give too many treats to your dog? If so, you’re introducing extra calories into his diet and putting him at risk for pooch pudginess. Although many people don’t see overweight or …

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arthritis rehab

You know what arthritis is, but how and why does it actually occur, and what happens inside the affected joint? Here’s a close- up look at the pathology of this common disease. We all know someone with arthritis, whether it’s a human friend or family member, or an animal companion. But if asked to describe …

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bone cancer

Bone cancer is common in dogs. Holistic therapies, when used with conventional treatments, give these pooches a better chance at beating the disease. When Georgina took Tinker to the vet because the elderly Pomeranian cross was limping, she was not expecting the diagnosis to be osteosarcoma. “I thought for sure it was just arthritis or a sprain, …

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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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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. Have you known …

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arthritis

Medications aren’t only way to manage arthritis. From chondroitin to yucca, these nutraceuticals can work on many levels to relieve discomfort and improve mobility. If you have arthritis, or know someone who does, you’ll recognize how miserable and debilitating it can be. Like us, many companion animals also develop arthritis as they age. The discomfort …

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Dog a vet for a health check.

How to handle 5 common canine health problems – and determine whether it’s okay to treat them at home or see a veterinarian. Using natural home remedies to treat our own minor ailments can help foster a deeper knowledge of wellness while reducing medical costs. But when our dogs experience a health problem, it can …

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14. Vaccination: which ones do they really need, and how often?Part two in our close-up look at core vaccines 19. Lost in translation?How to “read” your companion’s body language 24. Container gardens:How to safely add color and beauty to your home 32. Can your dog feel your pain?Animals often share a sympathetic bond with their …

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Healing with a tuning fork.

Learn how to use a tuning fork to give your dog vibrational and sound healing.   Tuning forks or tuners are often used for vibrational and sound therapy. Vibrational therapy is done by placing a tuning fork on the body (muscles, bones, spine or joints) to create balance in the energy system, while sound therapy …

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Herbs for arthritis.

Properly used in conjunction with an overall holistic healthcare plan, these healing herbs can have a powerful effect on your canine’s creaky joints. Herbs have a firmly established place in alternative medicine. Used properly, they can help treat a wide range of conditions in dogs. The key term here is “properly used”. For example, those who …

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arthritis in cats

Arthritis is one of the more common causes of lameness in cats. Start by getting an accurate diagnosis, then implement an integrative treatment plan. When Penny’s cat miscalculated a jump and started limping right afterwards, she knew he’d injured his leg, and a vet check confirmed it. But feline lameness isn’t always so straightforward. It …

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arthritis rehab

Once practiced by a handful of vets and therapists, canine rehab is now a recognized field in veterinary medicine – and offers a growing number of options to patients. Prince is a six-year -old husky mix who came to our rehab facility after having surgery for a cervical disc. He was paralyzed in all four …

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